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Survey: Political and corporate influence threatens public health

September 13, 2010 A significant percentage of employees from the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department surveyed on food safety said political and corporate influence is threatening public health, according to poll results released on Monday. Out of 1,710 respondents, 27 percent reported personally experiencing either frequently or occasionally "instances where...

Washington-area charity drive tries for another record-setting year

September 8, 2010 On Wednesday, leaders of the National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign announced plans to solicit $67 million in charitable donations from local feds this year. The goal is $500,000 more than the record-setting $66.5 million federal employees in Washington and the surrounding area raised in 2009. To meet this tall...

Federal fundraising drive aims to build on last year’s success

September 7, 2010 The federal government's annual charity drive has started, and organizers in the National Capital Area are hoping to set new records for participation this year despite tough economic times. On Sept. 1, the Combined Federal Campaign launched its 2010 season of giving, and federal employees nationwide will have until Dec....

Government per diem rates fall in most metro areas

August 31, 2010 Beginning Oct. 1, federal employees traveling on business to major metropolitan areas will receive on average less money for lodging than they did in fiscal 2010, according to the General Services Administration. The per diem rate for meals and incidental expenses, which ranges from $46 to $71, will remain the...

Unions report increase in violent threats toward judges and court staff

August 30, 2010 Federal judges are facing more violent threats involving deadly weapons, according to union leaders. Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, federal Judge Randall Frye from the Social Security Administration in Charlotte, N.C., and president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, and federal Judge Dana Leigh Marks, an...

Panel: Hurricane on heels of the BP oil spill could create chaos

August 27, 2010 Five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, policy experts are urging Congress and President Obama to clarify lines of authority and the roles of disaster response entities in the event another hurricane hits the Gulf Coast. In early August, the nonpartisan Center for National Policy and...

Commission calls for more attention to kids’ needs following disasters

August 25, 2010 As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, an independent, bipartisan commission is urging federal agencies to improve coordination in the aftermath of disasters to ensure children's needs are met. The National Commission on Children and Disasters earlier this week approved more than 100 recommendations to federal, state and local...

Navy recommends discharge for former astronaut

August 20, 2010 A Navy panel recommended on Thursday the service discharge former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, who is currently serving one year of probation for third-degree felony burglary and misdemeanor battery conviction, Fox News reported Friday. The discharge will not be final until the Naval Personnel Command and the Navy secretary approve...

Border Patrol suicides are on the rise

August 19, 2010 Since February 2008, 15 Border Patrol agents, 13 of whom were stationed in the Southwest, have committed suicide, the Associated Press reports. This marks an alarming increase for an agency that didn't have any suicides for almost four years leading up to 2008, the report noted. It is unclear exactly...

GAO: Measuring success at military Superfund sites is super confusing

August 17, 2010 It's unclear how much progress the Defense Department has made with environmental cleanup efforts at several military bases, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO reported that Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency use different definitions of cleanup projects and standards for success, making it difficult to measure progress. There...

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