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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Staffing, budget shortages put Indian Health Service at ‘high risk’

There’s a sliver of good news for a stricken federal agency during the first alarming month of President Trump’s administration: relief from Trump’s hiring freeze for the Indian Health Service (IHS). “This exemption is a step in the right direction,” seven Democratic senators said in a statement Friday. Show More Summary

House Republicans launch latest hit on federal unions

Thursday’s hearing might have been the first shot for this Congress, but it’s not likely the last. Two House subcommittees joined forces for Republicans to hit what they consider to be abuses of “official time.” That system allows government labor organization officials to engage in certain, but certainly not all, union-related activities while being paid […]

Back pay awarded because of 2013 government shutdown

A federal judge ruled Monday that about 25,000 federal employees who worked without pay during the 2013 partial government shutdown are eligible for partial back pay even though they later were fully paid for that time. The case involves employees who were told to stay on the job, typically because of the national security or public safety […]

Hiring freeze could add to government’s risk, GAO chief warns

Shortages of employees already contribute to putting some federal programs at high risk, and the hiring freeze will make it “more difficult” to address that problem, the government’s top auditor said Wednesday. “We’ve looked at hiring freezes in the past by prior administrations and they haven’t proven to be effective in reducing costs and they cause […]

Report lists ‘high risks’ needing Trump’s attention

Gene Dodaro enjoys rare status. He’s a general but doesn’t wear a uniform. As the comptroller general of the United States, Dodaro is one of the few top government officials whose work is routinely praised by both parties in Congress. That’s not just because he heads the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a legislative agency that […]

Labor Dept. employees urge vote against Puzder nomination

Labor Department employees have circulated a letter urging Senate committee members to vote against Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary. The letter, posted on Facebook, says “three specific factors disqualify Mr. Puzder from serving as the head of an agency whose primary mission is to protect America’s workforce: (1) Mr. Puzder’s own business […]

Feds cite D.C. charters for high suspension rates, particularly for black students

Skeptical questions remain over how much support Betsy DeVos will provide traditional public schools in her new role as secretary of education. But there is no doubt she is a big fan of charter schools. She and her husband invested in K12 Inc., the nation’s largest operator of for-profit charter schools, whose quality has long […]

Cummings counters Chaffetz on federal workforce

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairs the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that oversees the federal workforce and management issues. Last month he outlined a sweeping agenda that could result in congressional action on topics ranging from firing feds faster, to changing the retirement system for new hires and possibly giving some workers pay […]

Federal managers say Trump’s hiring freeze hurts government

President Trump directs, but it is federal employees who do. When it comes to his government hiring freeze, the managers and supervisors who have to implement it — and suffer its consequences — don’t want to do it. At a Senate hearing Thursday, representatives of the Federal Managers Association (FMA) and the Senior Executives Association […]

Trump rule chills Energy Dept. nuclear whistleblowers

Like a stinging winter wind, Trump administration action gives a chill to Energy Department whistleblowers. The department has temporarily halted an Obama administration regulation permitting civil penalties against federal nuclear contractors that retaliate against whistleblowers who report waste, fraud and dangerous conditions. Show More Summary

House panel displays bipartisan unity over bill to save Postal Service from financial ruin

There have been days when 2157 Rayburn House Office Building had the feel of a boxing match. It’s the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room where Republicans and Democrats have been known to go at each other with vehemence. That wasn’t the case Tuesday. Members on each side of the dais went out of […]

Two Washingtons, two day jobs and angry Democrats back home: Trump EPA official juggles dual roles

Doug Ericksen is trying to hold down two jobs in two different Washingtons. And it’s not going terribly well. Ericksen was an early backer of Donald Trump who shares the president’s skepticism of environmental regulations and climate change. In January, he was rewarded with a job in Washington D.C., running communications and helping to reshape the […]

Postal Service finances ‘very serious but solvable’ as bipartisan action develops

The umpteenth time might be the charm. For almost more years than can be remembered, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has pleaded with Congress for help with its seemingly futile financial situation. Politicians from both parties, along with postal unions and other interested folks, agreed that the USPS financial picture was bleak, but consensus on getting […]

Bipartisan Hill leaders warn White House on whistleblowers

Is it divine intervention or just a fortuitous coincidence that congressional defense of federal whistleblowers comes as the two-week-old Trump administration is making government employees nervous? There is no direct evidence the Almighty looked down at the nation and determined this place needs help, though that certainly is the case. Show More Summary

Trump’s VA pick shows agency under Obama wasn’t broken — badly bent, yes

— After Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, there probably has been no greater object of Republican scorn in the last couple of years than the Department of Veterans Affairs. Much of that was deserved for an agency that disgraced itself with a scandal over the coverup of long wait times for veterans seeking medical care. […]

Hiring freeze closed government’s front door but left many windows open

President Trump’s federal hiring freeze order leaves room for agencies to continue filling vacancies under a number of circumstances and also allows for some movement of current employees inside the government, according to guidance issued Tuesday. Show More Summary

Many feds don’t like Trump’s program, but they’re not revolting

Responses to the question we raised in Tuesday’s Federal Insider — when, if ever, do federal employees have the right to disregard a presidential order or administration policy — make one thing clear: Federal employees have a strong sense of mission. Those responses and others from federal workforce organizations demonstrate what has long been evident: […]

To resist or not, the federal employees’ dilemma

What would you do if you worked for an impetuous blunderbuss who ordered an action of dubious legality? More precisely, when, if ever, do federal employees have the right to disregard a presidential order or administration policy? That question became relevant with people here and abroad in a mighty uproar over President Trump’s immigration order. […]

Trump transition leader’s goal is two-thirds cut in EPA employees

The red lights are flashing at the Environmental Protection Agency. The words of Myron Ebell, the former head of President Trump’s EPA transition team, warn employees of a perilous future. Ebell wants the agency to go on a severe diet. It’s one that would leave many federal employees with hunger pains, and jobless too. Ebell […]

Trump shows gratitude to Border Patrol union that backs him and his wall

President Trump’s directive initiating action on a wall along the southern border has upset relations with Mexico and left in its wake the resignation of the Border Patrol chief. Mexicans, along with many other reasonable people, were offended by Trump from the first day of his presidential campaign because of his slurs about Mexican immigrants […]

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