Tag: Current Events

Senator Picks Up Where Coburn Left Off on Reporting Government Waste

Filed in News by on December 1, 2015 Comments

A weight loss program for truck drivers, dead people at SSA, and unused solar panels at the VA – these are just some of the items that Senator James Lankford (R-OK) highlights in a new report on wasteful spending in federal agencies that follows a tradition begun by his predecessor, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

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Will Federal Employees Get Black Friday Off?

Filed in News by on November 24, 2015 Comments

A petition was started last week asking the White House to give federal employees an extra day off at Thanksgiving. How likely is this to happen?

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Don’t Let the Hatch Act Destroy Your Federal Career

Filed in News by on November 16, 2015 Comments

The Office of Special Counsel recently issued new Hatch Act guidelines for federal employees pertaining to social media. If you are unfamiliar with the Hatch Act, it would be worth your time to become acquainted with this law. This article provides a brief overview of the new guidelines and a brief summary of why the Hatch Act was passed.

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Tim Dirks Selected As Interim President for the Senior Executives Association

Filed in News by on November 11, 2015 Comments

Human resources expert and long-time federal employee Tim Dirks has been named as the interim president of the Senior Executives Association.

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Pleading The Fifth: Refuge of Scoundrels or Protection From Government Overreach?

Filed in News by on November 8, 2015 Comments

The author says that civil servants who refuse to answer questions when called to testify before the House of Representatives or the Senate are not exercising civil service protections; they are exercising a Constitutional right guaranteed to everyone.

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Signed Into Law

Filed in News by on November 2, 2015 Comments

President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 into law on Monday. Among its provisions, the two-year budget deal sets 2016 Medicare Part B premium rates.

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Social Security, the Debt Ceiling and Partisan Politics

Filed in News by on October 27, 2015 Comments

What impact does the debt ceiling have on Social Security? Social Security will have money to pay the check. Will the rest of the government will have the money to mail it?

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GAO Study on OFCCP Underway

Filed in News by on October 24, 2015 Comments

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has informed its members that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is currently interviewing federal contractors to gather their views on policies and processes of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

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