Postal work among most dangerous civilian federal jobs

September 9, 2013

A few items that caught our attention Monday:

(David Goldman/AP)
(David Goldman/AP)

Postal work tops list of most dangerous federal civilian jobs: Postal Service employees made up one-third of all federal civilian workers who died on the job in 2012, not including military, foreign service or intelligence, according to preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers reported in a Federal Times article.

John Kerry is dangerously bad at selling Syria strikes: That’s according to Post foreign-affairs blogger Max Fisher, who wrote that the secretary of state’s recent missteps make it tougher to sell the Obama administration’s Syria plan and also have real implications for both Syria itself and the U.S. effort to organize international action to end the war there. Read more of Fisher’s take on the Worldviews blog.

IRS nominee worth as much as $27 million: Financial disclosure reports show that Obama’s pick to head the Internal Revenue Service, former Freddie Mac chairman John Koskinen, is worth between $7 million and $27 million, according to a Politico report.

Hatch Act concerns abound; penalties not so much: Investigators found that roughly one out of five employees at the Education Department — or 870 in all — sent at least one e-mail containing the name of a 2008 political candidate, and the agency’s inspector general referred 21 cases as possible violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits participation in political activities while on duty for the federal government. However, the Office of Special Counsel declined to discipline any of the workers, according to a Federal Times report.

Jobs numbers reflect federal furloughs: The number of federal workers who report working part time because they cannot get full-time hours has more than doubled since 2012, reaching 144,000 in August. That number may have increased because of recent sequester furloughs for government employees, according to an item on the New York Times Economix blog.

September could be big month for federal contractors:That’s because the clock is ticking down on the end of the fiscal year, and agencies are inclined to spend all their budgeted money before Sept. 30, according to experts who spoke for a Federal News Radio article.

CBO joins Twitter: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which analyzes the effects of policy proposals for Congress, has launched its social-media presence on Twitter. The agency will use two handles: @USCBO  and @USCBOCostEst, according to an item on the CBO blog.

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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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