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Thousands pledge to telework next week

As of Thursday afternoon, more than 137,000 workers had pledged to telework next week as part of an annual effort sponsored by Mobile Work Exchange.

Report details FDA surveillance of agency whistleblowers

A new report released this week offered details on a Food and Drug Administration surveillance program that monitored federal whistleblowers.

Security clearance process needs fixing, but solution is elusive

Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree that the federal government's security clearance process needs to be fixed, but they are far apart on just how to do it.

Union: NASA performance rating system results in racial discrimination

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers has asked the Office of Personnel Management to investigate a performance rating system at NASA that the labor group says has resulted in systematic racial discrimination.

Army investigators issue warning about fraudulent website

Army investigators are alerting service members about a web-based scam that offers bogus benefits to falsely obtain access to soldiers' email accounts, online passwords and other information.

Employee Hatches a tweet

Sometimes a tweet is more than a tweet—such as when it's a Hatch Act violation.

No guns for TSA officers

The head of the Transportation Security Administration said the agency will not arm its officers at airport screening checkpoints.

Gov't files complaint against background-check firm

The federal government has joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the company that performed the employment background checks of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and government contractor Aaron Alexis, who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last fall.

OPM, group launch 'telework toolkit'

A leading telework advocacy group is working with the Office of Personnel Management to help agencies calculate the return on investment of telework programs.

Reported assaults decline at service academies

The Defense Department said that the number of total reported sexual assaults at military academies dropped over the last academic year.