Is Federal HR Really Shrinking?

May 23, 2016 3:15 PM Comments

The author analyses historical data to determine whether or not human resources offices within the federal government are shrinking.

Fear Not: New FLSA Rules Aren’t Applicable to Federal Employees

May 23, 2016 4:17 PM Comments
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The author reminds federal workers that the new rules regarding salary based coverage under the Fair Labor Standards Act do not apply to them. However, he explains what the new rules are and what they could mean for the federal workforce.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald: Veteran Wait Times Not What Really Matters

May 23, 2016 1:25 PM Comments

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday that he believes veterans’ wait times for appointments aren’t a valid measure of their experience at the VA and releasing more wait-time data would create negative headlines that would distract people from what really matters.

TSA Security Head Removed From Position

May 23, 2016 9:22 PM Comments

House sources confirmed late Monday that the head of security for the Transportation Security Administration has been removed from his position amid scrutiny from Congress on alleged agency mismanagement.

Reader Survey: Trump 53%, Clinton 32%

May 22, 2016 1:07 PM Comments

In the latest survey among FedSmith.com readers, Donald Trump is the clear winner. Many Democrats are hoping Bernie Sanders will prevail in his quest for the nomination as the candidate for the Democrats. His continuing run is having an impact in this voter preference survey and highlights the extent of his impact among Democrats.

House Votes to Allow Weekend Burials at VA Cemeteries

May 23, 2016 7:17 PM Comments

The House on Tuesday unanimously passed a series of bills geared toward improving services for military veterans, including one that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow military funerals on weekends.

Watchdog Report Faults TSA On Amtrak Security

May 23, 2016 7:08 PM Comments

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has not yet implemented all the requirements of a decade-old law aimed at addressing terror threats on Amtrak, according to a new report.

Koskinen Will Skip IRS Impeachment Hearing

May 23, 2016 12:39 PM Comments

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will not appear at a “misconduct” hearing Tuesday where Republicans will lay out a case to impeach him for allegedly failing to comply with a congressional subpoena

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NASA Launches Giant Weather Balloon

NASA launched its super-pressure balloon from New Zealand's Wanaka airport on May 17. The balloon will collect data on gamma rays in the Earth's atmosphere and test new technology for future space missions.

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