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DHS agency issues payments to private security guards, reviews disputed claims

August 31, 2007 Federal officials reported this week that they have reviewed contracts with private security firms hired to guard federal facilities and have made overdue payments to them. But a lawmaker said she will continue to monitor the situation. A report released by the Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement said ...

Presidential hopefuls sign pledge to back federal funding search engine

August 30, 2007 Three presidential candidates have pledged to actively enforce a law aimed at making federal spending information more transparent. Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, have signed on to a pledge, created by the libertarian-leaning policy group the Reason Foundation and an alliance of ...

NASA announces $500 million rocket contract

August 29, 2007 Officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Tuesday that Boeing has been awarded a $514.7 million contract to construct the upper stage of the Ares I rocket that will launch the exploration vehicle to carry astronauts back to the moon. A contracting team led by Chicago-based Boeing beat ...

Union to fight FDA plan to put jobs up for competition

August 22, 2007 A large independent federal employee union said Wednesday that it is prepared to go to Congress to fight a Food and Drug Administration move to consider contracting out more than 300 jobs. The National Treasury Employees Union "is looking at every possible angle to prevent the contracting out of these ...

Union makes headway in case against labor relations official

August 21, 2007 A regional director for the independent agency handling federal labor-management disputes last week issued a complaint against the National Labor Relations Board for refusing to recognize the consolidation of four groups of unionized employees into a single bargaining unit. The Aug. 15 complaint from the head of FLRA's San Francisco ...

Former OPM employees plead guilty to stealing $27,000

August 21, 2007 Two accounting technicians who formerly worked at the Office of Personnel Management pleaded guilty late last week to stealing more than $27,000 from the government. According to the guilty pleas entered in the Washington, D.C., U.S. District Court, the two technicians diverted federal funds into private accounts between July 2006 ...

Army suicides on the rise

August 16, 2007 The Army confirmed in a Thursday report that 99 soldiers committed suicide last year, the highest number in a single year since 1991. The figures also showed that of the 44 soldiers who have so far committed suicide in 2007, 17 were in Iraq or Afghanistan. Although occupational issues may ...

Union members rally against labor relations official

August 15, 2007 Union members held a rally Wednesday outside the National Labor Relations Board's Washington headquarters to protest the refusal of Ronald Meisburg, the board's general counsel, to negotiate with a consolidated bargaining unit. Members of the National Labor Relations Board Union from field offices as far away as Hartford, Conn., and ...

Lawmakers ask agencies to draw in more minority-owned ad firms

August 14, 2007 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the Defense and Treasury secretaries late Monday, calling on them to award more advertising contracts to small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses. "The Defense and Treasury departments are woefully behind the curve," said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who joined Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev. and Chuck ...

Appeals court deals blow to unions in Defense personnel case

August 13, 2007 An appeals court has rejected a request from federal employee unions for a full court review of a panel's decision upholding rules that would scale back collective bargaining rights for civilian Defense Department employees. The coalition of unions that had asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District ...