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TSP moves to expand investment, withdrawal choices

More options for investing and withdrawing retirement savings are planned for federal employees and retirees, including the freedom to invest in funds other than those offered by the Thrift Savings Plan itself. The TSP’s governing board on Monday endorsed opening a “window” through which account holders could invest in a wide range of mutual funds, […]

Chilling details of Colo. teen’s death cited as CDC offers new warning about risks of edible pot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing chilling new details about a 19-year-old college student who leaped four stories to his death at a Holiday Inn in Denver after eating a pot cookie. The case is Exhibit A in a stern warning about the dangers of edible pot that calls for clearer labels, better education […]

Drug traffickers who cooperate with the government have it pretty good — too good, watchdog says

Drug traffickers who cooperate with federal investigators are poorly vetted, and the Drug Enforcement Administration did not properly monitor at least 240 informants — some of whom crossed the line into illegal activity and were under criminal investigation by other authorities. Show More Summary

These VA whistleblowers, punished for reporting problems, were finally exonerated

After he reported a fly and pest infestation in the kitchen of a veterans hospital in Philadelphia, Troy Thompson was assigned to janitorial work and investigated for stealing stale sandwiches. Joseph Colon Christensen was told he was being fired after he notified Washington that the director of a dozen medical centers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands was […]

Report: Obama administration policy shift could ‘substantially transform’ immigration system, lower deportations

The Obama administration’s profound shift in its enforcement of immigration laws could “substantially transform” the nation’s immigration dragnet, reducing deportations and protecting nearly 90 percent of the illegal migrants already here, a new report says. Show More Summary

Justice Dept. watchdog says agency ruling undermines his job

The Obama administration has ruled that inspectors general have to get permission from the agency they’re monitoring for access to wiretaps, grand jury and credit information, a decision that immediately was denounced by the watchdogs and lawmakers. Show More Summary

Congress moves agency by agency to cut rights of feds, limit their pay, facilitate their dismissal

Step by step, agency by agency, Congress is moving to facilitate the firing of federal employees, cut their workplace rights and limit their pay. Currently in the dock – workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Defense Department. Earlier this week we wrote about defense legislation that […]

Federal background investigation system is back online after month-long shutdown

The government has brought its massive electronic background investigation system back online, a month after abruptly shutting it down because it was not safe from cyber intrusions, officials announced Thursday. The Office of Personnel...Show More Summary

Senate panel backs more support for victims of OPM cyber breaches

Current and former federal employees affected by either of the two cyber attacks on their personal information held by the Office of Personnel Management would get benefits beyond what the Obama administration has offered, under language approved by a Senate committee Thursday. The Senate Appropriations Committee accepted an amendment to provide 10 years of credit […]

At Social Security office with a million-person backlog, there’s a new chief

At the Social Security Administration, two officials in charge of one of the government’s worst backlogs—more than 1 million people awaiting a decision about federal disability benefits—have been shifted to other jobs. Glenn Sklar oversees...Show More Summary

Homeland Security cybercrime center expands amid growing concern over computer hacking

At a time of growing concern over computer hackers targeting government and private industry databases, the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday bolstered its efforts to target cyber criminals. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is part of DHS, unveiled a major expansion of its cybercrime center in Fairfax, Va. The larger facility includes […]

Government asks bidders on hack contract: Can your company host and protect in excess of 21.5 million records?

The government plans to award a sweeping five-year contract in August to a private company to monitor the hacked security clearance data of 21.5 million people for identity theft — and ensure that the records are protected from further intrusions. The winning bidder will be asked to monitor financial and health information of the breach victims — contractors and federal […]

President Obama to Jon Stewart: VA budget historically ‘has been short-changed’

In his last appearance on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart Tuesday night, President Obama praised his administration’s progress caring for veterans, but acknowledged that the system “is working through some of the challenges of a big, creaky bureaucracy.” “When you look at the budget, historically it’s been shortchanged. Show More Summary

When the government shut down, a HUD employee ran up thousands of dollars on his agency credit card for personal items

The credit card was used to pay for hotels, cable TV, groceries and other personal items at taxpayer expense.

Defense bill hits pay and job security of Pentagon employees, could set wider precedent for federal workers

The National Defense Authorization Act is a massive piece of legislation, outlining more than $600 billion in Pentagon spending. The almost 1,000 pages deal with topics ranging from aircraft purchases to the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Deep inside this tome are provisions that could affect the pay and civil service protections of more than 700,000 […]

USPS botched plan to make money off the most famous stamp error in history, watchdog says

The U.S Postal Service did something unprecedented when it tried to boost stamp sales and kick-start public excitement about collecting: It reprinted the most famous stamp error in history, known as the Inverted Jenny. Now the agency’s...Show More Summary

OPM to federal agencies: We got hacked, but you have to help pay for the response

Federal agencies have been told that they will be expected to pay the costs of responding to the breach of security clearance files affecting more than 21 million federal employees, military personnel and contractor employees. Such costs will amount to an unplanned obligation that will hit agencies late in the government’s current fiscal year, and […]

Indicted VA manager worked in hospital in turmoil

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., was a hospital with systemic failures. Its gastrointestinal clinic was so overwhelmed and mismanaged that close to 5,000 referrals for endoscopies were delayed, auditors...Show More Summary

How Jeb Bush would revamp Washington and the federal government

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate, gave his vision of a third Bush presidency in a speech Monday at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Among the features of  “Mount Washington” that heShow More Summary

House seeks to strengthen federal employee protections against bias

The offices within federal agencies that are the first stop for federal employees who believe they have suffered workplace bias or retaliation would have greater independence, under a bill set for a House vote Tuesday. Agency equal employment opportunity (EEO) offices would have to be separate from the human resources or general counsel’s office and […]

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