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The Federal Eye: October, 2013

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell lays out conservation strategy

The Interior chief outlined her vision for the agency during a luncheon Thursday at the National Press Club.

By Leonard Bernstein  |  03:32 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Federal government sets 20-year high for hiring veterans

Nearly 29 percent of the federal government’s total new hires for 2012 were military veterans.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Focusing on Navy Yard shooting, Senate panel examines security clearances

Lawmakers expressed concern that the federal-government’s security-clearance process does not always check police records.

By Joe Davidson  |  01:08 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Feds and contractors with security clearance owe $85 million in unpaid taxes

A report from the Government Accountability Office said about half of the 8,400 individuals with unpaid tax bills had worked out a repayment plan.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:53 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/31/2013

FAA to allow use of personal electronics during flights

The agency announced the changes on Thursday, with the new rules set to be implemented by the end of the year.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/31/2013

It’s scary what the government can do with survey data

The U.S. Census Bureau has compiled a list of statistics and other fun facts relating to Halloween and other holidays.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/31/2013

The stories behind the shutdown photos

Washington Post photojournalist Melina Mara was able to capture meetings between lawmakers that defined the budget impasse.

By Casey Capachi  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Federal Protective Service criticized again over guard training

Once again, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found fault with the Federal Protective Service (FPS) that provides security for 9,600 federal facilities.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 10/30/2013

New bill would eliminate disruptions in military ‘death benefits’

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

By Josh Hicks  |  12:43 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Retirees to get 1.5 percent inflation increase to benefits

Cost of living adjustment for retirees exceeds expected pay raise for federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cola, federal retirement, inflation adjustment, retirement, social security

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 10/30/2013

In wake of shutdown, veterans’ committee leaders call for advance VA funding

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Congress’s Veterans’ Affairs committees are pushing legislation to advance appropriations to all VA programs.

By Steve Vogel  |  08:17 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/30/2013

House approves bill to limit bonuses for VA employees

The bipartisan measure, which passed unanimously, would reduce bonuses by about 13 percent.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Female senators unite behind security-clearance proposal

The proposal would require at least two random audits within five years for every security clearance.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/29/2013

GOP lawmakers eye federal-retiree benefits in upcoming budget talks

GOP leaders and the White House have proposed increased contributions from federal employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Labor Department: No double dipping for furloughed feds

The Labor Department said all states must recoup unemployment payments that went to federal workers during the shutdown, since they are receiving back pay.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:08 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Former GSA chief in charge during conference scandal pens new book

Former GSA chief Martha Johnson writes a book about leadership in government.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olreporting

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Feds allowed more time for charitable giving through CFC

The Office of Personnel Management has extended the deadlineto Jan. 15 as a result of the recent shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:03 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Key Republicans threaten subpoena for HealthCare.gov answers

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) set a deadline of Monday for Health and Human Services to provide detailed information about the failures.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:03 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Shutdown tales of the unexpected

The Federal Eye this week offered readers an opportunity to share their experiences with unexpected effects.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:35 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Virginia’s Sen. Mark Warner requests study of shutdown costs

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has called on the Government Accountability Office to take a comprehensive look at the costs.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Issa: Extend fed-worker health plan to all Americans

Rep. Darrell Issa said the plan would address many of the nation’s health-care challenges.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 10/24/2013

How will shutdown furloughs affect the October jobs numbers?

By Josh Hicks  |  04:37 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/24/2013

The burning of the White House, as seen by the Irish and British

Gen. Robert Ross, who burned the White House, is a nearly forgotten figure in his own hometown.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/24/2013

‘Sammie’ winners meet President Obama

By Josh Hicks  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Who is Jeffrey Zients, and why is he qualified to fix HealthCare.gov?

A little background on the man President Obama tapped to oversee the fixing of Obamacare’s glitchy online exchange.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:40 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Is GSA prepared for making moves with federal property?

Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability says the agency needs more transparency first.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 10/23/2013

More feds may receive early back pay Thursday

Some agencies are trying to rush funds to their workers after they went without checks during the 16-day government closure.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:49 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Inspector general hits IRS with two new reports

Audits showed that the IRS has made little progress in reducing faulty payments and that its contractor employees owe millions of dollars in back taxes.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:13 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Wary feds look to budget talks with caution

The next action will take place in a conference committee that is trying to bridge wide differences in budgets.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Survey: 62 percent have favorable view of federal employees

Sixty-two percent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center said they had a favorable of federal workers.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Survey: What shutdown impacts caught you by surprise?

We want to know about the unexpected impacts, including those that affected individuals and organizations with no direct ties to the government.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/22/2013

IRS to delay tax-filing season up to two weeks

The agency said that the move is necessary because of the 16-day government shutdown that ended Oct. 17.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:01 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Family and medical leave now available for feds with same-sex spouses

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

By Josh Hicks  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Glitches common for federal government’s Web rollouts

Major problems occurred with the 2011 launch of USAJobs.gov, in addition to the recent bugs for HealthCare.gov.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013

States want reimbursement for funding national parks during shutdown

Five states provided funds to reopen federal parks during the shutdown, but reimbursement is not guaranteed.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Demand for federal jobs still high despite shutdown

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

By Josh Hicks  |  04:29 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Pay raise would be wide-reaching, but exclude members of Congress

Congress won’t take a raise in 2014 but the 1 percent raise in the works for federal employees would apply to other top officials.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:22 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congressional pay, federal pay, federal pay raise, pay freeze

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Kathleen Sebelius to testify about Obamacare glitches

Republicans accused Sebelius of dodging a hearing set for Thursday with a congressional panel.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 10/21/2013

OMB head warns more employee furloughs possible

Following government shutdown, OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell warns more employee furloughs are possible and that morale was hurt.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:10 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Diabetes foundation canceled fundraising ride because of shutdown

The cancellation was an inconvenience, but the money raised will still go toward the group and its mission of funding type I diabetes research.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Some feds to receive advance on back pay

The Social Security Administration said it will advance a portion of the back pay its employees are owed.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:49 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013

How much did the shutdown cost the economy?

The closure has likely cost the government and the economy billions of dollars, according to economists and policy analysts.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 10/17/2013

VIDEOS | Day One of the government reopening

Reactions from returning federal workers, plus video of President Obama’s speech and Vice President Joe Biden greeting EPA workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:27 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Obama says thank you to federal employees

President Obama says welcome back and thank you to federal employees after 16-day government shutdown.

By Joe Davidson  |  01:15 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Shutdown dampens enthusiasm for some prospective feds

Government shutdown has weakened the enthusiasm of some prospective federal employees for a federal career.

By Joe Davidson  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Full transcript of Obama’s shutdown remarks

President Obama talked about the recent government shutdown during a news conference at the White House on Thursday.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:39 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Feds can expect back pay with next checks

The shutdown deal included retroactive compensation for federal employees who were furloughed during the closure.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Budget deal allows for January federal pay raise

Raise of 1 percent would follow freeze on salary rates over 2011-2013.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, pay raise, shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Five differences between the 1996 and 2013 shutdowns

Five key differences between the Clinton- and Obama-era shutdowns.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013

What ending the shutdown means for federal employees

Answers to questions about the impact of restored funding on pay and benefits of federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back pay, benefits, excepted employees, federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Senate shutdown deal reportedly includes furlough pay

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees were furloughed during the shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:03 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Furloughed employees typically would return on day after shutdown ends

Furloughed federal employees generally would be expected to report for work on their next regular working day but there could be exceptions.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:40 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, return to work

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Feds seeking unemployment show shutdown impact

For federal employees, seeking unemployment compensation is one clear example of how the government shutdown is much harsher than a “temporary inconvenience,” as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) recently declared.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Government shutdown generates stories of misery

Wednesday’s Federal Diary drew lots of Twitter reaction. It reported on reader comments about the government shutdown. They were collected as part of a project by washingtonpost.com. In case you missed the article, here is the top of the column, with a link to the full story.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:08 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Vet groups: No more ‘posturing and playing politics’

A nonpartisan coalition of 33 organizations representing veterans and members of the military spoke at the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning to demand an end to the government shutdown.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Closely watched COLA announcement to be delayed

