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A nation divided...

What if Congress got a tip that there was a federal agency, maybe two, where the top executives took weeks of vacations each year, often only worked a three-day week, gave rank-and-file employees few work rights, didn’t allow union representation and — I almost forgot — haven’t done what they are paid to do for decades?

NFFE local settles million-dollar unpaid overtime case—bringing hopes, lessons for feds

A nearly $1 million monetary settlement—won just last month by a National Federation of Federal Employees local in Maryland over unpaid overtime—offers signs of both hope and concern to other employees suffering a similar bind at their federal workplaces.

Mail carrier pleads guilty in PCP mail scheme

A former Kansas City, Mo., postal carrier recently pleaded guilty for her role in a conspiracy to distribute multi-kilogram quantities of PCP through the mail, the Justice Department said.

Former Air Force fire chief pleads guilty

A former top Air Force official pleaded guilty this month to one count of wire fraud and a violation of the Procurement Integrity Act, the Justice Department announced.

Senate OKs bill to secure background check process

The Senate on Nov. 17 passed a bill that prohibits federal contractors and employees who have compromised the integrity of a background investigation from performing future background investigations.

DOD announces new hacker initiatives

The Defense Department this month rolled out two new “white hat” hacker initiatives designed to bolster cybersecurity at the department.

Ethics office publishes new gift rules

The Office of Government Ethics last week published amended rules regarding gifts provided to federal employees from outside sources.

Secret Service touts huge counterfeiting bust

While most people may have forgotten that the Secret Service originally was created to fight currency counterfeiting, the agency served up a major reminder last week when it announced the biggest seizure of counterfeit currency in its history.

Postal worker indicted

A federal grand jury this month indicted a Georgia man for his alleged role in a stolen identity refund fraud conspiracy, the Justice Department announced.

Another Navy official pleads guilty in ongoing fraud case

A retired Navy officer this week became the latest military official to plead guilty in an ever-expanding bribery and fraud case, the Justice Department announced.

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