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OPM cuts retirement backlog, but still hasn't met goal

The Office of Personnel Management has made progress chipping away at its retirement claims backlog, but not as much as it had hoped.

DOJ updates guidance on questioning if FOIA requesters are still interested

Since a Freedom of Information Act request can take months for an agency to fill, the Justice Department is updating guidance that helps agencies determine if requesters are still interested in getting the information, according to a July 2 DOJ notice.

GAO: VA not consistent in handing out unemployability benefits

The Veterans Affairs Department could be handing out individual unemployability benefits to vets who shouldn't be getting the money, says a July 2 Government Accountability Office report.

White House revising model for defining the "social costs" of carbon emissions

The White House is taking steps to help agencies define what it calls the "social costs" of carbon emissions on the environment, says a July 2 Office of Management and Budget blog post.

VA starts brain bank to study effects of PTSD in vets

The two groups have started the first brain tissue biorepository, also known as a brain bank, to support research on the causes, progression and treatment of PTSD that affects veterans.

No shooting at Washington Navy Yard, all personnel are safe, Military officials say

Federal workers at the Washington Navy Yard were given the "all clear" – lifting a morning lockdown – after someone inside the installation in Southeast D.C. reported hearing shots fired around 7:30 a.m.

Senior execs register higher job satisfaction than rank-and-file feds, analysis shows

Senior executives reported higher satisfaction with their jobs than rank and file federal employees on last year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, according to an analysis by the Partnership for Public Service.

OMB to agencies: Consider energy efficiency in fiscal 2017 budget requests

For the fiscal 2017 budget requests, federal agencies will be required to ensure that funding requests in support of federal facilities align with the Obama administration's climate preparedness and resilience goals, according to July 1 blog post.

Report: Minorities make up less than a quarter of CIA workforce

Minorities make up less than a quarter of the Central Intelligence Agency's workforce, and that number shrinks to only 11 percent in the agency's Senior Intelligence Service, according to an internal CIA study.

DoD fails to comply with rules to curb contractor estimate deficiencies

The Defense Department's contracting component hasn't complied with new rules meant to address deficiencies in the way contractors estimate prices says a June 29 DoD inspector general report.

GAO: Navy exceeded allowable carryover funding limits for repairs

The Navy exceeded its allowable limit for carryover funds for repairing equipment in 10 of the last 11 years, says a June 30 Government Accountability Office report.

GSA official sentenced to three months in prison for Las Vegas conference spending scandal

The man behind the General Services Administration's Las Vegas conference spending scandal was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison and a bevy of monetary fines, according to an emailed GSA inspector general statement.

Supreme Court strikes down EPA mercury pollution rule

The Supreme Court decided Monday to halt an Environmental Protection Agency rule that forced electric utilities companies to reduce their output of mercury pollution.

DOE could better manage program to commercialize government research, IG says

The Energy Department could do a better job of managing its program that helps commercialize government research through the private sector, says a June 22 DOE inspector general report.

DOT fed employee travel card program secure from purchase fraud, GAO says

While some federal agencies have been dinged by auditors for flagrant purchases on employee charge cards, the Transportation Department has taken steps to ensure its own program for federal travel is secure from that kind of problem, says a recently released GAO report.

Federal agencies meet their contracting goals for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses

Federal agencies set a new record for awarding contracting dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in fiscal 2014, says a June 26 Small Business Administration statement.

Fed union sues OPM over employee data breach

The largest federal employee union filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Office of Personnel Management and its top officials over the recent cybersecurity breach that compromised the information of millions of current and former feds.

Two Interior Dept.-run schools don't have proper safety plans in place, IG says

The Interior Department's inspector general found that safety measures protecting students and staff in two schools on reservations in Florida and South Dakota are not adequate.

TIGTA: IRS awarding millions in contracts to businesses with federal tax debt

The Internal Revenue Service awarded millions of dollars in contracts to corporations with substantial federal tax debt, says a March 26 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report that was released last week.

GSA exceeded small business contracting goal, received top grade from SBA

The General Services Administration awarded $1.5 billion in contracts to small businesses in fiscal 2014, with the Small Business Administration giving the agency an "A" grade for its efforts, says a June 29 GSA statement.