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The Federal Eye: September, 2013

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 09/30/2013

CBO, MSPB Announce Shutdown Plans

Congress's own budget agency and the main appeals agency for federal workers outline plans.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:19 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBO, government shutdown, MSPB

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Administration moves to limit, but not end, health insurance subsidy for Congress

A policy issued Monday would restrict the circumstances in which that subsidy could continue, amid renewed proposals to end it.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:09 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, Congress, FEHBP, obamacare, premiums

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 09/30/2013

No shutdown furloughs for Navy Yard's Building 197 employees

Building 197 was the site of a shooting rampage that ended with 13 deaths.

By Josh Hicks and Marjorie Censer  |  05:34 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  navy yard

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Vet groups: Congress and White House 'playing chicken' with lives

Veterans groups have reacted angrily to news of a possible extended government shutdown.

By Steve Vogel  |  03:40 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Ethical limits on federal employees would continue in shutdown

Employees on unpaid leave remain subject to restrictions on outside employment.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conflict of interest, ethics, federal employees, government shutdown, outside employment

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 09/30/2013

By the numbers: Who will be working during a shutdown

A look at the number of government employees in different agencies who will be furloughed.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  03:04 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 09/30/2013

How would a shutdown impact Homeland Security?

About 86 percent of the department's employees would continue to work if federal funding runs out next week.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:02 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  homeland security

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 09/30/2013

D.C. government would remain open under federal shutdown

In the past, federal shutdowns have threatened to close the District government as well, because the city budget is ultimately set by Congress.

By Mike DeBonis and Aaron C. Davis  |  01:29 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown impacts

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Fed-worker commuters talk shutdown

Federal workers eagerly talked about the potential government shutdown as they rode in on the Metro or walked to their offices.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  11:43 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal workers

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 09/30/2013

What a shutdown would mean for the Treasury Department

The Internal Revenue Service would place about 90 percent of its workforce on furlough and close down call-center operations.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:55 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs shutdown, shutdown

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Shutdown rallies planned for Monday

Federal-worker groups have planned demonstrations in Boston and Chicago.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown protests

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Feds make their pitches for ‘essential’ and ‘nonessential’

Readers from the federal workforce answered a survey asking why they are “essential” or “nonessential” during a shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/29/2013

House vote means many federal services could shut down

House vote to link delay in health law to funding government could lead to a shutdown of government services and the furlough of many federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 09/27/2013

VA: All veterans' benefit payments will be disrupted if a shutdown goes beyond two weeks

Congressional officials told all benefit checks will be disrupted if a government shutdown lasts for more than two or three weeks.

By Steve Vogel  |  08:54 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Bill Bransford, 'true friend' to feds, dies

William L. Bransford, general counsel of the Senior Executives Association, died Friday, said an announcement from the organization and his law firm, Shaw Bransford

By Joe Davidson  |  06:01 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Bransford dies

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Education Department's shutdown plan would furlough 94 percent

Only about 212 of the department's 4,225 full and part-time employees would continue working.

By Lyndsey Layton  |  05:43 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education department

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 09/27/2013

EPA would furlough 94 percent under its shutdown plan

Only 5.4 percent of EPA employees would qualify as "excepted" or "exempt" if a shutdown occurs, according to the agency's contingency plan.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:09 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown plans

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 09/27/2013

No comment: Federal workers afraid to speak about shutdown

Agency supervisors told federal workers not to speak with the media about potential shutdown furloughs.

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux  |  04:41 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Patent and Trademark Office would remain open during shutdown

Patent and Trade Office Deputy Director Teresa Stanek Rea said the agency could remain open "for at least a few weeks" due to reserve fee collections.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:10 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  patent and trade, shutdown

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Shutdown could carry pay risk even for employees kept on the job

Federal workers kept on the job would lose the guarantee of retroactive pay if they missed work during shutdown.

By Eric Yoder  |  08:43 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  excepted employees, federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, paid leave, sick leave

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Are you an 'essential' federal employee?

If you could make a pitch to your boss for why you should continue working during a shutdown, what would it be?

By Josh Hicks  |  03:10 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  essential employees

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 09/26/2013

What’s in an agency shutdown plan?

Among other things, agencies must submit summaries of activities that will continue and those that will cease.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:51 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown planning

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Feds will be told who is furloughed and who is not

Federal agencies will begin telling employees on Friday if they will be required to work or be furloughed during the shutdown,

By Joe Davidson  |  11:27 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013

What happens with congressional employees if the government shuts down?

The House Administration Committee released shutdown guidance on Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, shutdown

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Shutdown could slow VA progress on disability claims

The threatened shutdown of the federal government could hamper efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the big backlog of disability claims faced by veterans, advocates warn.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:14 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Chart | How a shutdown would impact federal agencies

Find out what some agencies have said about their plans for a government shutdown if Congress and the White House fail to avoid that fate.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:58 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown chart

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Postal Service proposes rate increases

The proposed changes would take effect in late-January if approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:21 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  postal rates

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

What is the cost of a government shutdown?

