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Legal News

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.

D.C. postal workers charged in pot scheme

Three postal workers were indicted in a District of Columbia federal court this week on charges of bribery and distribution of a controlled substance.

GSA: Restroom use based on gender identity

The General Services Administration said federal agencies occupying space under its jurisdiction, custody or control must allow individuals to use restroom facilities that are consistent with their gender identity.

Former fed charged with accepting bribes

A former Commerce Department employee was arrested this month on charges of conspiracy to pay and receive bribes, and acceptance of bribes by a public official, the Justice Department said.

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