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DHS to consider ending use of ICE detention contractors

The Department of Homeland Security is exploring the possibility of following in the footsteps of the Justice Department and ending the contracting out of its detention operations to private companies.

USPS employees charged in criminal sweep

Federal authorities charged 33 people with crimes including mail theft and/or possession of stolen mail, conspiracy, embezzlement, bank fraud, and making false statements, the Justice Department announced.

Legal Matters: Recommending a family member can cost you your job

Hiring or internally recommending that your relative be hired for a position at a federal agency is a violation of the nepotism statute and can be met with serious consequences.

Lawmakers want info on new background check agency

Two senators asked the Office of Personnel Management for an update on the creation of the new National Background Investigations Bureau.

House proposals would result in sequestered funding

An Office of Management and Budget report estimates that fiscal 2017 funding bills currently proposed in the House would result in a sequester of $775 million in non-defense discretionary spending.

DOD clarifies new Military Lending Act provisions

The Defense Department has issued a rule clarifying the application of amendments to the Military Lending Act, which protects military service members from predatory lending practices.

Panel wants info on tax-debt checks for security clearances

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is asking the Internal Revenue Service for details on any progress the agency has made on implementing an automated tax-compliance check for use in security-clearance investigations.

MSPB says indicted feds can be suspended

The Merit Systems Protection Board has ruled that an agency may suspend indefinitely any employee it reasonably believes has committed a crime punishable by imprisonment—as long as that worker has been indicted by a grand jury.

Former SSA worker gets prison time for benefits theft

A former Social Security Administration employee was sentenced this month to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of wire fraud, the Justice Department said.

Lawmakers investigate whistleblower concerns

Congressional lawmakers are looking into two separate incidents in which agencies may have mishandled the treatment of whistleblowers.

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