It may sound counter-intuitive, but experts say the government would lose money with a shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013

‘Nonessential’ label is upsetting to federal workers

Funding lapse would trigger stigmatizing distinctions among agency employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

How would a shutdown affect national security?

The answers may lie in the contingency plans that federal agencies submitted in 2011, when the government last reached the brink of a shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Government shutdown? We want to hear from federal workers

Federal workers: We want to hear what you think about a possible government shutdown

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Federal worker health program to remain largely stable

Few changes, 4 percent average increase ahead for federal employee health insurance program.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:17 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, FEHBP, health insurance, insurance premiums

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Shutdown threat raises pay, benefits issues for federal employees

Some answers to common questions about the financial impact on the government’s workforce.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  benefits, federal employees, government shutdown, health insurance, pay, retirement

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Key official in IRS tea party controversy resigns

Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right rather than testifying before a congressional panel about the IRS controversy in May.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:56 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  lois lerner

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 09/23/2013

DoD allows leave substitution for excess furlough days

Pentagon allows employees who took off too much unpaid time to substitute paid leave.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:29 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense department, federal employees, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/23/2013

IRS sticks with plan to halt $70 million in bonuses

A third-party mediator upheld the agency’s plan despite opposition from a labor group.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs bonuses

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Lawmakers to seek answers on security screening in wake of Navy Yard shooting

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs has said it will hold a hearing to examine the issue at a date yet to be determined.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Groups ask USDA chief to cancel deals with countries using controversial inspection system

A group of food safety organizations sent a letter Friday to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that he cancel agreements with three foreign countries that are allowed to use a controversial alternative meat inspection system for products they export to the United States.

By Kimberly Kindy  |  06:33 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Postal Service brings flawed ‘Inverted Jenny’ stamp

An image of a biplane on the original stamp appeared upside down due to an inadvertent printing mistake.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:13 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Postal Service asks lawmakers for greater flexibility

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testified before a Senate panel that the current cap on rate increases is too restrictive for the cash-strapped agency.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:01 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  postal reform

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Unions launch offensive against potential government shutdown

The unions demand back pay for federal employees who would be sent home.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:48 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 09/19/2013

House committee complains of lack of transparency at VA

Both Republicans and Democrats complained of slow response for information from Veterans Affairs.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:05 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans affairs

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 09/19/2013

TSP to begin recognizing same-sex marriages

Spousal rights in retirement savings plan for federal workers will depend on “jurisdiction of celebration.“

By Eric Yoder  |  10:53 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense of marriage act, rights of spouses, same sex marriage, Thrift Savings Plan, TSP

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013

CBO: Federal debt could match GDP in 25 years

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released that estimate as part of its long-term budget outlook for the federal government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Career advice for international federal jobs

New guide helps would-be feds find international jobs

By Lisa Rein  |  05:28 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Turnover at federal personnel agency continues with Kaplan confirmation

Acting head of OPM confirmed to become a judge, with director nominee still not scheduled for confirmation vote.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  acting director, Katherine Archuleta, office of personnel management

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 09/18/2013

VA has failed to properly address problems at vet facility, OSC reports

The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to properly respond to serious problems that threaten patient safety at a VA hospital in Jackson, Miss., according to a new report from a federal watchdog agency.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:22 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 09/18/2013

OMB to agencies: Start making shutdown plans

Plans for possible funding lapse are to include review of which employees would stay on the job.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:53 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agency closings, furloughs, government shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/18/2013

FBI hinting at 10-day shutdown if sequester continues

FBI officials have indicated the agency is considering a plan to furlough nearly all employees on the same dates.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 09/17/2013

By the numbers: Government contractors and security clearances

Here is a look, by the numbers, at some of the information about security clearances.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  05:19 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Federal workers: How has the Navy Yard shooting affected you?

The Post wants to hear from federal workers and civilian employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  10:58 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal diary

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Auditors: Social Security may have overpaid disability claims by $1.3 billion

Congressional auditors estimated that the Social Security Administration may have paid about 36,000 people who were working.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  social security

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 09/17/2013

One man’s close call at the Navy Yard

A simple change of routine may have spared Brendan Kittredge from encountering the shooter in Monday’s deadly rampage.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Washington Navy Yard, home to thousands of workers, has seen major expansion

The Washington Navy Yard, the oldest military installation in the nation, is home to several major Navy commands and other offices.

By Steve Vogel  |  11:14 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Goldman Sachs projects lower federal employment next year

A report from the investment bank said agencies may not be able to rely on temporary solutions, such as furloughs and deferred investments, in the future.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal workers

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 09/13/2013

USDA official defends pork inspection pilot program

USDA says that a pilot program for inspecting pork is working well, defending the experimental procedures being used in five hog plants around the country.

