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Secret Service IT management slammed following Chaffetz breach

Now that the votes are in and the presidential campaign is done, the Secret Service will have one less person to guard. Perhaps it can turn some of that energy to protecting its computer systems, which suffer from neglect, ignorance and bad management, according to a watchdog’s report. The report by the Office of Inspector […]

DHS report cites dangers in federal police hiring delays

The latest installment in the ongoing saga of federal workforce hiring problems comes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The department’s three largest law enforcement organizations (Customs and Border Protection, Immigration...Show More Summary

‘Institutionalizing Hiring Excellence’ is next new plan to improve federal employment

It’s easy to be skeptical when the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) releases yet another plan to improve the federal hiring process. Former OPM director John Berry hadn’t been in office three months during the first year of the Obama administration when he deployed “SWAT teams” and “wolf packs” to help agencies “identify and analyze […]

Beleaguered VA fails to implement many recommendations

Since the scandal over the coverup of long patient wait times broke two years ago, Department of Veterans Affairs officials have touted a reorganization dubbed “MyVA” as the road to excellence. Earlier this year, a department news release called the 2014 changes “the most significant culture and process change at VA in decades, with the […]

Why a federal high-tech start-up is a money loser

A federal project in the model of a Silicon Valley start-up was designed as an agile, innovative consulting firm to help agencies in these high-tech times. It even has an unusual name, 18F, signaling its difference from the legacy-laden offices of this and bureaus of that dominating the corridors of old government. At its beginning, […]

Administration defends labor-law executive order against court decision

Marcia Crone, a little-known federal district court judge in Beaumont, Tex., played David to President Obama’s Goliath when she blocked most of an executive order that would have widespread impact on companies nationwide. His “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” directive was years in the making when it was suddenly halted, at least temporarily, the day […]

Sexual misconduct has started a civil war at this federal service academy

As the Obama administration moves to combat what top officials have called a culture of sexual harassment and assault at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a determined group of alumni are pushing back — hard. The New York-based school, following the lead of military service academies overseen by the Defense Department, is acknowledging that it ignored sexual misconduct […]

OPM records theft victims must re-enroll for monitoring services

Many current and former federal employees who signed up for identity protection services after the cyber theft of their personal information soon will have to re-enroll to keep that coverage, administration officials said Monday. A contract for those services expiring Dec. Show More Summary

Federal employees behind in pay by 34 percent on average, salary council says

Federal workers earn 34.07 percent on average less than private-sector employees doing comparable work, according to the government’s official, although not universally accepted, tally of how salaries compare. The figure was announced...Show More Summary

Problems plague feds’ retirement system: ‘excessive busy signals, long wait times’

When a bipartisan group of House members asked for an independent examination of the government’s federal workforce retirement program, they said staffers deserve “a transition to retirement that is efficient, timely, and uncomplicated.” A new report indicates the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is behind on all counts. Show More Summary

‘Invisible punishment’ hits ex-felons for life; DOJ, HUD fight blanket rental bias

There’s been a lot of bipartisan talk lately about criminal justice reform. But action is slow. Too slow for Pedro Collazo, dangling in a web of collateral consequences. He did 12 years in New York’s Sing Sing prison on manslaughter charges after a beef went bad at a bar where he was a bouncer. He […]

Medicare overpaid for most chiropractic services. Will patients have to repay?

Are you a Medicare recipient? Do you use a chiropractor? If the answer is yes to both questions, it’s highly likely the federal government should not have paid for your services. But don’t worry: You won’t have to pay Uncle Sam back. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for the elderly and others with […]

Children rescued, pimps arrested in international prostitution crackdown

During a presidential campaign soured by sexual misconduct allegations, the FBI reminds us just how bad sexual abuse can get. A coordinated international crackdown on child sex trafficking rescued 82 children, who were provided social services, and arrested 239 suspected pimps and fellow reprobates in the United States, according to the FBI. Five boys were […]

Women who want to get ahead should look to the federal government, not corporate America

For every chair occupied by a woman in the private sector’s C-Suite, six are filled by a man. In the federal government, it’s one out of every three. Women are gradually advancing to the highest levels of government, where they now represent 33.7 percent of the leaders known as senior executives. These are the mostly-career […]

Trump links federal hiring freeze to fighting corruption

The notion of a Donald Trump Gettysburg address might make Abe Lincoln roll over, but the Republican presidential nominee’s speech near the Civil War cemetery is one that could have a significant effect on federal employees and the taxpayers they serve. Saturday’s speech was a serious one, although Trump overshadowed his proposed first 100-day “Contract […]

Would you buy a used car from Uncle Sam? Watch out

Used-car salesmen have a stereotype, valid or not, for being shifty, sleazy types exploiting a don’t-tell approach to problems with their goods. You wouldn’t expect to find Uncle Sam in that lot. But a letter from members of Congress, expressing their “profound disappointment” with the General Services Administration (GSA), indicates that’s the crowd Sam the […]

Senator joins calls to stop sexual violence at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday proposed that cadets at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy be provided with satellite phones when they train for a year at sea so they can quickly report sexual harassment or assault. The senator added her name to a list of public officials alarmed by reports of widespread sexual misconduct […]

Newt Gingrich tells Trump: Make it easier to fire government workers

The former House speaker and Donald Trump adviser makes the case that poor performers in government need to be fired. Quickly.

Federal retirees to get small sip of COLA

Annuity benefits to retired federal employees will increase by 0.3 percent in January 2017, the government announced Tuesday, a cost-of-living adjustment that translates into a monthly boost averaging around $10. The adjustment to federal retirement benefits mirrors that for Social Security and is based on the change in an inflation index from the third calendar […]

Obama’s legacy, My Brother’s Keeper will be an important pillar

Tables in two conference rooms, separated by a spit-shined corridor in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, held an array of posters and literature promoting educational and social programs with a proven record. But nowhere was there a table promoting President Obama’s legacy. Yet the sense of legacy was all around. Though it doesn’t get as […]

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