A PhD candidate at University of Virginia fought back when the Defense Department ruled she did not qualify for the education reduced fee exemption under the FOIA and therefore would have to pay the full $900 due in fees for the agency’s efforts. She won at the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She not only gets the reduced fee, her case sets a precedent that should affect how all agencies handle FOIA requests from students in the future.
Comments in Donald Trump’s acceptance speech that would directly impact the federal workforce were few in number but give an indication of his priorities. Here is a quick summary.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is seeking information from the Defense Department as to how many cases it has opened in recent years for employees’ mishandling of classified information.
Phased retirement may be a solution in search of a problem. Agencies have been slow to implement it and reception by federal employees has been languid. DoD is now moving out to implement the program.
The Defense Department finally complied with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s request for records regarding the Defense Secretary’s use of personal email, however, the Committee is now asking for unreacted copies of the records.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently announced a freeze on civilian hiring. The author says that there is still more consolidation that can be done inside of the Department of Defense and that the Defense Logistics Agency is a prime example of an efficient agency that could handle more duties and responsibilities within DoD.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) recently sent a follow up letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter demanding information that the agency has thus far failed to provide regarding Carter’s use of personal email for conducting official business.
From the presidential election to possible cuts to the federal workforce, the author discusses things he thinks federal employee should be watching for as we head into the new year.
Federal agencies are under pressure to create workforce strategies. The author writes one problem with them is that most workforce plans address only the federal employee side of the mix. He describes the components of an ideal plan.
The Department of Defense has announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of civilian employees.