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Feds watching porn? Not so fast, critics.

Our colleagues at the Fact Checker weighed in Wednesday morning on recent claims by a software company and GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina that federal employees love to fire up their computers on their days off and watch pornography. Is this a case where some instances of misconduct on the job are representative of an entire […]

Freshman congressman seeks pay raise, respect for federal employees

Although he’s probably better known as a car salesman than a congressman, Don Beyer’s roots run deep among federal employees. A Democrat representing Northern Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, Beyer has been in Congress only about six months, so the “Rep.” before his name might not be as well known yet as the car dealerships that carry […]

Criminals who hacked 104,000 tax returns worked from Russia and ‘around the world,’ officials say

The IRS and its watchdog said Tuesday that the thieves who stole the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers are operating a worldwide criminal syndicate that originates not just in Russia but in many other countries. “It’s beyond Russia,” J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, told the Senate Finance Committee at a […]

IRS has not done everything it can to protect its computer networks from hackers, watchdog says

The watchdog for the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that the agency has failed to take numerous steps to shore up the security of its computer systems, upgrades that would have made it “much more difficult” for hackers to gain access to the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers in the spring. “It would have been much more difficult […]

VA acknowledges it has no contracts in place for some outside medical care for veterans

Top officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged to House lawmakers Tuesday that they have been spending billions of dollars a year on private medical care for veterans without contracts, and said it would be too costly and cumbersome to put them in place. “VA acknowledges that our long-standing procurement processes for care in […]

When EPA employees do wrong, managers let things slide, watchdog says

An employee watches porn at the office or fakes his or her time sheet or takes another job on the government’s clock. This kind of misconduct can take time to deal with, but it can be punished. Except that at the Environmental Protection Agency, managers tend to drag their feet on action against wrongdoers, the agency’s […]

Obama administration clashes with friends over workers’ comp

President Obama’s administration, with support from House Republicans, is pushing reductions to workers’ compensation for federal employees — to the consternation of fellow Democrats and his union allies. Like the Obama administration, Rep. Show More Summary

How the breach of IRS tax returns is part of a much bigger problem facing taxpayers

The data breach at the IRS that left the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers in the hands of thieves is the latest wrinkle in a mammoth problem faced by tax authorities: Identity theft and its crippling consequences. An unprecedented surge in online tax scams by increasingly sophisticated criminals has challenged the IRS to respond quickly […]

Border patrol union says government can do better job on southern frontier

Even as evidence mounts that illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level in years, the union that represents border patrol officers is saying the government could be doing much better at stopping people who still try to cross the U.S. southwest border. In a series of recent interviews, union officials described a difficult, […]

USPS contract talks stall; federal unions have little to say on pot policy

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is proud of its pledge to deliver mail through all kinds of tough stuff. But it looks like one of its hardest jobs is getting through contract talks. Negotiations with one of its largest labor organizations, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), stalled on Wednesday. Fortunately, stalled is not the […]

Legalized pot? Not for federal employees.

If you live in the District or one of the 23 states that have legalized marijuana, think twice before lighting a joint if you work for the federal government: Pot is still illegal for you. New guidance from the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday is unambiguous and stern. Federal workforce rules remain unchanged for the […]

Meet the only feds taking up the government offer on phased retirement

Ford Peatross has cut back to working only 20 hours a week for the next 12 months, not much time to pass on a lifetime of experience in how to acquire, organize, preserve, appraise, lend and publish historic architectural and engineering documents. But otherwise Peatross, at age 67 and with nearly 40 years of working […]

Vilsack lauds USDA budget savings; employee morale needs work

During these tight budget times, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some good news. His “Blueprint for Stronger Service” has saved $1.4 billion since 2012, without, he said, sacrificing service or employee furloughs. That’s well worth trumpeting. But it’s too bad the same innovative spirit that successfully saves taxpayer money also can’t be used to lift […]

Hackers stole personal information from 104,000 taxpayers, IRS says

Hackers gained access to personal information of 104,000 taxpayers this spring, downloading an online service the Internal Revenue Service uses to give Americans access to their past tax returns, the agency said Tuesday. The information included several years’ worth of returns and other tax information on file with the IRS, Commissioner John Koskinen said in […]

Money and time is running out for VA’s Denver hospital

With the clocking ticking, the Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping that the Senate approves a deal to keep funding the half-built, $1 billion over budget VA Denver hospital, as a shutdown of construction of the troubled hospital looms this weekend. Congress reached a deal on Thursday that would raise the spending cap by $100 million. But that deal […]

Senators back allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and other chronic pain issues may be able to ask their VA doctors for a new treatment soon: medical marijuana. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to back the Veterans Equal Access Amendment. Show More Summary

Civil service reform can affect millions, but draws little attention

A Senate hearing on civil service reform sounds like the snoozer it was. It’s really too bad, though not surprising, that Wednesday’s session drew so little attention. What eventually emerges from Congress could affect the livelihood of millions of federal employees, their families and the way taxpayer money is spent. The real pocketbook consequences of […]

Obama to announce pick for new GSA chief

President Obama plans to nominate Denise Turner Roth to head the General Services Administration. Roth, currently the deputy administrator, would replace Dan M. Tangherlini, who left the top position in February. Roth has been serving as acting administrator since then. Show More Summary

18 months before the vote, it’s not too early for candidates to prepare to govern

Under the theory it is never too early, good government groups and a bipartisan crew of senators are urging presidential hopefuls to prepare to govern, not just campaign. Although it’s almost 18 months before the 2016 presidential election and all the potential candidates have not yet declared, efforts are underway now to make the next […]

House funding bill would make cuts to White House policing initiatives

The White House is taking aim at a spending bill written by House Republicans, charging that it shortchanges law enforcement programs as more funding is needed for efforts to improve relations between police departments and the communities they oversee. The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday is expected to approve a bill that would provide less […]

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