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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Interior Department banned from Twitter after retweet of smaller-than-usual Trump inauguration crowd

The Interior Department was ordered Friday to shut down its official Twitter accounts — indefinitely — after a National Park Service employee shared two tweets that noted President Trump’s relatively small inaugural crowds compared to the numbers former president Barack Obama drew in 2009. “All bureaus and the department have been directed by incoming administration to […]

What happens now to Justice Dept.’s civil rights enforcement?

Vanita Gupta came to national prominence by leading a successful NAACP Legal Defense Fund fight on behalf of 38 people who had been railroaded on drug charges in Tulia, Tex. She took that same passion to the Justice Department, when she was chosen to lead its Civil Rights Division in 2014. Now, with the end […]

Ethics chief to meet with top House Republican after rebuke of Trump, but won’t get public exchange he wanted

A top House Republican has denied a request from the federal ethics chief for a public meeting to hear lawmakers’ grievances against him for speaking out against President-elect Donald Trump — but also backed down on calling him to testify in a closed-door interview like a deposition. Instead, Walter Shaub Jr., director of the Office […]

Obama’s orders protecting federal contract workers face reversal by Trump

President Obama has used his pen to improve the lot of individual federal contract workers and shape the balance between contractors and government employees. Those same executive orders and presidential memorandums could be wiped out by the stroke of another pen, Donald Trump’s. In a 100-day action plan in his “Contract with the American Voter,” […]

Outgoing OPM chief hits incoming GOP policies on hiring and firing feds

Beth Cobert was named acting director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) soon after news broke about the cybertheft of personal information belonging to 22 million federal employees, contractors, applicants and their families. Show More Summary

Obama’s federal workplace legacy is mixed, but he’ll be missed

President Obama entered office eight years ago optimistic that he could “make government cool again.” Now he’s preparing to leave the White House to Donald Trump and his cynical “drain-the-swamp” approach to governing. As his administration develops, we’ll continue to examine Trump’s plan to freeze federal hiring and efforts by Republicans to cut employee benefits […]

New feds could be fired for ‘no cause at all’ by Trump under planned legislation

Feds should put on their body armor now. A range of Republican proposals on federal hiring, firing and retiring will have them under fire during the Trump administration. One flying under the radar poses a fundamental threat to the purpose of the civil service. It would essentially dispose of federal employee due process rights. Rep. […]

Federal ethics chief blasts Trump’s plan to break from businesses, calling it ‘meaningless’

The head of the federal Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday denounced President-elect Donald J.Trump’s plan to separate the presidency from his business empire as “wholly inadequate” and said it does not meet the standards met by the “best of his nominees.” “The ethics program starts at the top,” Director Walter Shaub said at Brookings […]

David Shulkin tapped as Trump’s VA secretary

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has tapped David Shulkin, a physician who is currently serving in the Obama administration as VA under secretary, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. The decision ends a protracted search for a leader for the second-largest federal agency and makes Shulkin the first VA secretary who is […]

Democrats seek thaw in Trump plan to freeze federal hiring

House Democrats are trying to shield federal employees from the cold reception President-elect Donald Trump promises them shortly after he takes office next week. A federal government hiring freeze through attrition is a top item on his first 100-day agenda. In a letter to Trump, 106 Democrats urged him to reconsider his hiring freeze proposal, […]

Beware: Chaffetz committee plans broad agenda affecting federal workers

Feds should watch out. With Capitol Hill Republicans empowered and emboldened by the coming presidency of Donald Trump, federal employees should get ready for a range of potentially significant changes being prepared in the House. That even could include good news for some, but many others better beware. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the […]

Will Trump continue Obama’s national security diversity efforts?

Is national security workforce diversity really an issue when the president’s national security adviser is a powerful black woman with a spacious White House office just down the hallway from her boss, a black man who embodies diversity? Yes. It’s a big, persistent problem. The encouraging news is Susan E. Rice has confronted the issue […]

Why Trump still hasn’t named a leader for the Department of Veterans Affairs

With confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Cabinet set to start this week, the president-elect still has not chosen a leader for the Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency he vowed on the campaign trail to significantly shake up. It is not for lack of trying. Trump has met with or considered about a dozen candidates […]

USPS to halt retail sales at Staples stores following union complaints

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will discontinue retail services at Staples stores by the first week in March, according to the labor organization that led the fight against the program. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said it was informed by USPS that Staples will remove all postal signage at about 500 stores across the […]

Children, parents, U.S. suffer because quality, affordable child care is lacking

“In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality child care more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have — it’s a must-have. So it’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or as a women’s issue, and treat it like […]

Obama administration moves against federal contractors that owed back pay to workers

How the dealmaking Trump crowd will deal with federal contractors remains to be seen, but the Obama administration is making a statement during its final weeks in office. In the waning days of December, the Labor Department took strong action against two companies that it said has cheated workers. On Dec. 30, Labor announced a […]

Trump’s conflicts of interest could conflict federal employees

Will a barely noticed report from a little federal agency about whistleblower retaliation have larger implications after the Trump era begins next month? That question can’t be answered now, but there is concern among whistleblower advocates who find both comfort and warning signals in an Office of Special Counsel (OSC) case. OSC investigates reprisals against […]

Reports cite VA progress, despite contrary Republican rhetoric

During a period of growing Republican criticism and eagerness for major changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, officials there might find some solace in two recent independent reviews of an agency that dishonored itself. A Harvard Business School case study, published in November and updated this month, concludes that the team assembled by VA […]

Two key Senate chairmen call for new VA leadership

Beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs officials, still reeling from a 2014 scandal over the coverup of long patient wait times, should expect more unwanted attention after Donald Trump takes office. Two Senate committee chairman are urging the president-elect to pursue reform at the VA, which they said has “an urgent need to improve veteran care, […]

‘Straight-out war’ on federal bureaucracy, Gingrich urges Trump

It might be time for federal agencies to order flak jackets. If President-elect Donald Trump takes former speaker Newt Gingrich’s advice to attack the federal bureaucracy, body armor could be needed. “It’s got to be a straight-out war,” Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Friday during a Washington Post Live interview with my colleague James Hohmann. Department of […]

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