Proposed Rule Could Void Civil Service System for Most Federal Employees

by Dylan Blaylock on May 28, 2013

Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) criticized rules proposed by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that could rebrand virtually any federal government position as national security “sensitive,” and therefore outside the civil service system rule of law. Employees in positions that are deemed “sensitive” and relieved of their duties, as federal whistleblowers often are, would therefore have little recourse.

The proposed rules, released today, follow a Friday showdown at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where the government pressed for a ruling that workers in “sensitive” jobs will not enjoy independent appeal rights to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) if they are deemed by their agency to be insufficiently trustworthy for a federal position. Continue reading “Proposed Rule Could Void Civil Service System for Most Federal Employees”

House GOP Spending Plan Continues Sequester, Federal Pay Freeze

House GOP Spending Plan Continues Sequester, Federal Pay Freeze

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A Republican lawmaker has included an extension to the federal pay freeze in a proposal to fund government and avoid a shutdown after March 27, when the current appropriations agreement runs out.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., maintained sequestration-level spending in the bill to fund government through Sept. 30, with exceptions for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, and several additional agencies and programs. Continue reading “House GOP Spending Plan Continues Sequester, Federal Pay Freeze”

Hill GOP leaves Romney out on limb on Libya Read more:

Hill GOP leaves Romney out on limb on Libya
By: Scott Wong
September 12, 2012 10:56 AM EDT
Senior Republicans on Capitol Hill are leaving GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney out on a limb after he criticized President Barack Obama’s “disgraceful” handling of the assault on the U.S. embassy in Libya, which led to the death of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens.(Also on POLITICO: Romney blasts Obama ‘apology’)

Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee who personally knew Stevens, refused to assign any blame to the Obama administration.

“My heart is with Mr. Stevens, my former staff member, my friend,” Lugar told POLITICO on Wednesday. As a Pearson Fellow to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Stevens served as a staffer for Lugar in 2006. Lugar helped shepherd Stevens’s nomination as ambassador through his panel earlier this year.

“I’m not going to make any comment about the political. None,” the senator added. Continue reading “Hill GOP leaves Romney out on limb on Libya Read more:”

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