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Views of likely Senate committee chairman sure to rile federal workforce

Ask Sen. Ron Johnson about federal employee priorities and the first thing he talks about is his concern that the government’s deficit spending will reach $127 trillion over 30 years. That’s the prism filtering the view of this first-term senator from Oshkosh, Wis., a tea party Republican and former plastics businessman. His views will be […]

Federal-worker benefits season is now open. Here’s what you need to know.

The annual federal employee benefits open season begins Monday, in which employees and retirees can change their insurance coverage and employees can set up flexible spending accounts for 2015. The program of greatest interest typically is the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which covers about 8 million employees, retirees and family members. The FEHBP features […]

VA chief considering disciplinary action for up to 1,000 employees

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is considering disciplinary action for up to 1,000 employees at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, he told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in an interview scheduled to air Sunday. “The report we’ve passed up to the Senate committee and House committee has about 35 names on it,” the VA chief said, according […]

Federal-worker health plan to cover sex changes and transgender care next year

Federal workers will be eligible for sex-change operations next year through some of the government’s employee health-insurance plans. Aetna, which participates in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program, announced last month that it will cover gender-reassignment surgeries for federal employee members in all 50 states. Show More Summary

Investigators: Nepotism was rampant for U.S. immigration court’s interns

Federal investigators found rampant nepotism in recent years within the agency that oversees U.S. immigration courts, including three top officials who used their positions to help relatives land paid internships. In a report this week, Justice...Show More Summary

Pesticide levels on food unknown due to poor government testing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not perform enough pesticide residue tests — on either imported or domestic foods – to say whether the American food supply is safe, according to federal auditors. The Government Accountability Office report, which was released Thursday, said FDA is testing less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all imported fruits […]

VA chief: I can’t just ‘walk into a room and fire people’

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald defended his approach to cleaning house Thursday after the scheduling scandal that rocked his agency before he took office, saying his new firing authorities aren’t as broad as people might think. Show More Summary

Phased retirement officially starts for feds, but don’t count on it

The long-awaited authority for federal workers to phase into retirement officially begins Thursday, but it is still unclear how soon, how widely and under what conditions agencies will give their employees that opportunity. The government now can accept applications for the hybrid arrangement designed to allow retirement-eligible employees to cut back while keeping a hand […]

Veterans Choice Cards are in the mail today. So what are they?

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday plans to issue its first round of Choice Cards to former troops struggling to access care at VA medical centers. So what are these things, and what do they do? Choice Cards are a temporary benefit stemming from the VA’s record-keeping scandal, which involved nationwide coverups of treatment delays at the agency’s […]

Feds’ furlough appeals: A year later, 20,000 still on the docket

A year ago, an obscure judicial agency in the federal bureaucracy charged with deciding whether employees have been treated fairly began wading through a new docket of 32,759 cases.  That’s the number of federal workers who believe they were unjustly furloughed for up to a week after Congress let $80 billion in automatic budget cuts take […]

More than 25,000 federal workers to lose their health plans next year

More than 25,000 federal employees will lose their health plans next year as insurance providers drop out of the government’s coverage network, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Affected workers will have the option of...Show More Summary

GOP control of Hill means rough road for feds

The Republican victory in the Senate changes the political landscape more for the federal workforce than most Americans. The terrain for federal employees could prove rocky, not that it had been so smooth already. The party’s impressive set of victories on Tuesday now will give it full control of Capitol Hill. Congress rules over the […]

Here are the top candidates for Senate chairmanships under the GOP majority

Republicans gained control of the Senate on Tuesday, which means the GOP will chair the committees in that chamber of Congress next year. With their new authority, the Republican leaders are likely to ramp up oversight of the Obama administration,...Show More Summary

How many workers staff those political machines that bombard you?

The near-constant bombardment of ads, e-mails and campaign events in the run-up to any given election might lead you to believe that political organizations are part of a massive industry that employs armies of workers. But the field, which...Show More Summary

High court whistleblower case could affect many feds

Robert MacLean exited the rarified air of the Supreme Court and walked down its 36 marble steps with the confidence of a cop who knows he’s right. The tone of the questions and comments from the justices provided good reason for this former air marshal to feel good about the first Supreme Court case directly […]

Do federal employees get time off work to vote on Election Day?

Voting rarely requires time off work in the era of early voting and mail-in ballots, but federal agencies can still grant leave in limited circumstances for employees who can’t otherwise cast their ballots for one reason or another. Here are the guidelines that the government’s Chief Human Capital Officers Council laid out for excused voting absences prior to the 2012 […]

Political pastors openly defying IRS rules on candidate endorsements

Political-minded ministers are flouting federal tax law by preaching politics from the pulpit as part of a nationwide movement to defy the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has taken virtually no action against the pastors, whose churches risk losing their tax-exempt status over their election messages. Show More Summary

Justice Department dispatches poll monitors for Election Day

The Justice Department has dispatched federal poll monitors to 18 states in an effort to prevent voter discrimination ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday. The monitors will be on the...Show More Summary

Jury acquits IRS employee who disclosed sensitive information

A few items that caught our attention on Monday: Jury acquits IRS employee who inadvertently disclosed sensitive information: A federal grand jury in Maryland acquitted Internal Revenue Service employee Carl Sheerer of misdemeanor charges after he accidentally disclosed personal information for more than 20,000 IRS employees and contractors. Show More Summary

Pentagon cuts reimbursement rates for long-term travel

The Pentagon has reduced its daily reimbursement rate for troops and civilian employees participating in long-term travel assignments, prompting concerns about financial burdens and quality of housing for defense personnel conducting business away from home. Show More Summary

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