The House on Dec. 12 approved the Bipartisan Budget Act. The two-year budget bill, brokered by budget conferees Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the respective chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees, passed the House on a vote of 332 to 94.
A change in rules will mean military retirees and family members who use Tricare for Life will have to fill long-term prescriptions of maintenance drugs by mail, beginning Feb. 14, 2014.
Three senators introduced a bill Dec. 12 to clarify federal employees' due process rights in light of a recent court ruling that effectively denies hundreds of thousands of federal employees the right to appeal agency actions if a position has been designated national security sensitive.
Tom Ridge, who oversaw the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and served as its first secretary, appeared this week before a House panel to lay out his concerns over what he called "a serious threat to the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security."
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered qualified praise for the two-year budget package introduced this week by House and Senate budget negotiators.
The Office of Special Counsel affirmed the allegations of two seasonal park rangers who claimed they were retaliated against for whistleblowing activities.
An Oregon letter carrier was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to mail theft in a case that involved pilfering of kids' birthday money.
House and Senate budget conferees late Dec. 10 introduced a two-year budget proposal that would mean higher pension contributions for federal new hires.
The Thrift Savings Plan on Dec. 11 announced that the plan periodically will conduct brief online surveys to gather participant feedback on TSP-related topics.
A senior Department of Veterans Affairs official on Dec. 11 testified before a House panel to detail the organization's progress on reducing the backlog of disability compensation and pension claims at the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Despite a shrinking federal workforce in recent years, federal unions have seen an increase in membership, particularly after the government shutdown.
The General Services Administration announced that several agencies will be moving to One World Trade Center, the new skyscraper built on the former site of the Twin Towers in New York City.
With a budget deal appearing more likely to emerge before Congress adjourns at the end of the week, a coalition of labor organizations once again called on members of the House-Senate Budget conference to reject any measure that would require federal employees to contribute more toward their pensions or reduce their benefits.
About 900 workers have pledged through a mobile work advocacy group to participate in next year’s Telework Week.