Flights delayed as sequester furloughs begin

 

A few items that caught our attention today:

A plane lands at Newark Libery International Airport in Newark, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP).
A plane lands at Newark Libery International Airport in Newark, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP).

Flights delayed as sequester furloughs begin. New York’s La Guardia Airport experienced delays of up to 90 minutes as furloughs kicked in on Monday for the Federal Aviation Administration’s air-traffic controllers. Monday marks the first business day with sequester furloughs for some agencies. Read the story from the Washington Post’s Ashley Halsey III and Luz Lazo.

Postal bailout imminent if Congress doesn’t act quickly. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe sounded that alarm for postal-reform legislation during a luncheon at the National Press Club on Friday, calling on Congress to give the Postal Service more control over its operations, according to an article from Federal News Radio.

Win a workout session with David Petraeus — just like his mistress. The four-star general and former CIA director, who had an affair with his biographer and occasional jogging companion, Paula Broadwell, is auctioning off the “dream experience” of working out with him to benefit the Mission Continues charity, which offers paid fellowships to returning veterans, according to an item by In the Loop contributor Emily Heil.

House panel grills TSA executive over sequester plan. Transportation Security Administration Deputy Administrator John W. Halinski apparently had a rough go of things on Friday as the House oversight committee issued stinging criticism of TSA’s sequester plan and its warnings about the effects of the cuts, according to an article by Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson.

Combined Federal Campaign pledges fell for third straight year. Contributions dropped to $257.2 million in 2012, a decline of 6 percent from the previous year, according to OMB numbers and a Federal Times article. The agency has proposed abolishing the current network of local and state campaigns in favor of a smaller number of regional organizations more closely controlled by OPM, the report says.

Do federal employees have freedom of speech? GovLoop asked that question with a contributor sharing five factors she uses to guide and sometimes limit public comments about the agency she works for. An honest conversation promotes transparency, but it can also land you in trouble, wrote Dannielle Blumenthal.

Longest-waiting veterans move to the front of the line. The Department of Veteran Affairs will focus on its oldest disability claims first under a new program aimed at helping those who have waited more than a year for a decision, according to a report from the Associated Press.

 

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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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