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Why Tom Vilsack fits better as ag secretary than presidential candidate

A few items that caught our attention on Thursday: Why Tom Vilsack fits better as agriculture secretary than presidential hopeful: Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, the first Democrat to announce his intentions to run for president back in 2008, said during an interview with ABC’s “The Fine Print” that he lacks the “sizzle” […]

VA hospitals on par with private sector for patient satisfaction

Former service members using Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are just as happy with their care as patients using private medical clinics, according to a leading customer-satisfaction survey. The American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2013 shows that the VA health network, which serves more than 8 million veterans, achieved marks equal to or better than […]

Feds talk: What are their top priorities for workplace changes?

Does the civil-service system operate like a “relic of a bygone era”? That’s how a prominent good-government group described it this month in a controversial report calling for an overhaul of the workforce structure. The PartnershipShow More Summary

What is the future of your favorite federal program?

You may be surprised to learn that the impact could be much more dramatic than you think, the Center for American Progress said Wednesday in an analysis of the recently passed House budget sponsored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) In its analysis, the liberal think-tank notes that spending on Social Security, Medicare and […]

Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise proposed nonprofit rule

The head of the Internal Revenue Service this week signaled that his agency will re-write proposed new limits on the political activities of nonprofit advocacy groups, quelling concerns from the left about overreach but failing to win over conservatives. Lawmakers and policy analysts on both sides of the political spectrum have voiced opposition to the […]

Listen to the ‘largest ever’ phone scam involving IRS impersonators

Treasury officials have warned of a widespread and sophisticated phone scam involving callers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers. IRS inspector...Show More Summary

Should the IRS use private firms to collect taxes?

A federal-worker union is fighting bipartisan plans that would require the Treasury Department to contract with private collection agencies to pursue tax debts that the Internal Revenue Service is not addressing. The National Treasury Employees Union said in a statement on Monday that a similar effort between 2006 and 2009 caused the government to miss out […]

Feds talk: How do they feel about merit-based pay systems?

We asked federal workers in a survey last week how they would feel about the government transitioning to a merit-based pay system in which they would only receive raises for performing above expectations. The Partnership for Public Service proposed a similar plan in a report this month, calling for a federal pay system that would compensate workers […]

Charities critical of new federal giving rules

The Obama administration will issue new federal employee charitable giving regulations that it says “will mean that more of a Federal worker’s contribution to the CFC will go directly to the charities they want to help.” Charitable leaders, however, fear the new rules will  result in fewer donors and lower contributions to the Combined Federal […]

Conservative lawmakers oppose bonuses for IRS division that targeted groups

A group of House conservatives is pushing to cut off bonuses for the Internal Revenue Service division that targeted advocacy groups during the past two election cycles based on their names and policy positions. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and six other Republican lawmakers wrote to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on April 2 requesting […]

Did USDA mislead the public, Congress about injury risks for poultry workers?

It’s being called an ‘interagency throw down.’ The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are publicly feuding over the results of a study that found the same double-digit injury rates among poultry plant workers both before and after processing lines had accelerated. USDA officials are pointing to […]

Feds talk: How do you feel about veterans’ preference for federal hiring?

The Partnership for Public Service this month released a report calling for controversial civil-service reforms, including changes to the federal government’s hiring practices. Federal agencies select new employees based partly on a points system, awarding extra points to job applicants who are former U.S. Show More Summary

How salaries compare by gender for federal employees

Women working for the federal government earn less than men overall but the gap is shrinking and most of the difference can be explained by women being more concentrated in jobs that by their nature are lower-paying, a government report being issued today finds. A report from the Office of Personnel Management shows an overall […]

This bill to track every federal dollar somehow united Cummings and Issa

Conflict generally defines the relationship between the two heads of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee these days, but they recently agreed on this: Americans should be able to track every dollar their government spends. Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) have sponsored a bill that would establish a single Web site where […]

Michelle Obama joins Washington women in cause for veterans’ caregivers

First Lady Michelle Obama and other influential Washington women are joining forces to push for an expansion of federal benefits for the millions of caregivers who assist injured and disabled veterans and service members. Obama has planned a White House meeting on Friday with former Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Second Lady Jill Biden, and former […]

Sen. McCaskill calls for scrutiny of agencies with no oversight

A top Democrat on Thursday called for greater scrutiny of 41 small federal agencies that have no dedicated inspectors general to provide oversight. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, asked her colleagues on the panel during a hearing to help draft legislation that could address the issue. […]

House committee votes to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday approved a resolution to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at two of the panel’s hearings. The 21-12 party-line vote moves the resolution to the full House, where lawmakers will consider whether to ask the Justice […]

Sen. Charles Grassley plans new whistleblower-protection caucus

A co-author of the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act plans to create a new Senate caucus dedicated to upholding the federal-workforce legislation, which became law 25 years ago to the day. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) will announce his intentions on the Senate floor on Wednesday and spend the next six months encouraging colleagues to join the caucus, […]

Watchdog: IRS employees urged taxpayers to reelect Obama, disparaged GOP

Internal Revenue Service employees urged callers to vote for President Obama, disparaged Republicans in conversations with taxpayers and wore pro-Obama swag to work during the 2012 election cycle, according to a federal ethics watchdog. Show More Summary

Is it time to pay Congress more?

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.)  believes it’s time for members of Congress receive more compensation, but a House committee meeting Wednesday made clear that the time has not arrived. Despite sympathetic comments from several members, the House Appropriations Committee rejected a proposal by Moran to create a $25-a-day housing stipend for members who maintain a primary […]

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