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  • Bill would reclassify some TSA personnel

    The House approved a bill that would reclassify some Transportation Security Administration workers who currently are designated as law enforcement personnel.

  • More city letter carriers out after dark, IG says

    The July 21 OIG audit report cites recent media reports regarding incidents of after-dark violence against city carriers, and a growing displeasure among postal customers concerning after-dark deliveries.

  • SAVE Awards end

    The SAVE Awards—established by the administration in 2009 to solicit federal employees' ideas on how to save tax dollars and make the government more efficient—have come to an end, according to a memo from the Office of Management and Budget.

  • Air Force to launch fourth round of job cuts

    The Air Force has announced its fourth round of workforce reductions in the form of a voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary separation incentive payments.

  • Obama expands protections for LGBT workers

    President Obama on July 21 signed an executive order expanding workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender federal workers and contractors.

  • Government slashed real estate footprint in fiscal 2013

    The Office of Management and Budget last week announced that the federal government made "significant progress" during the past fiscal year toward implementing the administration’s so-called Freeze the Footprint policy for reducing the government's real estate inventory.

  • Arbitrator rules in postal case

    The American Postal Workers Union won an arbitration ruling that requires the U.S. Postal Service to make sure that certain postal employees meet minimum job qualifications before they can be reassigned outside their craft.

  • Federal hiring drops—but a few agencies hire briskly

    Only 77,000 new federal employees were hired in the last fiscal year—and four out of five were hired by defense and security-related agencies, according to government statistics analyzed by the Partnership for Public Service.

  • Bill would take back bonuses

    Two senators this month introduced a bipartisan bill that would rescind bonuses received by Department of Veterans Affairs employees involved in manipulating electronic waitlists.

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