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With So Many Ethics Laws, Why So Many Ethics Flaws?

Terry Newell | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Ethics laws can stop some illegal behavior but they cannot produce ethical individuals. Ethics laws can assure greater transparency but they cannot, by themselves, produce greater trust.

Homeland Security Contractor Reports Computer Breach

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it was the victim of a...

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

The Grey Twilight of Veterans' Preference

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

On the face of it, the Veterans' Preference Act seems fair and just -- recognition of the hardships of battle, the economic stress of military service, the delayed career progression, and the emotional toll on family and self. And yet, it is highly convoluted and controversial.

Capitol Hill Crisis Averted

AP | By JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under a forthcoming fix from the Obama administration, American taxpayers will continue paying for most of the health benefit cost...

Capitol Hill Obamacare Crisis Reportedly Solved

Politico | John Bresnahan | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy - their health care tab is not going to soar next year. ...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Staff In Same-Sex Marriages Chalk Up Key Win Post-DOMA | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Things just got a little bit easier for Senate staffers in same-sex marriages. On Tuesday, a mass email went out to thousands of Sen...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Staffers In Same-Sex Marriages Can Now Extend Federal Benefits To Their Families | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a week after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, Senate staffers in same-sex marriages have been told t...

Proposed Changes in the Federal Government's Employee Charitable Giving Program Are Hopelessly Flawed, Will Result in Massive Loss of Funds to Charities

Steve Delfin | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Steve Delfin

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - Thanks to the generosity of Federal employees, who donate through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), nearly $7 billion of un...

Federal Government Closed Tuesday

Posted 10.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Office of Personnel Management announced Monday afternoon that the federal government will be closed on Tuesday as inclement weather...

The Federal Telework Report Card

Josh Sawislak | Posted 09.16.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Telework is not a silver bullet. It won't cure cancer or make your hair grow back (darn!). It's a management tool, pure and simple and we need to treat it as such and stop trying to vilify or lionize it.

Federal Government Opening Late

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Freezing rain and slick roads in the D.C. region have prompted the Office of Personnel Management to delay the opening of the federal go...

We Paid Dead People Using Paper, Pencil and a Whole Lot of Spit

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

The technology to fix the Federal Employees Retirement System isn't a pipe dream. It's ready to use, right now. It's time to solve this problem once and for all for federal employees, its retirees and the American taxpayer.

USAJOBS 3.0 Jumps the Shark

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 01.09.2012 | Technology
Linda E. Brooks Rix

When the Obama administration needed real, proven innovative skills -- in this particular case to address the problem of veterans' unemployment -- it was not surprising to see that it had finally turned to private sector professionals for the solution.

USAJobs: Help Not Wanted, But Desperately Needed

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 12.13.2011 | Technology
Linda E. Brooks Rix

One year behind schedule and nearly $20 million spent this year alone, the Office of Personnel Management couldn't come close to engineering a smooth launch of its USAJobs 3.0 platform update on Wednesday.

The District of Cognitive Dissonance

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Despite a dire economic situation with enormous odds stacked against us, our government is seriously dumbing-down its own financial prowess, as evidenced by the recent minimum qualification standards set by the Office of Personnel Management.

Federal Government Pays Dead Workers $120 Million A Year: Report

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.23.2011 | Business

As politicians debate the best way to address the national deficit, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has found one line-item that would seem ea...

You Can Take It With You: Dead Federal Retirees Paid Millions Annually, Report Finds

Washington Post | By Ed O’Keefe | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

The federal government pays out millions of dollars to dead people each year -- including deceased retired federal workers, according to a new report....

Low and Slow: The Process of Reforming Government

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

If you were asked to make a personal investment in an organization would you accept an investment plan that would take 10 years, billions of dollars, with the odds of success below 25 percent?

Andrea Stone

Crisis Confusion Reigns In Capital 10 Years After 9/11 With 'No One In Charge' | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.16.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital made it through a rare earthquake and treacherous blizzard this year, laying bare a scary reality: Getting out of W...

Alex Wagner

Obama White House (Quietly) Pushes Forward on Innovation | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

Underscoring the raging debate over the size and scope of federal government is a broad national perception that the country's government is bloated, ...

When Words Aren't Enough, Numbers Help Define OPM's Conflict of Interest

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Tell the average person that intragovernmental funds transfers are the root of an institutional conflict-of-interest problem in Washington, D.C., and ...

Government Claims It's Getting Easier To Apply For Federal Jobs

AOL Jobs | Wyatt Kash | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business

The director of the federal government's Office of Personnel Management reported new figures today indicating that agencies are making it easier to hi...

The War on Ponzi-Style Government Waste

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Given the current budget and deficit crisis, government needs to find savings fast and in large sums. A good place to start is to cut off all franchise and working capital funds. Put the money back in the programs they were appropriated to support.

OPM Addresses Potential Affect Of Government Shutdown On Federal Employees

Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a statement addressing what a government shutdown would mean for federal employees should lawmakers fa...