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Kelley leaves union presidency with list of victories for feds and continuing frustrations

Next week will be Colleen M. Kelley’s last as president of the National Treasury Employees Union. After 16 years at the helm of the second-largest federal labor organization, she’s returning to Pittsburgh to relax with her family. A former IRS revenue agent, Kelley has been in the thick of change and tumult surrounding federal employees. […]

Patent office stresses quantity over quality, new review of troubled telework program finds

A new independent review of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s award-winning telework program found a patent system that stresses “quantitative production over quality” and questions whether examiners are working hard enough. The...Show More Summary

Weeks after attack revealed, millions of OPM cyber-victims still not protected

They are among the biggest, and potentially most damaging, cyberattacks in the history of the U.S. government, exposing the sensitive security clearance data of millions of federal employees and contractors. But the vast majority of the more than 20 million affected people still have not been officially notified that their information was exposed, leaving them […]

Dems now support rights for VA staff after voting for earlier law that undercut protections for VA senior executives

Persistent congressional efforts to cut back workplace protections for federal employees advanced when the House voted to dilute due process rights for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees. Wednesday’s debate was similar to one last year when Congress approved a law that included an even harsher attack on due process for VA Senior Executive Service […]

First-class stamps will cost 49 cents for eight more months, then the price will be rolled back

The 49-cent stamp has eight more months of life until the U.S. Postal Service has to roll the price back, the effect of a ruling that allows the post office to collect $1.1 billion to cover its recession-related losses. Wednesday’s ruling by postal regulators should be the last word in a long legal dispute between […]

Harassment and hostile work environment are major complaints of congressional employees, report says

Working in Congress might carry a certain status in some circles, but employees there have the same complaints as workers elsewhere, yet they are not covered by the same laws protecting others. The largest category of issues raised by Capitol Hill workers concerned “harassment/hostile work environment” in fiscal year 2014, according to a report released […]

Park Service to Big Water: No federal funding for bottled water bans? We’ll find our own money, thanks.

First, the National Park Service said it would cut back on selling its visitors bottled water to reduce the litter left behind. Now, Congress — under pressure from the powerful bottled water industry — is threatening to cut off the federal money the Park Service is using to replace the disposable plastic water bottles with refilling stations. […]

House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

The House voted Wednesday to cut workplace protections for Department of Veterans Affairs employees and extend their probationary period, making it easier to fire new staffers. The “VA Accountability Act of 2015” was approved with a 256 – 170 vote, largely, though not strictly, along party lines, despite a White House veto threat. Rep. Jeff […]

What’s happened at the IRS after five years of slashed budgets

The Internal Revenue Service has slashed its staff by up to 30 percent in some key offices. Investigations of individual tax fraud have plummeted by 43 percent, and by 58 percent for delinquent businesses. Re-checks of background investigations for employees with security clearances — a majority of the agency’s workforce — are years behind schedule. These […]

What federal employees really need to worry about after the Chinese hack

A new government review of what the Chinese hack of sensitive security clearance files of 21 million people means for national security is in — and some of the implications are quite grave. Covert intelligence officers and their operations...Show More Summary

OPM hackers are more likely to get counterintelligence action than criminal charges, report says

If you are one of the 20 million-plus people — including federal employees, contractors, job candidates and their family members — whose personal information was hacked and stolen from the Office of Personnel Management, you probably want the thieves captured and hauled off to prison. Don’t hold your breath on that one. A report from […]

If Dave Johnson from the FTC calls, don’t talk to him

The Federal Trade Commission has warned that an add-insult-to-injury scam is being perpetrated on federal employees victimized by the breaches of Office of Personnel Management databases. A man identifying himself as Dave Johnson with the FTC office in Las Vegas is contacting those employees and telling them they are due money as recompense. All they […]

In the Twitterverse, TSA gets a really bad rap

Airline passengers in Kentucky like to tweet positive things about the Transportation Security Administration. But in Connecticut, not so much. Oakland International Airport in Calif. is definitely not a favorite on Twitter: Too many bad experiences in the TSA security line. But 360 miles down the coast at Bob Hope airport in Burbank, Calif., passengers […]

TSP moves to expand investment, withdrawal choices

More options for investing and withdrawing retirement savings are planned for federal employees and retirees, including the freedom to invest in funds other than those offered by the Thrift Savings Plan itself. The TSP’s governing board on Monday endorsed opening a “window” through which account holders could invest in a wide range of mutual funds, […]

Chilling details of Colo. teen’s death cited as CDC offers new warning about risks of edible pot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing chilling new details about a 19-year-old college student who leaped four stories to his death at a Holiday Inn in Denver after eating a pot cookie. The case is Exhibit A in a stern warning about the dangers of edible pot that calls for clearer labels, better education […]

Drug traffickers who cooperate with the government have it pretty good — too good, watchdog says

Drug traffickers who cooperate with federal investigators are poorly vetted, and the Drug Enforcement Administration did not properly monitor at least 240 informants — some of whom crossed the line into illegal activity and were under criminal investigation by other authorities. Show More Summary

These VA whistleblowers, punished for reporting problems, were finally exonerated

After he reported a fly and pest infestation in the kitchen of a veterans hospital in Philadelphia, Troy Thompson was assigned to janitorial work and investigated for stealing stale sandwiches. Joseph Colon Christensen was told he was being fired after he notified Washington that the director of a dozen medical centers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands was […]

Report: Obama administration policy shift could ‘substantially transform’ immigration system, lower deportations

The Obama administration’s profound shift in its enforcement of immigration laws could “substantially transform” the nation’s immigration dragnet, reducing deportations and protecting nearly 90 percent of the illegal migrants already here, a new report says. Show More Summary

Justice Dept. watchdog says agency ruling undermines his job

The Obama administration has ruled that inspectors general have to get permission from the agency they’re monitoring for access to wiretaps, grand jury and credit information, a decision that immediately was denounced by the watchdogs and lawmakers. Show More Summary

Congress moves agency by agency to cut rights of feds, limit their pay, facilitate their dismissal

Step by step, agency by agency, Congress is moving to facilitate the firing of federal employees, cut their workplace rights and limit their pay. Currently in the dock – workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Defense Department. Earlier this week we wrote about defense legislation that […]

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