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  • Postal unions pool efforts to oppose White House reform proposal

    The leaders of four major postal unions wrote a letter to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to express their opposition to the president's budget proposals concerning the U.S. Postal Service—as well as the committee's plans to try to marry those proposals with its own legislation.

  • Lawmaker looks to lessen reform impact on employees

    A House lawmaker is pursuing ways to implement improvements at two agencies through alternative approaches that exert a less severe impact on federal employees.

  • NTEU fights proposals to use private tax collectors

    The National Treasury Employees Union is pressing congressional lawmakers to reject House and Senate proposals that would require the Treasury Department to contract with private collection agencies to collect unpaid taxes.

  • IG finds shoddy recordkeeping at DOD's 'revolving door'

    A new Defense Department Office of Inspector General report concludes that DOD is not monitoring the “revolving door” moves of former top military officers and other senior DOD officials as they transition to contracting or lobbying jobs.

  • Informed Investor: With tax filing deadline here, some should file for an extension

    With the 2013 income tax filing deadline one day away, individuals who have not yet filed should consider filing for an extension. This week’s column discusses how an extension is filed, paying any anticipated tax balance due, penalties for not filing for an extension, and what happens if the tax balance due cannot be paid with the extension.

  • Insight by Mike Causey: Well-fed fed

    When you joined the government, the deal probably did not include room and board as well as pay and a pension. But there are 500-plus of your fellow feds who have the room-and-board option—and about a dozen are taking advantage of it. If you tried that, you'd be fired in a heartbeat. The bad news is that you and I arranged for these folks to get their jobs. And now many of them are living large even as they urge the rest of us to tighten our belts.

  • OPM hopes to rejuvenate CFC

    The Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations to revamp—and it hopes, revitalize—the Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Report shows shrinking federal pay gap

    The gender pay gap between male and female federal employees has declined significantly since 1992, according to a new study from Office of Personnel Management.

  • Postal labor faults reform proposals as outdated

    A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing held last week to examine the Obama administration's proposed plan for reforming the U.S. Postal Service served to underscore how closely that proposal generally tracks plans being proposed in Congress.