Trump’s civil service plans greeted with praise and doubts

Office of Personnel Management moves to speed hiring by skipping certain civil service procedures and adopt alternative pay systems for some occupations.

Public Health Service officers, pay $25 for no respect

Public Health Service officers are military officers in many ways, but not when it comes to having baggage fees waived.

Another federal law enforcement agency hit for losing track of weapons, ammunition

The U.S. Marshals Service is the latest in a string of federal agencies that have been cited for losing or not keeping track of weapons and ammunition.

Congressional opposition to Trump’s postal cuts, privatization plan grows

Senate and House resolutions show strong and bipartisan congressional disapproval to turning the Postal Service into a profit-making business.

Private tax collection, raising much less than expected, hit again

For the third time in three months, a government report is critical of the IRS’s use of private bill collectors because of a variety of problems.

Report: Federal prisons fail to provide adequate services for female inmates

The report by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General points to three areas the Bureau of Prisons fails to adequately provide for female prisoners — trauma treatment, pregnancy programs and access to feminine hygiene products.

Lying to buy a gun? Fear not the feds.

A new report shows the Justice Department prosecuted less than 1 percent of the cases involving people who falsified information to by a firearm.

Top civil servants leaving Trump administration at a quick clip

President Trump’s policies and rhetoric are among the reasons cited for a significantly higher exodus rate of Senior Executive Service members under his administration than under former President Barack Obama.

The real resisters: federal employees who beat Trump in court

The real resisters within President Trump’s administration are dedicated federal employees who use the judiciary to counter his law-breaking executive orders.

Questions remain after court rejects action by Trump against federal unions. Will he obey?

The Social Security Administration, following Justice Department direction, continues to enforce orders that diminish labor organizations, weaken collective bargaining and hurt civil service protections.

Baghdad embassy staff lacked emergency pain medications more than a year

U.S embassy staffers in Baghdad were without emergency pain medications for more than a year as the State Department blamed a contractor and both tangled with Iraqi bureaucracy.

Report warns of ‘serious risk’ to Peace Corps from drug use by volunteers

The Peace Corps’ inspector general warns of danger “to the integrity and reputation of the Peace Corps as well as the health and safety of Volunteers” because of drug use. The agency’s policy on marijuana lags behind the nation’s increasing acceptance of the drug.

Trump likes nondisclosure agreements, but should federal agencies use secrecy pacts?

The Department of Homeland Security often failed to include a required whistleblower protection statement with its non-disclosure agreements. But is there a good reason for the agreements outside of classified and sensitive information situations?

Survey says: Science, and government scientists, suffer under Trump

Responses from 4,200 scientists in 16 agencies present an alarming record of “studies cancelled, public-facing information altered or removed from websites, and scientists coming under political pressure.”

Trump’s security clearance action against Brennan poses threat to many, demonstrates need for due process

About 4 million Americans have security clearances. Trump’s action stripping Brennan’s “should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out,” Brennan said.

VA required thousands of ‘unwarranted reexaminations’ for vets getting disability benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General found medical reexaminations were unnecessary in 37 percent of the cases studied, wasting millions of dollars and potentially more than $100 million over five years.

Trump’s ‘dismantlers’ losing ground; stage set for ‘bitter face-off’ with government ‘rebuilders’

Trump’s policies may have gone too far, causing shrinkage among “dismantlers,” who want to dramatically reduce government. Meanwhile, “rebuilders,” those who want more government services, along with government reform are on the rise. This has important implications for elections this year and in 2020, and for agencies, federal employees and service to the public.

Report warns Trump’s wall could cost more, take longer and underperform

A new GAO report raises serious issues about poor Trump administration planning. That could lead to increased costs.

VA whistleblowers disciplined 10 times more than peers; managers investigate themselves

A new report reveals serious problems related to holding employees accountable, particularly as it relates to whistleblowing.

EPA tried to discredit retirees after The Post published their criticisms

Documents obtained through a lawsuit file by a group demonstrate how EPA sought to counter unfavorable stories by going after retirees with false information.