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Facing criticism on security clearance shutdown, government says investigations can start –on paper

Federal authorities announced late Thursday that the government can start the process of vetting applicants for security clearances on paper while the database for background investigations is offline for at least several weeks. Director...Show More Summary

OPM breach revealed one month ago, but the wound for feds remains raw

It’s been a month since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a massive hack on federal employee records, but that has not been enough time for the wound to heal. “My primary concern is what will now be done with the personal information that was breached?” said Tony Mazzoccoli, a State Department employee. The stolen […]

Contractor admits to being overwhelmed by employee hack inquiries

The contractor hired to field inquiries about the Chinese hack of federal data and sign up employees for credit monitoring acknowledged that it was overwhelmed by calls in June. But a spokesman for CSID, the company running three call centers under a contract with the Office of Personnel Management, said the breach’s aftermath was the most […]

Report finds large gap in satisfaction between top-level feds and other workers

A new report shows that top-level federal civil servants are happier in their jobs than those with less pay and power. That might not be a surprise, but it can be a problem. The Partnership for Public Service drilled into data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and found that “senior executives have a much […]

OPM plans to release more information about data breach

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta plans to release the number of people whose information was targeted in a cyberattack on security clearance records and to begin notifying them next week, according to employee organization leaders who met with her Monday. Archuleta told the leaders the number had not been determined at the time […]

After court ruling, gay veterans get marriage benefits they were denied

Days after the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry must be open to gays, the Department of Veterans Affairs has moved immediately to extend marital benefits to same-sex couples who were denied them — even in states where they were available to other federal retirees. The new policy lifts restrictions on veterans’ pensions, VA-backed home loans, burial […]

Head of industry group warns that security clearance shutdown could ‘cripple’ contractors

Concerns are rising that the OPM’s decision to shut down the system could have widespread affects for the business of government

Government exec who famously partied in a hot tub on taxpayers’ dime is sentenced to prison

Jeffrey Neely, the senior executive whose appearance in a video drinking wine in a hot tub at a Las Vegas hotel became the public face of a conference where hundreds of federal employees partied at taxpayer expense, was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison. The former regional commissioner for the General Service Administration’s Pacific Rim […]

Shutdown of security clearance system could cause dramatic delays and disruptions, industry says

The abrupt shutdown of the nation’s beleaguered security clearance system will further hamper a program that has been beset by all sorts of problems over the past few years, creating a significant backlog and potentially even disrupting key government operations, industry officials say. The Office of Personnel Management announced Monday that it was taking the […]

VA’s embattled watchdog to step down

The chief watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that he is retiring this week after months of criticism that his office failed to aggressively investigate wrongdoing in the troubled agency. Richard Griffin, who has served as acting inspector general since 2013, had come under fire from members of Congress, whistleblowers and veterans’ […]

Hack, flack, and blowback; one blow after another for federal personnel director

To paraphrase an old blues tune, if it weren’t for bad news, Katherine Archuleta would have no news at all. It must seem that way to the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), an agency that has been the focus of a steady stream of bad news since it announced, on June 4, […]

After employee hack, the White House has failed to report on its own cyber defenses, senators say

With the Chinese hack of employee records underscoring weaknesses in federal computer security, two senior GOP senators say the White House has failed to tell Congress what it’s doing to protect its own networks from intruders. In a letter to President Obama, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) note that the Executive Office of […]

Union sues personnel office over hack of employees’ information

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)  filed suit Monday against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), two of its top officials and an agency contractor over the cyber theft of employees’ personal information. The...Show More Summary

Federal background check system shut down because of ‘vulnerability’

The web-based system used for federal background investigations for employees and contractors has been suspended after “a vulnerability” was detected, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced Monday. OPM has been the subject...Show More Summary

18 House GOP members call for OPM director Archuleta’s removal

Congressional pressure for the firing of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta is growing, with 18 Republican House members sending President Obama a letter requesting her ouster. The letter follows four hearings,...Show More Summary

Feds anger grows over data breach, amid fears that the number affected could rise

Now that Congress has completed its cross-examination of Katherine Archuleta, at least for the moment, she’ll have more time to figure out what happened during the massive theft of federal employee records. After four congressional hearings, including three last week, many questions remain for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) director. Show More Summary

Federal employees’ same-sex spouses already get benefits

Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that gay couples nationwide have a right to marry may have little direct impact on benefits for federal employees and retirees because eligibility already was extended to same-sex spouses following a 2013 court ruling. Show More Summary

A grand tale of intrigue in a very small palace

The board responsible for investigating chemical accidents had one of the most toxic work environments in the government, earning the unhappy distinction last year of worst place to work among small agencies. President Obama forced out the Chemical Safety Board chairman in March under bipartisan pressure from Congress, which had accused him of hostility toward […]

OPM director survives congressional inquisition, for now

Battered, bruised and sometimes bullied, Katherine Archuleta remains standing, or at least sitting in the director’s chair after a congressional hearing marathon into her agency’s massive cyber breakdown. The cyber theft of personal information belonging to more than 4 million current and former federal employees left them worried and members of Congress outraged at an […]

Key GOP senator on OPM’s Archuleta: ‘I wouldn’t rely on her to clean up this mess’

After her fourth appearance on Capitol Hill in nine days to defend her actions before and following the massive hack of federal personnel records and security clearance data, it’s clear that Katherine Archuleta has struggled to maintain the confidence of many lawmakers. Seventeen months into the job as director of the Office of Personnel Management, Archuleta has tried […]

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