A Nov. 18 statement of administration policy (.pdf) asks the Senate not to make changes to the security clearance process until the Office of Management and Budget completes its ongoing review. OMB's findings may lead to recommendations that conflict with the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposal.
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee approved a package of bills Tuesday including one that would expand access to healthcare and dental care to veterans. One of the bills (S.1604) would require VA to provide services to certain veterans previously ineligible to receive care.
Food, custodial and security service contractors who were furloughed during the government shutdown in October would be able to receive back pay under legislation that Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) announced Nov. 15. The bill received 11 co-sponsors, all Democrats.
Federal agencies and private companies alike have found that employee buy-in is key for transitions to nontraditional office environments, the Government Accountability Office says. Before the Internal Revenue Service implemented a new workspace plan in 2012, it worked with its leadership and union to help employees understand the need for the changes.
Staffing problems, poor oversight of nursing staff and a push to expedite the prescription of pain medications without full patient evaluation, allowed staff at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. to illegally dispense narcotics, said a former doctor who worked at the facility.
A pilot program used to measure employee and agency performance isn't ready to implemented governmentwide because the Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council haven't updated the program with lessons learned in the pilot phase or defined their roles in implementation, a recently released Sept. 12 Government Accountability Office report says.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker vowed Thursday to work to expand American exports and get more government data into the hands of entrepreneurs, in a speech outlining the department's priorities.
The Postal Service ended fiscal 2013 with a loss of $5 billion, down from a $16 billion loss in fiscal 2012, say USPS financials released Nov. 15. Still, that marks seven consecutive years that USPS incurred a loss, a Postal Service release on its financial statement (.pdf) says. The Post Office has lost money for seven consecutive years, the Postal Service acknowledges in a release on its financial statement (.pdf).
Members of the science research community took umbrage with proposed legislation that would force research to be in the national interest to receive a grant and give the National Science Foundation Director the power to affirm all grant awards, at a Nov. 13 House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on research and technology hearing.
Slightly more than 106,000 individuals selected health insurance plans in the first month of implementation, but most came through state exchanges and not the troubled federal website, a Nov. 13 Health and Human Services report says.