A Veterans Affairs Inspector General report caused the agency to take immediate action and rethink who it put in charge of the Washington, D.C. medical center. The report detailed serious deficiencies in inventory management, including surgeries and other procedures being performed with expired or possibly non-sterile materials, or postponed due to a lack of supplies altogether.
The General Services Administration wants Congress to secure funding for the billion-dollar project before it takes any more steps toward a new FBI headquarters.
Members of the National Treasury Employees Union took to Capitol Hill Thursday morning to rally for support on several issues they fear are under attack in the 115th Congress and Trump administration. NTEU members say they’re concerned about receiving fair pay, protecting health and retirement benefits and maintaining their due process rights. They’re also worried that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to civilian agencies could hinder their ability to do their jobs well.
Fifteen senators signed a resolution this week, expressing their support of the federal workforce and pledging their opposition to recent actions from Congress and the White House.
While Republicans clinched the White House and both congressional chambers, government pundits say it’s important that both political parties support the federal workforce and government, especially in the D.C. area.
Election Day can be a whirlwind of campaign signs, crowded polling sites and an avalanche of social media posts. To help cut through the chaos, here’s Federal News Radio’s roundup of congressional races, presidential platforms and Hatch Act reminders.
Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) wrote to OPM acting Director Beth Cobert asking for the agency to give federal employees and retirees more time to understand why long-term health care premiums increased so much.
Legislation to boost federal workers’ pay by 5.3 percent is set to be introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) The bill comes after President Barack Obama proposed a 1.6 percent increase in his fiscal 2017 budget.
The American Federation of Government Employees, along with some members of Congress, said a 5.3 percent pay raise for civilian and military personnel isn’t out of the question in 2017, after six years of nearly stagnant wages.
Members of Congress in the Washington area scored highly yet again on this year’s report card put out by Federally Employed Women.
As agencies demand more funding from Congress in the fiscal 2016 budget, many members want the National Institutes of Health to receive what the Senate Appropriations Committee has already approved.
Congressional leaders are calling for bipartisan efforts to raise spending caps, to keep Defense funded and also provide government services that so many Americans rely on for education, health and employment.
The Office of Management and Budget is working with federal agencies to “plan for the possibility” of a government shutdown. With less than one week until the end of the fiscal year, agencies and contractors are using lessons learned from the 2013 shutdown to inform their contingency plans.
In today’s news, federal employees can begin signing up for the self-plus one option in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program when the annual open season starts Nov. 9, Defense Secretary Ash Carter isn’t planning for sequestration as he works with the military services for the 2017 budget planning cycle, and four senators have repeated their call for President Barack Obama to name a permanent inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department.
Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) said there have been few bipartisan negotiations so far, and a new budget proposal from the Republican Study Committee has them particularly worried. Congress has until Sept. 30 to pass some sort of budget resolution that would keep the government open past the end of the month.