American Federation Of Government Employees News
House clears major Veterans Affairs reform bill, sends to White House
The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs Tuesday, sending the measure to the White House for President Trump ’s signature. The bill, passed on a bipartisan 368-55 vote, would make it easier for the VA Secretary to fire department employees, a move that
Senate confirms EPA nominee Scott Pruitt despite a renewed court battle
The U.S. Senate this afternoon confirmed President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency , Scott Pruitt, even as he faces a new court order. An Oklahoma district court judge Thursday ordered Pruitt, the state’s former attorney general, to turn over thousands of communications
Furloughed Workers Call on Congress to 'Get Their Act Together'
Furloughed government workers are getting some unexpected time off, but the impromptu vacation is likely to be a period of increased anxiety for the roughly 800,000 federal employees who do not know when they will go back to work -- or get a pay check. Among the nervous crop of government workers
Corporate Cash Helps Fund Obama Inauguration Festivities
In reversing President Obama's position on accepting corporate sponsors for this weekend's official inaugural festivities, the official inaugural committee has permitted a number of companies with interests pending before the federal government to donate. They include such familiar blue chip names
SSA Withdraws Complaint Against Flatulent Worker
A gas of a tale about a government worker and his alleged flatulence problem seems to have finally passed. The Social Security Administration has reportedly rescinded a formal complaint against a Baltimore employee who colleagues complained suffered from an unyielding case of flatulence. Citing ...
Worker Reprimanded For Flatulent Habits
An employee at the Social Security Administration’s Baltimore office has been formally reprimanded for “conduct unbecoming of a federal employee,” specifically for disrupting co-workers “by passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor.” According to the letter, issued in December and obtained by ...
Veep Wars: Joe Biden's Unchained Melody Meets GOP Ire
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: THE DOG DAYS AREN’T OVER: President Obama finally went there yesterday, ABC’s Mary Bruce reports from Oskaloosa, Iowa. He teased Mitt Romney for famously putting the family dog on the roof of his car as the...
Paul Ryan Meets with Nevada Donors as Protest Rages Outside
LAS VEGAS – Hundreds of protesters greeted Paul Ryan as he met with a small group of Nevada donors including casino magnate Sheldon Adelson at the Venetian hotel. Protesters gathered outside the casino on Tuesday and chanted “Paul Ryan go home” and waved signs that...
DHS Task Force Criticizes Immigration Fingerprint Program
A draft report by a Department of Homeland Security task force has found serious concerns with a deportation program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because of confusion about the program and tensions the effort has created for state and local police. Police have traditionally ...
Labor Steamed at Debt Deal, But Do They Blame Obama?
Labor leaders are angry at the debt deal, but most lay the blame at the feet of Congressional Republicans, but not all.