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The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories Federal News Radio Producer Eric White reads on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Listen to the newscast or read the stories each weekday morning on FederalNewsNetwork.com.

Episode Date
Army getting some help keeping their troops in shape
00:07:41
In today's Federal Newscast, the Army is embedding nutritionists, physical fitness experts and coaches into active duty brigades in hopes of increasing performance and cutting down on injuries.
Oct 20, 2020
Legislators hope to secure higher COLA for federal retirees
00:09:21
In today's Federal Newscast, two House Democrats are introducing their own legislation that would give retirees a higher cost-of-living adjustment next year.
Oct 19, 2020
USPS weathering the storm through 2020 election
00:08:44
In today's Federal Newscast, the Postal Service reports an uptick in mail volume a few weeks ahead of Election Day, but on-time delivery is also on the rise.
Oct 16, 2020
Federal executives and workers paint bleak picture of federal workforce
00:08:18
In today's Federal Newscast, the Partnership for Public Service is sounding alarm bells over the state of the federal workforce ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
Oct 15, 2020
Congressmen wondering why VA Secretary taking so many trips to battleground states
00:07:52
In today's Federal Newscast, top Democrats on the House and Senate VA Committees say Secretary Robert Wilkie is using government time and taxpayer money to take politically motivated trips to states key to the upcoming presidential and Senate races.
Oct 14, 2020
House members wondering why Commerce Dept. isn't playing bigger role in creating national 5G network
00:07:28
In today's Federal Newscast, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have questions for the Commerce Department regarding it's lack of standing in owning and operating a national 5G network
Oct 13, 2020
Industry pushback now to White House order on diversity and inclusion training
00:06:34
In today's Federal Newscast, 11 industry associations are calling on the Trump administration to rescind the executive order on diversity and training.
Oct 12, 2020
USDA Secretary in hot water for talking politics on a work trip
00:06:14
In today's Federal Newscast, a cabinet secretary gets a bill and a slap on the wrist for a recent Hatch Act violation
Oct 09, 2020
Marine Corps' second in command comes down with coronavirus
00:06:59
In today's Federal Newscast, the Marines Corps' number two officer has tested positive for COVID-19.
Oct 08, 2020
OPM looks to change when it owes back-pay from personnel disputes
00:07:34
In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management wants to change how and when federal employees might receive back pay for an unjustified or unwarranted personnel action.
Oct 07, 2020
Former VP Joe Biden lays out plan for USPS, should he be elected
00:07:24
In today's Federal Newscast, former Vice President Joe Biden outlines what he’d do as president for the Postal Service.
Oct 06, 2020
House members now pushing for way to let feds opt-out of payroll tax deferral
00:07:15
In today's Federal Newscast, Congress makes another push to allow federal employees and military members to opt-out of the president's payroll tax deferral.
Oct 05, 2020
Agencies and contractors get more time to purge Chinese-made telecommunications gear from supply chains
00:08:53
In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has extended waivers for agencies requesting more time to excise that gear from their networks.
Oct 02, 2020
DHS may finally get a permanent secretary
00:08:56
In today's Federal Newscast, a key Senate committee advanced Chad Wolf's nomination to be permanent homeland security secretary.
Oct 01, 2020
Last day of FY 2020, Senate expected to send through CR to the President
00:07:35
In today's Federal Newscast, today is the last day of fiscal 2020 and the Senate is expected to move the continuing resolution forward to the President's desk.
Sep 30, 2020
GAO delivers a tough review of the VA's Community Care Program
00:07:36
- The GAO offers a stark assessment of the V-A's community care program - Political appointees will now have a major role in diversity training - And Army officials are trying to figure out why suicides are up 30%
Sep 29, 2020
Trump administration provides guidance for recent federal hiring EO
00:05:45
In today's Federal Newscast, agencies have a little more guidance now on how they're supposed to implement the president's recent federal hiring executive order.
Sep 28, 2020
VA sees slight drop in facilities with staffing shortages
00:07:30
In today's Federal Newscast, medical centers at the Department of Veterans Affairs see a slight improvement in staffing shortages over the last year.
Sep 25, 2020
Pentagon easing pandemic travel restrictions
00:06:13
This week’s update from the Pentagon shows just over half of the military’s worldwide installations are now in the “green” category – meaning servicemembers can move to and from those bases without special permission.
Sep 24, 2020
Agencies get deadline for submitting data on funds going to Seattle, Portland, NYC, and D.C.
00:07:21
In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Management and Budget issued guidance that details how the administration will implement a presidential memo to withhold funds from states that the White House says are permitting anarchy, violence, and destruction.
Sep 23, 2020
GAO pleading with agencies to follow recommendations to improve pandemic response
00:07:15
In today's Federal Newscast, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro implores agencies and Congress to implement what he called 16 concrete recommendations immediately to significantly improve the nation’s response to the current pandemic.
Sep 22, 2020
Senators want NRA Foundation out of the Combined Federal Campaign
00:05:56
In today's Federal Newscast, a group of Democratic senators want to remove the National Rifle Association Foundation from the list of approved charities on the Combined Federal Campaign.
Sep 21, 2020
$4 million fraud and bribery scheme gets former defense contractor 42-month prison sentence
00:07:49
A former defense contractor is sentenced to prison for taking kickbacks. The Census Bureau’s IT infrastructure has performed better than officials expected. And the Air Force improves its policy for nursing mothers to improve retention.
Sep 18, 2020
On-time mail delivery still not performing at pre-Dejoy level
00:08:16
In today's Federal Newscast, on-time mail delivery still hasn’t fully recovered from operational changes made nearly two months ago by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
Sep 17, 2020
Bill tasking agencies with publishing budget requests passes House
00:07:55
In today's Federal Newscast, the Congressional Budget Justification Act requires agencies to post budget request documents to a single website each year.
Sep 16, 2020
EPA takes another step to fulfill transparency EO
00:06:46
In today's Federal Newscast, a final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency gives the public a platform to request changes or removal of agency guidance documents.
Sep 15, 2020
Survey finds feds spent nearly 500 million hours on low-value work a year
00:06:12
In today's Federal Newscast, a survey from the General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management employees spend an average of 13% a week on work they consider to be low-value.
Sep 14, 2020
Federal managers voice their opposition to White House cancellation of race training
00:07:37
In today's Federal Newscast, senior executives and federal managers have some harsh criticism for the Office of Management and Budget's recent directive on race training.
Sep 11, 2020
Member of Congress push to eliminate 'mandatory' from the payroll tax deferral policy
00:08:34
The mandatory and controversial payroll tax deferral policy has some in Congress trying to end the "mandatory" part. The president's pick to run OPM, says he has led and will lead in a non-partisan fashion. And the Postal Service gets the go-ahead to raise commercial package rates.
Sep 10, 2020
POTUS pick to lead OPM accused of 'lacking commitment to federal merit system'
00:09:20
The president's latest pick to lead the Office of Personnel Management comes under fire, one of DC's industry experts is leaving his high-profile post, and a congressional committee is launching an investigation into recent tragedies at Ft. Hood, Texas.
Sep 09, 2020
Trump directs OMB to have federal agencies stop 'divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.'
00:07:53
POTUS directs all agencies to stop all training on critical race theory or white privilege, OMB is reminding agencies they're required to prepare for a presidential transition and OPM wants to move away from a learning management system to a learning ecosystem.
Sep 08, 2020
Informal deal reached to avert government shutdown
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In today's Federal Newscast, there is now an informal deal in place to avoid a potential government shutdown at the end of the month.
Sep 07, 2020
Defense Department opens up five medical facilities for coronavirus vaccine trials
00:07:31
In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon has picked five of its health care facilities to help coordinate stage three clinical trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine.
Sep 04, 2020
VA has a slew of appointments to still make up from the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic
00:07:18
In today's Federal Newscast, two million appointments canceled during the initial wave of the coronavirus pandemic still need rescheduling at the Veterans Health Administration.
Sep 03, 2020
Some agencies do a better job looking into employees playing hooky
00:07:23
In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says not all agencies have been tracking time and attendance fraud consistently.
Sep 02, 2020
House Majority Leader prepares lawmakers for continuing resolution
00:07:05
In today's Federal Newscast, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) tells his colleagues what may seem inevitable: a continuing resolution is the likely outcome ahead of the upcoming government funding deadline.
Sep 01, 2020
NIH establishing new organizations to track emerging diseases around the world
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In today's Federal Newscast, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases with NIH created a network of new organizations to provide early warnings of emerging diseases wherever they occur.
Aug 31, 2020
Up for grabs: A $12 billion, 10-Year Defense Department IT contract
00:08:25
The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to release a draft solicitation for what it estimates will be an $11.7 billion dollar contract over the next ten years. It’s called Defense Enclave Services, and much like the controversial JEDI contract, DISA plans to use a single-vendor ID/IQ approach. The main purpose is to build a shared I-T network for the DoD agencies and field activities outside the military services – commonly called the Fourth Estate.
Aug 28, 2020
Official word on the Hatch Act: It does not apply to POTUS or the VEEP.
00:07:32
Special Counsel Henry Kerner, in a statement, says the Hatch Act expressly does not apply to the President or Vice President and that only the Justice Department can advise on criminal provisions from the Hatch Act. He adds the Rose Garden and West Lawn of the White House are Hatch Act free zones, so feds attending events there aren't necessarily violators.
Aug 27, 2020
Pandemic-fueled TSP participants are withdrawing and borrowing thousands of dollars
00:08:20
More than 30,000 TSP participants have taken money out of their Thrift Savings Plans. Over 9,100 have taken a loan, while nearly 1,600 have taken a special CARES Act loan.
Aug 26, 2020
Pandemic Victims: FDIC's early retirement & buyout offers
00:08:44
The early retirement and buyout offers the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation made to its employees back in March are off the table. F-D-I-C made the offer to 20 percent of its workforce in early March, but that offer was withdrawn less than two weeks later, as the pandemic hit its stride.
Aug 25, 2020
More members of Congress are calling on USCIS to delay looming end-of-the-month furloughs
00:08:17
More members of Congress are calling on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to delay upcoming employee furloughs at the end of the month. Top Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee have written to USCIS Deputy Policy Director Joseph Edlow to prevent job disruption for over 13,000 employees.
Aug 24, 2020
Census Bureau enumerators just not adding up
00:07:49
The Census Bureau has little more than a month until it wraps up 2020 field operations, but it never came close to hiring the number of enumerators officials said were needed to complete the job.
