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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Report: VA still a mess, needs help with everything from hiring to parking

Outdated technology, understaffed health centers and problems with everything from antiquated scheduling practices to parking continue to haunt the beleaguered hospitals and medical centers in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, according to a new report by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). Show More Summary

OPM’s ‘Story of Maria’ illustrates benefits of education for federal workers

Remember those “Life of Julia” graphics from President Obama’s 2012 campaign? The pastel slide shows told the story of a fictional character who benefitted from the administration’s policies from cradle to grave, sparking a debate about whether Democrats encourage government dependence or just support programs that help women. Show More Summary

Another Fast and Furious? U.S. attorneys declined to charge suspected grenade smuggler

Federal law enforcement officials passed up multiple opportunities to arrest and indict an American who was eventually charged in Mexico with transporting grenade parts from the United States to drug cartels, according to a government review. Show More Summary

Hatch Act do’s and dont’s for federal employees

The last weekend before Election Day is prime time for campaigning. That’s good for people who want to give a final push to their candidate, but it can be a confusing time for federal employees covered by the Hatch Act. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) enforces the law that regulates the political activities that […]

Snail mail is even slower now with Postal Service changes, report says

First-class mail has been taking longer to reach its destination since the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service relaxed its delivery standards in an attempt to cut costs two years ago, according to a federal study. Performance has generally declined for first-class mail this year, with the USPS missing its target delivery times at a greater rate than before, the […]

Can the Federal Protective Service meet new demands for heightened security?

When Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson heightened security at federal buildings this week, he turned to a little-known law enforcement agency that describes itself as an elite protector of federal facilities nationwide. But the Federal Protective Service has had its share of problems in recent years, and a series of government audits raises questions about whether […]

The GOP’s version of the IRS targeting scandal, in one new video timeline

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee  released a video this week summarizing key events in the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting scandal, an issue that has largely disappeared from the headlines in recent months. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is eyeing another term as chairman of the powerful panel, and the IRS controversy is one of his pet topics, so […]

Guam: A high concentration of veterans, rock-bottom VA funding

Guam has a small population of about 200,000 residents, but it’s home to one of the highest concentrations of military veterans among U.S. states and territories. One in eight adults on the Pacific island have served in the armed forces. Despite those numbers, the island ranked dead last in the country for per capita medical spending by […]

Northern Virginia’s congressional candidates talk federal workforce — the complete collection

Over the past two weeks, Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson has interviewed the candidates vying for two Northern Virginia congressional seats that represent huge populations of federal employees. The election is wide open this year, with the upcoming retirements of Reps. Show More Summary

Will President Obama give feds a Christmas present on Dec. 26?

The weather feels like spring and it’s not even Halloween, but Christmas is on the minds of 35,000 federal workers and counting who have signed an online petition to get President Obama to declare the day after the holiday a bonus day off. The petition posted to the White House’s “We the People” page asks the […]

DHS heightens security at federal buildings nationwide

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday announced heightened security measures at federal buildings in the District and nationwide, citing the recent shooting at the Canadian Parliament and threats from terrorist groups to attack the homeland. DHS officials emphasized that the step was precautionary and not based on any intelligence about a specific terrorist plot. […]

Candidate Micah Edmond on federal worker issues

This is the last in a series of four Federal Diary columns covering races in two open congressional seats in Northern Virginia, home to many federal employees. Feds have a particular reason to vote in congressional elections because members of the House and Senate serve as the board of directors for the federal workplace. This […]

Panty raid: DHS agents bust lingerie shop for allegedly using Royals logo

A few items that caught our attention on Tuesday: Panty raid — DHS busts novelty-underwear shop: Undercover Department of Homeland Security agents on Tuesday entered a boutique lingerie store in Kansas City and confiscated cotton panties...Show More Summary

The world relies on this one company to fly Ebola patients

When it comes to transporting Ebola victims by air, the world relies on just one U.S. company. Phoenix Air, a jet-charter service based in Cartersville, Ga., has flown 15 infected patients, including Europeans who worked in West Africa...Show More Summary

VA removes first official under new firing rules, after two months of paid leave

The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the director of its Central Alabama health network, marking the first official termination under the agency’s new rules for removing senior executives over ethical and performance issues.Show More Summary

Janet Napolitano throws her support behind executive action on immigration policy

Former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano is supporting executive action by President Obama to change immigration policy if Congress fails to pass a broad overhaul, citing what she calls her successful 2012 push to delay deportations of many younger immigrants. “If Congress refuses to act and perform its duties, then I think it’s appropriate for […]

House hopeful Don Beyer responds to federal workforce questions

This is the third in a series of Federal Diary columns covering races in two open congressional seats in Northern Virginia, home to many federal employees. Feds have a particular reason to vote in congressional elections because members of the House and Senate serve as the board of directors for the federal workplace. This year, two strong […]

U.S. paying to upgrade TV sports coverage in Afghanistan, including goat hauling

Many U.S. taxpayers probably know that they’re subsidizing Afghanistan’s government operations and development efforts, but it may surprise them to learn that they’re paying for the war-torn nation to enter the modern era of televised sports coverage. Show More Summary

McCain to new VA Secretary: Hurry up and fire people already

Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) slammed newly appointed VA Secretary Bob McDonald in a letter this week for failing to “swiftly” fire VA executives involved in the patient wait-times coverup this summer, despite a new law that speeds up such actions. The nationwide scandal cost former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki his job. […]

In government survey, federal workers have little faith in senior leaders

Federal employees’ satisfaction with senior leaders at their agency hit a five-year low last year, according to a survey of the workforce released Friday. The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, administered annually by the Office of Personnel Management, also found a workforce that overall was more unhappy with life in government in 2013 than in 2012. Employees […]

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