A few items that caught our attention today:
Federal workers turn to labor leaders while facing sequester furloughs. Reporter Steve Hendrix profiled some of the union representatives who field calls and e-mails from federal employees concerned about the impacts of the government-wide spending cuts. See his front-page article in The Washington Post.
How to deal with paying your mortgage while facing a furlough. An NBC affiliate in St. Louis highlighted a webinar that teaches users, particularly civilian defense employees, how to survive financial setbacks during the sequester. See the segment from KSDK.
Federal workers on the front lines of gay-marriage fight. Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson profiled same-sex couples with ties to the federal workforce who have have been involved in efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. See Davidson’s latest column.
In defense cuts, it’s people vs hardware. Politico reports that two blocs are emerging for the upcoming budget battles: The hardware side, which includes the builders of jets, ships, and tanks, and the human side, which is made up of workforce costs such as salaries, benefits, health care and retirement. See the article from Politico’s Philip Ewing.
Senate and White House agree: No recess appointments. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that President Obama’s last recess appointments in January 2012 were invalid, saying they did not occur during a true recess. As lawmakers broke for two weeks starting on Friday, the White House apparently agreed with senators that it would not make any appointments during the pause, according to the Post’s In the Loop column.
Modernizing the Secret Service’s IT systems. That’s the job of Julia Pierson, the highest-ranking female agent at the agency, according to a profile from the Post’s Federal Player series.
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