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As congressional ally retires, federal employee advocates cite progress, challenges
As congressional ally retires, federal employee advocates cite progress, challenges

A leading advocate in Congress for federal workers, Sen. Daniel Akaka says he's pleased by progress on some of his priorities: Legislation to allow employees to work from home, reforms in hiring and the security clearance process, improvements in matching veterans and people with disabilities to jobs. But as he prepares to retire after 36 years in Congress, the Hawaii Democrat says there remains work to be done. "The federal government is facing some of the most complex challenges in our nation's history — and doing it with serious budget constraints," Akaka, 88, said last week during his final hearing as chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees the...

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