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June 1, 2012 Back in the Saddle Therapy programs pair horses and healing for wounded veterans. Air Force veteran Alicia Watkins lost everything after she returned from tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and isolated herself from friends and family. She was homeless and living in her car when she accepted an ...

Watchdog: Disability hiring still lags

May 30, 2012 Despite a two-year-old executive order, the federal government is not making significant progress in increasing its ranks of disabled employees, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. President Obama ordered the government in July 2010 to hire 100,000 employees with disabilities over the next five years. The ...

Fewer senior executives are satisfied with their pay, OPM finds

May 29, 2012 A little more than half of all Senior Executive Service members are satisfied with their pay levels, a significant drop from 2008 numbers, according to the Office of Personnel Management’s latest SES survey. OPM said 65 percent of about 7,000 career, noncareer and limited term SES members participated in its ...

IRS closing 43 offices, but says all employees will keep their jobs

May 29, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service says its plan to close 43 small offices and to “reduce space” in its larger ones during the next two years will not result in loss of employees. A spokesman for the agency told The Washington Post on Monday that all workers in the affected offices ...

USPS, mail handlers union reach buyout terms

May 25, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union have reached a new agreement to send off more employees. The deal, announced Thursday, offers voluntary early retirement opportunities to 45,000 bargaining mail handlers, according to USPS spokesman Mark Saunders. All career employee mail handlers will be eligible for ...

Obama picks Afghanistan IG with years of federal experience

May 24, 2012 President Obama has announced he will appoint Washington law firm partner John Sopko as special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, a position that’s remained open for more than 470 days. Sopko is currently at the private Akin Gump firm, but he brings more than eight years of experience within the ...

Survey finds agencies are not taking full advantage of data analysis

May 22, 2012 Even as more federal agencies embrace the idea of increased data analysis, many don’t know what to do with this newfound information. In a survey co-sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants and Accenture, and released Tuesday morning, 67 percent of federal officials said their organization analyzes data and uses ...

Industry groups look to start dialogue with TSA

May 21, 2012 To air travelers and several lawmakers, the Transportation Security Administration may be one of the most reviled branches of the federal government. But some contractors see opportunity in it -- and one group is starting a dialogue to make it easier to do business with TSA. The Washington Homeland Security ...

Agriculture, Interior hiring 20,000 youths to work outdoors

May 18, 2012 Here’s one way to get young people into public service: Pay them to spend time outside. The Obama administration announced Friday its intention to hire more than 20,000 people ages 15-25 for summer jobs in national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Of the total, 12,000 will ...

Another 34 companies pledge to hire more military spouses

May 17, 2012 More private sector companies have pledged to hire military spouses through a year-old government program. The Defense Department’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership will add 34 private sector companies to the 96 current employment partners that have pledged to hire more military spouses. The partnership began in June 2011 as part ...