Aug 21, 2020
Most AFGE members don't feel it's safe to return to the office
00:08:00
A majority of American Federation of Government Employees members say they're not ready yet to return to work at their offices. A resounding 79% of A-F-G-E members still working from home say they don't feel safe to return to the workplace.
Aug 20, 2020
Senator is hoping USCIS can avoid furloughs
00:06:45
In today's Federal Newscast, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for another delay to employee furloughs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Aug 19, 2020
AFGE hoping to save Pentagon employees' right to unionize
00:06:16
In today's Federal Newscast, the America Federation of Government Employees is making a final push to protect Defense Department employees’ right to unionize.
Aug 18, 2020
USCIS employees may still face furloughs
00:06:55
In today's Federal Newscast, the union representing USCIS employees is disappointed Congress left town for August recess before passing emergency funding for the agency.
Aug 17, 2020
ODNI allowing agencies to delay implementing new rule banning Chinese telecom equipment
00:07:17
In today's Federal Newscast, federal contractors and contracting officers apparently have some relief from the Section 8-8-9 rule that's got the federal I-T world in an uproar.
Aug 14, 2020
Congressional regulators voice concerns about Postal Service delivery standards
00:07:45
In today's Federal Newscast, more than 130 House members tell the Postal Service they’re concerned with mail delivery standards ahead of the November election.
Aug 13, 2020
Many VA employees say they've faced racism on the job
00:07:12
In today's Federal Newscast, Nearly 78% of bargaining unit employees say they've experienced racism while working at the Veterans Affairs Department.
Aug 12, 2020
OPM sheds a little more light on new paid parental leave for federal employees
00:07:18
In today's Federal Newscast, federal employees are learning a little more about the paid parental leave program.
Aug 11, 2020
Lawmakers hope to secure more funding for the National Institutes of Health's coronavirus efforts
00:07:26
In today's Federal Newscast, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing for more funding for the National Institutes of Health.
Aug 10, 2020
GAO: Time to update the CFO Act
00:06:41
In today's Federal Newscast, 30 years after the passage of the CFO Act, the Government Accountability Office tells Congress it has some work to do.
Aug 07, 2020
EPA settles dispute with Utah over Gold King Mine spill
00:06:47
In today's Federal Newscast, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to pay the state of Utah to resolve claims stemming form the Gold King Mine spill back in 2015.
Aug 06, 2020
House bill calls for major increases in federal whistleblower protections
00:07:08
In today's Federal Newscast, House Democrats make a significant push to improve whistleblower protection rights for federal employees.
Aug 05, 2020
White House aims to limit how much foreign labor federal contractors can use
00:07:50
In today's Federal Newscast, a new executive order from the White House calls on agencies to examine contractors' use of foreign workers.
Aug 04, 2020
White House lays out it's issues with the House's mini-bus spending bill
00:07:06
In today's Federal Newscast, the White House threatens to veto the House's mini bus to fund a large amount of agencies.
Aug 03, 2020
Federal employees may have voice in agency reopening efforts if Senate bill passes
00:06:08
In today's Federal Newscast, federal employees may be getting a stronger voice in what it means to return to the office during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jul 31, 2020
Agencies may not have gotten the best deals a good amount of Coronavirus-related contracts
00:08:12
In today's Federal Newscast, agencies have spent almost $18 billion on goods and services in response to the Coronavirus pandemic from March to June, and 47% of that was not competed among vendors.
Jul 30, 2020
Washington attorney says hundreds of thousands of federal employees are potential plaintiffs in this class action suit
00:07:00
In today's Federal Newscast, a D.C. law firm is notifying federal employees they may be entitled to financial compensation for being exposed to COVID-19 while at work.
Jul 29, 2020
Thousands of federal employees apply for workers' compensation due to Coronavirus
00:07:51
In today's Federal Newscast, about 4,000 federal employees have filed workers compensation claims with the Labor Department due to COVID-19.
Jul 28, 2020
PRAC lays out just how it plans to monitor coronavirus stimulus funds
00:05:49
In today's Federal Newscast, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee outlines its roadmap for oversight over the next five years.
Jul 27, 2020
AFGE renews legal effort to secure hazard pay for frontline federal employees
00:06:09
In today's Federal Newscast, the American Federation of Government Employees is making a renewed push in court to score hazard pay for federal employees working on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Jul 24, 2020
Another major government conference gets cancelled due to coronavirus
00:05:36
In today's Federal Newscast, COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of yet another government conference – this time, the largest in the country.
Jul 23, 2020
Senate and House Dems blast FEMA for unfilled positions
00:05:56
In today's Federal Newscast, a bicameral group of Democrats say top leadership vacancies at the Federal Emergency Management Agency are unacceptable.
Jul 22, 2020
Over 20k military members have now been diagnosed with coronavirus
00:05:53
In today's Federal Newscast, nearly 22,000 service members have now been diagnosed with coronavirus after this week saw a more than 20 percent jump in infections.
Jul 21, 2020
GSA puts out guide for navigating new rules banning Chinese telecoms equipment
00:06:06
In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration publishes a colorful guide to a complicated issue -- the ban on Chinese telecommunications gear.
Jul 20, 2020
Senate Democrats want to secure hazard pay for frontline VA health workers
00:05:41
In today's Federal Newscast, Senators say they're still fielding complaints from VA health employees who say they don't have enough support to safely continue working during the pandemic.
Jul 17, 2020
Defense Sec. bans photographs being used when considering promotions
00:08:23
In today's Federal Newscast, Defense Secretary Mark Esper bans photographs from being used in the process to promote officers and enlisted service members.
Jul 16, 2020
Michagan senator asks 24 agencies for deep details on their reopening plans
00:09:06
The top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says he wants more details on agency reopening plans. Michigan Senator Gary Peters wrote to the heads of 24 agencies asking for their plans. He wants to know how agencies are going to provide masks and other protective equipment for employees, how they're modifying office space to comply with social distancing guidelines, and how they're informing employees of positive coronavirus cases.
Jul 15, 2020
How some NARA employees have been staying busy during the pandemic
00:06:38
In today's Federal Newscast, National Archives and Records Administration employees have spent the pandemic making Black history records more accessible to the public.
Jul 14, 2020
As coronavirus cases increase at CBP, TSA, Congressional overseers want to know how DHS is keeping employees safe
00:05:37
In today's Federal Newscast, Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wants to know what DHS is doing to keep all of its employees safe.
Jul 13, 2020
Senators question role the pandemic played in financial problems at USCIS
00:06:16
In today's Federal Newscast, two senators doubt the pandemic is the real reason behind the budget issues at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Jul 10, 2020
Census data shows how recession hurt veterans
00:07:34
In today's Federal Newscast, new Census data analysis shows, the recession of 2008 and 2009 hit one segment of the population particularly hard.
Jul 09, 2020
Environmental Protection Agency wants to help cities keep their transit systems clean
00:07:28
In today's Federal Newscast, the EPA has teamed up with the New York and Los Angeles mass transit systems to learn more about how to disinfect them.
Jul 08, 2020
Treasury Dept. reverses course, will allow PRAC to oversee all CARES Act spending
00:07:47
In today's Federal Newscast, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tells the House Oversight and Reform Committee the law allows inspectors general on the committee to review spending under the Paycheck Protection Program, and other funds previously in question.
Jul 07, 2020
IG takes a close look at EPA's reopening plans
00:06:56
The EPA Office of Inspector General says its reopening review is part of its broader effort to study the pandemic's impact on the EPA and its operations. Many EPA members of the American Federation of Government Employees say they feel uncomfortable with returning to the office.
Jul 06, 2020
House Democrats demand transcripts of Trump administration being told they can't legally eliminate OPM
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In today's Federal Newscast, Two Democratic regulators are requesting transcripts from a conference call involving of several members of the Trump administration, regarding the elimination of the Office of Personnel Management.
Jul 03, 2020
The Space Force is taking shape and finalizing its organizational structure
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The SPACE FORCE: three echelons of command, with lesser structures called, "deltas." The deltas are like the wings or groups of the Air Force and are run by colonels.
Jul 02, 2020
Time nears for federal contractors to, by law, dump two Chinese companies
00:07:01
Federal contractors have about six weeks to meet a provision in the 2019 Defense authorization bill that says they are not using any equipment from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE in their supply chains. And any hope that deadline may be moved, decreased yesterday when the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau formally designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats.
Jul 01, 2020
New mechanism for VA to screen patients, employees for coronavirus
00:06:57
In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a new digital tool to help screen veterans, employees and other visitors for coronavirus.
Jun 30, 2020
After pandemic delay, the FEVS are on their way back
00:06:27
In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management will start sending the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to all federal employees in July.
Jun 29, 2020
13,000 jobs in jeopardy at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
00:08:13
In today's Federal Newscast, the Trump administration is reminding Congress of budget challenges at US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Jun 26, 2020
Federal employees pay increase is literally a gift
00:06:36
Federal employees are getting an inflation increase when it comes to accepting non-sponsored gifts at widely-attended events and those under the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act. The Office of Government Ethics raised the thresholds to $415 from $390 over a three-year period. The final rule raises the dollar thresholds for the first time since May 2017.
Jun 25, 2020
Thousands impacted, as COVID-19 takes its toll on veterans, as well as VA staff
00:08:37
The Department of Veterans Affairs is dealing with a cumulative total of over 19,000 corona virus cases, with 2,285 veterans being treated today. More than 200 VA health professionals have active cases, with nearly 1,800 VA additional VA employees having already recovered from COVID-19. And there have been 27 deaths of VA employees due to coronavirus.
Jun 24, 2020
Pandemic could give chance to modernize federal workforce
00:07:03
In today's Federal Newscast, the Senior Executives Association is urging the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to take action this year on hiring reforms and other recommendations to modernize the federal workforce.
Jun 23, 2020
A new proposal to dissolve some federal agencies
00:07:41
In today's Federal Newscast, a new bill is introduced to set up a temporary federal commission to propose recommendations for eliminating certain agencies.
Jun 22, 2020
Another senior DOD official stepping down
00:07:06
In today's Federal Newscast, another senior pentagon official is stepping down for what appear to be political reasons.
Jun 19, 2020
PRAC points out teleworking difficulties in analysis of agencies' coronavirus response
00:06:46
In today's Federal Newscast, telework limitations rank high up on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee’s list of federal agency challenges during the pandemic.
