An investigation by the Office of Special Counsel Hatch Act found that from September to November 2016, 97 letter carriers took more than 2,700 total days off to participate in political campaigns.
Restoring veterans’ trust and mending gaps between the department’s headquarters and its employees in the field are top priorities for Tom Bowman, the president’s nominee to be the deputy VA secretary.
The Defense Department’s Silicon Valley-based Defense Innovation Unit Experimental needs more money and DoD is coming to the rescue.
The new commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service endorses a controversial House proposal that would enlist online commercial marketplaces like Amazon to let the government buy commercial goods.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider a series of bills this week that could impact the federal workforce. Among them is legislation that would give participants more options to withdraw investments from the Thrift Savings Plan.
The Veterans Affairs Department spends too much money on bricks and mortar and not enough on its own doctors and nurses, former VA Secretary Anthony Principi told Congress. Some lawmakers are once again calling for a full review of VA capital assets, which span encompass more than 6,000 owned buildings and 1,500 leased facilities and span more than 170 million square feet.
General Services Administration acting Administrator Tim Horne told a congressional subcommittee the FBI headquarters project is cancelled, but not completely out of the running. Horne said the Trump Organization is in full compliance when it comes to the Old Post Office lease.
Senators have two very different proposals to redesign the Veterans Choice Program. Both pieces of legislation represent very different ideologies and sides of a debate that Congress, the Veterans Affairs Department, veterans service organizations and federal employee groups have been having for the past three years.
Richard Spencer and his favorite business theory sailed through a July 11 Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.
The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee stayed quiet on federal pay in its 2018 bill. Without action from Congress, federal civilian employees would receive a 1.9 percent raise next fiscal year. The appropriations bill also includes significant spending cuts to key priorities at the General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management.
The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to carve out the Air Force’s current space missions and turn them over to a new U.S. Space Corps. But several members objected, saying the full committee has never even held a hearing on the issue.
Air Force brass say they want more planes and pilots. Congress proposed developing a new U.S. Space Corps. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said she’s interested in the idea because it would add complexity and cost. What exactly did the House propose and who’s behind it? Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the answer.
The Recognizing the Environmental Gains in Overcoming Negligence (REGION) Act would prohibit using money set aside in appropriations bills to consolidate or eliminate EPA offices.
Both Henry Kerner, the president’s pick to be the U.S. Special Counsel at the Office of Special Counsel, and Claire Grady, the nominee to be the undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, say they both share similar workforce priorities.
The Senate is in a large debate over its health care insurance bill unveiled Friday, June 23. It’s an important debate, according to David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the upcoming week on the Hill and the likelihood the bill will pass as quickly as majority leader Mitch McConnell wants.