Federal Daily Top News Stories

Labor group backs 'Smart Savings' TSP bill

A labor group that represents federal employees has announced its support for a bipartisan bill that would change the default Thrift Savings Plan fund in which new employees are automatically enrolled.

Furlough appeals, other factors straining MSPB resources

The legal fallout from sequestration, as well as a range of other factors, are squeezing the Merit Systems Protection Board for time and resources and making it harder for the board to fulfill its mission.

Union seeks OSHA intervention at VA hospital

A federal labor group is urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate reports of elevated levels of Legionnaire's disease at an Illinois veterans hospital.

Pot may be legal for some, but not feds

While it may be legal in some states to smoke medical or recreational marijuana, the federal government still insists on a drug-free workforce.

Senators ask DOD to tamp down spending on excess inventory

The leaders of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this week sent a letter to the Defense Department urging it to stop buying unnecessary spare parts and other inventory.

AFGE decries plea bargain in killing of correctional officer

The American Federation of Government Employees this week expressed "profound disappointment" over a plea deal for one of two men charged with the 2008 killing of a correctional officer at a U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater, Calif.

Committee OKs extension of whistleblower pilot program

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this week approved a three-year extension of a pilot program contained in the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act that allows federal whistleblower appeals to be made outside of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Union requests copy of TVA divestiture study

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers is asking the government for a copy of a study that examines the potential privatization of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

House panel approves TSP bill

A House committee has approved legislation that would change the way new federal employees are enrolled in the government's Thrift Savings Plan retirement program.

Postal groups band together to oppose USPS proposals

Four postal unions have formed what the leader of one of the labor groups called a "historic alliance" to oppose U.S. Postal Service reform proposals that the unions say constitute an "unprecedented attack" on the organization.

VA may wrongly deny some emergency care claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs may be inappropriately denying claims for some emergency care furnished by non-VA providers, said a new report.

Fed workforce sees ups, downs in budget proposal

While federal employment would shrink under President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal, some agencies would get an increase in the number of employees.

Bill aimed at sexual assault in military passes Senate

A bipartisan bill aimed at curbing sexual assault in the military services cleared the Senate March 9.

February retirement claims exceed projections

Federal retirement claims increased in February, with employees filing more claims than projected, according to new numbers from the Office of Personnel Management.