Jun 18, 2020
A casualty of Ukraine military-aid scandal, the Pentagon's top financial official to resign
00:08:10
In today's Federal Newscast, Elaine McCusker, DoD’s acting comptroller and chief financial officer, will step down on June 26. She was nominated by President Trump for a permanent position, but it was revoked over reported disagreements about Ukraine.
Jun 17, 2020
State Dept. gets kudos from the Senate for coronavirus response
00:07:29
In today's Federal Newscast, the Senate applauds the State Department for bringing more than 100-thousand Americans home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jun 16, 2020
IRS discontinuing incentive payments for employees who go to the office during the pandemic
00:06:55
In today's Federal Newscast, the IRS will no longer be giving employees 10-25% pay increase for going into the office during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jun 15, 2020
VA says its now closer to offer more coronavirus testing to its employees
00:07:06
In today's Federal Newscast, Veterans Affairs officials tell Congress they're in the process of securing enough materials to test agency employees.
Jun 12, 2020
Ways to ensure the federal IT workforce of the future
00:07:22
In today's Federal Newscast, the Chief Information Officers Council says government needs a new pay and personnel system to better recruit and compensate the future federal IT workforce.
Jun 11, 2020
MSPB extending mandatory telework until next month
00:07:03
In today's Federal Newscast, while many agencies are setting reopening dates in early to mid-June to bring an initial wave of employees back to the office, the Merit Systems Protection Board is waiting until the end of June.
Jun 10, 2020
FEMA prepared for upcoming hurricane season thanks to pandemic response
00:07:31
In today's Federal Newscast, a possible silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic, FEMA has a headstart as the 2020 hurricane season officially gets underway.
Jun 09, 2020
As HASC begins work on 2021 NDAA, unions hope it will include protections for defense workers
00:06:58
In today's Federal Newscast, one of the biggest federal employee unions is asking the House Armed Services Committee for protection.
Jun 08, 2020
Senator holding up Trump nominations until he gets answers on fired IG's
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is putting a hold on two Trump administration nominations until the White House sheds more light on the recent firing of two inspectors general.
Jun 05, 2020
IG: Telework hasn't hampered HUD operations
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general says the agency was generally well prepared for the change to mandatory telework.
Jun 04, 2020
OPM IG has his virtual day in the Senate
00:06:44
In today's Federal Newscast, the president's nominee to be the Office of Personnel Management inspector general got some face time before the Senate.
Jun 03, 2020
TIGTA: IRS failed to investigate 370,000 high income households for not filing taxes
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In today's Federal Newscast, an IRS watchdog finds serious gaps in the agency’s enforcement of high-income households that haven’t filed or paid their taxes.
Jun 02, 2020
USPS lays out suggestions on vote-by-mail services for local governments
00:07:13
In today's Federal Newscast, with vote-by-mail services in high demand, the Postal Service sets recommendations for state and local governments to make sure each ballot gets counted.
Jun 01, 2020
TSA expected to soon offer early retirement to several workers
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Transportation Security Administration soon will offer early retirements to employees across the agency.
May 29, 2020
Government cyber incidents continue a downward trend
00:07:10
In today's Federal Newscast, the number of cybersecurity incidents across government is down for a second straight year.
May 28, 2020
With above average hurricane season possible, lawmakers want to make sure the Coast Guard is ready
00:06:54
In today's Federal Newscast, lawmakers ask Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz asking eight questions about how the coronavirus is impacting the service.
May 27, 2020
House leaders look to add lay of protection for inspectors general
00:06:14
In today's Federal Newscast, the IG Independence Act would limit the grounds a president has to remove an inspector general.
May 26, 2020
Veterans get new resource for coronavirus information
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new chatbot from the Veterans Affairs Department aims to help veterans with any coronavirus questions they may have.
May 25, 2020
Senate Democrats want oversight hearing on agencies' coronavirus response
00:07:21
In todays' Federal Newscast, Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee worry the panel is failing to hold federal agencies accountable for their response to the coronavirus.
May 22, 2020
Senate bill looks to make sure Coronavirus spending watchdog can hit the ground running
00:06:32
In today's Federal Newscast, a bipartisan bill in the Senate would fast-track hiring staff to work for the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery, who’s now one step away from confirmation.
May 21, 2020
More women are joining the military but they're not sticking around long enough to make it a career
00:06:51
In today's Federal Newscast, the military has made some gains in recruiting women over the past 15 years. But they’re still much less likely to serve for a full career than men are.
May 20, 2020
Should Social Security accept electronic signatures
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The National Federation of the Blind and four individual plaintiffs file a lawsuit in federal court against the Social Security Administration for its refusal to accept digital signatures.
May 19, 2020
TSP board details coronavirus loan and withdrawl stipulations
00:06:57
In today's Federal Newscast, the Thrift Savings Plan has a few more details on loan and withdrawal relief options that participants can take during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 18, 2020
GSA releases tool for monitoring agency spending to contractors
00:07:04
In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration makes its governmentwide category management awards exploration tool publicly available.
May 15, 2020
VA facilities up capacity amid coronavirus pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, patient capacity at Veterans Affairs medical facilities is up within the last month.
May 14, 2020
State Dept. aims to stop corruption amid coronavirus confusion
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In today's Federal Newscast, the State Department offers grant funding for organizations with ideas on stopping corruption connected to the pandemic.
May 13, 2020
DOD IG examining how infectious diseases spread on ships
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon’s inspector general has launched its own review into the Navy’s handling of coronavirus aboard its ships.
May 12, 2020
Members of Congress worried about coronavirus stimulus checks going to dead people
00:07:17
In today's Federal Newscast, dead people are getting coronavirus stimulus payments, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers asks the Treasury Department, IRS and Social Security Administration what they can do to stop it.
May 11, 2020
Veterans Affairs lays out how it will start to reopen facilities
00:06:18
In today's Federal Newscast, Veterans Affairs has a new plan to eventually resume normal operations for its hospitals, cemeteries and benefits offices.
May 08, 2020
It's not just privatized military houses with issues
00:06:43
In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department has taken plenty of heat for health and safety problems in its privatized housing programs, but there are plenty of issues in government-owned housing too.
May 07, 2020
Members of Congress look to secure hazard pay and extra leave for frontline federal employees
00:07:36
In today's Federal Newscast, House and Senate lawmakers are using legislation and pressuring the White House to obtain hazard pay and extra leave capabilities for federal employees who are continuing to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 06, 2020
Former procurement director for PBGC admits to taking bribes
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Justice Department won guilty pleas from the former director of procurement for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the president and CEO of a government contracting firm for bribery.
May 05, 2020
Virginia Congressmen want more telework flexibilities, regardless of pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, three Virginia Democrats are looking for more telework flexibilities ahead of upcoming construction on Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority lines this summer.
May 04, 2020
The Postal Service now has a whole caucus to go to bat for it
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bipartisan coalition in the House sees public support for the Postal Service as leverage to give the agency emergency funding.
May 01, 2020
Website many have been relying on for coronavirus stats getting federal help
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In today's Federal Newscast, the world's favorite web site right now is about to get a fresh chunk of federal grant money.
Apr 30, 2020
Senate Democrats to OPM: More guidance for agencies please
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In today's Federal Newscast, Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to know how the Office of Personnel Management is guiding and supporting the federal workforce during the pandemic.
Apr 29, 2020
NTEU lays out standards for calling federal employees back to offices
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In today's Federal Newscast, as agencies are developing their plans to reopen offices, the National Treasury Employees Union releases its own conditions.
Apr 28, 2020
Congressional Democrats trying to secure hazard pay for frontline federal workers
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In today's Federal Newscast, House Democrats are eying hazard pay for frontline federal employees for the next emergency coronavirus package.
Apr 27, 2020
After Trump organization asks for rent reduction, members of Congress have questions for GSA
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In today's Federal Newscast, House and Senate Democrats push back on reports that the Trump Organization seeks to reduce its rent on the Trump Hotel in D.C. during the pandemic.
Apr 24, 2020
Peace Corps volunteers sent home early due to pandemic will get financial aid from agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen says the volunteers will receive a wellness stipend to help cover costs associated with the evacuations, including health care.
Apr 23, 2020
Congress trying to figure out how to operate in midst of coronavirus pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Senate looks to shore up its cyber defenses, and House leaders are weighing the options to have members cast votes away from Captol Hill.
Apr 22, 2020
USPS sets up coronavirus supplies command center
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In today's Federal Newscast, a supplies command center has been established by the Postal Service, to help its employees get masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and other coronavirus supplies.
Apr 21, 2020
Federal, state, and local governments begin preparations for workers to return to the office
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In today's Federal Newscast, agencies are starting to make some initial preparations for employees to return to the office.
Apr 20, 2020
Large increase in military members diagnosed with COVID-19
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In today's Federal Newscast, 403 new troops were diagnosed with COVID-19 in one day.
Apr 17, 2020
IRS sees surge of visitors to site that tracks coronavirus stimulus payments
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In today's Federal Newscast, the agency says nearly 10 million taxpayers checked on the status of their stimulus payment on the Get My Payment tool.
Apr 16, 2020
Essential federal employees on the frontlines of coronavirus response could get premium pay bumps
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management says agencies can lift the usual limits on premium pay and set higher annual premium pay caps for specific employees.
Apr 15, 2020
Longer tax-filing season means more fake tax returns for the IRS
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In today's Federal Newscast, the longer tax-filing season means more fake tax returns for the IRS.
Apr 14, 2020
Federal agencies on the watch for fraud in coronavirus response
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In today's Federal Newscast, as more assets and money are being distributed for coronavirus response, there are those looking to take advantage of the current situation.
Apr 13, 2020
Pilots will still get incentive payments, even if they're grounded during the pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon says servicemembers who get special incentive payments for hazardous assignments like piloting, diving and parachuting can still get their bonuses – even if the pandemic is stopping them from carrying out those missions.
Apr 10, 2020
The number of federal employees diagnosed with COVID-19 is on the rise
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In today's Federal Newscast, coronavirus cases among federal employees are piling up across the country.
Apr 09, 2020
2020 Census count keeps on moving despite pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, the 2020 census soldiers on despite delays in field operations caused by the coronavirus.
Apr 08, 2020
Federal employees get more protection from age discrimination
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In today's Federal Newscast, a Supreme Court ruling finds federal employees have a lower bar to prove age discrimination in personnel actions, compared with the private sector.
Apr 07, 2020
Anyone on DoD property will need to wear a mask
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In today's Federal Newscast, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is directing that anyone on DoD property wear a cloth mask if they can’t consistently keep a six-foot social distance from other people.
