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The Federal Eye: January, 2014

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Fed-worker retirement eligibility to skyrocket by 2017, report says

The findings come from a new GAO report on trends in federal civilian employment and compensation.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/31/2014

NOAA lifts hold on hiring and training

The hiring and training freeze has been in effect since last March as a result of the sequester.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

House panel asks to hear from Obama donor involved in IRS investigation

The inquiry would be the latest from Republicans searching for evidence of intentional wrongdoing in connection with the IRS targeting controversy.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 01/30/2014

New federal Web site allows veterans to report abuses by colleges

The site would help track colleges that try try to exploit veterans and their educational benefits.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:31 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez echoes Obama’s minimum-wage message

Thomas Perez visited a locally-owned hardware store in D.C. to press the president’s agenda.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:48 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Key federal-employee policies have changed during Obama administration

Key developments for the federal workforce during President Obama’s tenure in the White House.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:18 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal benefits, federal employees, federal pay, federal retirement, State of the Union

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/29/2014

GSA’s head of public buildings steps down

Dorothy Robyn led the search for a new FBI headquarters and helped secure a deal with Donald Trump.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama’s minimum-wage plan answers calls from recent worker movement

President Obama used his State of the Union speech to promise a new minimum wage for employees on new federal contracts.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Hearings: Senate panel to examine military pension cut

Will Congress repeal the pension cut for younger military retirees? Plus other notable hearings scheduled for Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Dept. of Homeland Security suspends overtime program

Critics say the DHS “administratively uncontrollable overtime” program was widely abused.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Issa leading effort to fire National Intelligence Director James Clapper

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By Josh Hicks  |  05:04 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Daniel Werfel leaves government after guiding IRS through troubles

Werfel led the IRS after the agency acknowledged inappropriate actions toward advocacy groups.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:04 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

American Legion warns military may lose most commissaries

The American Legion is concerned about reports that the Pentagon is considering a more than 70 percent reduction in commissary spending.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Union claims National Weather Service sitting on surplus during hiring freeze

The agency and a union representing its employees disagree over how much is available for filling vacancies.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:39 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/24/2014

How useful is TSA ‘behavior detection’ at airports?

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By Josh Hicks  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Competing appeals of Postal Service’s upcoming rate hike

U.S. Postal Service and mail-industry groups file competing appeals relating to three-cent increase in postage due to take effect in three days.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Postal Service

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Office of Personnel Management to lay off 300 workers in March

The move is necessary because of budget constraints and a slowdown in federal hiring, the agency said.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:48 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Justice Department: USIS filed 660,000 flawed background checks

The Justice Department said USIS filed 660,000 flawed investigations of government hires.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Federal employment projected to drop through 2022

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14-percent decline in federal employment by 2022.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Broad VA bill would repeal military pension cut, cost $30 billion

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he is open to paying for the bill with savings from overseas military operations.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:01 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Postal Service struggling to keep up on repairs with shrinking budget

With its capital budget shrinking, the USPS spent 29 percent below the industry average on repairs.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

VA software glitch exposed veterans’ personal information

A defect allowed veterans to view and change each other’s accounts on the eBenefits system.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Two-hour delayed arrival for federal workers in D.C. area

Federal offices will be open on Wednesday with a two-hour delayed arrival.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:18 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 01/21/2014

How safe are feds with their work mobile devices?

A new survey from an industry group sheds some light on how well feds are protecting their mobile devices.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:33 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Union says spending bill pushes privatization of airport screening

The legislation caps the number of TSA screeners at 46,000, prompting concerns from the American Federation of Government Employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Federal government offices closed Tuesday

Federal government offices are closed because of the weather.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:19 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/17/2014

An agency-by-agency breakdown of the spending bill

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By Josh Hicks  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/17/2014

VA bill offers chance to repeal military pension cut after passage of spending bill

The measure represents perhaps the next best opportunity to repeal the controversial pension cut.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/17/2014

What do the government’s ‘industrial organizational psychologists’ do?

They’re not exactly what people might think of when they hear the word psychologist.

