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Eligibility for federal employee long-term care insurance to expand

Opposite-sex domestic partners would gain the right to apply for a long-term care insurance program for federal employees under the same terms now applying to same-sex partners, under a policy change to be published Friday. Rules from the Office of Personnel Management represent another step in the evolution of eligibility for benefits associated with federal […]

A confidential arm of Congress gets more secretive

The Congressional Research Service is the respected in-house think tank for lawmakers, who are encouraged to request research on areas of public policy that range from environmental protection to immigration. CRS, as it’s known, employs more than 400 analysts who are experts in their fields, “providing Congress with the vital analytical support it needs to […]

Canada a terrorist haven? Lawmakers want Homeland Security to check.

Canada — land of snowboarding prime ministers and cold weather sports — is generally not known as a terrorist haven. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) learned this during his presidential campaign when he expressed interest in building a wall along the U.S.-Canadian border. Widely mocked for the comment, he’s now former presidential candidate Scott Walker. [Walker […]

Federal Player of the Week

Edward Hugler: The go-to guy for big management challenges When leaders of the Department of Labor learned last year that their private-sector provider of financial services was about to go bankrupt, upending the procurement system, the payment of grants and many other critical financial transactions, they turned to Edward Hugler, the man they call “Mr. […]

Army settles with infection control staffer who exposed hospital’s dangers to patient care

The Army has agreed to a monetary settlement with a former infection control analyst at one of the busiest military hospitals, after federal investigators found that she was punished for reporting dangerous health and safety conditions for patients to a group that accredits hospitals. The settlement with Teresa Gilbert was announced Tuesday by the Office […]

Suspended USDA researcher alleges agency tried to block his research into harmful effects of pesticides on bees, butterflies

A prominent Agriculture Department scientist is alleging that he was suspended after complaining that the agency was blocking his research into the harmful effects of pesticides on pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. In a whistleblower...Show More Summary

Want a pricey SUV packed with the latest gadgets? Work for this Homeland Security agency, audit says.

The agency that protects federal buildings failed to protect itself from leasing pricey SUVs packed with the latest gadgets, a federal watchdog has found. The Federal Protective Service leased nearly 1,100 of the expensive SUV’s, some of which came equipped with rechargeable flashlights, devices to carry bike racks and a digital keyless remote entry system […]

House Republicans, in last-ditch effort, move to impeach IRS commissioner over targeting scandal

A group of House Republicans led by the chairman of a powerful committee moved Tuesday to impeach the head of the Internal Revenue Service, saying he violated the public trust and lied to Congress as it investigated the treatment of conservative groups. The announcement by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and […]

Budget deal blunts, but doesn’t erase, increase in Medicare premiums

The tentative budget agreement forged by congressional leaders and the Obama administration will ward off a historic spike in Medicare premiums for the coming year, but it will nevertheless require nearly one in three older Americans to pay 17 percent more in monthly premiums for doctors’ visits and other outpatient care. Under the agreement, Medicare’s […]

Feds escape direct hit on pay and benefits in budget compromise

You can’t find the word “peace” in the 144-page document, but that is the main benefit for federal employees from the bipartisan budget agreement reached late Monday. If the agreement is formally adopted, it would mean two years of not worrying about a government shutdown, like the 16 days of disruption that hit agencies two […]

More than 100,000 federal employees to get special pay boost

More than 100,000 federal employees will receive a one-time pay boost in January under rules published Tuesday that create 13 new “locality pay” zones and expand most of the existing ones. In the General Schedule, the pay system for most white-collar executive branch employees, pay varies according to local differences between federal and non-federal pay […]

Hispanic share of federal workforce continues increase

The percentage of Hispanics continues to increase among newly hired federal employees, and also as a share of the government workforce, but that group remains underrepresented in the federal workplace, according to a report issued Monday. The percentage of Hispanics among new hires in federal agencies rose from 7.0 to 7.5 percent over 2013-2014, and […]

Intersex applicants face passport discrimination, says lawsuit seeking option other than ‘M’ or ‘F’

Dana Zzyym, born with ambiguous sex characteristics, does not identify as a man or a woman. Now the Fort Collins, Colo., activist is claiming that the State Department violated their constitutional rights when it denied them a passport for declining to fill out a male or female gender box on the application. Lambda Legal, a […]

The government is losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year on the post-9/11 GI Bill, watchdog says

The Department of Veterans Affairs is overpaying hundreds of millions of dollars to schools and veterans under the post-9/11 GI Bill when students drop a class or leave school, letting $416 million go uncollected in fiscal 2014 alone, a newly released report says. These debts often come as a surprise to students because the VA, which administers the massive […]

The (sort-of) story behind the ban on pork in federal prisons

After a 17-day furor over its decision to strip pork products from the national menu for 206,000 federal inmates, the Bureau of Prisons has finally produced the documentation it says led to the change. Only it’s different from what the government first said it was. Late Friday, prison officials provided three years of results from the annual survey of […]

Van Hollen: Ryan plans ‘very hostile to federal employees’

As Paul Ryan prepares to accept the House speaker’s gavel, a top Democrat who worked both beside and against him on federal budgets says the Wisconsin Republican’s proposals are “very hostile to federal employees.” Before Ryan agreed to seek the top legislative post, he wrote House budgets during his four years as chairman of the […]

Secret Service chief Clancy knew early on about personal information about key lawmaker later leaked to press, report says

Five former directors of the Secret Service have told investigators that Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy participated in a luncheon conversation about sensitive personal information involving an influential lawmaker before it leaked in the press, according to a report by a federal watchdog. The five former directors said it was at a March 25 luncheon […]

Army recruiting scandal nets new indictments as probe of kickbacks continues

The scheme was as simple as the system was porous. Army National Guard soldiers signed up as assistants to help recruiters, getting paid a referral fee each time someone enlisted and another bonus if they went to basic training. If someone joined as an officer, the payment jumped as high as $8,500. But the assistants didn’t wait […]

Is the federal pay system flexible enough to recruit and retain the best?

On Uncle Sam’s long list of personnel headaches is the difficulty he has attracting people to work in places like Portal, North Dakota. With a population of about 150 people, there is almost nothing there except a border crossing into Canada. That poses problems for Customs and Border Protection. Not many people want to work […]

Drug agents in prostitution scandal got hefty bonuses afterwards, watchdog says

Federal drug enforcement agents got bonuses worth thousands of dollars while they were investigated and disciplined for allegedly attending sex parties with prostitutes in Columbia, according to a new probe into the scandal. In a report...Show More Summary

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