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Obama steps (cautiously) back into campaign mode

With the potency of his last years in office on the line, President Barack Obama steps back onto the campaign trail Wednesday, rallying Democrats in dyed-blue ...

October 15 CNN POLITICS

Federal workers: How is ‘phased retirement’ shaping up at your agency?

The government recently announced that it will authorize agencies to begin a “phased retirement” program next month, giving eligible employees the option of ...

October 15 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

VA contracting official Susan Taylor resigns amid agency’s attempt to fire her

A top Department of Veterans Affairs contracting officer who allegedly steered work to a Virginia firm resigned Tuesday, eight days after the agency announced ...

October 14 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

Feds would face tougher time if GOP wins Senate

Republicans have a good chance to win the Senate on Nov. 4. No one expects them to lose the House. So what would a Capitol Hill controlled by Republicans mean ...

October 14 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

IG clears VA clinic of foul play in rescheduling dead Marine’s appointment

An inspector general has cleared the Department of Veteran Affairs’ medical clinic in Minneapolis of foul play in the case of a 25-year-old ex-Marine whose ...

October 14 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

Morale drops among Defense Department’s civilian workers

Civilian defense employees have grown increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, and many wouldn’t recommend their organization as a good place to work, ...

October 14 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

Review board puts hold on firing of Army police whistleblower

After an Army civilian police officer disclosed that other officers were receiving unearned pay, the whistleblowing cop got a big payback: The Army tried to ...

October 13 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

State Department ends transgender exclusion from health plan

The State Department, which has been on the leading edge of policies affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal employees, is eliminating the ...

October 13 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

NIH director: Ebola vaccine could be ready by now if not for budget austerity

Federal budget austerity slowed the development of vaccines and therapies for the deadly Ebola virus that has ravaged West Africa, killed one man in Dallas and ...

October 13 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)

VA earns certification for whistleblower protection after retaliation complaints

The Veterans Affairs Department this week earned certification for whistleblower protection in a sign that the agency is correcting widespread problems with ...

October 10 FEDERAL EYE (WASHINGTON POST)