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Some reductions in spending bill span philosophical divide

Groups that rarely agree on cost-cutting measures find common ground on proposals in the bill.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:34 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Federal employment dropped again in December, capping year of loss

The latest numbers from BLS show that the federal government lost another 2,000 employees in December.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Spending bill removes pension cuts for disabled military retirees, but not others

Military groups say the pension reduction amounts to a broken promise to service members.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Spending bill restricts funding for new Homeland Security headquarters

The omnibus appropriations bill provides about $200 million less than the project asks for in 2014.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:16 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Agencies increasingly borrow border-patrol drones for domestic surveillance

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By Josh Hicks  |  11:36 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Sen. Orrin Hatch hits Justice Department over IRS probe

The Republican accused the department of leaking information and rushing to judgement in the case.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Federal travel and conferences: Spending down, as lawmakers consider more restrictions

Senators praise cuts to federal travel and spending but some warn that agencies should not go overboard.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:16 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GSA

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Union says spending bill undercuts IRS mission

The spending bill would continue most of the IRS’s sequester cuts while providing $92 million more for services and enforcement.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:56 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 01/14/2014

All the news you could want on the spending bill

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By Josh Hicks  |  02:17 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Supreme Court case has big implications for National Labor Relations Board

NLRB v. Noel Canning could affect hundreds of NLRB decisions that have taken place since 2012.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 01/13/2014

CMS replaces executives who departed after HealthCare.gov troubles

The agency appointed a new chief operating officer and top tech executive.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:19 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Survey: Strong concern about health coverage among congressional staffers

The findings come from a Congressional Management Survey of chiefs of staff and local directors.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Federal senior execs call for revised awards program

Since cash awards are no longer available, the SES wants alternative means of recognition.

By Joe Davidson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Majority in Congress are millionaires

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By Josh Hicks  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Congress sheds light on government waste

A House panel heard testimony from Democratic and Republican senators, as well as several think-tanks.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Obama political donor leading Justice Department’s IRS investigation

Justice Department trial attorney Barbara Bosserman contributed $6,750 to Obama and the DNC.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/09/2014

IRS watchdog says customer service to taxpayers is suffering

The report repeats a call for a taxpayer “Bill of Rights,” particularly in the aftermath of a scandal last year.

By Lisa Rein  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Federal agencies not always warning about jeopardized personal information

Only one quarter of agencies reviewed notified affected individuals for all high-risk breaches, according to a report.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Easier path to federal employment for military spouses?

Government to consider change that would ease federal employment for military spouses

By Lisa Rein  |  03:52 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MILITARY

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Nominee for Homeland Security inspector general to testify Tuesday

John Roth, a top official with the Food and Drug Administration, would take over a troubled office if confirmed.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Obama to talk NSA reform with lawmakers

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By Josh Hicks  |  03:37 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Where is the December jobs report?

The BLS normally releases the numbers on the first Friday of every month, but not in January.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:51 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Revisiting Issa’s plan to replace military-pension cuts with postal savings

Issa’s proposal raises questions about whether the government can claim savings from an agency that is “off budget.“

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 01/06/2014

New IRS commissioner addresses agency challenges

John Koskinen held his first meeting with reporters just hours after his ceremonial swearing-in on Monday.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:37 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Federal employee unions lay out 2014 priorities

From raises to capping contractor pay, here are the issues fed-worker unions will focus on in 2014.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Rand Beers heads to White House

The acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security will serve as a senior Obama adviser.

By Scott Wilson  |  04:59 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Obama administration takes on nuns over birth-control mandate

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By Josh Hicks  |  04:44 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Varied views on new contractor-pay cap

The new rule has lowered the limit on contractor pay by nearly 49 percent, setting the top level at $487,000.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:40 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Issa bill would end Saturday mail to repeal military pension cut

The Republican joins a long list of lawmakers with bills to replace the pension cut with other savings.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Five federal-government stories to keep your eye on for 2014

A few topics the Federal Eye will track closely during the coming year.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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