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Former IRS special agent indicted for tax fraud

A former IRS-Criminal Investigation special agent was indicted last week by a federal grand jury in California on charges of filing false tax returns and other offenses, the Justice Department said.

Report reveals gaps in Secret Service IT security

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General this month released an audit report that revealed an ongoing list of security shortcomings in IT management at the Secret Service.

OPM reviews excused absences for voting

The Office of Personnel Management this month detailed policies under which agencies may grant employees limited time off to vote in elections.

Watchdog says new VA whistleblower rules a mixed bag

Congress last month included new Department of Veteran Affairs whistleblower reforms as part of the continuing resolution the president signed into law Sept. 29.

DOD to build on Hack the Pentagon pilot

The Defense Department has awarded a contract that tasks two firms with ramping up the cyber security successes of DOD’s “Hack the Pentagon” pilot program.

OMB announces new Privacy Office

The administration said it will create a new entity to oversee the development and implementation of new federal privacy policies, strategies and practices across the federal government.

OSC resolves VA retaliation complaint

The Office of Special Counsel said it recently resolved a whistleblower retaliation complaint lodged by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Former DEA officer charged in drug conspiracy case

A former Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer in Louisiana was charged this week with drug conspiracy, robbery, obstruction of justice and other offenses, the Justice Department announced.

Former State Dept. employee sentenced in contract conspiracy

A former State Department official was sentenced last week to 50 months in prison for his part in a conspiracy involving the award of $2 million in federal micro-dairy contracts for use in Iraq.

Wounded Warriors Leave Act now covers FAA employees

President Obama on Oct. 7 signed a bill passed by Congress late last month that would give disabled veterans hired by the Federal Aviation Administration the same sick leave benefits recently authorized by the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.

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