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Pew poll: Public expresses favorable opinion of most agencies

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.

GSA doesn't know how many employees telework, says IG

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.

GAO: DoD doesn't know if it's staffing secretary offices at the right levels

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.

Bill would save agencies $35B by reducing federal workforce

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.

OSC finds relief for 4 more VA whistleblowers

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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