By Kimberly Kindy  |  01:46 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Republicans say IRS e-mails from Lois Lerner show ‘abuse of power’

Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right instead of testifying before Congress about the IRS’s inappropriate behavior.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 09/12/2013

DoD and VA treatment for PTSD and brain injury inadequate, Legion says

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs provide “limited and inadequate” treatment for post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury , according to a new report issued by the American Legion.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:55 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Report highlights problems with DHS inventory control

The agency stored $28 million worth of radio equipment while its divisions were facing critical shortages.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dhs management

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Merit board resumes action on furlough appeals

Merit board resumes processing of furlough appeals

By Lisa Rein  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Hagel salutes heroism of Pentagon 9/11 responders

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Wednesday saluted the heroism of the emergency workers, service members, Department of Defense civilians and construction workers who responded to help others in the minutes, hours and days after the Pentagon was struck by a hijacked jet 12 years ago.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:15 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9/11

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Short-term House spending measure would avoid shutdown

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee proposed the plan, which would extend current funding levels through mid-December.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:49 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Another long line for veterans

EYE CATCHERS | Our recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Federal deficit on track for Obama-administration low

Tax increases and spending cuts are likely to result in the smallest budget gap during during the Obama years, according to a CBO report.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  national debt

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Obama officials can keep private e-mail accounts for federal business, Archives says

National Archives says the messages must be preserved electronically and turned over to the country’s record-keeping agency.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:56 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Senate panel to review Department of Homeland Security on 9/11 anniversary

The agency was created 10 years ago, partly in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9/11

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 09/11/2013

9/11 anniversary being marked at the Pentagon

The twelfth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will be marked with two ceremonies at the Pentagon Wednesday.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:01 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 09/10/2013

White House honors ‘Champions of Change’ in public health

The award recognizes public-health professionals who have promoted wellness and prevention.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:06 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 09/10/2013

How much would a strike on Syria cost the U.S.?

The Congressional Budget Office this week issued a mere one-page report on the potential costs.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:33 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  syria

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 09/10/2013

VA needs to improve accuracy of claims decisions, vets tell Congress

The commander of the nation’s largest veterans organization warned lawmakers Tuesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs’ progress in reducing the size of the disability claims backlog is threatened by the number of mistakes the department is making on those claims.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:18 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013

A profile of the federal new hires, class of 2012

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Postal work among most dangerous civilian federal jobs

EYE CATCHERS | Our recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:41 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Feds, military and students can have free access to Washington Post digital

Readers can log in for free access with their .gov, .mil and .edu email addresses.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:28 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  perks for feds

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 09/09/2013

GSA chief Tangherlini to tweet town hall meeting

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini will host a town hall-style meeting on Twitter Tuesday.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:30 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Agencies told to tighten controls on employee charge cards

New policies on misuse of travel and purchase cards must include provisions for firing or other discipline, OMB says.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:09 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  charge card, Charge Cards, federal employees, spending abuse, wasteful spending

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 09/09/2013

Federal employment held steady in August but dropped since 2012

By Josh Hicks  |  02:35 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal workforce

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 09/09/2013

VA says problems at medical centers are ‘not systemic’

The Department of Veterans Affairs' top health official on Monday told a House committee hearing into "preventable deaths" at VA medical facilities that the incidents represented "serious but not systemic" problems for the department.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:01 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/09/2013

VA committee to examine preventable deaths and bonuses

The hearing will take place in Pittsburgh, where an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at VA medical centers claimed five lives.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Grassley calls on Obama to ensure protections for federal whistleblowers

The request comes in response to a federal appeals-court decision that limited appeals rights for employees whose jobs are "sensitive."

By Josh Hicks  |  02:06 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  whistleblower protections

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013

Largest USDA overpayments go toward farm subsidies, report says

The report came out as Congress prepares to resume talks over a farm bill for 2014.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 09/05/2013

OPM improves pace with processing fed-worker retirement claims

The jump in claims processing ended two months of backsliding for the agency.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:09 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fed-worker retirements

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Postal Service planning to offer early retirement for thousands of managers

The financially struggling agency has offered such incentives in past years to trim its workforce and reduce costs.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:45 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  early retirement

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Will mailers be asked to pay more to help the U.S. Postal Service?

Postal Board to consider whether to request larger-than-normal rate increase for mailers

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  postal reform

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Obama administration extends veterans’ benefits to same-sex married couples

The new policy comes in response to the Supreme Court decision that overturned a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:57 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Army civilians can swap vacation time for excess furloughs

The policy provides options for employees who served more furlough days than necessary.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:17 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense furloughs

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Texas National Guard denies benefits for same-sex spouses

The agency said Texas's constitution conflicts with Pentagon policy of providing benefits for gay spouses.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/03/2013

House committee launches VA Accountability Watch

Rep. Jeff Miller, chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, has launched a campaign meant to highlight what he calls the VA's "pattern of rewarding failure."

By Steve Vogel  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 09/03/2013

U.S. gays face challenges serving abroad, plus more items that caught our attention

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By Josh Hicks  |  02:19 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/03/2013

GSA increases travel-reimbursement rates for feds

Standard lodging rates will rise slightly, but the but the agency has not increased the allowance for food and other expenses.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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