Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FAA: Flights to Israel Halted

Article Title: F.A.A. Halts U.S. Flights to Israel
Snippet of Article: "...The Federal Aviation Administration instructed American air carriers on Tuesday not to fly to Israel for 24 hours, and major airlines canceled their flights, after a rocket fell about a mile from Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv. All three United States carriers with scheduled service to Israel — Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways..."


Source: www.nytimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Too many federal employees and contractors have security clearances

Article Title: Clearance investigations need tighter control, IG says
Snippet of Article: "...One background check reviewer at USIS claimed to have completed 15,152 case reviews over the course of one month..."


Source: www.federaltimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act: On average, agents will see a $6,200 pay reduction per year

Article Title: Bill would eliminate controversial Border Patrol overtime system
Snippet of Article: "..."On average, agents will see a $6,200 pay reduction per year over what they have traditionally earned under AUO," Judd said. "We are probably the first labor organization to come before this committee asking for a pay cut. My agents are asking you to do this..."


Source: federalsoup.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Monday, June 9, 2014

Trojan Horse: The threat from within ...Holder to reignite task force


Article Title: Holder to renew focus on growing domestic terror threat
Snippet of Article: "...it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home,'' Holder said in a video message posted Monday morning on the Justice website. "We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,'' he said...."

Source: www.thetimesherald.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Famous people who at one point would have been considered federal employees


Article Title: 6 famous people and their less famous federal jobs: You might be surprised
Snippet of Article: "...here are some now very famous people who at one point would have been considered federal employees...."

Source: federaltimes.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nationwide FBI Alert: Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II Wanted By FBI For Possessing Explosives


Article Title: Nationwide Alert For S.F. Man Wanted By FBI For Possessing Explosives
Snippet of Article: "...Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, whose San Francisco apartment was found to have explosives and bomb-making material in it on Saturday...."

Source: sfist.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How much porn watching does it take to get fired at the EPA?

Article Title: How much porn does it take to get fired at EPA?
Snippet of Article: "..."So this guy is making $125,000, spending two to six hours a day looking at porno," said Rep. John Mica (R-FL), who was told by officials that the worker had been given performance awards - despite one time spending four straight hours on a website called, "Sadism is Beautiful." "How much pornography would it take for an EPA employee to lose their job?..."


Source: www.wsbradio.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Taxpayers currently subsidize the oil industry by as much as $4.8 billion a year, but bemoan big Goverment

Article Title: Triumph of the Drill
Snippet of Article: "...the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies...."


Source: www.motherjones.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Postal Service 'Operating Income' more than $1 billion in profit since the beginning of fiscal 2014

Article Title: Postal Service, lawmakers clash over improving finances
Snippet of Article: "...The debate centers on which income best represents the Postal Service’s financial health: operating or net. Measured by operating income — revenue minus expenses — the Postal Service has made more than $1 billion in profit since the beginning of fiscal 2014. ..."


Source: www.federaltimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Monday, May 5, 2014

As the Postal Service puts post offices in Staples Stores, Staples adds the new 'Google Shopping Express' for same-day delivery service

Article Title: As the Postal Service puts post offices in Staples Stores, Staples adds the new 'Google Shopping Express' for same-day delivery.
As the Postal Service angers unions by installing mini post offices in Staples Stores, Staples Stores add 'Google Shopping Express' for same-day delivery. The image found below is a screen capture that can be clicked to enlarge. The screen capture has been modified to identify the integration of 'Google Shopping Express' into specific test markets in New York and California. This is a screen capture of the San Francisco link.
Screen Capture Identifying 'Google Shopping Express' at Staples

Source: Federal Employee News
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hatch Act Violations

Article Title: Two federal employees disciplined for bashing Obama and Romney at work
Snippet of Article: "...The messages were addressed to dozens of colleagues and sent from the employee’s work account while on duty, and the e-mails continued even after co-workers complained and supervisors warned..."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Hatch Act, [/tag]

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Another win for the wealthy: Federal minimum wage increase fails; Pay equity fails; Cut in tax breaks for wealthy Americans likely to fail

Article Title: Senate fails to advance minimum wage hike
Snippet of Article: "...The minimum wage increase is part of an economic agenda that Senate Democrats are promoting this year that they say will help boost the middle class. A bill to address pay equity between men and women likewise failed on a procedural vote, and upcoming legislation to promote college affordability and cut tax breaks for wealthy Americans is likely to meet the same fate...."


Source: www.usatoday.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, destruction of the working class, [/tag]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Canada: First G20 country to abolish door-to-door postal service. Are we next? Cluster boxes will be coming to your neighborhood too!