Apr 06, 2020
Hospitals get extra equipment from an unlikely agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, four preservation and conservation specialists at the National Archives and Records Administration did some quick thinking and realized the equipment they use to deal with records damaged by floods, fires, or mold could help doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus.
Apr 03, 2020
Sexual harassment claims at federal workplaces on the rise
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In today's Federal Newscast, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is out with a new report detailing sexual harassment in the federal workplace.
Apr 02, 2020
Three agencies team up to leverage 3D printing to fight coronavirus
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In today's Federal Newscast, three federal agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in using 3D printing technology to build devices and objects used to treat coronavirus.
Apr 01, 2020
Government appoints Pentagon investigator to guard against abuse of coronavirus money
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon’s inspector general will take the lead in trying to head off waste, fraud and abuse in the newly-passed coronavirus spending package.
Mar 31, 2020
As small federal contractors start to feel the pinch, Pentagon looks to help keep them afloat
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In today's Federal Newscast, small business government contractors already are feeling the impact of the government slowdown because of the coronavirus. So the Pentagon is adjusting some contracts to help get companies some much needed cash.
Mar 30, 2020
Military cases of coronavirus now higher than the civilian rate
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department saw cases in the services more than double since Monday.
Mar 27, 2020
Pentagon sets up task force for medical supply requests
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department gets so many requests for medical equipment, it set up a special task force just to deal with them.
Mar 26, 2020
Military medical facilities take steps to get more doctors on the front line of coronavirus pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, military medical facilities are postponing all elective surgeries, invasive procedures and dental procedures due to the response to coronavirus.
Mar 25, 2020
More telework guidance could be on the way
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In today's Federal Newscast, a huddle between agencies may yield new cybersecurity guidance for teleworking federal employees.
Mar 24, 2020
Agencies get more hiring flexibilities to help with coronavirus response
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management granting agencies new authorities to help in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 23, 2020
Pressure mounting for White House to address contractor concerns during coronavirus pandemic
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal contractor associations wrote separate letters to the White House and lawmakers asking for more guidance for how industry should expect to work during the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Mar 20, 2020
Members of Congress ask again for mandatory telework for agencies
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In today's Federal Newscast, over 60 House members want the president to order mandatory telework for all eligible federal employees and contractors.
Mar 19, 2020
NIST provides suggestions for keeping sensitive virtual meetings secure
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In today's Federal Newscast, with more federal employees working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Institute of Standards and Technology gives advice on how to keep virtual meetings secure.
Mar 18, 2020
Members of Congress demand more action to protect federal workers
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In today's Federal Newscast, over a quarter of the Senate is calling on President Trump to sign an executive order mandating telework for all eligible federal employees. 27 Senate Democrats say Trump needs to give clear direction, not general guidance.
Mar 17, 2020
OPM asks federal health insurance providers to make adjustments to prepare for coronavirus
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management wants federal health insurance providers to make sure they're ready for COVID-19.
Mar 16, 2020
Spreading false information about 2020 Census could land you in jail if new bill becomes law
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new bill from House Democrats calls for severe punishments for knowingly spreading false news to discourage participation in the 2020 Census count.
Mar 13, 2020
Congressional worries of coronavirus' effect on federal programs continue
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In today's Federal Newscast, members of Congress are laying out their concerns about coronavirus epidemic's potential impact on many federal programs.
Mar 12, 2020
Defense Department assures Congress, no more money will be moved to pay for border wall
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In today's Federal Newscast, Deputy Secretary David Norquist says it’s unlikely DoD will be asked to do another round of reprogramming in 2021, after it moved more than $7 billion to fund wall construction.
Mar 11, 2020
CISA warns of cyber criminals taking advantage of coronavirus concerns
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency gives a heads up about cyber threats linked to the coronavirus.
Mar 10, 2020
GAO: Interior Dept. still hasn't justified move to Colorado
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In today's Federal Newscast, The Government Accountability Office says Interior never gave detailed reasons for relocating specific Bureau of Land Management headquarters positions to Colorado or other western states.
Mar 09, 2020
Congressional Democrats trying to save and protect federal telework programs
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In today's Federal Newscast, members of Congress are taking different approaches to make sure agency telework policies remain unhindered.
Mar 06, 2020
Less than half of BLM employees ordered to move out west will be doing so
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In today's Federal Newscast, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says BLM issued 173 relocation notices to employees, and about 80 accepted the move to Colorado.
Mar 05, 2020
Senator wants Trump administration to set up Coronavirus.gov website
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In today's Federal Newscast, with more and more coronavirus prevention measures taking place, one senator thinks the Trump administration should launch a website, dedicated to providing information to the public.
Mar 04, 2020
White House removes nominee for DoD comptroller who raised concerns about withholding Ukraine defense aid
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In today's Federal Newscast, Elaine McCusker is no longer the White House's choice for Defense Department Comptroller.
Mar 03, 2020
Federal union worried Trump admin. may be missing the point of new paid parental leave law
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In today's Federal Newscast, new proposals from the Office of Personnel Management has the National Treasury Employees Union concerned the administration is side-stepping the intent of the new paid parental leave law.
Mar 02, 2020
Federal response to the coronavirus is in full swing
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In today's Federal Newscast, we get a look inside the command center of the interagency task force, responsible for tracking real-time data on the spread of the coronavirus.
Feb 28, 2020
Virginia lawmaker asks presidential candidates for plans to reinvigorate federal service
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In today's Federal Newscast, in an open letter to the democratic candidates for president, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) asks them how they plan to rebuild the federal workforce.
Feb 27, 2020
While the State Dept. workforce is more diverse, it's leadership is not
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that while diversity has increased among workers at the State Department overall, that has not been the case for upper level managers.
Feb 26, 2020
How can agencies ensure their data is protected when it's not on their network?
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In today's Federal Newscast, agencies receive new ways to protect their data on contractor or non-federal systems.
Feb 25, 2020
Robbery, assault, kidnappings, among things the Census Bureau is asking police to protect its enumerators from
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In today's Federal Newscast, U.S. Census officials are asking local law enforcement to remain vigilant against threats to 2020 census enumerators in the months ahead.
Feb 24, 2020
Defense employee unions on Trump administration radar
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In today's Federal Newscast, after a delay, the White House publishes a memo allowing the defense secretary to to exclude civilian employees from current collective bargaining law.
Feb 21, 2020
After hearing complaints, GSA moves to make beta.SAM.gov information easier to find
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration is trying to make it easier to learn and ask questions about its relatively new beta.SAM.gov contract opportunities portal.
Feb 20, 2020
A Couple of Trump Pardons from the Federal World You Might Not Have Heard About
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Among those to whom President Trump granted clemency were a one-time administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and an entrepreneur, who built a technology company that served more than 41 million students, staff, employers, and government constituents worldwide.
Feb 19, 2020
It's been a smooth launch for the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, the DCSA says it's business model is getting more efficient in its first full year of operation.
Feb 18, 2020
GSA has cut amount of federally leased property by 10 million square feet since 2014
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In today's Federal Newscast, the agency’s fiscal 2021 budget justification to Congress shows that agencies went from about 194 million square feet of leased space in 2014, to just under 183 million square feet projected in 2021.
Feb 17, 2020
Given #MeToo era, AFGE says it's a bad time for cuts at EEOC
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In today's Federal Newscast, the American Federation of Government Employees is bashing a White House proposal to cut funding and staff at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Feb 14, 2020
Agencies ordered to prepare for GPS outage
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In today's Federal Newscast, the departments of Commerce, Defense, Transportation and Homeland Security are on the clock to figure out how best to secure the systems that support global positioning satellites and related critical infrastructure.
Feb 13, 2020
Senator wants to give FTC more firepower to take on big tech
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senator Josh Hawley unveils a plan to give the Federal Trade Commission more authority to help regulate companies like Facebook and Google.
Feb 12, 2020
Justice Dept. suing New Jersey for immigration policy
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Justice Department is challenging a New Jersey law enforcement policy D-O-J says obstructs federal immigration enforcement.
Feb 11, 2020
More coronavirus guidance for agencies
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management has more ideas to help the federal workforce prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus.
Feb 10, 2020
House Republicans unveil plan to change federal pay and cut retirement packages
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Republican Study Committee want to overhaul federal employee pay, performance awards and hiring systems.
Feb 07, 2020
The hunt is on for a federal deputy CIO
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Management and Budget releases the job posting to fill the federal deputy chief information officer's position.
Feb 06, 2020
President Trump's pick to be Defense Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness is apparently bowing out
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In today's Federal Newscast, media reports indicate that J. David Patterson is removing himself from consideration.
Feb 05, 2020
EEOC lays out 2020 priorities for the agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, customer service will be a top focus for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this year.
Feb 04, 2020
Security at child care centers in federal buildings need significant upgrades
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration's Inspector General found that all 11 of the child care centers it audited failed to meet minimum federal security standards.
Feb 03, 2020
Senator asks Intelligent Community to look into Jeff Bezos phone hacking
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In today's Federal Newscast, after one of the world's wealthiest individuals had his phone hacked, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) wants intelligence agencies to begin an investigation.
Jan 31, 2020
Bill that would likely mean pay raise for TSA screeners clears committee
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In today's Federal Newscast, the House Homeland Security Committee passed the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act. The bill would move screeners at the Transportation Security Administration under the General Schedule, a move that would likely mean a pay raise.
Jan 30, 2020
Looking for work? Apply to the U.S. Space Force
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In today's Federal Newscast, search space-force on USAJobs.gov, and you'll come up with 39 jobs, and not clerks or mail room staff, either.
Jan 29, 2020
Senators worry new polices may hinder non-citizen servicemembers naturalization process
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In today's Federal Newscast, three senators want the Government Accountability Office to evaluate the process non-citizen service members go through to become naturalized.
Jan 28, 2020
GSA takes aim at those submitting fake comments on proposed regulations
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration launches a bid to ensure fairness in an important part of federal rule-making.
Jan 27, 2020
Senate bill looks to make sure federal contractors actually deserve bonuses
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Bogus Bonus Ban Act to try to rein in excessive spending on unwarranted bonuses to contractors who fail to meet certain standards on federal projects.
Jan 24, 2020
Presidential candidate lays out plan to reshape federal workforce
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is promising big changes to federal hiring and ethics policies if she is elected president.
