Federal Employee News

Friday, April 27, 2012

New Secret Service conduct standards,

Article Title: US Secret Service Tightening Conduct Standards

Snippet of Article: "...The new standards released Friday specify that agents on international trips may not allow foreigners into their hotel rooms, may not visit so-called “non-reputable” establishments, and may not drink alcohol within 10 hours of going on duty...."

Source: voanews.com secret service conduct standards,

Monday, April 23, 2012

Social Security Number Breach Larger Than Thought

Article Title: 750,000 More Social Security Numbers Stolen by Hackers

Snippet of Article: "...Officials originally estimated that about 24,000 people had their records stolen after a computer tracked to Eastern Europe infiltrated a server beginning March 30, then changed that number to 182,000 victims. Health officials now believe a total of nearly 900,000..."

Source: socialsecuritynewsgroup.blogspot.com Social Security Breach, Social Security Numbers, Social Security Hacking,

GSA Probe Coming

Article Title: Lieberman calls for broader GSA probe into spending, hearings

Snippet of Article: "...Lieberman said he wants Miller to investigate the other regions “to make sure that there’s no similar behavior such as what we found in Region 9.” Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the senator said his committee also plans to hold hearings..."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com GSA,GSA Region 9, GSA Probe, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee,

Will Congress Preserve Americans Right to One and Two Day Delivery Standard of Mail?

Article Title: Senate to Debate, Vote on Postal Bill – April 23

Snippet of Article: "...doesn’t do enough to ensure the USPS will be able to continue to provide the service the American people have every right to expect.”..."

Source: news-postal.blogspot.com Destruction of the postal service, lowering service standards, mail processing plant closures, mail service standards, postal bill, Save the Postal Service

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Postal buyout incentives, early retirements, but still more plant closures

Article Title: Senate Seeks Ways to Save Postal Service

Snippet of Article: "...bill being debated on the Senate floor this week was recently modified to take into account the concerns of mostly rural states. For instance, it would:

• Cut in half the number of mail processing centers the Postal Services currently wants to close — from 252 to 125 — allowing more U.S. areas to maintain overnight first-class mail delivery for at least three more years...."

Source: www.time.com Postal buyout incentives, Early Retirements, mail processing center closures,

Thursday, April 5, 2012

GSA “Hats Off Program” reaps nice benefits for Federal Employees

Article Title: GSA employee rewards program now also under scrutiny

Snippet of Article: "...Under a so-called “Hats Off Program,” operated by officials in the GSA’s Pacific Rim Region – and possibly other regions – “at least $200,000 worth of taxpayer funded iPods, gift cards and other valuable items were handed out to employees for questionable reasons at best,” wrote committee Chairman John Mica , R-Fla., and Rep. Jeff Denham , R-Calif...."

Source: www.govexec.com “Hats Off Program” , GSA, General Services Administration,

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

$822,000 General Services Administration (GSA) conference raises ire

Article Title: GSA head out after lavish spending by agency

Snippet of Article: "...It's supposed to set the standard for government efficiency and cost-cutting -- something a scathing new report clearly shows the GSA didn't do. The report has forced three top Washington officials out of their jobs..."

Source: www.cbsnews.com