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How to stop Trump’s sneak attack on the civil service

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Gerald E. Connolly, a Democrat, represents Virginia’s 11th Congressional District in the House of Representatives and is the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s subcommittee on government operations. Americans should be horrified to learn there is an active plot by a former political leader, twice impeached, to remove people he regards as his political opponents from the civil s...

USPS to Buy a Ton of Electric Delivery Trucks

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In February, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced his plan to buy a badly needed new United States Postal Service delivery fleet. There was just one problem: Ninety percent of the trucks would be gas-powered, with fuel efficiency ratings less than half a mile per gallon better than those of the existing fleet. Environmental groups sued. Lawmakers tried to step in. And then, earlier this week, ...

GSA approves sale of Trump’s D.C. hotel lease

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The General Services Administration has approved the sale of former president Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel lease to Miami investment fund CGI Merchant Group, the agency said Friday. The agency said it approved CGI as a buyer after reviewing the company’s agreement with Hilton Worldwide, which will turn the hotel into a Waldorf Astoria, as well as the company’s financial capabilities and ability to se...

Can Congress stop Louis DeJoy's plan to buy a fleet of gas-guzzling trucks?

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As postmaster general, Louis DeJoy has been mired in controversy. Appointed in May 2020 after making massive donations to Donald Trump, DeJoy has sought to implement a plan of austerity to the United States Postal Service. Ahead of the 2020 election, during which a record number of Americans voted by mail, DeJoy took a number of actions that slowed down mail service, including prohibiting overtim...

The Post Office Is Buying Gas-Powered Trucks, Despite Biden Climate Order

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A senior House Democrat called on Wednesday for the resignation of Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, saying he flouted President Biden’s plan to electrify the federal fleet by placing a multibillion dollar order for mostly gasoline-powered vehicles. Representative Gerald Connolly, the Virginia Democrat who leads the House subcommittee overseeing the United States Postal Service, called the move...

Opinion: The government has a talent problem. This bill could help change that

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Our workforce is the lifeblood of the US federal government. Without individuals committed to public service, taxpayers, vulnerable populations and small businesses would not have access to critical resources and services. If the federal government fails to attract and hire the best and the brightest into service, the nation and the people it serves suffer. Unfortunately, we're already starting to...

Connolly presses for legislation on telework, internships and OPM

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Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is hoping to pass a raft of new legislation governing the federal workforce and the operations of the Office of Personnel Management. Connolly, who chairs the Government Operations Subcommittee of the House Committee of Oversight and Reform introduced a bill on Wednesday to “promote federal internships and fellowships to prepare the next generation of federal employees,...

Silver Line extension takes a large step forward with completion of rail yard at Dulles Airport

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Contractors have finished work on the last major element of the multibillion Silver Line rail project, officials said Wednesday, a milestone in the decades-long effort to extend Metrorail service to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. The rail yard was the last major hurdle for a project that has been plagued by delays. The announcement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports A...

Federal first responders deserve the retirement we promised them

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From battling ever-intensifying wildfires in California to protecting the Capitol building from violent insurrection, federal firefighters and law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans every day. We need and depend on them to fill these demanding, arduous, and hazardous duty positions — which they do proudly and with unfailing commitment. But the brave men an...

A competitive America must invest in R&D

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It is often said that budgets are values-based documents. If we value the future competitiveness of the United States, there are three critical priorities that must be reflected in federal spending: education, infrastructure, and research & development (R&D). While much attention is given to investments in education and infrastructure, these components are three legs of the same stool. R&D funding...

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