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Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers in 2015

President Obama on Friday proposed raising federal-employee pay rates by 1 percent across the board in 2015, signaling his intent to give the workers a salary bump while keeping the rates from automatically rising by a greater amount under the law. In a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Vice President Joe Biden, Obama said the […]

Justice Department inspector investigates DEA payments for Amtrak passenger info

Federal investigators are examining why agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration allegedly paid an Amtrak secretary more than $850,000 for passenger information that the agency could have obtained for free through an agreement with Amtrak police. Show More Summary

A VA employee, a crack house, and a lengthy firing process

What does it take for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire a rogue employee? That’s a question the Montgomery Advertiser asked after an agency employee allegedly drove a patient to a crack house and left him there overnight. The...Show More Summary

VA launches ‘more robust’ version of GI Bill Comparison Tool

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday updated its online GI Bill Comparison Tool with the goal of improving how former troops estimate their education benefits and explore programs across the country. The new version features...Show More Summary

VA office draws fire for using Oscar the Grouch to depict frustrated veterans

A Department of Veterans Affairs office has drawn fire for likening disgruntled veterans to Oscar the Grouch in a training guide for employees who were preparing for a town hall meeting this week, according to a newspaper report. The Philadelphia Inquirer obtained an 18-page slide show in which the agency’s Philadelphia benefits office used an image of […]

Industry group to launch database of food additives amid growing FDA concerns

The nation’s largest food industry trade group said Wednesday it will roll out a series of initiatives to address growing concerns among consumers and the Food and Drug Administration about the safety of chemicals that are often secretly added to food with no vetting by the federal government. The Grocery Manufacturers Association said it will […]

NASA scientist takes measure of Earth

As part of our series on finalists for the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, on Thursday we profile Miguel Roman, an earth scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Roman is just 33, but he’s already made a big mark in the field of climate science.

Job Corps closing troubled center in Oklahoma

 A chronically low-performing outpost of the federal Job?Corps program — highlighted in a Washington Post story  earlier this year —  has now been marked for closure by the Department of Labor. In a notice published Wednesday, the department said it intended to close the Treasure Lake Job Corps center in Indiahoma, Okla. At that center, located in […]

Labor Department PR chief: Wasteful spender or promoting mission?

The House’s top Republican watchdog this week ordered the Labor Department to provide records on “mismanagement and wasteful spending practices” in the Office of Public Affairs, whose director has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote the agency and, critics say, himself. Labor officials defend the spending authorized by public affairs chief Carl Fillichio as […]

Union backs GOP Sen. Collins for reelection

Federal employee unions, like other labor organizations, generally endorse Democratic candidates. But that doesn’t stop the unions from seeing red too. The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) made that point with its recent endorsement Sen. Show More Summary

Same-sex couples still fighting for equality with these three federal agencies

More than a year after the Supreme Court ruling that allowed federal benefits for same-sex married couples, gays are still struggling for equality with three agencies. Federal laws prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social...Show More Summary

Were Rick Perry’s Islamic State border-threat comments alarmist?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday talked about a “very real possibility” that Islamic State extremists may have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, though he added there is “no clear evidence of that.” Were his remarks alarmist? To be clear, Perry’s assessment was not unprompted. Show More Summary

Top Commerce official to employees: ‘Erroneous time-keeping’ is illegal

The Commerce Department issued a stern e-mail to 47,000 employees worldwide this week warning that “erroneous time-keeping” is illegal and reminding them to maintain accurate records of the hours they work. The “Time and Attendance Broadcast...Show More Summary

GAO: Guantanamo transfer for Bowe Bergdahl broke laws

The Obama administration broke the law when it exchanged five Taliban commanders for a captured U.S. soldier without giving Congress 30 days notice, according to an official review by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office....Show More Summary

Groups try to block nuclear regulator’s vote, citing conflict of interest

Dozens of environmental organizations and nuclear-power opponents are trying to stop a federal regulator from participating in upcoming votes scheduled to take place one week before he starts a new leadership role with an industry group. Show More Summary

Being an IG: Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth discusses the role

John Roth became inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security in March, taking responsibility for the audits and investigations of a sprawling agency that still experiences growing pains after forming in the wake of 9/11. Show More Summary

(Video) Frustrated veterans complain about VA service to Sen. Mark Warner

    Post TV caught up with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) this week as he listened to angry Virginia military veterans sharing their experiences with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health network. The agency has been in the spotlight lately because of a scandal involving widespread  falsification of appointment records to hide treatment delays. Show More Summary

Job Corps turns 50 today. Here are four people the program helped.

Job Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, marking a half century as one of the nation’s largest career-training networks for low-income youths. The program, a vanguard of President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty, has seen...Show More Summary

Shrinking government: Federal hiring is down, departures are up

Federal hiring has declined rapidly in recent years, while the number of departures has increased nearly as fast. That’s a recipe for a shrinking government. As we pointed out in an earlier article, the federal workforce has been dwindling...Show More Summary

House committee launches probe of USPTO telework program

The chief government oversight committee in the House of Representatives announced Tuesday that it has launched an investigation into allegations of telework abuses at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office following revelations that an internal review of the problem was watered down for the agency’s watchdog. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who […]

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