Latest Civil service News

County officials vacationed at vendor's Florida beach condo

Mar. 13, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa county treasurers recently vacationed with a businessman they have supported for a lucrative tax website contract, staying at his Florida beach property for free in an apparent violation of state ethics law. Dubuque County Treasurer Eric Stierman and Winneshiek County...

EU says talks with UK 'difficult' as Brexit impasse drags on

Mar. 6, 2019 11:25 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that "difficult" talks with Britain have failed to break the Brexit deadlock, less than a week before U.K. lawmakers are due to approve or reject the government's divorce deal with the bloc. Britain's chief law officer claimed the two sides were holding...

Venezuela's adversaries seek to show resolve in crisis

Mar. 5, 2019 7:25 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Appearing a day after his rival returned home to a tumultuous welcome, President Nicolas Maduro denounced his opponents in a speech Tuesday at a military ceremony but did not refer by name to opposition leader Juan Guaido. The man who says he is the rightful president, meanwhile,...

Mnuchin announces halt in payments into 2 retirement funds

Mar. 4, 2019 6:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed Congress on Monday that he will stop making payments into two government retirement funds now that the debt limit has gone back into effect. In a letter to congressional leaders, Mnuchin said that he would stop making investments into a civil...

Board that handles federal worker disputes is now vacant

Mar. 1, 2019 12:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial government body tasked with settling workplace disputes for millions of federal workers, is officially vacant for the first time in its 40-year history. The board became empty at midnight Thursday, after the Senate failed to act on a...

Canada ex-attorney: Government tried to interfere in case

Feb. 27, 2019 9:28 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's former attorney general testified Wednesday she experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to inappropriately interfere in the prosecution of a major Canadian engineering company, including receiving "veiled threats."...

Correction: EPA-PolyMet Mine story

Feb. 21, 2019 2:11 PM EST

In a story Feb. 19 about a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over a proposed copper-nickel mine in Minnesota, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the group filing the lawsuit. It is Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, not Protecting Employees Who Protect Our...

Irish PM says he's listening, but not negotiating on Brexit

Feb. 8, 2019 11:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British and Irish leaders were looking to mend fences after a week of Brexit tensions at a dinner in Dublin Friday. But Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his U.K. counterpart, Theresa May, sought to dampen expectations of a breakthrough on the thorny issue of the Irish border....

The Latest: Thousands rally in Spain to support Guaido

Feb. 2, 2019 9:56 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Several thousand Venezuelans rallied in central Spain's capital of Madrid Saturday to show their support for Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela. Former Caracas mayor Antonio...

Zimbabwe's teachers unions to strike next week over pay

Jan. 31, 2019 10:17 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's teachers unions say they will strike for better salaries starting on Tuesday after plans for a collective action by all civil servants failed. The strike by some 100,000 teachers presents a fresh headache for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose deployment of soldiers to...