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Panel approves vets bill despite partisan tussle

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform seemed poised to move beyond its reputation as a rancorous, partisan pit at its opening meeting of the 114th Congress on Tuesday. That lasted about five minutes. Despite chummy words between the panel’s top Republican and Democrat, the ghost of the chairman past seemed to hover, unseen […]

Index shows Americans increasingly unsatisfied with federal services

Public satisfaction with federal services has reached its lowest level in at least 15 years, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The annual index, developed at the University of Michigan, showed that Americans are less happy with federal services than any time since 1999, when the numbers first covered views on the U.S. Show More Summary

DHS, Social Security and SEC take top honors for plain federal writing

The guardians of clear and concise writing in government awarded top honors Tuesday to the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission for the best job last year turning bureaucratese into plain writing for the public. Based on 126 documents submitted by the agencies, the Center for Plain Language […]

TSA intercepted a record number of firearms, plus these bizarre items, in 2014

Sometimes we can’t help but wonder what travelers are thinking when they pass through airport security. The Transportation Security Administration last year intercepted a record number of firearms and a host of bizarre and potentially dangerous items during passenger screenings. Show More Summary

IRS now paying company that muffed work

The Canadian company that played a major role in creating the once glitch-plagued Web site is working on a $4.5 million contract to help the Internal Revenue Service handle its responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. The IRS hired CGI Federal to help “integrate various work projects” related to the health-care law, according to a statement […]

Senators challenge White House on why there’s no nominee for TSA chief

A bi-partisan group of Senators is questioning why the White House has not nominated a new Transportation Security Administration head more than three months after the agency’s previous leader announced he was stepping down, saying that TSA should be a greater priority at a time of heightened concern about terrorist threats to the homeland. In […]

Paid parental leave for federal workers proposed

Federal employees would be eligible for six weeks of paid leave for purposes related to the birth or adoption of a child, under legislation introduced Monday by a group of House Democrats. President Obama last week called on Congress to approve that benefit while ordering agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick […]

This concert was free to everyone except federal workers

An advocacy group for drones hosted a free OK Go concert last week at Washington’s 9:30 Club, but the organization asked federal employees to pay. The Small UAV Coalition, a trade group that promotes drone use “for commercial, consumer, recreational and philanthropic purposes,” requested that federal workers fork over $25 for admission to “comply with ethics rules.” […]

Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

When it comes to federal employees, one party wants to give, the other plans to take away. Legislation introduced by House Democrats and Republicans demonstrates their differing approaches to the federal workforce. With the GOP now running the House and the Senate, federal employees don’t need to guess which party will prevail. Most of the […]

Federal offices remain open today

Federal offices in the Washington region are open on Monday, but agency employees have the option to telework or use unscheduled leave. The Office of Personnel Management made the announcement early Monday morning as rain and snow moved into the area. Emergency employees are expected to report to their worksites on time unless otherwise directed by their […]

Democrats, Republicans divided over which agencies they like

A national poll this month showed a sharp partisan divide in how Americans view different federal agencies, with Republicans approving most of the national-security variety while Democrats gave high marks to, well, a bit of everything. Show More Summary

Inspector general rips TSA over redaction of JFK airport audit

The Transportation Security Administration abused its authority to classify information as too sensitive for release when it blocked sections of a recent audit report from being published, according to the agency’s independent watchdog. Show More Summary

Can the Pentagon downsize its headquarters staff?

Facing budget pressures, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said two years ago that he was ordering the number of top brass and senior civilians at the Pentagon to start shrinking by 20 percent. But federal auditors reported this week that the Defense Department has not produced a realistic plan to make the cuts — and can’t say how many […]

Supremes protect federal whistleblowers

Winning a Supreme Court case can be like winning a championship football game. It’s exciting and thrilling, but winner Robert MacLean said he isn’t planning on visiting Disneyland anytime soon. Instead, the former federal air marshal is returning to the much less glamorous Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) to get back his job. MacLean, of […]

Review confirms administration did not properly vet contractors

The federal agency responsible for developing did not properly vet the contractors it hired to build the Web site and failed in many other aspects of planning it, according to a government review. In a report Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general said that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “did not […]

House Republicans propose shrinking federal workforce, cutting service contracts

House Republicans pitched two bills this month that would drastically reduce the federal workforce and the government’s use of contractors. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) proposed legislation on Wednesday that would shrink the federal workforce through attrition by 10 percent over the next five years, saving an estimated $35 billion during that span. Show More Summary

Social Security Administration restores some office hours

A brighter budget picture means that the Social Security Administration will be able to restore some of the reduction in hours during which its employees are available to the public, the agency announced Thursday. “This expansion of office hours reaffirms our commitment to providing the people we serve the option of top-notch, face-to-face assistance in […]

Justice Dept. has no rules for off-duty conduct

The Drug Enforcement Administration did nothing to warn employees against off-duty misbehavior after a federal review found that DEA agents helped Secret Service officers hire prostitutes during a 2012 trip to Cartagena, Colombia. Overall,...Show More Summary

Federal workers: Tell us about paid sick leave

President Obama last week issued a memo requiring agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to federal employees for purposes related to pregnancy, childbirth and adoption. Agencies already had the authority to advance paid sick leave in the past, but they could use their discretion with the decisions. Under Obama’s directive, […]

Former lobbyist ran HUD policy office and championed looser regs while working for industry group

For three years, former lobbyist Deb Gross ran a key policy office within the Department of Housing and Urban Development while serving as deputy director of an advocacy group with a stake in the agency’s decisions. As a HUD official,...Show More Summary

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