Jan 23, 2020
Bill to eliminate pay cap for VA's top healthcare workers passes the Senate
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Competitive Pay for Leaders in Veterans Health Care Act will correct an unintended consequence from a 2010 bill that was supposed to help Veterans Affairs Department fill Senior Executive Service positions.
Jan 22, 2020
Independent panel finds Boeing 737 Max went through "rigorous" vetting process
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In today's Federal Newscast, a federally appointed panel finds the Federal Aviation Administration followed its own rules in certifying the troubled airplane.
Jan 21, 2020
Agencies could be overpaying for rent
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says feedback from federal agencies shows the General Services Administration’s lease requirements cause building owners to charge the government more than private companies would pay for the same office space
Jan 20, 2020
Pentagon to start vetting foreign soldiers trained on bases
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is getting ready to announce new vetting procedures for foreign military members studying and training at U.S. facilities.
Jan 17, 2020
After TSP changes, feds are pocketing more money for retirement
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Congressional Budget Office finds federal employees are contributing and saving more for retirement, due to two Thrift Savings Plan policy changes.
Jan 16, 2020
Federal Inspectors General want to bring attention to unfilled IG roles
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new page on Oversight.gov tracks Inspectors General vacancies.
Jan 15, 2020
Sequestration to have no effect on agency spending in 2020, as national debt continues to trend upward
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Congressional Budget Office says agencies will not have to cut their spending because of sequestration in fiscal 2020, bad news for budget hawks concerned about the national debt.
Jan 14, 2020
D.C. Congresswoman asks National Park Service about money its owes the district for shutdown help
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In today's Federal Newscast, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is wants an update from the National Parks Service on its plan to reimburse the District of Columbia work it performed during the 35-day government shutdown of 2018-2019.
Jan 13, 2020
New year, new ways for scammers to impersonate federal agencies
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In today's Federal Newscast, fraudsters expanded their tactics to kick off 2020 and the Social Security Administration continues to be a top target.
Jan 10, 2020
Interior touts success with forest fire prevention measures
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Interior Department cleared brush and dead trees on double the amount called for in a 2018 presidential executive order.
Jan 09, 2020
Amid rising tensions with Iran, the Army is forced to assure people there is no draft
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In today's Federal Newscast, after fake notifications were sent out, the Army reiterates, despite rising tensions with Iran, there are no plans to initiate a draft.
Jan 08, 2020
IRS workforce could be significantly reduced in the near future
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In today's Federal Newscast, a mostly sunny report from the IRS includes dark clouds when it comes to the work force.
Jan 07, 2020
OPM still has unresolved issues with contracts to help 2015 data breach victims
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general says the agency is not keeping a good enough eye on the companies its contracted for identity theft protection.
Jan 06, 2020
Some Marines now allowed to carry concealed firearms on bases
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In today's Federal Newscast, following recent shootings on military bases, the Marines is allowing its law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms.
Jan 03, 2020
Army, Navy, and Air Force now required to have senior positions for basing and environment
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In today's Federal Newscast, the 2020 Defense Authorization bill mandates all three branches have an assistant secretary for installations, energy, and environment.
Jan 02, 2020
14th Air Force redesignated as Space Operations Command
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In today's Federal Newscast, the 14th Air Force has officially been redesignated as Space Operations Command.
Dec 31, 2019
OPM laying the groundwork for paid parental leave law
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In today's Federal Newscast, new regulations to implement the paid parental leave law for federal employees are in the works.
Dec 30, 2019
Auditors not so sure about expanding USPS services
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says adding those functions could increase operation costs, and decrease the efficiency of its mail and package delivery.
Dec 24, 2019
VA OIG highlights continuing IT security issues with the agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, IT security controls continue to be a material weakness for the Veterans Affairs Department's financial management systems.
Dec 23, 2019
TSP considering fixed 2% COLA for annuity recipients
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Thrift Savings Plan wants to change the rate it currently uses to calculate some annual cost of living adjustments.
Dec 20, 2019
OPM answers some FAQ's about surprise day off for feds
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management makes some clarifications about President Trump's declared day off on Christmas Eve.
Dec 19, 2019
CISA gets big budget boost in spending bill
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In today's Federal Newscast, if the fiscal 2020 budget deal gets signed into law, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will receive $2 billion, $334 million more than it received in 2019.
Dec 18, 2019
Postal Service reminds employees about rules regarding holiday gifts
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In today's Federal Newscast, USPS' Ethics Office wants to remind its employees about the restrictions applied to receiving gifts from customers and vendors.
Dec 17, 2019
Agencies spending more on governmentwide contracts than ever before
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In today's Federal Newscast, NASA and GSA both saw increases in their technology services and products sales.
Dec 16, 2019
Bicameral bill would even out locality and General Schedule pay
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In today's Federal Newscast, two lawmakers want to even the playing field for hourly wage workers and General Schedule employees who work in the same location
Dec 13, 2019
What federal union members are saying about a potential government shutdown
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In today's Federal Newscast, four out of five members of the National Treasury Employees Union say they're starting to worry about the impact of a potential government shutdown on their finances.
Dec 12, 2019
GAO: GSA is underreporting how much it spent on federal real estate
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office found the agencies excluded more than $271 million in building costs per year, between fiscal 2015 through 2018.
Dec 11, 2019
Agencies giving more time to comments for some proposals after Regulations.gov goes down
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In today's Federal Newscast, a temporary outage of Regulations.gov has some agencies allowing more time for comments on certain proposed rules.
Dec 10, 2019
There's too many administrative actions taking place according to one DOJ official
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In today's Federal Newscast, Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen calls informal rulemaking by federal agencies the fuel of explosive growth of the administrative state.
Dec 09, 2019
TSP participants must secure their online accounts by the end of the year
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Thrift Savings Plan will require tougher online security measures for its participants by the end of the year.
Dec 06, 2019
DMV lawmakers ask colleagues to include all federal employees in paid family leave program
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In today's Federal Newscast, a group of Maryland and Virginia Democrats are worried about plans to only give federal defense workers paid family leave.
Dec 05, 2019
USPS operating costs, not dropping as fast as mail volume
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In today's Federal Newscast, the agency's inspector general says between fiscal 2009 and 2018, USPS cut its labor costs, but also saw a decrease in mail volume.
Dec 04, 2019
Skills gaps in the federal workforce starting to have consequences
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In today's Federal Newscast, skills gaps across the federal workforce played a role in nearly half of government's high-risk areas.
Dec 03, 2019
IG: OPM could put up a better defense against cyber attacks
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new audit by the inspector general found the Office of Personnel Management's financial management systems lack some basic cybersecurity protections.
Dec 02, 2019
Education Department investigating two universities' relationships with foreign governments
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In today's Federal Newscast, two prominent universities are being investigated by the Education Department for their relationships with foreign governments.
Nov 29, 2019
Congresswoman sues Commerce and Justice Department over citizenship question on 2020 Census
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In today's Federal Newscast, as her first official act as chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Representative Carolyn Maloney has filed a lawsuit against the Justice and Commerce Departments.
Nov 28, 2019
LGBT workers at the Justice Department want reassurance from Attorney General
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In today's Federal Newscast, employees at the Justice Department, who are also members of the LGBT community want reassurance from Attorney General William Barr that they won't face discrimination at the workplace
Nov 27, 2019
Agencies may get to hang to seasonal workers for as long as needed
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management wants to lift the current time limitations for seasonal appointments.
Nov 26, 2019
Contractors will need to start keeping track of fake parts they come across
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In today's Federal Newscast, acquisition authorities make a proposed rule, final to keep phony parts out of systems the government buys.
Nov 25, 2019
VA concerned about allegations against prominent federal labor leader
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In today's Federal Newscast, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie asks the American of Federation of Government Employees to protect VA bargaining unit employees from harassment.
Nov 22, 2019
FAA whistleblower claims managers in Jacksonville are creating dangerous situation
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Special Counsel is reporting air traffic controllers in Jacksonville are not complying with the proper procedures, and their managers aren't doing much to help.
Nov 21, 2019
DC area lawmakers hope to block funding for BLM move
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In today's Federal Newscast, a group of DC area democrats in the House are hoping to block any funding meant for the relocation of the Bureau of Land Management's headquarters.
Nov 20, 2019
NDAA amendment aims to find out if DOD experimented with weaponized bugs
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In today's Federal Newscast, a proposal in the 2020 defense authorization bill would require the Defense Department Inspector General to tell Congress if the department experiemented with the idea of weaponizing disease carrying insects.
Nov 19, 2019
More improvements needed to the Navy's training for driving ships
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says there are still some issues with the training of sailors in charge of driving ships.
Nov 18, 2019
IG: Veterans Affairs put millions of vets and service members at risk of identity theft
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Veterans Benefits Administration, under pressure, reverses an Obama-era policy that resulted in Privacy Act violations.
Nov 15, 2019
Military commissaries and exchanges will have wider customer base in 2020
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department says it plans to open up its commissaries and exchanges to 4.1 million new customers on New Years’ Day.
Nov 14, 2019
Clock is ticking for BLM employees to decide on relocation
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In today's Federal Newscast, relocation notices went out to 159 employees at the Bureau of Land Management yesterday.
Nov 13, 2019
OPM unveils updated plan comparison tool as Open Season gets underway
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In today's Federal Newscast, Open Season is underway and the Office of Personnel Management says it has updated its tool for participants to compare plans.
Nov 12, 2019
Senators call on White House to fill DHS vacancies
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In today's Federal Newscast, seven of the Homeland Security department's Senate-confirmed positions are empty, and key Senators want the president to address the issue.
Nov 11, 2019
BLM to offer buyouts for workers who don't want to relocate
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Bureau of Land Management says it will offer both early-outs and buyouts to parts of its workforce.
Nov 08, 2019
Number of suspended, debarred contractors falls for fourth year in a row
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In today's federal newscast, agencies and contractors are doing more to avoid using the suspension and debarment process.
Nov 07, 2019
GSA declares: sleeping at the office is prohibited
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration re-iterates a policy prohibiting employees from sleeping in their offices or the buildings they work in.
Nov 06, 2019
Interior Dept. officials say progress has been made in eliminating harassment within its workforce
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Interior Department says it's making progress in its ongoing efforts to reduce instances of harassment at the agency
Nov 05, 2019
OGE asking agencies for best coaching practices
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Government Ethics wants to hear from agencies about the best ways to train and teach employees about ethical matters.
