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Many feds feel agencies fail to support merit principles

Survey findings contained in a new Merit Systems Protection Board report indicate many federal employees believe there is room for improvement in how well their agencies are supporting merit system principles.

Bill would make new feds at-will employees

An Indiana congressman introduced a bill last week that would make all newly hired federal workers at-will employees.

Former IRS agent pleads guilty

A former IRS revenue officer pleaded guilty this week to one count of tax evasion and one count of corruptly endeavoring to impede the administration of internal revenue laws, the Justice Department said.

OIG says more oversight needed for HUD travel cards

The Department of Housing and Urban Development needs to improve oversight of its travel and purchase card programs, according to the agency’s inspector general.

NARFE releases voting scorecard for 114th Congress

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association has released its biennial voting scorecard for the lawmakers of the 114th Congress.

Bill requires GSA to draw up ridesharing regulations

The House on Sept. 22 unanimously passed a bipartisan bill aimed at updating policies to cover the reimbursement of federal employees who use “transportation network companies” such as Lyft and Uber—as well as bikeshare programs—when traveling on official business.

Supervisor suspended for Hatch Act violations

A Commerce Department supervisor received a 50-day suspension without pay for violations of the Hatch Act, the Office of Special Counsel said.

Congress avoids shutdown with last-minute vote

With the clock running down, the House and Senate last week approved a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels through Dec. 9.

Program helps overseas military, civilians with voting

The Federal Voting Assistance Program last week reminded military and overseas citizens to mail ballots as soon as possible to ensure their election office receives their votes on time.

White House appoints new background investigations chief

The White House named a former CIA security official to head up the government’s new background investigations agency.

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