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Bureau of Prisons manager tried moving whistleblower’s office to old jail cell

Two whistleblowers have accused the Federal Bureau of Prisons of trying to banish them to inappropriate work spaces — including a converted jail cell with no desk, computer or phone — after they lodged complaints against the agency. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel brought the actions to light on Tuesday, announcing that it had won relief for […]

Holder announces new limits on civil asset forfeitures

Attorney General Eric H. Holder announced new curbs Tuesday on the government’s use of civil asset forfeiture laws, saying that federal authorities will only seize bank accounts when serious illegal transactions have been documented....Show More Summary

Republicans take aim at union ‘official time’ for federal employees

House and Senate Republicans have introduced bills to bar federal employees from performing union work on the government’s dime, a practice that has been allowed since 1978 under the Civil Service Reform Act. The measures, introduced by Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) last week and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in February, would prohibit federal employees from […]

Here’s TSA’s secretive list of suspicious behaviors

Airport screeners look for passengers with “face pale from recent shaving of beard” and other common traits to spot potential terrorists through the Transportation Security Administration’s controversial behavior-detection program. That’s...Show More Summary

Postal employee receives jail time for disability scam that lasted nearly seven years

A former U.S. Postal Service employee will serve time in prison for a disability scam that lasted more than seven years and cost federal agencies hundreds of thousands of dollars, prosecutors announced on Monday. U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis sentenced Colette Lee, 49, of Baltimore, to 18 months of confinement and three years of supervised release and […]

A surprise among list of GOP cuts for feds

At budget time, federal employees have come to expect a familiar series of hits from Republicans — shots that can ricochet off the public. Require feds to contribute more out of pocket toward their retirement plan with no increase in benefits — check. Reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition — check. Eliminate a […]

Lawmaker seeks ouster of Commerce Department inspector general

A top Democrat this week will ask President Obama to fire the Commerce Department’s inspector general after a congressional probe uncovered a pattern of alleged misconduct, including retaliation against whistleblowers and the hiring of a suspected girlfriend. Show More Summary

Does the U.S. Postal Service have an unfair competitive advantage?

Special treatment from federal, state and local governments has given the U.S. Postal Service an unfair advantage over private-sector competitors such as the United Parcel Service and FedEx, according to an economic analysis released this week. Show More Summary

Here’s how Virginia’s governor defends his Homeland Security lobbying

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Thursday defended his aggressive actions while pushing for visa approvals on behalf of his electric-car company before he entered office, saying he was merely “raising heck” over delays in processing. Show More Summary

Panel okays route to permanent federal jobs for firefighter temps

Federal firefighters hired seasonally to extinguish wild land blazes would be allowed to compete for permanent positions under legislation approved by a House panel. “Because of their status, benefits and career advancement opportunities are limited,” said Rep. Show More Summary

Forever Stamps will work with postcards and more starting next month

Mailers can use Forever Stamps with postcards and letters larger than one ounce beginning late next month, according to a notice this week from the Postal Regulatory Commission. The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors approved the change on Wednesday, allowing USPS to move forward with the expansion on April 26. Forever stamps never expire and always […]

Parents’ lawsuit says Quorn mold-based food product killed their 11-year-old son

Parents of an 11-year-old boy filed a lawsuit Wednesday against food manufacturer Quorn Foods Inc., saying the mold-based product it makes caused his death, records show. Ann Marie Cote, of Long Beach, Calif., said her son, Miles Bengco, was allergic to mold and suffered a fatal, “severe anaphylactic reaction” in June 2013 to the fungus […]

VA construction exec who earned bonuses despite $2 billion in cost overruns ‘steps down.’ But can still get his pension.

A Department of Veterans Affairs executive is “stepping down” after reports that he received nearly $64,000 in bonuses despite overseeing $2 billion in cost overruns at four troubled VA hospital projects, including one in Aurora, Colo., that is now the most expensive hospital in the VA’s history. Show More Summary

Federal worker tax delinquency reaches highest point in past decade

Federal employees have fallen further behind on their taxes, with their combined overdue debt to the government rising last year to its highest level in a decade. Civilian federal personnel owed more than $1.14 billion in back taxes in 2014, according to Internal Revenue Service data that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released this week. Despite the […]

The White House asked federal scientists how bad its crackdown on travel is. The answer: Bad

The White House was so concerned last year that a crackdown on federal travel and training was undermining the standing of U.S. scientists that it ordered a survey of scientist-heavy agencies across government to see how bad things were. The empirically based research results were dispiriting. The travel restrictions, ordered by the Office of Management and Budget in […]

National Park Service delayed $11 billion in maintenance last year

The National Park Service is increasingly neglecting its trails, roads and visitor centers because of recent budget constraints, according to a report from the agency this week. The park service said it delayed an estimated $11.5 billion worth of needed maintenance projects last year due to funding shortages, with the total growing nearly 2 percent compared to 2013. […]

VA to change 40-mile rule for Veterans Choice program

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday announced plans to relax the agency’s rule on how far patients must live from the nearest VA medical center before the government pays for treatment at a closer private facility. Under the original guidelines, veterans had to reside at least 40 miles in a straight shot, or as the […]

G Fund’s return would drop to nearly zero under House plan

The most popular fund in the Thrift Savings Plan would become “virtually worthless” as an investment option under a proposal in the House budget, a TSP spokeswoman said. The budget plan, up for floor voting this week, assumes a change in the way money in the government securities fund, or G Fund, is invested that […]

Veterans unemployment rate drops to lowest point since 2008

The unemployment rate among military veterans dropped to its lowest point since 2008 last year, as the U.S. government hit a high for hiring former troops, according to federal data. Recently released numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 5.3 percent of veterans were jobless last year, representing a decrease of 1.3 percentage points compared […]

Federal workers could pay more for health care, get less for retirement under GOP plan

The federal budget proposed by House Republicans would reduce the amount of money that government employees earn on a popular retirement plan and potentially increase the amount they have to contribute to their health-care plan, according to newly released details. House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) last week unveiled the spending blueprint — which […]

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