Article Title: Canada to be first G20 country to abolish door-to-door postal service
Snippet of Article: "...Currently, about a third of Canada’s approximately 5.1 million homes get mail delivered to their door, and they are not too happy about the government proposing a system of community mail boxes under its five-point plan announced Wednesday. ..."


Source: rt.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Legislation giving federal employees a decent pay raise next year is unlikely

Article Title: Federal pay raise increase faces long odds
Snippet of Article: "...Legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3 percent pay raise next year is unlikely to pass, according to lawmakers. However, Rep Gerry Connolly, D.-Va, who introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act on March 26, is optimistic about longer term success...."


Source: www.federaltimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, 2015 Federal Pay Raise[/tag]

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Paul Ryan Budget Again Attacks Federal Workers, The Postal Service and Other Working Class Citizens

Article Title: House GOP budget features cuts in food stamps, health care
Snippet of Article: "...The Ryan plan also promises cuts to the federal workforce, a termination of Saturday mail delivery..."


Source: suntimes.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, Paul Ryan, 2015 Budget, [/tag]

Sunday, March 30, 2014

White House fence scaled

Article Title: Official: Man scaled White House fence, arrested
Snippet of Article: "...The Secret Service says a man has been arrested after he climbed over a fence at the White House...."

Source: www.usatoday.com
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, White House, [/tag]

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Great Charade: An attempt to put the Postal Service in the most damaging financial straits possible?

Article Title: The masquerade continues: Playing politics with the Postal Service's unfunded liabilities
Snippet of Article: "...The fact is that the Postal Service is in the situation it’s in today largely because Congress created funding schedules and funding levels for pension and retiree healthcare obligations that exceeded standard accounting practice. Only the most na├»ve or ideologically predisposed observer would believe that the way these obligations have been presented and accounted for represents anything other than an attempt to put the Postal Service in the most damaging financial straits possible. ..."


Source: www.savethepostoffice.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, funding levels for pension and retiree healthcare obligations [/tag]

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The USAJobs modernization will start in fiscal 2015

Article Title: OPM wants to retool USAJobs to make it work better with agency hiring systems
Snippet of Article: "...Some of the new features for USAJobs will include a resume-mining tool so applicants can upload their information without typing in details as well as new reporting and analytic tools for agency recruiters monitoring responses to job posts...."


Source: www.fiercegovernment.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Sunday, March 16, 2014

No federal background checks for pot license applicants in Washington

Article Title: FBI won’t run background checks on pot license applicants in Washington
Snippet of Article: "...The Justice Department declined to explain why it isn’t conducting the checks in Washington when it has in Colorado. Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, referred an inquiry to DOJ headquarters, which issued a statement...."


Source: www.reviewjournal.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Monday, March 10, 2014

What is the Automated Continuing Evaluation System (ACES)?

With the announcement from the news media of plans of the United States to use a new system to constantly monitor habits of federal employees and contract workers with secret clearances, you may want to educate yourself on an already developed program to do so. It is called an Automated Continuing Evaluation System (ACES). Most of you with security clearances are already familiar with the background check process so this isn't any surprise to you, but maybe it will serve as a reminder of the the importance of keeping your s_ _ _ together as well as a reminder to be careful as to what you or your significant other posts on social media.

Article Title: Automated Continuing Evaluation System (ACES)
Snippet of Article: "...The system, as it currently stands, can query over 40 different government and commercial database records to identify cleared personnel who appear to be engaging in behaviors of security concern that may indicate personal vulnerability (e.g., substance abuse, criminal behavior, or financial problems) or possibly espionage-related activities (e.g., unexplained affluence). Additional databases are currently being added or evaluated for their productivity of security-relevant information. ACES utilizes sources of information pertaining to ..."


Source: www.dhra.mil

[tag] Define: Automated Continuing Evaluation System (ACES) [/tag]

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

TSA travel tips to get through screening faster


TSA Travel Tips
TSA Photo
Article Title: TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Packing Smart to Get Through Security Screening a Little Faster
Snippet of Article: "...Tips for Non TSA Pre✓™ Lanes: One of the biggest causes for delays in the checkpoint lanes are bag checks. When a bag must be searched, the..."

Source: tsa.gov
[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, TSA Travel Tips, [/tag]

Friday, February 21, 2014

Some cities have simply refused to cooperate in federal security clearance checks information requests

Article Title: Issa Wants to Issue List of 450 Jurisdictions That Aren’t Cooperating in Clearance Checks
Snippet of Article: "...About 450 jurisdictions aren’t cooperating with the Office of Personnel Management when it asks for information about federal security clearances, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, said during a Feb. 11 hearing, citing a committee report...."


