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IRS hearing highlights Fifth Amendment concerns

One legal expert says that Congress should be careful not to infringe the Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination of former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner, who last week invoked those rights at a hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Opposition to postal retail pilot grows

The American Postal Workers Union has begun to gather labor support for its campaign to oppose a U.S. Postal Service pilot program that is placing USPS retail counters manned by non-postal employees in Staples office supply stores.

Bill would let agencies hire workers with 'alternative' credentials

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation that would allow federal agencies to hire job candidates who possess educational credentials or training from "alternative providers," rather than from a traditional college or university.

Union says Staples closings prove retail pilot is 'bad idea'

The American Postal Workers Union pounced on the news that Staples will close 225 of its office supply stores as evidence that a pilot program that places U.S. Postal Service retail counters in the stores is a flawed business strategy.

Military justice reform legislation fails

A bipartisan bill that would have reformed the military justice system to take sexual assault cases out of the chain of command and assign them to independent military prosecutors failed in Senate.

Fort Knox schools to close

The Department of Defense Education Activity said it would shutter four of its schools located at Fort Knox, Ky., at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, resulting in a reduction in force of about 100 DoDEA employees.

GSA announces focus areas for Presidential Innovation Fellows

The General Services Administration announced that applications are being accepted for the third round of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Letter carriers pan president's fiscal 2015 budget proposal

The National Association of Letter Carriers denounced the president's proposed fiscal 2015 budget, which the labor group said threatens tens of thousands of postal jobs.

IG says lack of supervision let VA employee travel at will

The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General found that poor supervision allowed a former employee of the Veterans Benefits Administration to misuse official time, rack up tens of thousands of dollars in unauthorized travel expenses, and otherwise misuse his position and VA resources.

Officials: 'Balance' key to DOD budget proposal

Officials at a Defense Department briefing March 4 offered insights into the rationale behind some of the decisions that shaped the department's fiscal 2015 budget proposal.

FBI rushes to fill positions

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking to hire more than 500 new special agents and analysts this fiscal year.

National park communities lost millions during shutdown

The closing of national parks during the government shutdown in October likely cost communities around those parks more than $400 million in lost revenues, according to a new report from the National Park Service.

Federal labor groups find highs and lows in president's budget

Labor organizations that represent federal employees responded to President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposal with reactions that ranged from plaudits to outright rejection.

Telework snow days result in millions in savings

Telework efforts by federal agencies resulted in millions more in savings through productivity than expected.