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  • House passes VA reforms, Senate next

    The House on July 30 approved a comprehensive bill lawmakers hope will improve the quality and accessibility of Department of Veterans Affairs health care—and bring reforms to address a range of problems at the agency. The Senate also was expected to give its quick approval to the bill before adjourning for the August recess.

  • Opposing interests joust over contractor airport screeners

    The head of the union that represents federal Transportation Security Administration airport screeners this week told a House panel that the use of contractor screeners would do little to save taxpayers money or improve security—and would instead harm security.

  • OPM advises telework during D.C. summit

    The Office of Personnel Management is encouraging agencies to let employees in the national capital region telework next week during the 2014 United States-Africa Leaders Summit to be held in Washington Aug. 4-6.

  • DOD to establish new performance appraisal system

    The Defense Department announced it will establish a three-level performance appraisal system for most of its civilian employees.

  • Bill would give special leave to disabled vets new to workforce

    House lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill that would give extra sick leave to new federal employees who are disabled veterans so they can pursue medical treatment during their first year of employment.

  • VA secretary confirmed

    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • House, Senate conferees agree on $17 billion VA bill

    The House and Senate conferees on Monday agreed on comprehensive legislation lawmakers hope will improve the quality and accessibility of Department of Veterans Affairs health care, as well as address a range of other problems currently plaguing the troubled agency.

  • Proposed rule opens FEHB to some temp, seasonal employees

    The Office of Personnel Management is proposing a regulation that would extend Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage to certain temporary and seasonal employees.

  • FBI narrows down HQ choices

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has settled on a handful of possible building sites for its new consolidated headquarters.

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