Official: More furloughed feds requesting aid

A few items that caught our attention  Monday:

Federal employees represented by the NTEU protest the federal budget sequester on May 7 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty).
Federal employees represented by the NTEU protest the federal budget sequester on May 7 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty).

More furloughed feds requesting aid: The head of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Program said a growing number of feds are having trouble handling basic living expenses under the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. FEEA director Steve Bauer said he expects the number of requests to increase dramatically due to the 11 days of furloughs days that started to hit Defense Department furloughs last week, according to an article from Federal News Radio.

Higher TRICARE fees could save billions for government: A recent estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the government could save billions of dollars annually over the next decade by increasing the amount military retirees and their families pay for their health-care program, known as TRICARE. Government Executive has a report on the analysis.

Snowden leaks prompt legal challenges from transparency groups: At least five new cases have been filed in federal courts since Edward Snowed revealed a sweeping government program to collect telephone and Internet records, according to a Washington Post article.

Federal Reserve member questions pros of Glass-Steagall return: Some experts say a repeal of the Depression-era law in 1999 contributed to the financial meltdown in 2009, but Daniel Tarullo disagreed and said a proposal from Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to reinstate elements of the act would not necessarily address the current threats to the financial system, according to a Politico article.

Man with pellet gun, alcohol arrested for taking photos of John Kerry’s home: A spokesman for the secretary of state said authorities saw the man taking pictures of Kerry’s Boston home and that Boston police found a pellet gun in his vehicle and arrested him for possession of an open alcohol container, according to a Boston Globe article.

Napolitano’s resignation adds to leadership gap at Homeland Security: Janet Napolitano’s departure will create the 15th hole in the department’s 45 leadership positions, dealing the latest blow to a department where many heads of key agencies and divisions have been filled with acting officials or remained vacant for months, according to an Associated Press report.

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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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