Justice

White House: Workforce order cases should be heard by FLRA

Union attorneys were surprised by government arguments in a court of appeals that their objections to three executive orders on workforce issues should have been brought to Federal Labor Relations Authority rather than to federal court.

Latest FEVS survey shows engagement up, happiness stagnate

Employee engagement saw a slight bump in 2018 over last year, but overall employee happiness stagnated, according to the newest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results.

Manager sentenced in passport scheme

A Texas passport office manager was sentenced to federal prison last month for his part in a scheme to issue passports to unqualified applicants, the Justice Department said.

System lets vets, service members file education benefits complaints

Six departments and agencies have banded together to launch a new online complaint system that lets veterans, service members and families provide feedback on problems with educational institutions that receive funding from federal military and veterans educational benefits programs.

DOJ intervenes in background check lawsuit

The Justice Department announced Oct. 30 that it will intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit which alleges that a contractor that conducted federal background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management failed to perform quality control reviews in connection with those investigations.

Lawsuit alleges shortcuts in background investigations

The Justice Department announced that it will intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit which alleges that a contractor that conducted federal background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management failed to perform quality control reviews in connection with those investigations

Postal workers indicted in fraud scheme

A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico indicted 10 current and former U.S. Postal Service employees and two doctors for fraud associated with Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, the Justice Department announced.

The check is (not) in the mail

A former U.S. Postal Service letter carrier pleaded guilty this week in federal court to charges related to his part in a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme.

Union condemns DOJ hiring maneuver

A labor union blasted a Justice Department effort to use a legal loophole to hire unpaid attorneys.

Bill would reconcile locality pay disparity

House lawmakers are sponsoring legislation that would address a conflict in regional locality pay boundaries that has produced unequal calculation of wages for blue- and white-collar federal workers.

DHS agent pleads guilty in records-falsification case

A former special agent of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to participating in a scheme to falsify records and to obstruct an internal field office inspection, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said.

Justice warns that 100,000 furloughs are possible

If sequestration goes forward as planned, 100,000 Justice Department employees could face unpaid time off.

You Be the Judge: Was DOJ attorney wrongly denied disability retirement?

A Department of Justice Assistant United States Attorney appeals the Office of Personnel Management’s decision to deny him disability retirement benefits.

New report revises story on DOJ conference waste

A report that cited the excessive cost of muffins at a Justice Department conference was just wrong, said a revised DOJ Inspector General’s report.

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…

Rulings Roundup: Eligibility law causes board to reject judge’s appeal

Susan G. Roy, an Immigration Judge with the Department of Justice, lost her recent appeal for a hearing in her effort to reverse her removal for alleged misconduct.

DOJ begins hiring freeze to avoid furloughs

Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered the Justice Department to start a hiring freeze and has asked the department’s agencies to reduce non-personnel spending to help avoid furloughs, according to a report by ABC News.