Federal firefighter begins virtual campaign for health benefits

With a typical workday being 16 hours spent battling wild fires protecting the nation's communities, John Lauer believes his employer – the federal government – should at least pay for his health care.

Obama offers details on new veterans jobs proposal

President Obama called for a broad-based effort to bolster veterans employment, particularly among those vets returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President's plan draws flak

Federal employee unions and organizations reacted with measured criticism to President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that he will seek authority to conduct fast-track government reorganization.

MMS reorganization complete

The Department of the Interior last month formally established two new independent bureaus to provide oversight of offshore energy development.

Minerals Management Service now officially history

The Department of the Interior announced it has formally established two new independent bureaus to provide oversight of offshore energy development.

Earthquake rattles D.C. federal buildings

Washington, D.C.-area cellular networks were jammed with calls and texts after an unusually strong earthquake hit Virginia about 90 miles from the capital.

Rulings Roundup: Employee wins ADEA complaint

An employee with the Department of the Interior won his most recent appeal to enforce his rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Good news, for a change

Sick of the debt ceiling? Tired of fed bashing? Ready for a break? Well, we’ve dug through the news and picked some stories aimed at lowering your blood pressure. Read on…

Interior Dept. pilot loses appeal against removal

Wayelon Howard Penland, a Pilot with the Department of the Interior, lost his most recent appeal of adverse personnel actions brought against him following the loss of his agency pilot authorization.

DOI announces new scientific integrity protections

The Department of Interior implemented new protections for agency scientists and specialists to promote the integrity of their scientific work and free it from interference from political appointees, DOI announced on Feb. 1. The department also created a new integrity chief to oversee the protections.

Agencies unite to support military families, servicemembers

Sixteen federal agencies will collaborate to offer a broader range of services to military families as part of President Obama’s new effort to provide more support to servicemembers who have borne the heavy burden of fighting two overseas wars.

In Brief: Former Park Police Chief Wins Reinstatement

The Merit Systems Protection Board on Jan. 11 ruled in favor of former Chief of the U.S. Park Police Teresa Chambers, ordering that the Interior Department reinstate her and pay back wages as well as attorney fees.

Former Park Police Chief Wins Reinstatement

The Merit Systems Protection Board on Jan. 11 ruled in favor of former Chief of the U.S. Park Police Teresa Chambers, ordering that the Interior Department reinstate her and pay back wages as well as attorney fees.

Agency Chiefs Note Advances in Veterans Employment

At a ceremony at the Interior Department in advance of Veterans Day, top officials reviewed some of their agencies’ progress in meeting the goals of an executive order issued by President Obama last November to encourage the hiring of vets into federal jobs. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson attended the event.

Domestic Partners At Forest Service Win Family Leave

The National Federation of Federal Employees has won contract language that will extend Family & Medical Leave Act-type benefits to U.S. Forest Service employees living in domestic partnerships, the union announced Oct. 27.

Rulings Roundup: Board Finds Agency in Compliance In Interior Employee Case

Sara F. Crazy Thunder-Collier, an employee of the Department of the Interior, recently lost her appeal claiming the agency was out of compliance with a Jan. 15, 2010, Merit Systems Protection Board order in her case.

In Brief: New DOI Rules to Protect Scientists’ Independence

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued new rules on Sept. 29 designed to protect the integrity and independence of government scientists who have complained that they were subjected to political meddling.

In Brief: Agencies Launch Integrated Healthy Fed Effort

Three federal agencies with facilities in downtown Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29 launched a new integrated wellness initiative to offer federal workers at the three agencies help in pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

You Be The Judge: Was Interior Employee’s Settlement Agreement Violated?

In “You Be The Judge” this week, a Department of the Interior employee appeals a case involving the alleged misuse of a government credit card. The agency alleged 22 specifications of misuse in its charge. The employee, whom we will call John Doe,* appealed first to the agency, and later the Merit Systems Protection Board rebutting all specifications.

Are you a healthy fed?

If you are like a lot of American workers, you spend a lot of time behind a desk. That means that for eight hours a day, your primary source of exercise may well be walking to the copier or coffee machine.

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