Measurement of inflation used to increase payments for federal retirees and others is stalled by funding lapse.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cola, consumer price index, federal retiremenet, inflation adjustment, social security

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Coalition of veteran and military groups demanding end to shutdown

Members of a coalition of 33 organizations are to gather at the World War II Memorial to demand an end to the shutdown.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Lawmakers’ resolution asks financial institutions to aid federal workers

By Marcia Davis  |  11:42 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013

National Parks losing revenue under shutdown

The Coalition of National Park Service retirees estimated that the park system has missed out on about 715,000 visitors daily.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Shutdown leaves federal charity with uncertainties

The charity that relies on contributions from federal employees faces uncertainty because of the shutdown and furloughed workers.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:13 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  combined federal campaign, government shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Federal workers talk financial concerns

Federal employees share their strategies for dealing with time off and financial uncertainty during the shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, shutdown

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Furloughs could shortchange employees of leave benefits

Many federal workers could accrue less leave than usual, at least temporarily.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:54 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furlough, government shutdown, leave, pay

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

No more operating money available through Thrift Savings Plan

As the government bumps up against the debt ceiling, one place it cannot look for more headroom is the federal employee retirement savings program.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:53 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, federal employees, G fund, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013

IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram denies practicing witchcraft during House hearing

Sarah Hall Ingram is former head of the IRS division that singled out tax-exemption applicants for extra scrutiny based on ideology.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs testimony

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Area GOP reps buck party, support 'clean' funding

GOP Reps. Frank Wolf and Rob Wittman of Virginia take a different approach.

By Joe Davidson  |  01:21 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GOP reps buck party

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Shinseki: Benefit checks for vets and their families could end Nov. 1 if shutdown continues

The VA would not be sending checks out to 5.18 million beneficiaries, the veterans affairs secretary told the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

By Steve Vogel  |  10:46 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Dems seek GOP help in forcing vote on 'clean' bill

Dems seek GOP help in forcing vote on “clean” bill.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:41 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Budget battle

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

Military 'death gratuities' on hold until end of shutdown

The families of deceased military personnel cannot expect to receive the so-called "death gratuity" of $100,000.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:19 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  military benefits

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/09/2013

VIDEO | How lawmakers cope without staffers

Congress answer phones and drinks bipartisan coffee as standstill on Capitol Hill continues.

By Casey Capachi  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Shinseki warns shutdown is harming veterans

The secretary of Veterans Affairs says it has harmed efforts to reduce the disability claims backlog.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Ten tips for surviving the shutdown

Federal workers share their top tips for surviving furlough.

By Ryan Kellett  |  06:34 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Shutdown could improve perception of federal employees

In a weird way, this stupid government shutdown could improve the perception of federal employees, says the Federal Diary column.

By Joe Davidson  |  10:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Bills would halt Congress's pay during shutdown periods

Democrats and Republicans have proposed competing bills to freeze lawmakers' salaries when the government shuts down.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:47 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown pay

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Back pay bill's effect on furlough uncertain

Bill before Congress would provide needed authority for pay, but separate authority for the programs they work in is another matter.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back pay, federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Will contractors receive back pay for the government shutdown?

Government contractors will not be paid for furlough time during the shutdown, unlike federal employees under a House bill supported by the White House and many Senate lawmakers.

By Josh Hicks and Marjorie Censer  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, shutdown

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 10/07/2013

A comedy show for furloughed federal workers

Three humorists with special insight into the government will try to cheer up dispirited federal employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:14 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown deals

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Millennials and federal service: a good match?

Not only is it a good time to join the federal workforce, but millennials are particularly well-suited for public service careers.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Federal workers: What are you doing with furlough time?

What are you doing with your spare time? What is your strategy for dealing with extended furloughs if this thing drags on for weeks or months?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye openers

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 10/04/2013

How did the bill for shutdown pay come about?

