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Federal review suppressed safety concerns with BP Atlantis oil platform, lawmaker says

A Democratic lawmaker this month accused federal investigators of suppressing concerns about the structural safety of BP’s Atlantis offshore oil platform, a facility similar to the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded four years ago. Rep. Show More Summary

Health plans open season for feds until Dec. 8

The holiday season also means Open Season for federal workers, retirees and their families. This open season does not refer to the potshots critics often aim at the workforce. It is the time when federal employees can pick health insurance coverage. They have until Dec. 8 to change their  health, dental and vision insurance and flexible […]

What is the Justice Department doing about Ferguson now, after the grand jury decision?

A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, but the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division is still reviewing the incident and investigating allegations of unconstitutional policing practices in Ferguson, Mo. Show More Summary

New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

Arguing that medical marijuana may help wounded warriors with anxiety and stress disorders to “survive and thrive,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would allow Department of Veterans Affairs’ doctors to recommend the drug for some patients. Show More Summary

Report examines federal retirement changes aimed at deficit reduction

The government could trim more than $100 billion from its deficit over the next decade through spending cuts that would directly impact federal employees and retirees, according to an analysis done for Congress. A Congressional Budget Office report issued last week lists deficit reduction options, many of which it raised in similar past reports and that House Republicans […]

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

  Department of Veterans Affairs officials on Monday said they had “formally removed,” Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where the largest nationwide scandal in the agency’s history first came to light this summer. Helman has been on paid administrative leave for nearly six months, following findings that employees at […]

Consultant: Fixing federal pay requires reliable facts first

Here are a few stories that caught our attention on Monday: Fixing federal pay requires reliable facts: Pay consultant Howard Risher says that the current models for comparing public- and private-sector pay are flawed, arguing that the...Show More Summary

Two charts that show how Americans view key federal agencies

You’ve seen what federal employees think of their agencies – a recent survey of the workers showed low confidence in senior leaders and declining morale. But what about the general public? How do Americans view the federal government? A recent Gallup poll tested public opinions toward 13 agencies, finding only one with a declining image last year: The Centers for […]

Agency that few Americans use draws controversy

For a federal agency that few Americans have ever heard of and almost none will ever use, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) sure can gin up some controversy. Just last week it began compensating people who were improperly fired in 2009 from the anachronistic Office of Cuba Broadcasting. Its election night coverage three weeks ago was […]

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

Many of Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails may no longer be missing. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration told several congressional committees on Friday that it has recovered as many as 30,000 of the ex-Internal RevenueShow More Summary

Federal officials issue new code of conduct for police highway seizures

Federal drug enforcement officials have issued a new code of conduct for highway police across the country intended to help curb the number of questionable civil seizures of cash and property from motorists. Senior officials in the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program said they are doing so to remind local and state […]

Rep. Issa calls on Jonathan Gruber and health official to explain Obamacare ‘deceptions’

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wants a top Obama administration health official and one of the brains behind the Affordable Care Act to testify about alleged ‘deceptions’ with the law. Issa on Thursday sent letters to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and MIT […]

DHS chief ‘recommended’ and supports Obama’s immigration actions

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed some of the credit for President Obama’s immigration plans on Thursday, saying in a letter to employees that he “recommended” and supports every aspect of the initiative. During a prime-time address, Obama laid out actions that include administrative relief and work permits for as many as 4 million undocumented immigrants, […]

Audit: IRS not doing enough to prevent conflicts of interest

Dozens of Internal Revenue Service employees have earned money preparing tax filings since 2009 in violation of agency policy, and one pleaded guilty last year to illegally accessing taxpayer data to conduct a private business, according to federal auditors. Show More Summary

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s letter on Obama’s immigration action

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday circulated the following letter about President Obama’s planned immigration action to his department: Tonight, President Obama will announce a series of executive actions to begin to fix our immigration system. The President views these actions as a first step toward the reform of the system, and continues to count […]

Rep. Chaffetz: Fire federal ‘bad apples’

Jason Chaffetz has a quick smile and a relaxed, affable manner. But behind those genial ways is a Glock 23-toting congressman who plans to target federal employees who fail to do their jobs or pay their taxes. Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, will be chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when the next […]

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

The top Democrat on a House panel this week criticized the U.S. Postal Service for waiting to notify employees that a recent breach of the organization’s computer network had compromised their personal information, saying the agency’s justification for the delay “doesn’t fly.” Rep. Show More Summary

Report: Obama to meet with senior federal executives next month

President Obama plans to meet with senior federal executives early next month, according to a Government Executive report. The gathering will take place on Dec. 9 with Senior Executive Service employees and other senior-level managers across government, with the event open to all qualifying personnel, Government Executive said. Show More Summary

Postal Service almost never denies mail-surveillance requests

The U.S. Postal Service almost never denies requests to track suspects’ mail on behalf of law-enforcement agencies through a controversial surveillance program known for having compliance problems, according to a federal auditor. USPS...Show More Summary

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

The Environmental Protection Agency has paid eight employees more than $1 million to stay home on paid leave, four of them for at least a year and two who are in their fourth year collecting full salaries and benefits while not working. Collectively, the employees were paid not to work for 20,926 hours from January […]

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