Feds can save money by examining health plans

Health insurance expert tells feds to study their needs and health insurance plans during Open Season.

    The Federal Eye

    Health plans open season for feds until Dec. 8

    Federal employees and retirees have until Dec. 8 to choose health insurance plans.

      New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana

      Bill pushes for veterans to be able to use medicial cannaibus for PTSD.

        Report examines federal retirement changes for deficit reduction

        A report for Congress lists numerous potential ways to reduce spending on federal pay and retirement benefits.

          VA removes Sharon Helman, manager at center of Phoenix health-care scandal

          Helman has been on paid leave for nearly six months, following findings that employees at her hospital lied about health-care wait times.

            Consultant: Fixing federal pay requires reliable facts first

            EYE CATCHERS | Must-read federal news stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

              The Federal Diary

              Feds can save money by examining health plans

              Health insurance expert tells feds to study their needs and health insurance plans during Open Season.

              Agency few Americans use generates controversy

              Contractors fear shift to outside staffing firms could cut workers and international programming at VOA.

              Rep. Chaffetz seeks to fire ‘bad apples’ in federal workforce

              FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans retained control of the House in this week’s election, but because of retirements and party-imposed term limits on committee chairmen, more than half a dozen committees will be getting new chairmen.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

              Chaffetz, incoming committee chair, wants to make it easier to fire feds and tax delinquent staffers.

              In the Loop

              In the Loop: About those non-pardoned turkeys

              The 2013 White House turkeys are presented to the news media during the pardoning ritual, which will continue this year.

              Every year, the president makes a show of sparing a bird or two. But then what does the first family eat?

              President Clinton’s selective nostalgia for attack ads

              Clinton remembers when attack ads were a lot more high brow.

              Would the timing of the Ferguson decision have made a difference? Probably not.

              The deadly Rodney King riots in Los Angeles came after a verdict announced in early afternoon. We were there.

              Fine Print

              What it costs to fight the Islamic State

              A breakdown of the administration’s request to Congress for an additional $5.6 billion.

              It’s way past time to rethink our nukes

              Service members on nuclear jobs fear being overwhelmed by U.S. inspections more than any enemy.

              Lame-duck Congress must be firm on the Islamic State

              Congressional authorization and funding for the fight are critical before this sessions ends.

              The High Court

              Human side of Supreme Court cases

              FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2011 file photo, Ari Zivotofsky, right, stands with his nine-year-old son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The first time Menachem's case was in front of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer laid out several reasons why courts should stay out of a dispute between Congress and the president over whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth on their passports as Israel. It is back at the high court for argument Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at a time of acute Palestinian-Israeli tension over Jerusalem and significant strain in Israeli-American relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

              Individuals with stories to tell are often at the heart of many cases the justices hear.

              Some explaining to do? Not here.

              Mistie Tolman, left, cries as she gets a hug from friend Lisa Perry after she and her partner Karen McMillian, right, were denied the opportunity for a marriage license inside the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in the states of Idaho and Nevada. The order came minutes after Idaho on Wednesday filed an emergency request for an immediate stay. The state's request said that without a stay, state and county officials would have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)  LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KTVB 7);  LOCAL ONLINE OUT MANDATORY CREDIT

              Supreme Court justices don’t have to spell out their reasoning for their rulings.

              High Court: I’m no longer in love with you

              FILE - This Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington. No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. Nor did any of the justices try to stop the deaths of inmates in Florida and Missouri by lethal injection. Even as the number of executions annually has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years and the court has barred states from killing juveniles and the mentally disabled, no justice has emerged as a principled opponent of the death penalty. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

              Erwin Chemerinsky, law school dean and author, has serious issues with the Supreme Court and its justices.

              The Federal Coach

              Talking leadership with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

              “Your job is not to tell me about something you’re concerned with, it’s to get in my face and make sure I’ve heard you.“

              Critiques of the Presidential Management Fellows program

              Federal employees respond to a recent column, echoing the flaws a study found in the program’s implementation.

              Shaping the environment inside the EPA

              Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, talks about her management philosophy.

              Federal Player of the Week

              Overseeing how the garden grows

              U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Ari Novy oversees a multitude of programs and exhibits.

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              Column

              In the Loop: About those non-pardoned turkeys

              In the Loop: About those non-pardoned turkeys

              Every year, the president makes a show of sparing a bird or two. But then what does the first family eat?

              Court to hear challenge to EPA power-plant emissions rule

              Court to hear challenge to EPA power-plant emissions rule

              Justices agreed to decided whether the agency improperly adopted regulations without considering costs.

              Health plans open season for feds until Dec. 8

              Federal employees and retirees have until Dec. 8 to choose health insurance plans.

              Would the timing of the Ferguson decision have made a difference? Probably not.

              Would the timing of the Ferguson decision have made a difference? Probably not.

