Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing on counternarcotics operations at U.S. Southern Command, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Defense Sec. bans photographs being used when considering promotions

In today’s Federal Newscast, Defense Secretary Mark Esper bans photographs from being used in the process to promote officers and enlisted service members.

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Amend the Hatch Act and restore federal workers’ First Amendment rights

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Shirley Jones, Government Accountability Office

Ahead of budget deadline, GAO recaps what’s (not) allowed during a government shutdown

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LinkedinScott de la Vega, Interior Department

Interior claims reorg will give top ethics official more access to secretary

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt recently signed an executive order expanding the department’s ethics activities.

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Federal ethics programs still struggling with manpower, report shows

The latest Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire from the Office of Government Ethics shows things are not getting any easier for employees responsible for running federal oversight programs.

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