Blog Profile / The Federal Eye


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Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:4031
Posts / Week:15.1
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Feds urged to fight ‘unconscious bias’ in hiring and promotions

As dangerous as it was, battling overt segregation during the civil rights era was in some ways easier than combating today’s insidious racism. At least you could see the “white only” signs and you knew who was behind them. Those signs are long gone, but racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination didn’t go with […]

Some fear House playing politics with painkiller bills

It was one day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s announcement last week that the House would not consider the Senate bill to combat heroin and opioid abuse, a major issue on the 2016 campaign trail. House GOP leaders quickly passed the mic to one of their most vulnerable incumbents, Rep. Bob Dold of Illinois. The Republican […]

Federal hiring, fixed before, needs fixing again

  Back in 2010, after the Office of Personnel Management revamped USAJobs, the government’s employment website, John Berry, then the OPM director, said fixing federal hiring “is probably the most important legacy item I will accomplish.” Not to disappoint Berry, but while his legacy remains, the system needs fixing again. Berry, now ambassador to Australia, […]

Two-cent price cut could mean $2 billion headache for Postal Service

Just when the U.S. Postal Service’s financial picture was beginning to look a little less bleak, here comes news that is both good and bad. Prices dropped Sunday — good news for those now paying 47 cents, instead of 49 cents, to mail a card or letter. But that two cents worth of good news […]

‘Inadvertent’ cyber breach hits 44,000 FDIC customers

In yet another example of fragile security in federal cyber systems,  data for 44,000 Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. customers was breached by an employee leaving the agency. The breach occurred in February and was outlined in an internal FDIC memorandum obtained by The Washington Post. The March 18 memo from Lawrence Gross Jr., FDIC’s chief […]

IRS service dramatically improves to mediocre

If you’re among the nearly one-third of U.S. taxpayers who can’t get their calls answered by the nation’s tax collector, reports of improved assistance by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) won’t mean much. But when the agency’s 70 percent telephone answer rate for this filing season is compared to its 38 percent rate for the last […]

How weak badge security puts federal facilities at risk

Getting into a federal government building is no easy task, thanks to terrorists — domestic, foreign, real and potential. Security officers check your bags, your identification and your body if necessary, before you meet an employee who escorts you everywhere, even to the restroom. Of course, employees and regular contractors have an easier time. Often […]

Long-term care premiums for federal employees set to rise

Premiums in the long-term care insurance program for federal employees and retirees are expected to increase later this year for most enrollees, the government has said, but exactly when and by how much is yet to be determined. The Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday awarded a new seven-year contract to the John Hancock Life […]

After the mud wrestling, candidates must prepare to govern

After the sometimes disgraceful Republican presidential primary season is done, Uncle Sam can shower and perhaps the remaining candidates will finally turn their attention to how they would govern. Wiser heads have been trying to draw attention to this for months. They’ve been all but ignored while the political mud wrestling, led by Republican mogul Donald […]

VA formally proposes new limits on appeals rights for its executives

Senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs overseeing health care programs could appeal disciplinary actions against them only through internal department channels, under a formal proposal the department has sent to Congress. Show More Summary

Three years is too long for administrative leave

The use and misuse of paid administrative leave in federal agencies is getting increased attention because of cases such as these at the Department of Homeland Security: — A federal law enforcement officer was on leave for more than three years while being investigated on allegations of criminal and administrative misconduct. He was paid $455,000 […]

Defense Department begins new employee performance rating system

The Defense Department on Friday will begin another overhaul of how it evaluates its civilian federal employees, this time with the support of employee unions whose opposition doomed the previous program. The first stage of the new Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program involves about 15,000 employees at a dozen relatively small components and headquarters […]

Federal employee health program to boost autism benefits

Federal employee health-care plans will have to cover applied behavior analysis for children on the autism spectrum starting next year, and they are being encouraged to step up the incentives for enrollees to participate in wellness programs. The Office of Personnel Management since 2013 has encouraged carriers in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to […]

Border Patrol agents union endorses Trump

The union representing 16,500 Border Patrol agents has endorsed businessman Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. “Mr. Trump will take on special interests and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes-men who say whatever they are programmed to say. This is a refreshing change that we […]

DEA drug fighting plane doesn’t fly, but costs soar

The boondoggle of the week award goes to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Defense Department. They joined forces to combat illegal drugs in Afghanistan, but ended up with an expensive plane that, like their grand plans, won’t fly. But the cost has soared. The plan was for DOD to modify a DEA plane to […]

Weak IRS controls leave taxpayer data vulnerable, report says

Just in time for tax season, the Government Accountability Office is warning that weak financial controls at the Internal Revenue Service leave taxpayer information at risk. In a report released Monday to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the GAO noted the agency’s progress in information security but said “weaknesses in the controls limited their effectiveness in […]

Obama unveils anti-heroin strategy

President Obama is traveling to Atlanta today in a high-profile effort to combat the epidemic of heroin addiction and prescription-drug abuse. He will use his appearance before the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit to demonstrate the priority this has for his administration and to push his $1.1 billion proposal to fight the epidemic. During […]

Clinton, Sanders respond to union questions ignored by GOP hopefuls

Ignoring a group of voters is no way to win their support. But ignoring is what the Republican presidential hopefuls have done to a federal union, and by extension to federal employees, by refusing to answer a campaign questionnaire. In December, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) sent a dozen questions to […]

FBI testing a way to crack San Bernardino iPhone; Google lobbies Congress on car issues; chatbot hobbled by racist, sexist comments

WHAT’S THE FBI UP TO? Speculation is building over what the FBI meant when it said it might not need help from Apple to crack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. As our colleagues Ellen Nakashima and Elizabeth Dwoskin report, “FBI Director James B. Comey seemed to reject one popular proposal that has taken off online […]

Medicaid driving up Obamacare costs; IRS fast facts; and Emily’s list spending big against a progressive Dem

BUDGET SCOREKEEPER SEES SPIKE IN MEDICAID ENROLLMENT. The cost of the Affordable Care Act is expected to climb this year as a result of more people enrolling in Medicaid but the overall cost of the program is still less than scorekeepers estimated in the early days of the legislation. A new report released Thursday by the […]

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