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Holiday season is a tough time for low-wage federal contractors

’Tis the season to be jolly. But not for everyone. Happiness is a lot easier for those paid a fair wage, which apparently is not what many federal contractor employees get. In a complaint filed Monday with the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said the Lionel Henderson Corp. […]

Elder abuse – Often the kin did it: Feds to collect data.

What kind of people cheat and financially abuse incapacitated older folks? Sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and lawyers – people who act as guardians for their relatives and clients. What can the federal government do about it? Currently not much, because elder abuse generally is considered a state and local problem. But at least the federal government […]

Feds, retirees get soaked in ‘perfect storm’ of rising insurance costs

Federal employees and retirees can be excused for feeling as though they’re getting soaked by what has been described as a “perfect storm” hitting their health benefits. This storm has been brewing for months, but its effects are especially noticeable now that the month-long “open season” to change selections for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program […]

The Plum Book is here for those angling for jobs in Trump’s Washington

The biggest Help Wanted ad in eight years will materialize in Washington first thing Monday: A plum-covered paperback listing 9,000 political jobs that may be available for those who want to work in Donald Trump’s administration. The 226-page Plum Book — so called for the desirable jobs that change hands at the end of a presidential term […]

Freeze federal hiring before Trump takes office, GOP senators ask Obama

Two GOP senators on Friday asked the White House to freeze federal hiring until President-elect Trump takes office — just in case the outgoing Obama administration was planning a last-minute hiring spree. “Because we know that you are sincere in overseeing a smooth transition, we hope members of your administration will resist the urge to accelerate […]

Forest Service slammed over sexual-harassment and civil rights complaints

Members of Congress took the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Forest Service to the woodshed Thursday, following years of sexual harassment and whistleblower retaliation complaints. The bipartisan whipping followed tearful and disturbing testimony from a wild land firefighter about sexual abuse. Show More Summary

Feds pay steep price for long-term care company errors

John Hancock got it wrong, and now federal employees and retirees are paying the price. A very high price. Their cost for coverage in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) skyrocketed this year by an average of 83 percent, with some taking a 126 percent hit. The reasons for the huge increases? The […]

To keep promises to veterans, Trump taps Koch-backed group

President-elect Trump is leaning on a once-obscure group backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch as he seeks to make good on a campaign promise to overhaul veterans’ care he has denounced as a tragic failure. Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) was founded as a political advocacy group just four years ago. It has […]

Federal raise in Washington-Baltimore area set at 2.02 percent

Most federal employees in the Washington area will receive a raise of 2.02 percent in January, the largest raise to be paid among the government’s local pay zones, under a message President Obama sent to Congress on Tuesday. While a federal raise has been in the works for months, until now the exact figures had […]

Should the U.S. spend $200,000 on how 500-year-old fish bones relate to Tanzanian social status?

  Should Uncle Sam spend $200,000 to study how 500-year-old fish bones relate to the social status of residents in a Tanzanian port city? Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) doesn’t think so. That example from the National Science Foundation (NSF) comes from his “Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball.” It’s the second annual […]

Continue diversity efforts under Trump, civil servants urged

President-elect Donald Trump was barely mentioned at the White House Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in Government, but he wasn’t ignored. Top career civil servants and Obama administration political appointees gathered Monday to discuss the importance of a federal workforce that looks like America at all levels, just weeks before the new president, who was […]

Where the jobs aren’t: Federal agencies have little need for these skills

Uncle Sam doesn’t want you. Not if your specialty is repairing bowling equipment or domestic appliances. Nor patternmaking or negative engraving or any of some three dozen other occupations. The Office of Personnel Management, the government’s...Show More Summary

Limits on cash awards to federal employees loosened

Federal employees have received something of an early holiday present, as the Obama administration has boosted by half the amount that agencies may pay in awards for performance or special accomplishments. A memo dated last Friday allows agencies to pay to employees below the senior levels awards equaling up to 1.5 percent of their total […]

2020 Census — Ready or Not?

Ready or not? Less than four years out, that is the question for the 2020 Census. The answer, however, is not clear. Census Bureau officials are more confident than others. John H. Thompson, Census Bureau director: “I am proud to report today that we are on time and on schedule.” Kevin Smith, Census Bureau associate […]

Republicans are still watching for Obama appointees who try to wrangle jobs in the Trump administration

Republicans in Congress have been warning the outgoing Obama administration for some time not to move political appointees into career jobs just before the president leaves office. This no-no, known in government jargon as “burrowing in” to the civil service, happens to varying degrees before and during every transition of power in Washington. The concern in both […]

Trump plans to fire feds faster

What should federal employees expect from a boss-in-chief whose workforce philosophy is best known for two words — “You’re fired?” More firings. President-elect Donald Trump would start with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which remains a target for Republicans after a scandal that erupted in 2014 over the coverup of long wait times for patients. […]

Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.

President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation. Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union […]

Report: Halfway house issues mean that high-risk offenders could be released too soon

Like many things in and out of government, there often is a difference between policy and practice. In the case of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), that can have serious consequences. It means that some high-risk offenders, who most need the transitional services from prison to community that halfway houses provide, don’t get them, while […]

The 40 toughest government management jobs

Vice President Biden is right. “No administration is ready on Day 1,” Biden said after he, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and their wives had lunch at the vice president’s Naval Observatory residence Wednesday. To help President-elect Donald Trump get ready, a herculean task given his qualifications and temperament, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) […]

The troubled lives of Secret Service agents

This is a story about the troubled lives of Secret Service agents. It is not a story for supermarket tabloids or a TMZ expose. But it is a scandal, though not in the sense of misdeeds that have sullied the Secret Service in recent years. Secret Service agents lose tens of thousands of dollars, because […]

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