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The Federal Eye: December, 2013

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Pay raise kicks in Wednesday for federal workers

An executive order from President Obama provides for a 1 percent pay raise to take effect Jan. 1.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:52 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Top 10 stories from the 2013 budget battles

Top Federal Eye stories explaining the 2013 budget battles and their consequences.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Another top official in charge of troubled HealthCare.gov rollout retires

CMS Chief Operating Officer Michelle Snyder will retire before 2014, according to officials.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:05 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Senate confirmations bring new blood to troubled agencies

The Senate on Friday voted to confirm a new IRS commissioner and No. 2 for the Department of Homeland Security.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:40 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Navy adds Japan to overseas assignments for gay couples

U.S. and Japanese officials have agreed that the status of forces agreement between those two countries allows the change.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013

IRS delays start of tax filing season due to October shutdown

The IRS pushed the date to Jan. 31 to finish testing and preparing its processing systems after the 16-day government shutdown, but statutory deadline of April 15 remains.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Federal workers react to agencies’ job-satisfaction rankings

Feds shared their thoughts about the annual Best Places to Work rankings and how their agencies could improve.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Federal employees: How does your workplace stack up?

We want to know what federal workers think about their agencies. Let us know how you feel about how your workplace fared in the “Best places to work” rankings.

By Matt DeLong  |  12:00 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Animal welfare groups petition USDA to set rules for poultry plants

The petition outlines why they believe the department is obligated to establish rules in poultry plants prohibiting animal abuse.

By Kimberly Kindy  |  04:45 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Federal workers falling further behind in pay, council finds

Official average pay gap with comparable private sector jobs now exceeds 35 percent.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:22 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal pay, federal salaries, federal salary council, pay gap

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/17/2013

’Tis the season to brush up on ethics regulations

The government’s central ethics office recommends that employees read its poetic guide to gift-giving and -getting.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ethical restrictions, ethics, federal employees, gifts

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Cuts for military retirees costing GOP support for budget deal

Three Republican senators oppose the legislation because it would trim retirement pay for working-age military retirees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 12/13/2013

All holdout states now compliant with military’s same-sex benefits policy

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement on Friday, saying all service members “deserve our respect.“

By Josh Hicks  |  03:04 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Should Congress cap spending on official portraits?

A bipartisan Senate bill would place new restrictions on paintings of government officials.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:45 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Senate bill would expand appeals rights for ‘sensitive’ federal workers

The bill would allow feds to appeal personnel decisions even when their jobs are “sensitive” to national security.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Budget deal allows pay increase for federal workers

The bill would allow a cost-of-living increase to take place next year under an action President Obama has promised.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013

How higher federal-retirement payments ended up in the budget deal

The deal on retirement benefits for feds and military was reached at the 11th hour

By Lisa Rein  |  04:19 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013

D.C.’s Peace Corps numbers decline in 2013

The district lost the top spot for most per capita producers of Peace Corps volunteers

By Josh Hicks  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Senate panel offers little resistance to Obama’s IRS nominee

The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to decide Friday whether the full Senate should vote on John Koskinen’s nomination.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Budget deal entails higher pension contributions from future federal workers

Federal employees hired after Jan. 1 would pay more than existing feds for retirement benefits.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:11 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Stamp enthusiasts share mixed but passionate views on future of stamps

Stamp enthusiasts have mixed views of Harry Potter and the future of stamps

By Lisa Rein  |  02:48 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 12/11/2013

DOE was aware of security issues that exposed employees to hackers

A breach last summer affected more than 104,000 individuals, including agency employees, their dependents and contractors.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:15 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Senate panel considers Obama’s nominee for IRS commissioner

Nominee John Koskinen testified Tuesday but won’t face questions from lawmakers until a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Should National Mall include women’s history museum?

