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Military veterans especially unhappy at federal agencies

A few items that caught our attention Monday:

(Paula Bronstein/Getty) (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Morale problems for military veterans at federal agencies: The federal government’s annual employee-satisfaction survey shows that veterans’ perceptions of workplace fairness are more negative than their non-veteran counterparts, and they’re more likely to feel disengaged from their supervisors, according to a Federal News Radio article that explores some of the causes of those trends.

Defense Department mulling options for overhauling military retirement system: In a new report, the Defense Department has outlined possibilities — not recommendations or suggestions — for overhauling the military’s retirement system, with proposals that could provide some benefits to military personnel earlier in their careers rather than exclusively upon retirement, according to a Government Executive report

Cabinet members facing Congress this week: This week is an especially busy one for Cabinet secretaries, as most members of President Obama’s team are scheduled to appear at congressional hearings as committees angles to have their say on the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request, according to an article by In the Loop columnist Al Kamen.

White House says government becoming less attractive as employer: A chapter in the White House’s 2015 budget proposal shows concern about retaining federal employees when many of the workers could find better pay and less political rancor in the private sector, according to a Federal Diary column by Joe Davidson.

Nuclear waste stored in parking lots:  State environmental officials have set a deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency to deal with dozens of drums and other special containers of nuclear waste currently stored in a parking area at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, as well as inside the facility’s waste handling building, according to a USA Today report.

GSA wants $35 million for cybersecurity center: The General Services Administration is seeking $35 million in its 2015 budget request to design a civilian cybersecurity center in the Washington, D.C., area that would bring together experts from a broad range of agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, according to a Washington Business Journal report.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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