Nov 04, 2019
After 30 years, the CFO Act could use an upgrade
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In today's Federal Newscast, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro lays out a litany of changes lawmakers should consider as they update the 1990 CFO Act.
Nov 01, 2019
Two agencies teaming up to combat fraud in veterans healthcare
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have formed a new partnership to uncover potential waste, fraud and abuse among veteran health providers.
Oct 31, 2019
Congress looking for ways to give TSA officers a raise
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In today's Federal Newscast, members of the House Homeland Security Committee are asking leaders at the Transportation Security Administration what it can do to pay the agency's officer more.
Oct 30, 2019
USS John S. McCain back at sea after 2017 collision
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In today's Federal Newscast, a long series of repairs and upgrades, the Japan-based destroyer now undergoing a series of at-sea tests and training.
Oct 29, 2019
How the White House plans to commercialize federal research
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In today's Federal Newscast, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have pitched new ideas to squeeze more dollars out of research done by agencies.
Oct 28, 2019
Senator wants to reward feds who find extra federal money
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) would give federal employees bonuses, for flagging agency programs with more money than they can spend.
Oct 25, 2019
Senator's bill would let agencies fire employees found guilty of sexual assault
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In today's Federal Newscast, new legislation from Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) would give agencies the authority to fire employees and contractors convicted or credibly found to have committed sexual assault while in government.
Oct 24, 2019
Senate Dems concerned with EPA's handling of contract negotiations with AFGE
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In today's Federal Newscast, over 40 Senate Democrats express opposition to how the Environmental Protection Agency is handling its collective bargaining with the American Federation of Government Employees.
Oct 23, 2019
House proposal would require federal employees receive Internet of Things cyber training
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In today's Federal Newscast, federal employees would receive mandatory Internet of Things cybersecurity training under a new bill introduced by Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA).
Oct 22, 2019
With 2020 population count starting soon, what's the state of the Census Bureaus cybersecurity?
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Commerce Department’s inspector general is running an audit of the bureau’s cybersecurity measures.
Oct 21, 2019
Government answers some FAQ's about feds attending conferences
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Government Policy clarifies what federal employees need to report when accepting invitations to attend conferences.
Oct 18, 2019
GAO says some Marine Commands spent too much or too little on civilian employees
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In today's Federal Newscast, a Government Accountability Office report says four Marine Corps Commands either overspent or underspent at least $5 million on civilian personnel in 2019.
Oct 17, 2019
Defense OIG to investigate the Pentagon's use of PFAS chemicals
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In today's Federal Newscast, at the request of two members of Congress, the Defense Department's inspector general has agreed to review the department's use of PFAS chemicals at military sites.
Oct 16, 2019
New tool to help federal agencies complete annual FOIA reports
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Justice Department is looking to make it easier for agencies to submit their annual Freedom of Information Act reports required by law.
Oct 15, 2019
GAO: VA needs plan for coming retirement wave
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Offices says one-third of the Veterans Affairs workforce is eligible to retire by 2022, and the agency has no succession plan in place.
Oct 14, 2019
Two agencies team up to address national supply chain issues
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration and Defense Logistics Agency are conducting the first comprehensive Federal Supply Class review in almost 50 years.
Oct 11, 2019
FDIC employees to get paid parental leave
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has struck a three year bargaining agreement with the National Treasury Employees Union, which includes paid parental leave.
Oct 10, 2019
BLM employees given timeline to decide on relocation plans
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In today's Federal Newscast, employees at the Bureau of Land Management's Washington D.C. headquarters have limited time to decide if they will move out west with the agency or not.
Oct 09, 2019
CDC making big changes to management structure
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In today's Federal Newscast, a major reorganization is taking place among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's top management offices.
Oct 08, 2019
Air Force updates criminal justice platform after mass shooting highlighted flaws
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Air Force is rolling out a new criminal justice IT system. It comes two years after the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas highlighted flaws in the current system.
Oct 07, 2019
House Dems update whistleblower guide for federal employees
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In today's Federal Newscast, Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) update their whistleblower guide, describing how federal employees in specific agencies can safely share information with inspectors general and the press.
Oct 04, 2019
D.C. Delegate wants federal employees to have feds short-term disability, for a fee
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In today's Federal Newscast, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduces a bill to give federal employees short-term disability insurance, even if it means they'll have to pay for it.
Oct 03, 2019
Veterans Affairs and Justice IG's teaming up to take on health care fraud
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In today's Federal Newscast, the inspectors general for the Departments of Justice and Veterans Affairs are setting up a new VA health care fraud task force, to investigate and prosecute fraud within VA’s growing community care program.
Oct 02, 2019
Thousands of federal employees to be asked about benefits this coming fall
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In today's Federal Newscast, 50,000 federal employees will get a chance to sound off about their benefits this fall in the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employee Benefits survey.
Oct 01, 2019
Senator concerned USDA move is starting to effect research operations
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says the USDA relocation is delaying implementation of the Farm Bill.
Sep 30, 2019
Eugene Scalia wins confirmation to head Department of Labor
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The Senate has confirmed Eugene Scalia as the Trump administration's next Labor Secretary. Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, had previously worked as the agency's top lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.
Sep 27, 2019
US claims victory in compromise on international mail delivery
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The Trump Administration has declared victory in an international compromise that will allow the U.S. Postal Service to collect higher fees for delivery of small international packages entering the United States.
Sep 26, 2019
NTEU says bar set too high in proving age discrimination
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In today's Federal Newscast, the National Treasury Employees Union wants the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's decision on age discrimination in the federal workforce.
Sep 25, 2019
Handful of agencies can't stop spending money they don't have
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says nine agencies violated the Anti-Deficiency Act in fiscal 2018.
Sep 24, 2019
Congressman and VA butting heads over office space
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In today's Federal Newscast, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and other congressmen are pleading with Veterans Affairs Department to let them keep their offices in agency facilities.
Sep 23, 2019
Are medium-sized contractors getting left behind?
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new study by the Government Accountability Office confirms it’s tough to be a medium-sized government contractor.
Sep 20, 2019
With a new National Security Advisor, there's calls to bring back Cyber Coordinator position to the White House
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In today's Federal Newscast, Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, says as cyber threats become more sophisticated, bringing back the cyber coordinator role is even more important.
Sep 19, 2019
Government lost thousands of years' worth of production during shutdown
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new report highlights how the most recent 35-day partial government shutdown hurt agencies.
Sep 18, 2019
New program to help VA employees adjust to Electronic Health Record
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In today's Federal Newscast, Veterans Affairs launched a new training program to help employees impacted by the agency's ongoing electronic health record modernization.
Sep 17, 2019
National intelligence chief snubs subpoena of whistleblower allegations
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The acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire is withholding a whistleblower complaint alleging serious wrongdoing within the intelligence community that may involve President Donald Trump. The Chairman of the  House Intelligence Committee,  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), told CBS' "Face the Nation" that Maguire declined to release the complaint because he was instructed not to by a "higher authority."
Sep 16, 2019
HUD's Ben Carson cleared of misconduct in purchasing probe
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's independent watchdog has cleared Secretary Ben Carson of any misconduct in connection with the order of a $31,000 dining room set for his office suite.
Sep 13, 2019
Norton, Wexton seek BLM justification for relocation moves
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D-C Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Virginia Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton are trying to block the Bureau of Land Management relocation with new legislation. They introduced a bill that would require the B-L-M headquarters to remain in the national capital region.
Sep 12, 2019
Senator calls for investigation into White House reprimanding NWS forecasters
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wants the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's inspector general to start an investigation.
Sep 11, 2019
A new federal approach to AI may be on the horizon
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In today's Federal Newscast, the White House says it's considering a new approach to helping agencies adopt artificial intelligence.
Sep 10, 2019
White House's proposed pay raise will increase special pay rates as well
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Trump administration reveals more specifics about its proposed 2.6% raise for civilian employees.
Sep 09, 2019
It may be time for the government to hire cyber folks without formal degrees
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In today's Federal Newscast, given the acute and ongoing shortage of cybersecurity talent, government officials are starting to think about hiring on skill, rather than specific degree.
Sep 06, 2019
Environmental Protection Agency's CFO stepping down
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In today's Federal Newscast, after just over a year into the job, Holly Greaves is leaving the EPA.
Sep 05, 2019
Pentagon looking to fill AI ethicist role
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is looking to hire an ethicist who can guide defense agencies on the application of artificial intelligence.
Sep 04, 2019
CBP joins preparation efforts for Hurricane Dorian's arrival
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In today's Federal Newscast, Customs and Border Protection details its preparations for the pass-through of Hurricane Dorian.
Sep 03, 2019
IG finds former Assistant Attorney General used government computer to watch pornography
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new report from the Justice's Department's Inspector General reveals details on an investigation.
Sep 02, 2019
Air Force gives nod to mothers who serve
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Air Force orders all of its facilities to designate spaces for nursing mothers.
Aug 30, 2019
Chair of Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to step down three years early
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) says he's resigning at the end of the year, due to a series of growing health issues.
Aug 29, 2019
Army to increase maximum reenlistment bonus
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Army's issuing new maximum bonus amounts, aimed at encouraging soldiers to sign up for longer enlistments.
Aug 28, 2019
Newly revealed emails show just what VA officials thought about 'Mar-a-Lago' crowd's involvement in agency affairs
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In today's Federal Newscast, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington obtained hundreds of emails, showing VA IT officials questioned the Mar--A-Lago crowd's influence on V-A's electronic health record modernization efforts.
Aug 27, 2019
House VA Committee chair calls for agencywide stand-down to address veteran suicide
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In today's Federal Newscast, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), the head of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, wants all hands on deck to address veteran suicide.
Aug 26, 2019
Date is set for a major change coming to GSA schedules
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In today's Federal Newscast, we now know when the Federal Acquisition Service will release its consolidated schedule, which will include the new special item numbers and terms and conditions.
Aug 23, 2019
VA extends smoking ban to employees, irking federal employee union
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Veterans Affairs Department's smoking ban at medical facilities now extends to its employees, something their union is not happy about.
Aug 22, 2019
House Rep. calls out Trump admin. after USDA buyout cut
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In today's Federal Newscast, news that the USDA will not be paying as much to employees who chose not to move to Kansas City next month has sparked Congressional outrage.
Aug 21, 2019
EEOC offering training for federal employees to file online grievances
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will host free online training on the agency's new online filing system for federal sector complaints and appeals.
Aug 20, 2019
Federal cybersecurity is getting better
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In today's Federal Newscast, for the first time in 12 years, federal civilian agencies suffered no major cyber incidents in fiscal 2018.