An explanation of who created the measure and how it quickly gained traction with both chambers of Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:14 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough pay, shutdown

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Support all around on back pay for furloughed federal workers

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the House will pass the measure on Saturday.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough pay

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Federal workers to rally against shutdown on Capitol Hill

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union will take part in the demonstration on Friday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 10/03/2013

World War II vets Dingell and Dole call for end to shutdown

One of the last remaining veterans of World War II in Congress called Thursday afternoon for his colleagues to end the government shutdown, suggesting that members of the legislative body who have appeared at the World War II memorial this week are not doing enough to support those who served in the conflict.

By Steve Vogel  |  05:28 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Shots fired near U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol Police have issued warnings to "shelter in place."

By Josh Hicks  |  02:54 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capitol lockdown

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Lawmakers urge Pentagon to press National Guard on benefits for gay couples

Four states' National Guards have refused to process benefits for same-sex couples.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  national guard

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Ask a Fed: What is it like to work at NASA?

A scientist from NASA answers reader questions about his work and what it's like to work at NASA.

By Masuma Ahuja  |  01:20 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Labor Department: No jobs report this month because of shutdown

The announcement came one day before the Bureau of Labor Statistics was scheduled to release the numbers for September.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jobs report, shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown could cost jobs down the line, report says

The impacts would not occur immediately, but they could show up within two months in areas where federal employees make up a high percentage of the workforce, the report said.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown impacts

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 10/02/2013

2013 Service to America Award winners announced

Here are this year's recipients of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

By Lillian Cunningham  |  07:09 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olreporting

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Ironic timing for 'Sammie' award winners

Check out the Post's slideshow of all the federal employees who received the awards.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:39 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sammie awards

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Shutdown stymies federal employee missions

Federal employees have a strong sense of mission. Now in the second day of furlough because the government is shutdown due to a congressional budget impasse, many workers are idle.

By Joe Davidson  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Shutdown Q&A for vets

Join Federal Eye reporter Steve Vogel for a live discussion about the impact of the government shutdown on veterans.

By Steve Vogel  |  11:10 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Scenes from Day One of the government shutdown

Washington Post reporters caught up with federal workers, a congressman and a tourist from Kansas.

By T. Rees Shapiro and Jackie Kucinich  |  08:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown reactions

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Shutdown casts doubt on release of monthly jobs report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics had scheduled the release for Friday, but the agency is down to just three employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, shutdown

Posted at 10:23 PM ET, 10/01/2013

VA warns disability claims progress 'at risk'

The Department of Veterans Affairs warned Tuesday night that the government shutdown will reverse its progress on lowering the backlog of disability claims.

By Steve Vogel  |  10:23 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  veterans

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Furloughed federal workers to hand out tourist guide to shut-down D.C.

Workers Wednesday plan to distribute guides telling visitors which area attractions are open and closed.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:25 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughed feds

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Federal labor leaders blast shutdown

Federal labor leaders are expressing outrage at the government shutdown, which has led to the furlough of many federal workers.

By Joe Davidson  |  02:06 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal unions

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Obama issues letter to federal workforce

The president thanked federal employees for their public service and promised to work with Congress to end the shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:47 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama letter

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Bill would pay workers for shutdown time

The bill would ensure that the government pays all federal employees for the shutdown period, regardless of whether they were furloughed.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown pay

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Got shutdown questions?

Ask away starting at 11 a.m. on the Post's online shutdown chat room.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:49 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Shutdown Q and A: Federal retirement benefits

How the shutdown affects federal retirement benefits, for both active and retired employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal annuities, federal retirement, government shutdown, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/01/2013

OPM says government is 'open' on first day of shutdown

Perhaps they didn't get the news. At 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management Web site said the status of the federal government is "open."

By Joe Davidson  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Government "open"?

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Shutdown consequences set to begin for government contractors

Agencies could cancel or reduce existing contracts as a result of the government shutdown that took effect on Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government contractors

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Union calls for fed workers to 'fight back' against shutdown

A labor leader representing federal employees is calling on them to "take to the streets" to protest a partial government shutdown that began Tuesday.

By Joe Davidson  |  07:07 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Day One of the government shutdown: Now what?

What can federal workers and the rest of the nation expect now that the shutdown is in effect?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener

 

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