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Committee OKs hiring boost at CBP

A House committee has passed legislation that aims to strengthen border security by, in part, boosting and streamlining hiring at Customs and Border Protection.

House passes budget that targets feds’ retirement, health benefits

The House on Thursday passed a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution that will make cuts to federal employees’ and retirees’ retirement and health benefits.

OSC: A retweet equals an endorsement

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been reprimanded by the U.S. Official of Special Counsel for retweeting a political endorsement.

Federal watchdog group launches new oversight website

The federal government has launched a new website that will house thousands of reports and recommendations made by inspectors general from across the federal government.

Trump disbands federal labor-management council

President Trump said he wants to spend tax dollars more responsibly and efficiently, so he has disbanded a federal labor-management council that he says was a waste of time and money.

State Department reorg largely employee led

A top official at the State Department testified at a House committee meeting this week, giving details and goals of the reorganization plans for the agency and its workforce.

VA leader that was rehired last month fired again

The former director of Washington, D.C.’s veterans hospital who was rehired after he appealed his dismissal through the Merit Systems Protection Board, has been fired again under new regulations enacted by the Trump administration.

Number games

Sort of a trick question: What is the most important thing to come out of Washington, D.C? (Remember, this is a family-friendly publication, so it’s not what you were going to say).

No agreement on amendment that would repeal sequestration

Republicans are blaming their Democratic colleagues for the Senate’s failure to vote on an amendment that would repeal sequestration.

Senate measure would tie official time with retirement benefits

The Senate is considering two measures that aim to address “official time,” and put restrictions on some federal employee’s retirement benefits.

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