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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 […]

Gingrich urges Trump to take aim at the federal bureaucracy, starting with VA

Newt Gingrich called on President-elect Donald Trump to wage “straight-out war” on the federal bureaucracy, starting with Veterans Affairs (VA), which Gingrich called the “archetype of disaster.” In a Washington Post Live interview Friday...Show More Summary

Report ranks best and worst agencies for federal employees

Just in time for the holidays comes the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” report, filled with good tidings and bad news for federal agencies. The annual report is awaited each year by top officials who want to look good and avoid embarrassment. That makes sense, because the ratings are a reflection on […]

Had a little too much nog and need a taxi? There’s a government app for that — and 11 other situations.

It’s not the federal government’s role to send you apps as entertaining as ladies dancing or lords a-leaping. But it can help you track your presents, whether they’re being delivered by a letter carrier or coming straight from the North Pole. And it can help manage holiday stress in a more healthful way than by spiking the […]

Obama thanks feds for their ‘passion for public service’

President Obama celebrated federal employees Tuesday in a video message that was at once pensive and optimistic as he urged them to forge ahead in divisive times. The Web video was shown to a group of employees meeting in the White House complex, where winners of the president’s Customer Service Awards were honored. Obama talked […]

After federal employee insurance website crashes, procrastinators get reprieve

The government has temporarily extended the open enrollment season for the vision and dental benefits program for federal employees, after a website crashed on Monday, officially the last day for signing up or changing coverage. In the Federal Dental and Vision Insurance Program, federal employees and retirees may choose dental coverage, vision coverage or both for […]

Energy Dept. rejects Trump’s request to name climate change workers, who remain worried

Global warming — “it’s a hoax.” Donald Trump has said that more than once. So it’s understandable that the request by the president-elect’s transition team for the names of individual Energy Department employees and contractors who worked on the issue makes them worry that the trick could be on them. “There is major concern amongst […]

Obama’s pay raise for feds praised by unions, local Hill members

Like kids with a surprise in their Christmas stockings, local members of Congress and leaders of federal employee organizations are joyful over a larger-than-expected pay increase for federal workers. Just in time for the holiday bills, President Obama authorized an average pay raise of 2.1 percent for 2017, instead of the 1.6 percent he submitted in […]

Even a short government shutdown could wreak some havoc

Federal agencies are scrambling to activate contingency plans for who would stay home and who would come to work this weekend if the government shuts down due to Congress’ failure to clear a spending bill by midnight Friday. With Senate Democrats threatening to stall a short-term spending bill as they push for more generous health benefits […]

Social Security service declines as waits at offices grow

Unlike his fellow Republicans, President-elect Donald Trump has pledged not to reduce Social Security benefits. From his vantage point in Trump Tower, however, he might not realize that Social Security service has already been cut, significantly. Show More Summary

Obama authorizes larger raise for federal employees

President Obama has authorized a larger-than-expected pay increase for federal employees, just in time for the Christmas bills. In letters to the House and Senate, Obama authorized an average pay raise for 2017 of 2.1 percent, instead of the 1.6 percent he submitted in August. “However, in light of the decision of Congress to provide […]

Congress curbs paid time off that drags on for federal employees in hot water

Congress gave final agreement Thursday to curbing a practice used by agencies across government to deal with employees accused of misbehavior: Paid time off that goes on for months and even years. The annual defense bill that cleared the Senate and now goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature limits the use of administrative leave […]

Federal union head, once a fierce Trump critic, now sanguine

What a difference a victory makes. Before Donald Trump’s win last month, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President J. David Cox Sr. was a fierce critic. Trump’s federal pay freeze proposal “is more evidence that he is unprepared and unfit to be the next president of the United States,” Cox said in October. “He […]

Clash over patent office fraud a sign of what’s to come for federal workers

House Republicans on Wednesday dressed down a top U.S. Patent and Trademark Office official and a union leader for what they called a weak response to reports of time and attendance fraud by patent examiners. The rebukes, in response to an inspector general investigation released last summer, may foreshadow things to come when both President-elect Donald J. Trump is […]

Holiday season is a tough time for low-wage federal contractors

’Tis the season to be jolly. But not for everyone. Happiness is a lot easier for those paid a fair wage, which apparently is not what many federal contractor employees get. In a complaint filed Monday with the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said the Lionel Henderson Corp. […]

Elder abuse – Often the kin did it: Feds to collect data.

What kind of people cheat and financially abuse incapacitated older folks? Sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and lawyers – people who act as guardians for their relatives and clients. What can the federal government do about it? Currently not much, because elder abuse generally is considered a state and local problem. But at least the federal government […]

Feds, retirees get soaked in ‘perfect storm’ of rising insurance costs

Federal employees and retirees can be excused for feeling as though they’re getting soaked by what has been described as a “perfect storm” hitting their health benefits. This storm has been brewing for months, but its effects are especially noticeable now that the month-long “open season” to change selections for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program […]

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