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Month: June 2022

Government Matters (Full Show) – June 30, 2022

President’s trip to Saudi Arabia; nationwide paper shortage complicating midterm elections; government agents seize millions in cryptocurrency

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Will the president’s Saudi Arabia trip help reduce gas prices?

The White House announced President Biden will be traveling to Saudi Arabia in a few weeks. With gas prices near record levels, the president is looking for the Saudis to pump more oil. Saudi Arabia can produce oil at a high capacity but also uses a lot, and there are varying opinions about whether the […]

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Paper shortage could cause problems at polls this November

A recent report finds election officials across the country are struggling to make sure they get election materials in time. A big part of that issue is a nationwide paper shortage. Matt Weil, director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Elections Project, explained that supply chain issues are affecting paper, which is still a vital part […]

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Feds shut down Islamic State fraud scheme targeting Americans over Covid masks

While people were scrambling to find face masks at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Islamic State terror group was trying to scam Americans with a fraudulent website claiming to have an abundant supply of masks. A team of federal agents discovered the scheme, shut it down and disrupted the financing network. Kyle Armstrong, […]

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Government Matters (Full Show) – June 26, 2022

Recruitment and retention in federal agencies; assessing damage to Capitol grounds after attack

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OPM continues focus on employee pay, recruitment and agency support

It has been a year since Kiran Ahuja took the top post at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In her role, she oversees the management of over two million federal civilian employees. The agency has released two hiring authorities focused on early-career talent and is revamping the government’s Pathways Program for internships, said Ahuja. […]

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Federal employee minimum wage increase ‘certainly not enough,’ says OPM director

In January of this year, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a $15 per hour minimum wage for federal civilian employees. Kiran Ahuja, director of OPM, told Government Matters the increase impacted over 70,000 employees but was “certainly not enough.” There have been successive pay increases since President Biden took office, and the White […]

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Capitol grounds director worked with ‘fantastic crew’ to restore area after Jan. 6

In the days following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, a team of government employees worked tirelessly to pick up the pieces and bring order back to the iconic symbol of American democracy. One of the leaders of that effort was Jim Kaufmann, director of the Capitol Grounds and Arboretum and a finalist […]

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