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Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Tags: Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Senate , Congress , Carl Levin , Joe Lieberman , Workforce , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

Lawmakers unveil Hatch Act update

A group of lawmakers has proposed an update to the law governing federal employees' political activity that would exempt some state and local employees and allow for a range of penalties other than automatic suspension for minor violations.

Tags: Joseph Lieberman , elijah cummings , Mike Lee , Hatch Act , Carolyn Lerner , OSC , MSPB , Workforce , Congress , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 09:39pm EST

Leadership, oversight help slash security clearance backlog

The longstanding delays and backlogs with personnel security clearances were effectively addressed by the Obama administration. Initial investigations now take an average of 44 days to complete compared to 189 days in 2005. Federal News Radio speaks with Evan Lesser, founder and managing director of as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Security clearances , security clearance reform , Evan Lesser , , In Depth , Obama Impact , Federal Investigative Services

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:45am EDT

TSP plans RFP to improve data center security by year's end

The contract includes "very stringent" IT security requirements. The announcement follows a data breach that affected 123,000 TSP participants in 2011.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , TSP , Greg Long , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Greg Wilshusen , Mary Ellen Callahan , Privacy Act , DHS , GAO , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 05:29am EDT

DHS chief privacy officer steps down

Mary Ellen Callahan plans to move back to the private sector to practice law after three years of service to the federal government. Callahan made rigorous privacy safeguards the norm during her time at DHS.

Tags: Mary Ellen Callahan , Jonathan Cantor , Keith BieryGolick , people , DHS , privacy

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 05:50am EDT

Agency officials tout progress on security clearances

Agency officials from the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management, along with a handful of other agencies, cited significant improvements in both timeliness and accuracy in the security-clearance program at a Senate subcommittee. The agencies agreed, however, much work remained to maintain that progress and to take on new challenges, such as reciprocity and reinvestigation.

Tags: OPM , OMB , ODNI , DoD , security clearance , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Elizabeth McGrath , Danny Werfel , Charles Sowell , GAO , Gene Dodaro , Merton Miller

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 07:51pm EDT

More SESers say pay, benefits not attractive enough

Nearly all Senior Executive Service members said they feel pride in their work, but a growing number said SES pay and benefits are not enough to attract high-quality senior execs, according to a survey by the Office of Personnel Management.

Tags: SES , pay and benefits , OPM , Jim Moran , Partnership for Public Service

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 02:32pm EDT

TSP funds not enjoying springtime in Europe

Six of the eight Thrift Savings Plans funds are down over the last month. The I and S funds have taken the biggest hits. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board said the rollout of the Roth TSP option has been slow, but should pick up in the next few weeks.

Tags: TSP , Roth TSP , Kim Weaver , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller , pay and benefits , Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 08:48pm EDT

Hatch Act reform could put more feds in the hot seat

State and local investigations make it difficult for investigators to probe possible Hatch Act violations by federal employees, said Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner. The Office of Special Counsel is asking Congress to remove OSC's duty of policing state and local issues, so it can focus on federal cases.

Tags: Congress , OSC , management , Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Carolyn Lerner , elijah cummings , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 08:17pm EDT

Bill automatically increases feds' TSP contributions

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation Monday that would automatically increase new federal employees' contribution rate to their federal 401(k) style Thrift Savings Plan. the "Save More Tomorrow Act," would automatically escalate the contribution annually by 1 percent for the two years following enrollment. That gradually raises the contribution rate to 5 percent, making employees eligible for matching contributions from their agencies.

Tags: TSP , Brigitte Madrian , Pension Protection Act , Shlomo Benartzi , Richard Thaler , Save More Tomorrow Act

Monday - 05/14/2012, 04:33pm EDT
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