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Alaska base overhaul circumvents BRAC, lawmakers say

April 6, 2012 Lawmakers from Alaska claim a Defense Department proposal to consolidate some functions at two large Air Force bases in the state circumvents the Base Closure and Realignment approval process. The Air Force announced plans earlier this year to transfer an F16 squadron at Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base...

Travel on the Up and Up

April 5, 2012 After the General Services Administration was caught spending $820,000 on a Las Vegas conference, it might be hard to believe that oversight governing federal business travel exists at all. But reasonable guidelines have been around for a while -- and so has occasional misuse. Before former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson...

Companies commit to flexible jobs for military spouses, veterans

April 4, 2012 A new Obama administration initiative aims to provide more flexible, portable employment for military spouses and veterans through partnerships with 11 customer service, health care and telecommunications companies. The effort, launched through first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, makes an estimated 15,000 new jobs available near...

Postal Service racks up big bill for unauthorized overtime

April 3, 2012 A new audit report showing the U.S. Postal Service spent more than $717 million on unauthorized overtime pay in fiscal 2010 and 2011 comes as the Senate prepares to take up key postal reform legislation later this month. The USPS inspector general’s audit found that field operations employees worked about...

USDA ‘playing chicken with safety,’ protesters charge

April 2, 2012 Poultry inspectors, union representatives and a few men in chicken costumes on Monday protested the U.S. Agriculture Department’s proposed changes to the poultry inspection process. USDA wants to expand a pilot program that replaces some federal poultry inspectors with inspectors employed by the processing plants themselves. The program has been...

Too Tough To Count

April 1, 2012 Voters are hearing a lot about federal spending this campaign season with some Republicans citing bloated federal programs and President Obama pushing to streamline agencies as he seeks reelection. The size of the federal workforce likely will be one measure politicians cite as proof of how big or small government...

More career feds would join Senior Executive Service under new bill

March 29, 2012 A new Senate bill aims to lure more career employees into the Senior Executive Service and creates more spaces for them by limiting appointees. The 2012 Senior Executive Service Reform Act was introduced Wednesday by Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, and referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee....

Retirement and Marriage

March 29, 2012 Secret Service TSP Plans Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., has penned a bill that would allow a small group of Secret Service agents and uniformed police officers to be covered under the District of Columbia and Firefighter Retirement and Disability System. The select group of officers -- those appointed between 1984...

Capital area charity drive’s expenses questioned

March 28, 2012 A recent audit of a popular federal charity drive uncovered regulatory violations and questionable expenses. The Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general examined the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area from 2007 through 2010 and identified seven instances of noncompliance with regulations, according the text of the audit,...

Postal Service plan to drop federal health program faces murky future

March 27, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service’s proposal to withdraw from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is likely to be included in legislation due for debate on Capitol Hill next month, but lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum remain skeptical that it would solve the cash-strapped agency’s fiscal woes. USPS...

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