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  • Voter perception of federal government declines

    A survey of likely U.S. voters shows that a growing number of them do not trust the federal government, and some say they actually fear it.

  • Arbitrator finds for APWU in testing dispute

    An independent arbitrator this month ruled that the U.S. Postal Service violated its contract with the American Postal Workers Union when it changed the passing score on promotion eligibility exams.

  • OMB's Burwell named to head HHS

    President Obama said he would nominate the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

  • Senators seek more frequent clearance reviews

    A bipartisan group of senators is asking the leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to approve a bill to strengthen security clearance background checks.

  • GSA office consolidation project to cut federal footprint

    The General Services Administration announced details on a $70 million real estate consolidation project it said will reduce the government's work space footprint by more than half a million rented square feet.

  • Caucus to focus on whistleblower enforcement

    A long-time advocate of federal whistleblowers announced he will form a caucus dedicated to ensuring enforcement of federal whistleblower laws.

  • OPM updates game plan for CFC

    The Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations that it hopes will revitalize the Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Federal Benefits Q&A

    Question: "I am employed by the U.S. Postal Service. I am planning on retiring at the end of December 2015 so as to receive my final paycheck and my annual leave payout in January 2016 for tax purposes. I would like to retire on Christmas Day as it is the end of the postal pay period. Are there any federal/postal regulations precluding my retiring on a holiday?"

  • OSC finds Hatch Act violations at IRS

    The Office of Special Counsel this month detailed the results of a number of Hatch Act investigations involving alleged on-the-job partisan political activity by Internal Revenue Service employees during the 2012 election cycle.