              The deadly Rodney King riots in Los Angeles came after a verdict announced in early afternoon. We were there.

              ‘Merry Christmas,’ ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ and other seasonal greetings are okay in congressional mail

              ‘Merry Christmas,’ ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ and other seasonal greetings are okay in congressional mail

              A seasonal reminder that House rules now allow members to send out certain holiday greetings.

              Report examines federal retirement changes for deficit reduction

              A report for Congress lists numerous potential ways to reduce spending on federal pay and retirement benefits.

              Column

              Tim Howard for defense secretary? Well, the job’s open . . .

              Tim Howard for defense secretary? Well, the job’s open . . .

              Obama did acknowledge the goal of numerous U.S. soccer fans, but the netminder is kind of busy.

              Consultant: Fixing federal pay requires reliable facts first

              Consultant: Fixing federal pay requires reliable facts first

              EYE CATCHERS | Must-read federal news stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

              White House aides agree GOP, McCain were right on Hagel?

              White House aides agree GOP, McCain were right on Hagel?

              Republicans bitterly opposed Hagel’s confirmation in 2013 but now object to his removal.

              Obama ramps up immigration defense as conservatives urge tough response

              Obama ramps up immigration defense as conservatives urge tough response

              Republicans tried to craft a viable response as outrage among the most conservative continued to boil.

              High court case tests free speech limits on Facebook

              High court case tests free speech limits on Facebook

              In a groundbreaking case, the Supreme Court will consider whether an estranged husband’s Facebook postings constituted a “true threat” against his wife.

              McCaul: GOP won’t shut down government over immigration

              McCaul: GOP won’t shut down government over immigration

              “We are not going to shut the government down, but we are going to shut down the president and his actions,” McCaul said.

              Obama on immigration: I ‘can’t solve the entire problem’

              Obama on immigration: I ‘can’t solve the entire problem’

              President Obama responded to criticism of his recent executive actions on immigration during an interview that aired Sunday.

              Obama will ‘wait and see how the response comes out’ in Ferguson

              Obama will ‘wait and see how the response comes out’ in Ferguson

              President Obama said Sunday that he has no plans for now to visit Ferguson, Mo., where a grand jury decision is expected within days.

              Cruz: Obama ‘declining to honor his constitutional obligation’

              Cruz: Obama ‘declining to honor his constitutional obligation’

              Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called on Senate Republicans to block Obama’s nominations and attach a rider to the next DHS spending bill.

              Agency that few Americans use draws controversy

              Contractors fear shift to outside staffing firms could cut workers and international programming at VOA.

              IRS inspector general finds up to 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s e-mails

              IRS inspector general finds up to 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s e-mails

              The IRS has said that many of the ex-IRS official’s e-mails were missing because of a hard drive crash in 2011.

              Talking leadership with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

              Talking leadership with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

              “Your job is not to tell me about something you’re concerned with, it’s to get in my face and make sure I’ve heard you.“

              Column

              A diverse group tunes in to Obama

              A diverse group tunes in to Obama

              Immigrants from many nations have a vested interest in the president’s executive order.

              Senate clears more ambassadors, judges

              Senate clears more ambassadors, judges

              The Senate takes off for Thanksgiving after confirming a goodly number of ambassadors and judges.

              Rep. Chaffetz says fire federal ‘bad apples’

              Rep. Chaffetz says fire federal ‘bad apples’

              Incoming House committee chairman wants federal managers to have expedited authority to fire “bad apples.“

              Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’

              Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’

              Rep. Stephen Lynch said Congress may need to consider legislation that would force agencies to notify employees immediately when their information is compromised.

              Report: Obama to meet with senior federal executives next month

              Report: Obama to meet with senior federal executives next month

              The meeting will take place Dec. 9 with senior executives and managers, according to a Government Executive report.

              CIA gets ready to party! RSVP by Dec. 1!

              CIA gets ready to party! RSVP by Dec. 1!

              The CIA holiday party, once the ultimate invite, fell on hard times in lean budget years, but now. . .

              Postal Service almost never denies mail-surveillance requests

              Postal Service almost never denies mail-surveillance requests

              The Postal Service tracks information from the outside of mail items on behalf of law-enforcement agencies in a controversial surveillance practice known as mail covers.

              EPA put eight employees on paid leave for four months to four years

              EPA put eight employees on paid leave for four months to four years

              The report comes after federal auditors found thousands of workers were on paid leave for long periods.

              Will GOP nuke the nuclear option? Depends who’s talking.

              Will GOP nuke the nuclear option? Depends who’s talking.

              Republicans are trying to figure out how best to wield their new power — with velvet gloves or a hammer.

              Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP shouldn’t confirm any White House nominees next year

              Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP shouldn’t confirm any White House nominees next year

              As the Senate clears more nominations, Sen. Ted Cruz suggests that they should be among the last to get through because of Obama’s immigration action.