What Politicians are Promising Federal Employees If Elected

February 7, 2016 1:23 PM Comments
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What positions have the leading Democratic candidates taken that would impact federal employees? Here is a quick summary.

OPM’s Retirement Claims Backlog Jumps 73% in January

February 5, 2016 11:42 AM Comments
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January is always a popular time for federal employees to retire, and last month was no exception. The Office of Personnel Management saw its backlog of retirement claims jump 73% thanks to an influx of new applications.

US Department of Justice Hacked: 9,000 DHS Employees Exposed, FBI to Be Next

February 8, 2016 7:42 AM Comments

Thousands of sensitive US government credentials have been exposed by an unnamed hacker, who has leaked a trove of suspected employee data to the internet and issued a warning that the FBI will be the next target.

Bush and Rubio Low-Ball The Number of People Fired at VA

February 7, 2016 9:33 AM Comments

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both went after the VA for only firing three people since the department was engulfed in a 2014 scandal for manipulating its wait-time data.

Record Number of Americans Dump U.S. Passports

February 8, 2016 7:59 AM Comments

The number of citizens and long-term residents cutting their official ties to America jumped more than 20% last year to 4,279 according to the latest government data. Many of those severing links to the U.S. are Americans living overseas who are tired of dealing with complicated tax paperwork, a headache that has worsened since new regulations came into effect.

Sanders Initially Cast VA Scandal as Partisan Effort to Undermine Agency

February 8, 2016 10:43 AM Comments

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), now a Democratic presidential candidate, was slow to take seriously reports in 2014 of the use of fake wait lists by Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

VA Wants Proof Purple Heart Veteran Served in Military

February 8, 2016 9:55 AM Comments

The VA won’t pay benefits to a World War II vet in his 90s who was wounded in combat and earned a Purple Heart.

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