Airports plan to sue FAA over tower closures

A few items that caught our attention today:

Airports plan to sue FAA over tower closures. Airport operators mounting a legal challenge say the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to cut funding for 149 contract air-traffic control towers violates federal law meant to ensure major changes at airports do not erode safety, according to an AP article.

Some federal agencies have hacked the sequester system. Even in this age of austerity, power and lobbying can still make money appear in Washington. A few agencies have found relief from the government-wide spending cuts by making noise about the potential consequences, according to a front-page article in Monday’s Washington Post.

Overtime cuts are painful for federal agencies and workers. Critics say the move, which has hit U.S. Customs and Border Protection particularly hard, will diminish efficiency, compromise public safety and unfairly penalize federal law enforcement agents, according to an article in The Washington Post.

Which federal agencies have the worst bosses? Employees with the Transportation Security Administration, Forest Service, Veterans Health Administration, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Voice of America ranked their supervisors among the worst in government in the last federal employee viewpoint survey, according to an analysis by Federal Times.

Caroline Kennedy to become ambassador to Japan. Her relationship with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been strained after Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, but she has landed a plum post now that John Kerry is heading the Department of State, as noted by In the Loop.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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