"Overworked FSIS inspectors may be risking their own and the public's health, especially if they are tired or fatigued while performing crucial food safety-related tasks," the report says.
The EPA may have tried to evade a Freedom of Information Act request from Landmark Legal Foundation, who filed requests for e-mails of current and former top EPA officials, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in an Aug. 14 opinion (.pdf).
Day-to-day leaders are needed to co-produce government results, Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said at an Aug. 14 Brookings Institution event on government leadership. "Someone has to declare they're the leader, like the Blues Brothers saying, 'We're on a mission from God,'" Allen said.
The Defense Department implemented new measures to combat sexual assault including creating a legal advocacy program and instructing the to regularly evaluate sexual assault investigations, an Aug. 15 statement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says.
A second year under sequestration will have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the federal courts, 87 federal chief judges say in an Aug. 13 letter (.pdf) to Congress. The judges represent 94 federal court districts.
Furloughed federal employees should watch out for a phone scam offering free government grants, the Federal Trade Commission says in an Aug. 8 blog post.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory didn't perform adequate price analysis of one its chief of staff subcontracting rates, which led to a subcontract that was 51 percent higher on average than similar chiefs of staff at the laboratory, an Aug. 8 Energy Department inspector general report (.pdf) says.
The Office of Personnel Management issued a rule that requires agencies to annually review recruitment incentives for positions to determine whether the positions are still difficult to fill, the rule, which takes effect Sept. 13, says. Under section 575.105 (.pdf) of the Code of Federal Regulations, agencies can offer recruitment incentives for positions that are difficult to fill.
Federal senior executives say sequestration has been a management challenge that will likely impact mission capabilities for years to come. "We're expected to complete the same missions that we did before and when something goes wrong," says an unnamed federal executive in a recently-published report (.pdf) from the Senior Executives Association.
The Postal Service made changes to its Priority Mail including day-specific delivery as well as free insurance and tracking, which is expected to boost shipping revenue, an Aug. 14 USPS statement says. The plan is expected to bring an estimated $500 million per year in additional revenue.
The Defense Department will give federal benefits to same-sex couples in the military and the Pentagon's civilian workforce, following the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, an Aug. 14 DoD press release says.
Bidding activity from small businesses for federal contracts dropped significantly over the last over the last 5 years, an August American Express government contracting survey (.pdf) says. The average number of bids per year from small businesses dropped by 72 percent for prime bids since 2007, the survey says.
The Obama administration announced two new collaborative efforts to research mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in military servicemembers and veterans. The Defense and Veterans Affairs department are establishing two research consortia with a $107 million investment over a 5-year period, the VA said in an Aug. 10 release.
The Air Force will prepare to shut down a radar system tracking objects in outer space passing over the United States by Oct. 1 due to sequestration cuts, an Aug. 13 Air Force statement says. The Air Force plans to replace the AFSSS with a new space fence on Kwajalein Island.
Wider use of purchase cards could save the Veterans Health Administration $24 million annually, a report from the Veterans Affairs Department office of inspector general says. The VHA spent about $3 billion on purchases worth $3,000 or less in fiscal 2012, earning it more than $65 million in rebates.
The Merit Systems Protection Board put an indefinite hold on processing and adjudicating Defense Department furlough appeals, due to the large volume of furlough appeals being received from DoD employees, an Aug. 13 MSPB statement says.
An effort by the House Small Business Committee to transfer verification of small business veteran businesses to the Small Business Administration is laudable – but could go further. At issue is the fact that the Veterans Affairs Department alone of all federal agencies requires independent verification of veteran-owned small business status before being willing to enter into a set-aside contract with such a business.
Nearly 80 percent of a 357 million page backlog of classified records has gone through the National Declassification Center's quality assurance review stage, the center announced Aug. 8 in its biannual report. During the quality assurance stage, the NDC works to ensure that still-sensitive information remains classified and that records appropriate for release are declassified.
Financial hardship withdrawals and loans by federal employees from the Thrift Savings Plan rose dramatically in the last 4 months, a TSP official said. The TSP is a component of the Federal Employee Retirement System that federal employees pay into like a private sector 401(k).
A report (.pdf) from the Defense Department office of inspector general, dated Aug. 6, says that Army officials were still identifying the extent of the necessary cleanup, so they were not able to determine the length of the delays or the costs of cleanup. In several cases, disagreements between the Army, the EPA, the local development authority and state officials have slowed cleanup processes.