Aug 19, 2019
CBO confirms, no sequestration cuts this year
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In today's Federal Newscast, agencies have one less thing to worry about for the final six weeks of fiscal 2019, budget cuts due to sequestration are not on the table.
Aug 16, 2019
Interior Dept. refreshing ethics program
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In today's Federal Newscast, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced plans to streamline the department's 13 ethics programs into one.
Aug 15, 2019
New tool to help contractors comply with federal workplace discrimination rules
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has launched the Contractor Assistance Portal.
Aug 14, 2019
OPM looking into why federal employees have to pay union dues after 2018 Supreme Court ruling
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management asked the Federal Labor Relations Authority how agencies can deduct union dues in light of the 2018 decision, which found local and state government workers can't be forced to pay union dues.
Aug 13, 2019
USDA and AFGE come to agreement for relocated employees
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In today's Federal Newscast, USDA employees relocating to Kansas City will now get incentive payments to make up for their now lower salaries.
Aug 12, 2019
Air Force forced to ground over 100 C-130's
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In today's Federal Newscast, 123 C-130 planes are being temporarily removed from service after atypical cracks were discovered.
Aug 09, 2019
DOD IG wants to make sure Pentagon is buying American
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating whether DoD is complying with a law meant to protect domestic suppliers.
Aug 08, 2019
Agencies spending more repaying employees' student loans
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management says it's closely monitoring agencies' use of the student loan repayment program in a tough budget environment.
Aug 07, 2019
Senators worried political pressure effecting Pentagon cloud contract
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In today's Federal Newscast, Virginia’s two senators want to know why Defense Secretary Mark Esper is conducting his own examination of DoD’s upcoming JEDI Cloud contract.
Aug 06, 2019
GAO: Changes in leadership at the State Dept. have hampered reorganization efforts
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office found leadership changes have stalled out some of the agency’s reorganization efforts
Aug 05, 2019
FBI to access social media data in search of bad guys
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is looking to use social media tools to monitor possible domestic threats. The FBI has issued a request for proposal from vendors for the software tools it needs to access lawfully-collected information from social media subscription services.
Aug 02, 2019
Proposed law would empower FTC to end addictive practices in social media
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has introduced a bill that would give the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys the power to act against social media companies that don't remove addictive features in their websites.
Aug 01, 2019
Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson will continue her fight in retirement
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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson is stepping down today, retiring after 19 years of running the Taxpayer Advocate Service at the IRS. Olson said she plans to start a nonprofit to continue advocating for taxpayer rights and fight against IRS bureaucracy.
Jul 31, 2019
Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson will continue her fight in retirement
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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson is stepping down today, retiring after 19 years of running the Taxpayer Advocate Service at the IRS.Olson said she plans to start a nonprofit to continue advocating for taxpayer rights and fight against IRS bureaucracy.
Jul 31, 2019
Postal Service managers suing for higher pay
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In today's Federal Newscast, the National Association of Postal Supervisors has filed a lawsuit against US-PS, seeking back pay for managers, postmasters, and other administrative professionals, to match what their counterparts earn in the private sector.
Jul 30, 2019
House Rep. trying again to help federal retirees who saw cuts to Social Security
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bill in the House would replace the Windfall Elimination Provision which currently cuts Social Security benefits for federal retirees who worked in a private sector job and also receive a government pension.
Jul 29, 2019
Large group of Marines charged with smuggling migrants into the U.S.
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In today's Federal Newscast, an investigation into Marines accused of helping smuggle migrants into the United States led to the arrest Thursday of 16 of their fellow Marines at California’s Camp Pendleton, just north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jul 26, 2019
Interior Dept. facing shortage of firefighters
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Department of the Interior fell short of its hiring goal.
Jul 25, 2019
NSA creates new Cybersecurity Directorate
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In today's Federal Newscast, the National Security Agency is bringing together its foreign intelligence and cyber defense missions into a new directorate.
Jul 24, 2019
HHS gets recommendations on how to better spend its money
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In today's Federal Newscast, Health and Human Services releases 25 ways the agency can improve how it spends taxpayer money.
Jul 23, 2019
Former NSA contractor sentenced for hoarding sensitive materials
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In today's Federal Newscast, a former National Security Agency contractor who stole nearly 20 years worth of sensitive information finds out his fate.
Jul 22, 2019
Esper's nomination for Defense Secretary advances to full Senate
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In today's Federal Newscast, Mark Esper's nomination for Defense secretary has won the approval of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Jul 19, 2019
OPM urges agencies to consider telework and workplace flexibilities during this week's heat wave
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management is urging agencies to consider telework and workplace flexibilities during this week's heat wave.
Jul 18, 2019
Esper vows to fill other Pentagon vacancies if confirmed as Defense Secretary
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In today's Federal Newscast, Mark Esper is poised to become the next Defense secretary. If he’s confirmed, one of his first jobs will be to help fill the rest of the vacant politically-appointed positions in the Pentagon.
Jul 17, 2019
New location for BLM headquarters announced
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Bureau of Land Management is setting up new headquarters out west.
Jul 16, 2019
Trump admin. looking to make it easier for federal employees to stop paying union dues
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and Office of Personnel Management are looking for feedback on existing law that governs federal employees' payments to their union.
Jul 15, 2019
More resistance to merge OPM and GSA
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In today's Federal Newscast, yet another legislative attempt to block the Trump administration's proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration, passed the House.
Jul 12, 2019
GSA extends deadlines for USDA Kansas City headquarters
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In today's Federal Newscast, the General Services Administration extended the deadline for proposals for the Agriculture Department to lease space in the Kansas City region.
Jul 11, 2019
Pentagon delaying major change to Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is putting off the elimination of a major benefit for post 9/11 veterans.
Jul 10, 2019
House Committee chairman wants investigation into Border Patrol Facebook group
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In today's Federal Newscast, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wants the Inspector General to find out if and when leadership at Customs and Border Protection knew about a secret Facebook group with current and former Border Patrol agents.
Jul 09, 2019
Federal contractors could get favorable treatment from regulators for hiring disabled workers
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Labor Department is looking to reward four contractors who make an effort to hire qualified disabled people.
Jul 08, 2019
Complaints about government imposter scams reach record high
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Federal Trade Commission says complaints about scammers pretending to be from the government reached the highest levels on record this spring.
Jul 05, 2019
VA updates policies on religious materials at medical facilities
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Veterans Affairs Department is changing its rules regarding religious materials at its facilities.
Jul 04, 2019
Negotiations between Social Security and administrative law judges' union, break down
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In today's Federal Newscast, there's been another setback in negotiations between Social Security Administration management and its cadre of administrative law judges.
Jul 03, 2019
White House asks agencies to show their work implementing new laws and policies
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Management and Budget releases its Circular A-11 update, tasking agencies with showing their progress in complying with new laws and management requirements.
Jul 02, 2019
Agencies given deadline to phase out paper records
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Management and Budget has given agencies a timeline to switch from paper records, to electronic records.
Jul 01, 2019
Senate passes NDAA, includes pay raise for troops
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Senate passes its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a 3.1% pay raise for active duty military.
Jun 28, 2019
Many employees at USDA's Economic Research Service may choose to not follow their agency to Kansas City
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In today's Federal Newscast, the new local union at the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service estimate four out of five employees will decline to relocate out of the national capital region.
Jun 27, 2019
At least eight agencies are at risk for major data breach
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new report from a Senate committee shows at least eight cabinet agencies are failing to comply with federal cybersecurity standards.
Jun 26, 2019
Legislators trying again to get seniors bigger cost of living adjustment
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In today's Federal Newscast, legislation in both the House and Senate aims to guarantee every senior a Social Security cost of living adjustment with an annual floor of no less than 3%.
Jun 25, 2019
Updated AI plan seeks more public-private partnerships
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The Trump Administration's revised national reserach and development plan for artificial intelligence calls for more collaboration between government, academia, non-profits and the private sector.
Jun 24, 2019
Taxpayer Advocate says IRS still struggles with public service
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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson says response times to incoming calls at the IRS remains the biggest challenge the agency has in dealing with the public. In her final report to Congress before retiring, Olson said the IRS is successful in processing most returns, but for those who need more help, the experience is challenging.
Jun 21, 2019
Report: Social Security's death records continue to be inaccurate
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The Social Security Advisory Board has joined the Government Accounability Office in calling SSA's to share its death records to curb improper payments.
Jun 20, 2019
White House not on board with giving contractors back pay for government shutdown
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Trump administration says the idea will be too costly and increase the risk of fraud, waste, and improper payments.
Jun 19, 2019
White House wants at least one-third of federal advisory committees gone
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In today's Federal Newscast, President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week directing federal agencies to cut at least one-third of all federal advisory committees.
Jun 18, 2019
Federal workers could have benefits protected during future government shutdowns
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In today's Federal Newscast, two bills to protect federal employees' health insurance benefits during future government shutdowns advanced to the full House for a vote.
Jun 17, 2019
Senate provision calls for review of Pentagon's total IT workforce
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In today's Federal Newscast, a provision in the annual Defense bill the Senate Armed Services Committee released this week would order a top-to-bottom review of the contractor, civilian and military IT positions in each military service and DoD agency.
Jun 14, 2019
Customers rank federal agencies lower than airlines and car rental services
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In today's Federal Newscast, according to new numbers from market research company Forrester, the federal government as a whole was ranked lower than airlines, car rental services, and health care providers.
Jun 13, 2019
Bill to create cyber incident response teams at DHS passes the House
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In today's Federal Newscast, Rep. Michael McCaul's (R-TX) bill, the DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act, would create groups of cyber first responders in the event of a cyber attack on the government or private sector.
Jun 12, 2019
House appropriators say no to another agency's reorganization plans
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In today's Federal Newscast, funding to support the Interior Department's plans to reorganize its bureaus and management functions into 12 unified regions across the country is absent from the House 20-20 appropriations bill.
Jun 11, 2019
Nuclear Regulatory Commission could face shortage of cyber inspectors
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In today's Federal Newscast, the NRC's inspector general finds a third of NRC's inspectors will be eligible to retire in 2020.
Jun 10, 2019
Veterans Affairs told it should stop posting disciplinary actions on its website
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In today's Federal Newscast, an arbitrator finds the Veterans Affairs Department should take down a public record of employee firings and other punishments from its website.