Setbacks in Congress, along with lack of funding and controversies with organizers, have kept the plans on hold for nearly 17 years.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Nominations begin for ‘Sammies’ public-service awards

The Partnership for Public Service will accept nominations through Jan. 17.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:29 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

PTSD rates similar among defense contractors and veterans, report says

The study highlights a need for post-service assistance among contractors who served in war zones.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

New EPA chief visits China to talk air pollution in first trip abroad

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy plans to talk about collaboration in combating air pollution and climate change.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Federal government offices closed Tuesday

All federal government offices in the Washington, D.C. area will be closed on Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced.

By homepage  |  04:22 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Impact of budgetary hit to federal retirement weighed

Requiring federal employees to pay more toward their retirement benefits likely would hurt retention, but effect on recruitment less certain, study says.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:53 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, CSRS, federal employee benefits, federal retirement, FERS, retirement contributions

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Virginia politicians pressing for FBI headquarters in Springfield

They’ll have to compete with Maryland’s entire congressional delegation, which has backed moving the office to Prince George’s County.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Federal offices open for Monday with delayed arrival, telework options

Federal employees have the option of using unscheduled leave, teleworking or arriving up to two hours later than usual, OPM said.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:04 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 12/06/2013

OPM updates severe-weather guidelines for federal offices

The agency tweaked its language on delayed arrivals and urged agencies to ensure more teleworking.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:59 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Federal workforce shrinks even as overall jobs picture improves

The federal government shed 7,000 workers last month as the overall U.S. economy gained more than 200,000 jobs.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:32 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Obama administration awards $55 million to boost health-care workforce

The workforce is stretched thin and possibly due for more strain under the Affordable Care Act as more Americans gain insurance.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Column: Nelson Mandela ‘the ultimate public servant’

Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson shared his impressions of the iconic leader in a June column.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:31 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Labor Department celebrates 100 years with ‘Books that Shaped Work in America’

The department is highlighting collection of recommended reads to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux  |  04:16 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Reports: Ryan and Murray nearing partial budget deal without tax increase

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By Josh Hicks  |  02:08 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Nationwide fast-food strikes will include D.C. workers from federal concessions

The strikes are part of a growing movement this year aimed at mandating better pay for low-wage workers.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 12/04/2013

GOP bill would reduce federal retiree benefits to spare Defense from sequester

The legislation adopts several proposals from President Obama, but tries to cancel defense cuts for two years.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:09 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Louisiana to process military benefits for same-sex spouses despite state ban

The state will temporarily place some of its National Guard members in a federal status to handle enrollments.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:27 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

IRS vulnerable to fraud with Obamacare health subsidies, audit says

An inspector general’s report released Tuesday said the IRS “may not be capable of identifying ACA refund fraud or schemes.”

By Josh Hicks  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013

House lawmakers to examine VA’s handling of disability appeals

Appeals of VA disability decisions have increased by 50 percent during the Obama administration.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Sculptor sues Postal Service over mistaken Lady Liberty stamp

Sculptor sues U.S. Postal Service over unauthorized image of his Statue of Liberty; claims copyright infringement.

By Lisa Rein  |  09:15 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Job Corps reporting budget surplus after enrollment freeze earlier this year

The federal job-training program ran a $60 million deficit earlier this year after reportedly mismanaging its finances.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013

LAX shooting suspect due for first court appearance Wednesday

Federal prosecutors have charged Paul A. Ciancia with murder in the LAX shooting rampage that took place last month.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Report shows weaknesses in DHS cybersecurity

The department uses outdated security controls and Internet connections not verified as trustworthy, according to an inspector general.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:28 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Inspector general seeks public opinion on Harry Potter stamps

The U.S. Postal Service inspector general is asking readers to weigh in on the new Harry Potter stamp, which has set off a debate over the future of the stamp program.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:14 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Consumer tips for HealthCare.gov show administration’s cautious optimism

Despite reported improvements with the site, administration officials are encouraging consumers to use it during off-peak hours.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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