A coalition of organizations including the American Postal Workers Union are calling for the Postal Service to expand its financial services in underserved neighborhoods, says a Jan. 19 APWU statement. APWU says millions of working people, many of them minorities, don't have access to affordable financial services and because of that have to rely on predatory check-cashing companies and payday lenders.
The Air Force plans to ask Congress again this year to let it close some bases and retire aging aircraft, even though Congress has continually rejected those requests over the last few years. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters in a Jan. 15 press conference that due to tight budgets, the service will need to make adjustments elsewhere when it proposes its fiscal 2016 budget request in the coming months.
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Even though overall trust in the government is near historic lows, the public expressed favorable views toward the individual agencies in a Jan. 22 Pew Research Center poll. Wide majorities of people express favorable views of such government agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA and the Defense Department.
The General Services Administration doesn't know how many virtual employees it has and many telework arrangements are not fully approved, according to the GSA Office of Inspector General.
The Defense Department doesn't know if it employs the appropriate number of workers at headquarters because it doesn't determine personnel requirements as part of a systematic process and procedures aren't in place to make sure the department assesses its personnel needs periodically, says a Jan. 21 Government Accountability report.
Republican lawmakers from Wyoming and South Carolina introduced a bill Tuesday that would save the government $35 billion by cutting the federal workforce through attrition.
The Office of Special Counsel says it has secured corrective actions for four whistleblowers who were retaliated against when they revealed information about recent Veterans Affairs Administration problems, the OSC says in a Jan. 20 statement. Mark Tello, a VA nursing assistant, Richard Hill, a VA physician, Rachael Hogan, a VA registered nurse and Coleen Elmers, a VA nurse manager all received relief from the OSC ruling.
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City and county officials will form an engineering team to standardize data formats that each use. Among several projects, the team will attempt to knit together city and county data on tax delinquencies and code violations to better highlight troublesome property owners.
In a Jan. 21 press release, NIST announced plans for a symposium on the future of voting systems and a meeting on the cybersecurity challenges facing new manufacturing technologies.