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TSP board updates rules to recognize same-sex marriages

Updated Thrift Savings Plan regulations would allow the same-sex spouse of a TSP participant to collect death benefits as long as they were married in a state that recognizes same-sex unions, regardless of where they live currently.

Tags: DOMA , same-sex benefits , TSP , FRTIB ,

Friday - 09/20/2013, 06:51pm EDT

OPM defends 2007 background check of Navy Yard shooter

The same company that performed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's background investigation also performed a check of Aaron Alexis, the IT contractor who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard Monday. The Office of Personnel Management said it believes Alexis' background check was complete and that the Defense Department signed off on the results of the background check.

Tags: background investigation , Mert Miller , Patrick McFarland , USIS , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , Edward Snowden , Claire McCaskill , oversight , Navy ,

Friday - 09/20/2013, 01:45pm EDT

Postmaster says Senate bill a good start to postal overhaul

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says a Senate bill aiming to overhaul the Postal Service's financial structure by providing the agency more flexibility to price its products is a good first step. Donahoe has been calling on Congress to approve comprehensive postal reform for much of the last two years. In that time, the cash-strapped agency has posted losses of $20 billion and defaulted on more than $11 billion in payments to prefund retiree health care costs. USPS is set to default on a $5.6 billion payment due Sept. 30 payment, Donahoe said.

Tags: USPS , postal reform , Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Patrick Donahoe , Tom Carper , Ruth Goldway , Tom Coburn , Clint Guffey , APWU ,

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 06:00pm EDT

Bill puts contract spending on the hook if Pentagon misses audit deadline

New legislation introduced by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) pushes the Pentagon toward being ready for a full financial audit by restricting spending on major weapons programs if DoD fails to get its books in order.

Tags: DoD , budget , audit readiness , DoD audit , financial management , Congress , Senate , Tom Coburn , Joe Manchin ,

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 02:22pm EDT

Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people obtained his security clearance. In a Sept. 18 letter, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), requested the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general look into what type of clearance the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, held as well as what federal agency conducted his background investigation.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Patrick McFarland , oversight , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Claire McCaskill , Rob Portman , Jon Tester , Ron Johnson , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , DoD , Navy ,

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 04:20pm EDT

Obama, DoD order reviews of security procedures

In the wake of the shooting in which 12 civilian and contract employees were gunned down at the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of security procedures at all Defense Department bases worldwide.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , Navy , Navy Yard , Charlie Allen , Wendell Shingler , Aaron Alexis , Federal Drive , In Depth ,

Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 07:17pm EDT
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IG cites major flaws with Navy's vetting of contractors

In an effort to reduce costs, officials at the Navy put in place a system for granting contractors access to installations that ended up allowing as many as 52 convicted felons access to bases, according to a Defense Department inspector general report released Tuesday. The IG found the system, called Rapidgate, failed to comply with federal standards and that background checks were conducted using only publicly accessible databases. The security of Navy installations was thrown into the spotlight Monday after 34-year-old contractor Aaron Alexis entered the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning where he shot and killed 12 people.

Tags: Navy , Navy Yard , Navy Commercial Access Control System ,

Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 06:31pm EDT

Payroll snafu leads to delayed paychecks for many feds

Employees at multiple federal agencies, who would normally receive a direct deposit electronic paycheck today, will have to wait until Tuesday because of a mix-up by the Interior Business Center, one of the largest federal payroll processors. Affected agencies include the National Archives and Records Administration, NASA, the National Transportation Saftey Board, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Tags: pay and benefits , Interior Business Center , pay , payroll processing , Linda Rihel-Todd ,

Friday - 09/13/2013, 04:13pm EDT

Obama's second-term management agenda to focus on people power

Speaking before the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology at the National Academy of Sciences Thursday morning, Steven VanRoekel, the federal chief information officer, said the President's second-term management agenda is building on past successes to make lasting change ordinary American citizens can feel in their everyday lives.

Tags: management , management agenda , technology , Steven VanRoekel , Todd Park , PCAST ,

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 03:39pm EDT
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House CR funds gov't through Dec. 15, gives agencies flexibility to avoid furloughs

The House Appropriations Committee unveiled a stopgap spending measure late Tuesday that would fund agencies slightly below current budget levels through Dec. 15. The bill gives agencies some additional spending flexibilities and includes a measure that could help agencies stave off furloughs in the first few months of fiscal 2014.

Tags: House , Congress , CR , sequestration , Hal Rogers , House Appropriations Committee , government shutdown ,

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 01:05pm EDT
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