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Plan to move oversight of ethics office reversed

Public outcry and objections directly from president-elect Donald Trump has uprooted a Republican plan to rename and move the independent watchdog committee that oversees allegations of wrongdoing by House members back under the leadership of its own members.

Republican plan to move oversight of ethics office reversed

Public outcry and objections directly from president-elect Donald Trump has uprooted a Republican plan to rename and move the independent watchdog committee that oversees allegations of wrongdoing by House members back under the leadership of its own members.

AFGE urges passage of TSA morale-boosting bill

A bill introduced by a Democrat in the Senate aims to address morale, pay and other workforce issues faced by Transportation Security Administration workers, and the union representing the agency is urging its passage.

President-elect's OMB pick raises concern

President elect Donald Trump’s nomination of an outspoken critic of the federal workforce and its budget to lead the Office of Management and Budget is raising some alarm.

NDAA OK'd by Senate

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a pay increase for military personnel, a new policy on paid administration leave and prohibits another round of base closings, passed the Senate last week.

NDAA passes Senate

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a pay increase for military personnel, a new policy on paid administration leave and prohibits another round of base closings, passed the Senate last week.

Updated ICE Forensic Lab unveiled

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Dan Ragsdale joined other public officials in opening the newly-renovated ICE Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory.

Union responds to coming House leadership shift

A major employee union leader is responding to the coming change in House leadership, announced Sept. 25 when Speaker of the House John Boehner publicly stated he would step down.

Shutdown anxiety lifts—but only temporarily as Congress passes short-term CR

Federal employees and the many organizations that represent them held their breath last month, as Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown with last-minute passage of a continuing resolution just hours before the deadline.

Cybersecurity spotlighted on Capitol Hill

The penetration and theft of background files of more than 21 million federal employees announced last June—and a more recent breach of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's own network in August—reverberated in recent hearings on Capitol Hill.

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