Jun 07, 2019
Congressional VA committee leaders want a better answer on secret wait lists
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In today's Federal Newscast, Senate and House Veterans Affairs committee leaders are demanding answers from the VA about claims involving secret wait lists for veterans seeking care.
Jun 06, 2019
Bicameral efforts to save nearly 1,000 Forest Service jobs are underway
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In today's Federal Newscast, House and Senate lawmakers have taken steps to prevent a White House proposal which would result in about 1,000 layoffs at the U.S. Forest Service.
Jun 05, 2019
Government contracting dollars spiked in 2018
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says agency spending on products and services in 2018 reached its highest level in seven years.
Jun 04, 2019
House subcommittee looks to give federal employees another pay bump
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In today's Federal Newscast, the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee includes a pay raise for civilian employees in its 2020 spending bill
Jun 03, 2019
Navy ramping up adoption of new pay and hiring system for cyber employees
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command started wide-scale implementation of the Cyber Excepted Service this month.
May 31, 2019
Trump admin. plan to cut DOD workers' rights gets axed from Senate NDAA
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In today's Federal Newscast, a White House plan to take away some workers rights from civilian D-O-D employees gets denied support from the Senate
May 30, 2019
CBP creates new position to handle border apprehensions
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In today's Federal Newscast, to help ease the administrative burden on Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection is creating a new position assigned with handling the processing of people apprehended at the border.
May 29, 2019
First look at new ideas to modernize Congress
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In today's Federal Newscast, the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress approves its first round of recommendations.
May 28, 2019
Army ready to open more combat positions to female soldiers
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In today's Federal Newscast, Army officials give an update of how many female soldiers are now in combat brigades, and plans to place more in the future.
May 27, 2019
Trump administration unhappy with House appropriators for not funding Interior reorganization
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Management and Budget is expressing its displeasure with the early versions of appropriations bills coming out of the House Appropriations Committee.
May 24, 2019
DOD stepping up recruitment efforts to find more diverse cyber talent
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In today's Federal Newscast, as part of a new pilot program, the Defense Department awards contracts to five companies to actively recruit technical talent from the private sector.
May 23, 2019
OPM encourages more telework during summer Metro shutdowns
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In today's Federal Newscast, OPM is recommending federal agencies adjust their teleworking policies to accommodate disruptions to employees commutes with looming Metro station closures this summer.
May 22, 2019
TSA leaders promise reforms to make agency a better place to work
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In today's Federal Newscast, Transportation Security Administration administrator David Pekoske promises a series of changes to improve TSA's human capital practices.
May 21, 2019
Despite increase in federal managers failing probationary periods, agencies hardly takes action
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Merit Systems Protection Board finds between 1999 and 2016, only about 7 for ever 1000 new supervisors faced consequences for failing their probationary period.
May 20, 2019
Despite new accountability law, VA still finding it tough to fire director of DC facility
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In today's Federal Newscast, after the Veterans Affairs Department second attempt at firing the director of its DC facility, VA's case against Brian Hawkins is reportedly falling apart, and he will be reinstated.
May 17, 2019
EEOC employees union wastes no time presenting issues to new chairwoman
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In today's Federal Newscast, Council 216 of the American Federation of Government Employees is urging the new Chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to push for more staff.
May 16, 2019
House VA committee leaders worried agency is not doing enough to stop sexual harassment at VA facilities
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bipartisan group in the House Veterans Affairs Committee wants more information about V-A's plans to curb sexual harassment among female veterans and employees.
May 15, 2019
Postal Service retains title of Americans' favorite agency
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new Gallup poll shows three in four Americans say USPS is doing a good or excellent job.
May 14, 2019
Senate bill would have GSA and OMB draft plans for relocating agencies outside of D.C.
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new bill from Senator Todd Young (R-IN) would grant the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration the authority to draft plans for moving non-national security agencies to other areas.
May 13, 2019
Less workers at the IRS means....less work getting done
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May 10, 2019
Senators look to revive program to help small businesses work with the Pentagon
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May 09, 2019
GAO has suggestions for Congress in handling whistleblowers
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office has provided Congress with some best practices when it comes to dealing with federal whistleblowers.
May 08, 2019
USPS may start delivering booze for extra money
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new bill in the House calls for allowing the Postal Service to deliver alcohol to consumers.
May 07, 2019
USDA narrows down choices for relocation of two bureaus
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In today's Federal Newscast, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reveals where the agency is looking to relocate the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
May 06, 2019
New bill to help temporary federal workers save for retirement
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In today's Federal Newscast, A bipartisan pair of lawmakers want to give some federal employees a new retirement flexibility.
May 03, 2019
Third intelligence official of the year found guilty of conspiring with Chinese government
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In today's Federal Newscast, another former member of the intelligence community is found to have conspired with Chinese intelligence services.
May 02, 2019
New bill would let military servicemembers sue Pentagon for medical malpractice
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In today's Federal Newscast, a handful of members of Congress introduce a bill to allow military servicemembers to sue the Department of Defense for instances of medical malpractice unrelated to their military duties.
May 01, 2019
New rule could shift defense contracts to performance-based payment model
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department is looking to require all fixed price contracts be paid out through performance-based contractual payments.
Apr 30, 2019
Lawmakers worried about the amount of leadership turnover at the Homeland Security Department
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In today's Federal Newscast, Three House committee chairmen are launching an investigation into recent leadership changes at the Homeland Security Department.
Apr 26, 2019
CBP hopes new retention incentive will convince Border Patrol agents to stick around
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In today's Federal Newscast, Customs and Border Protection is offering bonuses to Border Patrol agents who enter into a 12 month service agreement with the agency.
Apr 25, 2019
Coast Guard to get new icebreaker, but says it will need more to compete in the Arctic
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Coast Guard will finally get one of it's ships it says it's needed for a long time, but also puts out a new strategy for the Arctic region which says it will need more ships, planes, helicopters, and drones.
Apr 24, 2019
Social Security Administration will need to dip into reserve funds to stay afloat
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In today's Federal Newscast, in their annual report to Congress, the Social Security Trustees say they expect total costs to exceed income next year, and in all the years beyond that.
Apr 23, 2019
Labor Dept. trying out faster way to process contractor punishments
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Labor Department will pilot a faster approach to discretionary suspension and debarment with its Inspector General and its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.
Apr 22, 2019
IRS is having trouble outing tax cheats under its own roof
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration finds the I-R-S doesn't always follow its own procedures for reviewing and adjudicating cases of missed filings or under-reported income.
Apr 19, 2019
OGE considering restrictions for donations to federal employees' legal expense funds
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Office of Government Ethics wants feedback on whether it should set restrictions on donations to legal expense funds for federal employees.
Apr 18, 2019
Another clue into when feds will see raise in their paychecks
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In today's Federal Newscast, all signs point to federal employees' paychecks looking a little larger by early next week.
Apr 17, 2019
Hundreds of federal officers have personal information hacked
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In today's Federal Newscast, the personal information of hundreds of federal agents and police officers appears to have been stolen from websites affiliated with alumni of the FBI’s National Academy.
Apr 16, 2019
Bill to give federal employees 12 weeks of paid family leave now has Senate companion
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In today's Federal Newscast, a version of the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act is introduced into the Senate.
Apr 15, 2019
Navy will drop all charges against those facing court-martial trials for deadly collision
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In today's Federal Newscast, it appears the Navy will be dropping all charges against leadership involved in the USS Fitzgerald's fatal collision with a merchant ship.
Apr 12, 2019
A new bill to provide financial help to federal employees during government shutdowns
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In today's Federal Newscast, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduces new legislation requiring federal regulators to encourage financial institutions to work with consumers and other business impacted by a shutdown.
Apr 11, 2019
New plan recommends reducing food waste at federal buildings
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new federal interagency strategy from the Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, looks to reduce how much food is wasted.
Apr 10, 2019
Air Force may be better off trying to keep pilots than creating more
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In today's Federal Newscast, a new study from the RAND Corporation shows it would cost the military more money to create new pilots, rather than trying to keep the ones it currently has.
Apr 09, 2019
Federal arbiters' ruling means HHS employees will see leave and telework days cut down
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Federal Services Impasses Panel sides mostly with management in a disputed between labor groups and the Health and Human Services Department.
Apr 08, 2019
DHS gets kudos for management reforms
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In today's Federal Newscast, auditors at the Government Accountability Office say DHS has made considerable progress towards fixing management weaknesses.
Apr 05, 2019
Does TSA have a retention problem?
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In today's Federal Newscast, a quarter of the 8,000 Transportation Security Administration officers who left the agency in fiscal 2017, left within the first six months on the job.
Apr 04, 2019
Pair of bills would ensure federal workers don't lose insurance during future shutdowns
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In today's Federal Newscast, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduce two new bills to ensure federal employees don't lose insurance benefits during future government shutdowns.
Apr 03, 2019
IG: Cyber crime victims waited for up nine months to be notified by the FBI
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Justice Department's Inspector General says the FBI’s notification system, Cyber Guardian, lacked complete and reliable data, making it harder for the agency to determine whether all cyber-crime victims had been informed.
Apr 02, 2019
House bill would create panel of cyber experts to help DHS
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In today's Federal Newscast, bipartisan legislation in the house would create a panel of cyber professionals to advise the Homeland Security Department.
Apr 01, 2019
Senators want to disband VA review committee...before it's even formed
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In today's Federal Newscast, two senators want to reverse steps Congress took last year to begin a comprehensive review of medical facilities at the Veterans Affairs Department.
Mar 29, 2019
Senators hope to eliminate federal retirement cuts from budget resolution
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In today's Federal Newscast, three Senate Democrats want to take federal retirement cuts off the table in the proposed 2020 budget resolution.
Mar 28, 2019
GAO: Cuts to IRS workforce are taking a toll
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In today's Federal Newscast, staffing cuts at the IRS have limited its ability to conduct audits, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Mar 27, 2019
DoD authorizes up to $1 billion for wall at U.S. southern border
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In today's Federal Newscast, up to $1 billion from the Pentagon is now available to help support the Homeland Security Department's drug enforcement efforts at the southern border.
Mar 26, 2019
Large amount of IT updates may have doomed Forever GI bill from the start
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In today's Federal Newscast, the Veterans Affairs Department's inspector general releases its review of the agency's implementation of the new Forever GI bill.
Mar 25, 2019
President Trump names pick for U.S. CTO
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In today's Federal Newscast, former venture capitalist Michael Kratsios is tapped to become the next U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
Mar 22, 2019
White House to examine Management Agenda one year later
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