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McCaskill drafting new IG bill with focus on small agencies

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told a panel of agency IGs that she's currently drafting legislation that would pool together resources and establish an IG office specifically for the dozens of small agencies that fall outside the scope of the 1978 IG Act.

Tags: Senate , oversight , management , inspectors general , Michael Carroll , Claire McCaskill , Hubert Sparks ,

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:18pm EDT

OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Tags: CBP , IRS , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , Alan Bersin ,

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

Issa embraces White House plan for postal reform

The Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is starting over on postal reform legislation and taking as its template a surprising source the White House's fiscal 2015 budget request. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told members of the committee and the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget that he intends to "embrace to the greatest extent possible" the entire slate of legislative proposals for overhauling the Postal Service included in the President's budget request.

Tags: Congress , House , USPS , Darrell Issa , OMB , Brian Deese , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ,

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 03:32pm EDT

Are agencies doing enough to weed out redundant programs?

Three years after the Government Accountability Office first reported that federal agencies were managing a maze of potentially duplicative federal programs, the watchdog agency has added nearly a dozen more areas to its tally of duplication and overlap. GAO's latest report identifies a total of 26 areas for potential cost-savings, ranging from fragmented operations to out-and-out copycat programs being run by multiple agencies.

Tags: management , budget , OMB , Beth Cobert , GAO , duplication , Nicole Clowers ,

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 12:36pm EDT
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Retirement backlog shrinks for first time this year

Thanks to better than expected progress in processing federal retirement claims last month, the Office of Personnel Management's backlog of pending claims is shrinking for the first time this year. By the end of March, the number of backlogged claims shrank from more than 23,500 claims to about 18,500.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog , Katherine Archuleta ,

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:02pm EDT

Civil-service reform needs more than 'Band-Aid approach,' experts argue

A legislative attempt to reform the aging federal personnel system will face a difficult path in Congress even if it's able to muster the support of key stakeholders, including the White House and federal-employee unions. Experts discussed proposed reforms to the civil-service system outlined in a new report published Tuesday by the Partnership and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Tags: workforce , management , best practices , Partnership for Public Service , Tony Miller , Booz Allen Hamilton , Ted Kaufman ,

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:13pm EDT

Report calls for broad overhaul of federal personnel, pay systems

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton calls for essentially throwing out the 65-year-old General Schedule system, comprised of 15 separate grade levels, and replacing it with five broad work levels. The report also calls for changes to the way federal pay is calculated and recommends setting up a governmentwide pay-for-performance process.

Tags: management , best practices , Partnership for Public Service , Booz Allen Hamilton , General Schedule , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 06:07pm EDT

House budget seeks to up feds' retirement contributions

The budget blueprint unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Tuesday includes a handful of proposals affecting the federal workforce that Ryan and House Republicans have championed in the past. Among them, the recommendation that federal employees contribute more of their salary toward their pensions and a proposal to shrink the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

Tags: pay and benefits , House , budget , retirement , retirement contributions , Paul Ryan , House Budget Committee ,

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 12:54pm EDT

TSP performance mixed in March

With gains on Wall Street hitting some headwinds in March, the performance of funds in the Thrift Savings Plan last month lagged behind February's advances. Three of the TSP's five regular funds ended the month in negative territory.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSP , retirement ,

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 01:34pm EDT

Former acting IRS chief says agency now on right track

The former acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service, who led the agency in the aftermath of the political-targeting scandal and who stepped down in December, says he believes the agency is on the right track. In an interview on on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Danny Werfel, who recently joined the Boston Consulting Group, cited strong leadership at the agency.

Tags: IRS , management , John Koskinen , Danny Werfel , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Monday - 03/31/2014, 03:26pm EDT
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