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Fighting for whistleblower rights, OSC gains higher profile

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment.

Tags: Eric Bachman , OSC , whistleblower , oversight , Veterans Affairs , mangement , workforce

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:24pm EST
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Small companies to take on bigger contracts under SBA proposed rule

A new rule proposed by the Small Business Administration could help small companies team up to go after larger government contracts, says John Shoraka, associate administrator of government contracting and business at SBA.

Tags: SBA , contracting , John Shoraka , Federal Drive , Defense Authorization Bill

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 11:31am EST
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CMS head Tavenner announces resignation

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced she will be leaving the agency at the end of February. During her tenure, Tavenner has overseen the roll out of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Tags: Marilyn Tavenner , Sylvia Burwell , HHS , CMS , Affordable Care Act , Barack Obama , Andy Slavitt

Friday - 01/16/2015, 09:26am EST

Pentagon's top spy chief will be first Marine, African American to hold position

Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart will take over as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Jan. 23, replacing interim director David Shedd, a former CIA official.

Tags: Vincent Stewart , DIA , Marine Corp , DoD , intelligence , CIA , people ,

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 11:15am EST

Don't blame the IRS for reduced services this year, says NTEU president

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, says with fewer employees to answer phones at the IRS, she understands taxpayers' frustrations about filing questions going unanswered, but adds that the agency isn't any happier with its marching orders from Congress and the White House.

Tags: IRS , Colleen Kelley , John Koskinen , NTEU , Mike Causey , budget , workforce , Your Turn

Friday - 01/09/2015, 12:06pm EST
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What feds should know about the 114th Congress

Tuesday marks the first day of the 114th Congress, which mostly serves as a day of ceremony for freshman members. But once the fanfare is over, experts on the Hill say Republicans and Democrats will get right back to settling some old scores left over from 2014.

Tags: Congress , Don Kettl , Erik Wasson , Jason Chaffetz , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , DHS , budget

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 12:17pm EST

SES workforce deserves better screening from OPM, says former SSA commissioner

As agencies decide on a two-year plan for structuring their senior executive workforce, one agency head says that the Office of Personnel Management is keeping some of the best and brightest from joining the SES.

Tags: SES , workforce , John Astrue , SSA , OPM , hiring , information technology , GAO , Congress

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 11:45am EST
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Former GAO employee got worker's compensation for 30 years, IG says

The inspector general of the Government Accountability Office says a former worker had been receiving improper payments from GAO for decades.

Tags: Adam Trzeciak , inspector general , GAO , improper payments , oversight , pay and benefits , FECA , Department of Labor

Friday - 12/26/2014, 03:06pm EST

Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

President Obama signed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks into law that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Tags: Congress , House , House Ways and Means Committe , Dave Camp , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , mass-transit benefit , tax breaks , budget , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:39am EST

OPM sets deadline for agency SES requests

The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to forecast how many Senior Executive Service positions they'll need for the next two fiscal years.

Tags: OPM , SES , workforce , hiring , management , personnel , Katherine Archuleta ,

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 11:09am EST
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