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The workers Clinton and Trump should not forget

In the heat of a bizarre presidential campaign, the horse race makes it easy to forget that the point of politics is governing. And when we think of the next administration, we often focus on who will get the top political appointments. But to govern effectively, any administration needs to consider civil servants, particularly during […]

Closed Social Security offices, furloughed staff under GOP cuts, agency warns

Social Security is facing dark times —  not just figuratively, but as in the lights would go out. That’s the warning from Social Security Administration (SSA) officials if an appropriations bill pushed by House Republicans takes effect. “There would be up to two weeks of furloughs for all employees,” the agency said in information obtained […]

As Park Service battles sexual harassment, this Sports Illustrated swimsuit model twerks in Yellowstone

As the National Park Service confronts what Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has called a “culture” of sexual harassment, the agency allowed barely clad swimsuit models to twerk in photos with iconic park backdrops. These shoots — used for the first time last year in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and reprised by National Geographic in May’s issue on […]

More feds are working from home. But no one has figured out whether that’s really a good thing.

About half of federal employees — 1 million people — are now eligible to work from home, either full time or a few days a week. A little more than a quarter of them actually do. That’s a huge jump from 2010, when Congress passed legislation to encourage telework to save energy and commuting costs, […]

Loss of VA health-care providers grows as demand for care increases. Will service suffer?

Two trend lines in veterans’ health care are not encouraging. Demand for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) services is going up, but so are losses among the agency’s health-care providers. Annual VA outpatient medical appointments rose by 20 percent, or 17.1 million visits from fiscal 2011 through 2015, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. […]

Senators rap Energy Dept. for enabling contractor retaliation against whistleblowers

Sandra Black says she lost her job for doing it. Black worked for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), the private contractor that operates the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 310-square-mile nuclear storage complex in South Carolina. As her title “employee concerns program (ECP) manager” indicated, Black was the point person for issues staffers wanted to fix. Her […]

Feds feel the burn over huge long-term care price hike

Federal employees and retirees are feeling the burn. They’re hot over the huge jump in their long-term care premiums that will take effect Nov. 1. The increases will average 83 percent — that’s $111 per month — and rise as much as 126 percent. John Hancock Life and Health Insurance Co. provides the coverage. Their anger mirrors […]

Cost to maintain Afghan military vehicles skyrocketed because of Pentagon mistakes, report says

The Pentagon’s effort to maintain vehicles for Afghanistan’s military and train local troops to take care of its fleet has been a failure, a watchdog reported Thursday, with the program’s cost more than doubling to $423 million. NowShow More Summary

Weather Service conducts ‘illegal surveillance’ on staff, union says

If it’s on Facebook, can it be secret? Members of the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) thought they had a secret Facebook page that was available only to them. But not only did National Weather Service (NWS) management officials know about the page, they accessed it and made scornful comments about the postings, according […]

Democrats’ platform barely mentions feds, but their unions strongly support Clinton

Democrats have long been in the corner of federal employees, but those workers are almost absent from the 2016 Democratic platform. This reference to the federal workforce is an indirect one to job applicants: “The next president should take executive action to ban the box for federal employers and contractors, so applicants have an opportunity […]

Congress wrestles with providing fertility benefits for injured veterans and servicemembers

This was the year the government was gong to start helping injured veterans and members of the military maintain their ability to start families by offering unprecedented fertility preservation programs. In January, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Pentagon would soon launch a pilot program to help active-duty servicemembers freeze their eggs and sperm, as a […]

Most long-term insurance care enrollees are eligible for little-known benefit

Three-fifths of enrollees in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program who are facing steep premium increases will be eligible to invoke a little-known feature of the program that will allow them to stop paying premiums but still keep some coverage, the Office of Personnel Management has said. The paid-up provision allows enrollees whose premium […]

New Grand Canyon park chief on sexual misconduct: ‘Some of our colleagues have suffered immeasurable harm’

  Now that eliminating sexual harassment is a top priority for the National Park Service, Director Jonathan Jarvis is laying out the steps he is taking to create a “zero tolerance” culture. “First, some have asked what it means for the National Park Service to have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment,” Jarvis wrote in an email last week to […]

Christie on Trump’s plan to fire feds faster and clean out Obama’s people

“As you know from his other career, Donald likes to fire people.” That was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) talking to the donor class in a closed-door meeting at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. Christie was both recalling the reality television career of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and projecting […]

Yellowstone tourists were not the only ones to try an ill-fated bison rescue. A Park Service manager did too.

The baby bison who had to be put to death at Yellowstone National Park in May after tourists loaded it in the trunk of their car was not the first one to die after human interference tore apart its family. A similarly misguided rescue effort at Badlands National Park resulted in the death of a bison […]

Costs skyrocket for feds’ long-term care insurance

Federal employees and retirees who participate in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) are in for some serious sticker shock. They pay the full cost of that insurance, and on Nov. 1, it will jump by up to 126 percent. The average increase will be 83 percent or $111 per month. That leaves retirees […]

Hatch Act — too complicated for a Cabinet secretary? Not really

If an Obama administration Cabinet secretary, one of the highest-ranking positions in the government, doesn’t know the restrictions on federal employees during partisan political campaigns, is the law too complicated for the average fed to follow? No. Yet, that’s one question raised by news that Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro violated the […]

Patent lawsuits swell and watchdog says the government is to blame

Inventors are filing an exploding number of lawsuits against companies that appropriate their products illegally — and a new report puts the blame for these costly disputes squarely at the feet of the federal government. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is so focused on rewarding its employees for the number of applications they review that the quality of […]

GOP platform calls for recycling — of old proposals

“The 2012 Republican Platform is a statement of who we are and what we believe as a Party and our vision for a stronger and freer America.” So says the first sentence in the platform guiding Republicans this election season. While party platforms are often forgotten, they do indicate the values political parties promote. In […]

Lobbying battle over giving nurses more authority to treat veterans intensifies

Six days before the window closes for public comments, a Veterans Affairs proposal to expand nurses’ authority to treat veterans without a doctor’s supervision has drawn 71,520 comments online. [To cut wait times, VA wants nurses to act like physicians. Doctors say veterans will be harmed] That’s one of the largest turnouts for a federal regulation in […]

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