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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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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 […]

Gingrich joins Trump’s war on media ‘mortal enemies’

Few things seem to energize politicians like bad press. On his first full day in office, President Trump excoriated journalists as “among the most dishonest human beings on Earth.” Two days later, former House speaker Newt Gingrich jumped into the fray like the second half of a wrestling tag team. The American people could be […]

Federal hiring freeze will be waived for VA jobs with ‘public safety’ missions, agency says

Hours after the White House said that President Trump’s freeze on federal hiring would include the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency clarified that it plans to continue hiring for jobs with public safety missions. “The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to exempt anyone it deems necessary for public safety, including frontline caregivers,” Robert Snyder, […]

Mulvaney, Trump management pick, lacking on hiring freeze information

Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s sharp command of many federal budget issues was on display Tuesday, as he engaged in a repartee that resembled a quiz show lightning round with Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.). But for someone poised to be President Trump’s top governmental manager, Mulvaney looked like a losing contestant on key questions involving the […]

What does a hiring freeze mean for the federal workforce?

  True to his campaign promise, President Trump ordered a federal hiring freeze on Monday. His Contract with the American Voter said a freeze would be part of his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again,” but Trump issued it on the first Monday of his presidency. What does this mean for federal employees? […]

Trump freezes federal hiring

President Trump issued an executive order Monday freezing federal hiring. The hiring freeze excludes national security employees. A hiring freeze was included in the Trump presidential campaign’s “Contract with the American Voter.” It was the second of six measures “to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, D.C.” and part of his […]

Trump brings fear, anxiety and some hope to the federal workplace

After comparing the intelligence community to Nazi Germany and repeatedly belittling the work of the nation’s intelligence professionals, President Trump was smart to visit the CIA on his first full day as commander in chief, even though it was a self-indulgent, ego-driven exercise. Also wise are his plans to visit other agencies to thank their […]

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