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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.

Survey: Some feds think merit principles not followed

A new Merit Systems Protection Board report indicates some federal employees think there is room for improvement in how well their agencies support merit system principles.

Former IRS agent pleads guilty

A former IRS revenue officer entered a guilty plea in federal court this month, admitting to one count of tax evasion and one count of corruptly endeavoring to impede the administration of internal revenue laws, the Justice Department said.

OSC obtains hiring stay in DOJ vets' preference case

The Office of Special Counsel obtained an order that puts a 45-day hold on the Justice Department’s selection of candidates for two supervisory positions while OSC investigates complaints filed by two preference eligible veterans.

Secret Service IT security lacking, OIG says

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General has released an audit report that details a range of security shortcomings in IT management at the Secret Service.

New VA whistleblower rules included in CR

Congress last month passed a Department of Veteran Affairs whistleblower reform bill as part of the appropriations measures that were rolled into the continuing resolution signed into law Sept. 29.

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