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Defense prepares sequester scenarios

July 31, 2012 The Defense Department has prepared several scenarios for automatic budget cuts slated to take effect in January 2013. The Federal Times reported Tuesday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a group of defense industry chief executive officers and high-level department policymakers during a closed door meeting on July 23 that...

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Agencies aren't fully reimbursing IRS

July 31, 2012 The Internal Revenue Service is not being reimbursed for work it provides to other government agencies, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. In the report, TIGTA said it has not been repaid nearly $28 million of the $90 million in work the IRS was...

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New website links government contractors with former feds

July 30, 2012 A new website linking companies with former federal workers is set to launch in September. Exfederal.com will match companies looking to quickly hire workers for contracts with former feds in search of a job. The site was founded by Ginger Groeber, a former human resources official in the Pentagon, and...

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Should tax delinquent feds be fired? House will vote

July 30, 2012 The House is voting on legislation that would require agencies to fire federal workers classified as “seriously delinquent” on their tax debts. The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act (H.R. 828), introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also would prevent the government from hiring workers who are late on their tax...

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Military members go for gold in London

July 27, 2012 Heading to London to compete in the Olympics will be 16 U.S military personnel representing Team USA in a number of events. The military contingent comprises 15 Army soldiers and one Air Force officer, competing in boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, fencing, shooting, and track and field. According to a statement published...

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USDA says it never meant to endorse ‘Meatless Mondays’

July 27, 2012 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has pulled an internal newsletter that suggested employees consider reducing their meat consumption, following a backlash from groups representing the meat industry. The newsletter, titled “Greening Headquarters Update,” described initiatives department employees could take to reduce energy use and waste. Suggestions included participating in a...

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Group reminds governor he owes feds an apology for Gestapo comments

July 27, 2012 A managers group released a statement Thursday demanding that Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage apologize specifically to Internal Revenue Service workers for comparing them to Nazis. The Professional Managers Association asked LePage to recant his statement comparing the agency’s employees to the Gestapo. LePage apologized to Emily Chaleff, the director...

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Defense creates military honors database to prevent false claims

July 26, 2012 The Defense Department launched a Web database Tuesday that will list the recipients of military service honors. The website, Valor.Defense.gov, was created to discourage individuals from fraudulently claiming military honors. In a controversial decision in June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that falsely claiming a service medal constituted protected speech...

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Interior, Energy finalize strategy for solar power production on public lands

July 26, 2012 The Energy and Interior departments this week announced what they called a major step for solar energy initiatives on public lands. The final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for solar energy development will serve as a roadmap for large-scale projects, laying out existing and planned transmission lines and allowing for faster...

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A case for privatizing the Postal Service

July 25, 2012 The U.S. Postal Service should be completely privatized, President Obama’s former budget chief argued in an op-ed Tuesday. Peter Orszag, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on Bloomberg.com that USPS would be better off in the private sector, where it could escape congressional requirements that...