Source: bloomberglaw.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Friday, February 14, 2014

Federal Guidance Provided To Permit Financial Institutions To Provide Services To Marijuana-Related Businesses

Article Title: Federal Guidance Provided To Permit Financial Institutions To Provide Services To Marijuana-Related Businesses
Snippet of Article: "...All of this basically relates to issuing guidance to clarify Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) expectations for financial institutions seeking to provide services to marijuana-related businesses. This FinCEN guidance clarifies how financial institutions can provide services to marijuana-related businesses consistent with their BSA obligations, i.e. due diligence. ..."


Source: bankerdailybriefing.blogspot.com

[tag] FinCEN guidance [/tag]

State of economy may slow federal retirements

Article Title: Federal retirements may not come in a wave
Snippet of Article: "...The GAO report similarly tied economic conditions to retirement decisions. It noted that the overall retirement rate averaged about 3.5 percent in 2004-2007, fell to 2.5 percent in 2008-2010, then rebounded to pre-recession rates starting in 2011...."


Source: www.washingtonpost.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lack of transparency in how the Postal Service conducts its business — and with PRC approval to boot

Article Title: Premature motion: PRC dismisses bid to view non-public Amazon docs
Snippet of Article: "...The deal to deliver for Amazon on Sunday thus raises several questions. Why is the deal being offered only to Amazon and its customers? How is it appropriate for a government monopoly and a giant corporation to broker a secret deal? Why should the Postal Service be making special deals like this one — or the NSA that gave Valassis special breaks — that favor certain large commercial entities? How does this NSA conform to the promise of uniform service under the universal service obligation? ..."

Source: www.savethepostoffice.com
[tag] Amazon, Postal Service, PRC, NSA [/tag]

Monday, February 3, 2014

OPM hasn't decided whether to suspend or debar U.S. Investigative Services

Article Title: OPM undecided whether to suspend, debar USIS after DoJ complaint
Snippet of Article: "...DoJ's complaint alleges USIS began "dumping" or "flushing" cases — transmitting cases to OPM and falsely representing them as completed — in 2008 to maximize the company's revenues and profits. ..."


Source: www.federalnewsradio.com

[tag] U.S. Investigative Services (USIS), [/tag]

Friday, January 31, 2014

President takes stand to help Americans earn a decent wage

Article Title: Obama to raise minimum wage for some federal workers
Snippet of Article: "...I'm proud to have a president who will stand up for a living wage because the workers themselves decided to take a stand."..."


Source: www.usatoday.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Military Deposit for Retirement Credit: Text from recent OPM webcast stream. Excellent Information

Article Title: Military Deposits
Snippet of Article: "... the payments for the military deposit have to be made to the agency and they can be done in a lump sum or installments, and again, I will be harping on this -- because this has to be made at the agency, you cannot walk in the month before retirement and expect to do installments on a military deposit. It will not work out. If you are moving into retirement, or you're within six months of retirement, you will have to make a large installment, or lump sum payment, because it has to be finalized before that date...."


Source: recapd.com

[tag] Federal Employee News, Federal Civil Service, [/tag]

Friday, January 17, 2014

United States 'Turtle' Service: Delaying your junk mail to better serve you ...is your First Class mail next?

Article Title: Fewer Jobs, Longer Wait Times: The New Postal Service Slogan?
Snippet of Article: "...The proposal would keep the Monday delivery day for mail dropped off on Thursday. But mailed dropped off on Friday at such post offices would be delivered on Tuesday, while the Postal Service would deliver Saturday drop-offs on Wednesday...."


Source: www.govexec.com

[tag] slowing mail delivery, mail service standard changes, Destruction of the Postal Service, Postal Service, [/tag]

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Postal Service had to be forced to reinstate Purple Heart recipient who was fired for military service

Here is a horrific story about an agency that pretends to support veterans. The Postal Service employs a huge number of veterans, of course only because they are forced to do so due to military veteran preference rights afforded veterans seeking employment. However, the agency is obviously veteran unfriendly and non-supportive. Here is just one example of that:

It is unclear the Postal Service will abide by the most recent ruling

Article Title: Postal Service ordered to reinstate Purple Heart recipient fired for ‘excessive military leave,’ report says
Snippet of Article: "...The U.S. Postal Service was reportedly ordered by a federal board this week to reinstate a National Guardsman and give the man $2 million in back pay after he was fired from his job for taking "excessive military leave."..."


Source: www.foxnews.com

[tag] Veterans Rights, Merit Systems Protection Board, [/tag]