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Would you buy a used car from Uncle Sam? Watch out

Used-car salesmen have a stereotype, valid or not, for being shifty, sleazy types exploiting a don’t-tell approach to problems with their goods. You wouldn’t expect to find Uncle Sam in that lot. But a letter from members of Congress, expressing their “profound disappointment” with the General Services Administration (GSA), indicates that’s the crowd Sam the […]

Senator joins calls to stop sexual violence at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday proposed that cadets at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy be provided with satellite phones when they train for a year at sea so they can quickly report sexual harassment or assault. The senator added her name to a list of public officials alarmed by reports of widespread sexual misconduct […]

Newt Gingrich tells Trump: Make it easier to fire government workers

The former House speaker and Donald Trump adviser makes the case that poor performers in government need to be fired. Quickly.

Federal retirees to get small sip of COLA

Annuity benefits to retired federal employees will increase by 0.3 percent in January 2017, the government announced Tuesday, a cost-of-living adjustment that translates into a monthly boost averaging around $10. The adjustment to federal retirement benefits mirrors that for Social Security and is based on the change in an inflation index from the third calendar […]

Obama’s legacy, My Brother’s Keeper will be an important pillar

Tables in two conference rooms, separated by a spit-shined corridor in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, held an array of posters and literature promoting educational and social programs with a proven record. But nowhere was there a table promoting President Obama’s legacy. Yet the sense of legacy was all around. Though it doesn’t get as […]

Two federal unions cling to Trump, despite everything

Donald Trump, having disgraced the Republican Party, polluted the presidential campaign and shamed and embarrassed the nation, now wants to bring those talents to the federal government. If his racist, misogynistic, narcissistic campaign does win, two unions representing thousands of federal law enforcement officers will have been accomplices. Show More Summary

Sewage in hospital operating room among poor Indian health conditions

After killing much of the native population, then assigning survivors to desolate reservations, the U.S. government established a range of programs to serve American Indians. Now, a new report demonstrates government health care is another way they are disregarded. The study by the Department of Health and Human Services’ internal watchdog describes Indian Health Service […]

Will decriminalization solve the drug scourge?

Illegal drug use and trafficking has led to a multitude of ills in the United States, sometimes because of racially infected law enforcement, particularly in black neighborhoods. But is decriminalizing small amounts of narcotics the answer to the scourge? Two major human and civil rights organizations think so. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American […]

Navy Federal to pay $23 million to misled customers; cute dog ads don’t compensate

The television commercials for Navy Federal Credit Union are so effective and sincere, you’d never know it’s an operation marked by mendacity, sham and deceit. Before you get suckered in by the spot with the cute little Pomeranian kissing the big gruff Marine, find out why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Navy Federal […]

Diplomats’ commute: It’s not the traffic, it’s the danger

For U.S. diplomats in dangerous places overseas, the worst part of the job can be getting to and from work. It’s not the traffic. It’s the danger. A “variety of weaknesses” in the State Department’s transportation management program “continue to put U.S. personnel at risk,” according to a Government Accountability Office report released last week. […]

Veterans preference in federal hiring: Is it too strong?

Facing allegations it manipulated the veterans’ employment preference, the Justice Department has been ordered not to hire a nonveteran. The position is on hold during an Office of Special Counsel (OSC) investigation. Acting on an OSC...Show More Summary

6 million citizens, including 1 in 13 African Americans, are blocked from voting because of felonies

Desmond Meade stood at the railroad tracks waiting for the train. Drug addicted and homeless, he wasn’t taking a trip. He was trying to take his life. But the train didn’t come. He then crossed the tracks, literally and symbolically. Something about failing at suicide turned his life around. He went from being a criminal […]

Improving workforce diversity a ‘national security imperative’

Before we realized Bill Cosby’s halo was broken, he played a U.S. intelligence officer on NBC’s “I Spy.” There weren’t many black folks on television in the 1960s, and there is too little diversity among the spies and others in national security agencies now. That’s why President Obama directed agencies “to strengthen the talent and […]

Lawmakers step up pressure on Park Service in sexual misconduct probe, threatening subpoena

At a recent hearing on Capitol Hill, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) read aloud a shocking excerpt from an internal investigation of multiple allegations of a hostile workplace at Yosemite National Park. Show More Summary

Does lack of HHS controls contribute to personal-care abuse of the elderly and disabled?

There’s a decent chance that sooner or later, you or a loved one will need a personal-care attendant. I’ve already been there, having to arrange personal in-home care for my mother before she died. Fortunately, most of the attendants we hired were good. That’s not the case with the miscreants described in a report released […]

Federal hiring remains a work in progress after many fixes

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) read a list of government projects that once promised to bring new life to the federal hiring process, only to then show it in steadily declining health. “In 2008, OPM (Office of Personnel Management) and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council created the End-to-End Hiring Roadmap Initiative to try to improve […]

Surgeon General sends warning to own staff: Your personal information may have been stolen

The Surgeon General on Monday issued a warning to his staff that is all too familiar to federal employees: Your personal information may have been stolen. In an email, Surgeon General Vice Adm. Vivek H. Murthy told “commissioned corps” employees of the Public Health Service that information, including their names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, […]

Obama urged to issue directive against anti-gay bias in federal contracting

  With all the advances made on the LGBT front in recent years, you might think that fight has been won. Yet closets remain in Uncle Sam’s space. Walter works in one, figuratively. Walter is a government contractor on an Army facility. He runs a small, Florida consulting firm. He’s gay and he doesn’t want […]

Want to make a million? Become a DEA informant.

There’s an unfortunate saying on the street: Snitches get stitches. Turns out some get paid, too, sometimes very, very well. Consider this from a new report on major problems with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s confidential-informant program. DEA paid: One source $30 million over a 30-year period, “some of it in cash payments of more than […]

Veteran CIA man to lead new background investigations bureau

If the new National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) needs a director who has suffered the onerous process of getting permission to know Uncle Sam’s secrets, Charles Phalen fits the bill. He is the first director of NBIB, announced in January to strengthen and modernize a clearance process that has suffered from backlogs, cheating by a […]

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