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The Government Is Actually Not Growing When It Comes to Earnings

March 28, 2014 The federal civilian government was the only industry that experienced a drop in earnings in 2013 – a $6.7 billion decrease, to be precise -- according to new statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Unpaid employee furloughs related to sequestration, which began in March 2013, are partially to blame ...

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Fiscal 2015 Budget Winners and Losers

March 4, 2014 President Obama’s $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget proposal is a mixed bag in terms of budget winners and losers. Of the Cabinet departments and major agencies listed in the chart below, 11 would see their spending levels decrease from their fiscal 2014 enacted budgets; the budgets of four would remain ...

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These Agencies Have the Most Feds Returning From Furlough

October 16, 2013 Over the course of the 16-day government shutdown, roughly 900,000 federal employees were forced to take time off. After the first week, some -- mostly Defense Department employees -- were brought back to work. With Congress finally agreeing on a deal to reopen all of government, the remaining 500,000-plus employees ...

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Timeline: Federal Employees Under Attack

September 19, 2013 Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard serves as a sad reminder that federal employees -- even civilians in seemingly secure facilities -- are too often targets of unexpected violence. The latest tragedy, which was the “single worst loss of life in the District since an airliner plunged into the ...

This is What the Pivot Looks Like

July 15, 2013 The Pentagon’s so-called “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region is happening, albeit slowly. Ever since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the plan to pivot in late 2011, --and the Iraq war and the Afghanistan surge ended --- the military has been busy shifting resources and personnel to old bases ...

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Retiring Military Dogs Helped Locate Explosives, Deter Terrorist Attacks

July 5, 2013 Four retiring military dogs were recently honored for their distinguished careers overseas. At a late-June event at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla., the dogs’ handlers ceremoniously “passed the leash” to the canines’ new retirement caretakers, according to Stars and Stripes. The dogs primarily served to track and ...

Timeline: Bold Ideas Well Applied Can Change the World

May 28, 2013 What does the Interstate Highway System have in common with the Human Genome Project? More than one might think. They both were ambitious programs that changed the world. In the digital age, the network of roads funded by the Eisenhower administration may not seem like a world-changing endeavor. But by ...

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Infographic: We the (Unconfirmed) People

May 17, 2013 Twenty-one percent. That’s how many of President Obama’s nominees for government posts have been confirmed during the first session of the 113th Congress, according to data recently published by the Congressional Record. The numbers come as the administration and members of Congress grumble about the growing number of vacancies in ...

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In Focus: Clocking Clearances

March 29, 2013 As recently as 2007, if you were a federal employee or contractor who needed a security clearance to handle classified information you could expect to wait more than 100 days before your background investigation was complete. Now the average wait is little more than a month, according to data from ...

What do Smokey Bear, traveling feds and children have in common? Their own federal apps.

October 1, 2012 The government is in the midst of an all-out push to make information available to citizens anywhere at any time and to make customer service competitive with the private sector. To that end, federal agencies have launched more than 100 custom-built mobile applications and mobile-adaptive websites in recent years. In ...