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Third-Ranking VA Official Steps Down Over Altered Travel Records

February 16, 2018 Vivieca Wright Simpson, the embattled chief of staff to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, told colleagues Friday morning that she is retiring, USA Today reported. Shulkin’s most senior adviser had come under fire for “false representations” to a VA ethics official and altering an official record during the course of...

Washington-Area Agencies Open Under Two-Hour Delayed Arrival

February 7, 2018 With ice coating the roads in much of the Washington, D.C. metro area Wednesday morning, the Office of Personnel Management announced that federal agencies would be open under a two-hour delayed arrival status. The announcement means "non-emergency employees who report to the office will be granted excused absence (administrative leave)...

The Agencies That Will Remain Open in the Initial Days of the Shutdown

January 20, 2018 During a government shutdown, most federal agencies close down at least part of their operations. But in the days prior to the current shutdown, the Office of Management and Budget asked agencies to scour their budgets in search of funding that could be carried over from previous spending measures in...

D.C.-Area Agencies Open Two Hours Late

January 4, 2018 As a winter storm hit the East Coast, federal agencies in the Washington area remained open Thursday, under a two-hour delayed arrival policy for employees. Employees also have the option of taking unscheduled leave or telework, according to the Office of Personnel Management. "Non-emergency employees who report to the office...

Senate Confirms Kirstjen Nielsen to Lead Homeland Security

December 5, 2017 By a vote of 62-37, Senate lawmakers confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to become the sixth secretary of Homeland Security, and the first with prior experience at the department. Nielsen formerly headed the offices of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs at the Transportation Security Administration before serving as former Homeland Security Secretary...

Trump Signs TSP Modernization Act Into Law

November 17, 2017 President Trump late Friday signed into law the TSP Modernization Act (H.R.3031), making it easier for participants in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement program to manage their investments. The law will allow federal employees and retirees to make multiple age-based withdrawals from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts and remain eligible...

Bill Adding Flexibility to TSP Withdrawals Is Headed to Trump’s Desk

November 7, 2017 The Senate on Monday passed by unanimous consent a bill giving participants in federal employees’ 401(k)-style retirement savings program more options in managing their investments, sending the bipartisan measure to President Trump’s desk. The TSP Modernization Act (H.R. 3031) would allow federal employees and retirees to make multiple age-based withdrawals...

Agency Jobs Watch: Education Offers Buyouts and Early Retirement

October 30, 2017 This list was updated on Oct. 30 with information from the Education Department. The Office of Management and Budget has lifted President Trump’s hiring freeze for federal agencies, freeing them to take a more “surgical” approach to downsizing and reshaping their workforces. OMB does not plan to micromanage the efforts,...

HHS Secretary Resigns After Controversy Over Use of Private Charter Aircraft

September 29, 2017 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Friday resigned, following revelations that he used private charter aircraft for official travel at taxpayers’ expense. President Trump had said earlier this week that he was not happy with Price’s use of the charter flights, and answered “We’ll see,” when asked if...

HUD Chief Carson Didn’t Violate Hatch Act at Trump Rally, Watchdog Finds

September 11, 2017 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson did not violate the Hatch Act when he was introduced in his official capacity during an August rally for President Trump, the Office of Special Counsel has determined. Carson was introduced at the Arizona rally by a White House staffer, and did not...