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SBA’s Sandy Reaction Suffered From Lengthy Delays

The results of a recent federal probe have exposed the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to be riddled with delays and stoppages.   more

Appeals Court: Former CBP Employee To Get His Job Back

In late October, The U.S.   more

Election Results Suggest Agencies Should Expect More Oversight

In the wake of the mid-term elections, and returned the Republicans to the majority in the House of Representatives and also gave the GOP a majority the Senate, many experienced onlookers predict that federal agencies should anticipate even stricter oversight from the new Congress.   more

New Systems Help VA Cut Backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently found success by initiating an effort to computerize the process of claims filing and records storage in an effort to combat the delays and problems that have beset the agency, and which culminated this year with the Phoenix VA scandal.   more

Paid To Fight Fake Wildfires?

In October, the Washington Examiner reported that a Department of the Interior report revealed that federal firefighters for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have, on multiple occasions in recent years, logged hours and gotten paid for fighting wildfires that were wither insignificantly small or extinguished months prior.   more

Secret Service Criticized by IG

Secret Service Criticized by IG for White House Reassignment A recent report by Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth accused the Secret Service of a “serious lapse in judgment” due to the improper reassignment of staff from the White House protective details in 2011.   more

Why It Is Necessary Now More Than Ever

Professional Liability Insurance for AUSAs: Why It Is Necessary Now More Than Ever Today’s federal employee operates in an environment that has become littered with lawsuits, disciplinary proceedings, complaints, and investigations.   more

2012 Saw Increase In EEO Complainant Awards

A report issued last month by the EEOC revealed that the amount of money awarded to complainants who filed EEO appeals was $51.4 million in FY 2012, a 18.2% increase from the $43.5 million paid out in FY 2011.   more

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