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Does the U.S. Postal Service have an unfair competitive advantage?

Special treatment from federal, state and local governments has given the U.S. Postal Service an unfair advantage over private-sector competitors such as the United Parcel Service and FedEx, according to an economic analysis released this week. Show More Summary

Here’s how Virginia’s governor defends his Homeland Security lobbying

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Thursday defended his aggressive actions while pushing for visa approvals on behalf of his electric-car company before he entered office, saying he was merely “raising heck” over delays in processing. Show More Summary

Panel okays route to permanent federal jobs for firefighter temps

Federal firefighters hired seasonally to extinguish wild land blazes would be allowed to compete for permanent positions under legislation approved by a House panel. “Because of their status, benefits and career advancement opportunities are limited,” said Rep. Show More Summary

Forever Stamps will work with postcards and more starting next month

Mailers can use Forever Stamps with postcards and letters larger than one ounce beginning late next month, according to a notice this week from the Postal Regulatory Commission. The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors approved the change on Wednesday, allowing USPS to move forward with the expansion on April 26. Forever stamps never expire and always […]

Parents’ lawsuit says Quorn mold-based food product killed their 11-year-old son

Parents of an 11-year-old boy filed a lawsuit Wednesday against food manufacturer Quorn Foods Inc., saying the mold-based product it makes caused his death, records show. Ann Marie Cote, of Long Beach, Calif., said her son, Miles Bengco, was allergic to mold and suffered a fatal, “severe anaphylactic reaction” in June 2013 to the fungus […]

VA construction exec who earned bonuses despite $2 billion in cost overruns ‘steps down.’ But can still get his pension.

A Department of Veterans Affairs executive is “stepping down” after reports that he received nearly $64,000 in bonuses despite overseeing $2 billion in cost overruns at four troubled VA hospital projects, including one in Aurora, Colo., that is now the most expensive hospital in the VA’s history. Show More Summary

Federal worker tax delinquency reaches highest point in past decade

Federal employees have fallen further behind on their taxes, with their combined overdue debt to the government rising last year to its highest level in a decade. Civilian federal personnel owed more than $1.14 billion in back taxes in 2014, according to Internal Revenue Service data that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released this week. Despite the […]

The White House asked federal scientists how bad its crackdown on travel is. The answer: Bad

The White House was so concerned last year that a crackdown on federal travel and training was undermining the standing of U.S. scientists that it ordered a survey of scientist-heavy agencies across government to see how bad things were. The empirically based research results were dispiriting. The travel restrictions, ordered by the Office of Management and Budget in […]

National Park Service delayed $11 billion in maintenance last year

The National Park Service is increasingly neglecting its trails, roads and visitor centers because of recent budget constraints, according to a report from the agency this week. The park service said it delayed an estimated $11.5 billion worth of needed maintenance projects last year due to funding shortages, with the total growing nearly 2 percent compared to 2013. […]

VA to change 40-mile rule for Veterans Choice program

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday announced plans to relax the agency’s rule on how far patients must live from the nearest VA medical center before the government pays for treatment at a closer private facility. Under the original guidelines, veterans had to reside at least 40 miles in a straight shot, or as the […]

G Fund’s return would drop to nearly zero under House plan

The most popular fund in the Thrift Savings Plan would become “virtually worthless” as an investment option under a proposal in the House budget, a TSP spokeswoman said. The budget plan, up for floor voting this week, assumes a change in the way money in the government securities fund, or G Fund, is invested that […]

Veterans unemployment rate drops to lowest point since 2008

The unemployment rate among military veterans dropped to its lowest point since 2008 last year, as the U.S. government hit a high for hiring former troops, according to federal data. Recently released numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 5.3 percent of veterans were jobless last year, representing a decrease of 1.3 percentage points compared […]

Federal workers could pay more for health care, get less for retirement under GOP plan

The federal budget proposed by House Republicans would reduce the amount of money that government employees earn on a popular retirement plan and potentially increase the amount they have to contribute to their health-care plan, according to newly released details. House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) last week unveiled the spending blueprint — which […]

Error in House budget plan understated spending cuts by $900 million

A correction to the House Republican budget released this week could spell far deeper cuts for federal employees than the original document suggested, leaving government workers and their unions more concerned than before about the impacts of the plan. An initial version of the legislation called for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to identify […]

NFL taps departing ATF director to handle disciplinary rulings

The outgoing head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be one of pro football’s chief disciplinary officials after leaving the government at the end of the month. The National Football League told its teams Monday that departing ATF Director B. Show More Summary

House oversight leaders ‘disappointed’ Secret Service chief plans to testify alone

The heads of a powerful congressional panel are “very disappointed” that the Secret Service chief plans to testify alone about agency accountability on Monday after two agents drove into a White House barricade after a staff party this month. Show More Summary

Consequences of the federal travel clampdown: More costs

Staff at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington spent more than 9,000 hours during five months last year preparing and reviewing requests from its scientists and engineers to attend conferences and present research. The tab for taxpayers was $824,000. The Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico spent $1.6 million to review similar […]

ATF Director B. Todd Jones to step down this month

The head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to step down at the end of the month after more than three years of leading the agency, according to an official announcement on Friday. B. Todd Jones was the first ATF director confirmed by the Senate, taking office in July 2013. Prior to that, […]

ACLU sues for details of TSA’s controversial ‘behavioral detection’ program

A prominent civil rights group on Thursday filed a lawsuit seeking details about the controversial airport-security practice known as “behavioral detection,” which critics suspect of leading to racial profiling. The American Civil Liberty Union’s complaint asks a U.S. Show More Summary

OPM previews FEHBP self-plus-one option

While the premiums for a new self-plus-one coverage option in the health insurance plan for federal employees and retirees are still unknown, they will be capped at no more than the existing family coverage option. That was among the policy directives from the Office of Personnel Management in its annual instruction to companies that participate […]

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