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Rebecca Carroll

Editor and Producer Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.
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Contractors Question New Rules on Hiring Veterans, People With Disabilities

August 28, 2013 Two rules set new goals for federal contractors on hiring veterans and people with disabilities will increase paperwork and costs for companies that do business with the government -- but by how much depends on who you ask. A commercial construction contractors group has charged the rules will cost companies ...

Feds See Jobs Decline While Overall US Job Creation Holds Steady, Gallup Says

August 8, 2013 While job creation held steady throughout most of the country in July, federal employees reported sharply deteriorating conditions, according to Gallup’s Job Creation Index. Forty-two percent of federal workers said their employer was letting people go, up from 34 percent in February and 37 percent in June, Gallup found. Only ...

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February 1, 2013 The Midas Touch High-tech arm helps veteran amputees regain fine motor skills. New technology reminiscent of the robotics in the iconic Star Wars movies is coming to life through the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Since 2006, DARPA has conducted research at the Defense and ...

Feds scheduled to work Wednesday should show up, OPM says

January 1, 2013 This story has been updated. Federal employees scheduled to work on Wednesday should report as planned, even if Congress is unable to avert automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The threat of sequestration still loomed Tuesday, after key House Republicans rejected a ...

OPM issues furlough guidance

December 27, 2012 The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday posted new guidance for federal agencies and employees about administrative furloughs, which it describes as planned and typically non-emergency events. The guidance, dated December 2012, comes days before automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration are slated to kick in if Congress cannot ...

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October 1, 2012 A Road Well-Traveled Brenda Wells is the master of the long commute. Her daily five-hour sojourn to and from the State Department involves a drive, a ride on a commuter train, two subway lines and a bus. In May, Wells, won WTOP Radio’s inaugural Commuter Idle contest for having the ...

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August 1, 2012 Conventional Wisdom Red state, blue state, what the Hatch Act rules state. By Charles S. Clark It’s convention time. As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., and Republicans in Tampa, Fla., this summer, federal employees hankering to make the scene might wish to remind themselves of the rules under the Hatch ...

Bill to limit conference and travel costs wouldn’t actually save money

July 13, 2012 Legislation to cap agency conference costs and limit travel would not actually save money, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. The 2012 General Services Administration Act (H.R. 4631) was introduced in April by Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., after details surfaced about extravagant spending on a 2010 GSA conference in Las ...

Calling all federal employees with great waste-cutting ideas

July 11, 2012 The White House is accepting submissions for the fourth annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency award, a competition for federal employees with new ideas for cutting waste and saving taxpayer dollars. Previous SAVE participants have suggested a NASA “lending library" to avoid duplicative purchases of expensive tools, providing U.S. code ...

A third of Americans say massive federal layoffs would help economy, poll finds

June 25, 2012 About one-third of Americans say laying off 100,000 federal employees would be good for the economy, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. The survey asked 1,000 respondents about a scenario in which the government lays off 100,000 federal workers to reduce government spending. Thirty-two percent said such a move ...