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The little commission that could barely save itself is now helping save Alaska from climate change

Two years ago this month, the Denali Commission and its 12 employees exploded into national headlines when its own watchdog declared that it should be put out of business. The inspector general told Congress that the tiny federal agency had lost its way and its budget and recommended it be deep sixed. For the economic-development commission based […]

The official reference to small raisins as ‘midgets’ is almost gone. It’s taken the USDA more than two years.

The Agriculture Department, responding to a petition from Little People of America, has finally agreed to remove the word “midget” from the list of designations for raisins. As our colleague from In the Loop, Colby Itkowitz, reported in writing about this controversy, the government has maintained raisin designations for many years. Since about World War […]

Nearly 1 million veterans have pending applications for health care at the VA — and a third may already be dead

Despite promises for widespread reform, nearly 900,000 military veterans have pending applications to access health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department’s inspector general said Wednesday in a scathing report which recommended a total overhaul of their record-keeping system that could take years. Show More Summary

The pope is visiting. Federal workers should treat it like three snow days

Traffic congestion will be so bad that federal employees in the Washington area should try not to come into work when Pope Francis comes to town for three days this month, the government said Tuesday. While federal offices will stay open from Sept. 22 through Sept. 24, the Office of Personnel Management is urging agencies […]

Commerce official let her kids watch porn on federal computers, then told investigators she saw nothing wrong with it

A high-ranking official at the Commerce Department took at least seven government computers home, an IT smorgasbord from iPads to Dell desktops that she rarely used for work. And she allowed her kids to download pornography and “racially offensive materials,” an investigation found. Show More Summary

Government awards $133 million contract to help hack victims, pledging better customer service

The Defense Department will start late this month to notify 21.5 million people whose background investigation files were hacked by the Chinese that they can sign up for protections under a $133 million contract announced Tuesday. The...Show More Summary

Too many inmates, too few correctional officers: A lethal recipe in federal prisons

People who work in cafeterias might expect complaints about the chili, but not conflicts with knife-toting convicts. Yet, if you sling grits and chicken in a U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) dining hall, dealing with killers, kidnappers, and thieves is part of the job description — and to a greater degree than many realize. The […]

Federal workers launch White House petition for a ‘meaningful pay raise’ above 1.3 percent Obama is giving

Federal workers are taking their frustration with the 1.3 percent pay raise President Obama announced he’s giving them in January straight to the boss. They’re starting to petition the White House for more money. “Give hard-working federal employees a meaningful pay raise this year,” reads the headline of the petition posted Tuesday to the White House’s “We the […]

Veterans: Federal offices can be bad fits for us

Veterans who’ve joined the government find it’s just too bureaucratic. They bristle at the resentment they feel from colleagues who know they went to the head of the hiring queue. They acknowledge that they don’t always fit in: Just below the surface, deep culture clashes in their offices simmer. These are some of the issues at the root […]

Medical errors are up at VA hospitals, but they’re actually doing less to figure out why

Hospitals across the country are under growing pressure to reduce preventable medical mistakes, the errors that can cause real harm and even death to patients. But the Department of Veterans Affairs, which runs a massive system of hospitals and clinics that cared for 5.8 million veterans last year, is doing less, not more, to identify what […]

Federal workers on track to get 1.3 percent pay hike in January

Federal employees are on track for a 1.3 percent pay raise in January, following a decision by President Obama to set that figure by default if Congress continues to follow its strategy of action by inaction on the raise. A letter sent to Congress Friday stating that intent is a routine step that is required […]

Feds appear to ease ban on dementia advocate

The Department of Health and Human Services appears to have reversed the security restrictions that were imposed on Michael Ellenbogen, a well-known advocate who has dementia, because of provocative remarks he made while urging a more aggressive government fight against Alzheimer’s disease, he and his attorney said, citing a letter from the agency’s general counsel. […]

Who’s online right now? The public can track which federal Web sites are most popular

By 11:04 a.m. Friday, 2,703 people had clicked on the Web site for the National Weather Service, which warned of tropical storms heading toward the Florida coast and more wildfires in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. That was the most popular federal site Friday morning, and it stayed on top. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with […]

Record numbers of veterans are getting jobs in the government — but a lot of them aren’t staying

The share of federal jobs going to veterans is at its highest level in five years, new data shows, with former service members comprising almost half of full-time hires in the last fiscal year. One in three people in government is now a veteran, proof that the White House’s six-year push to give those who served in the […]

Federal employees and contractors face danger, even death, just doing their jobs

Serving Uncle Sam can be dangerous – even deadly. Four federal employees have died in the line of duty so far in fiscal 2015, following two in fiscal 2014, according to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). That doesn’t include contractors working for the federal government, like the security officer killed last Friday while protecting […]

Public housing officials blast Obama administration’s move to oust wealthier tenants from subsidized homes

A leading group that represents housing authorities across the country is balking at the federal government’s new campaign to boot high-earning tenants from subsidized apartments. And it’s urging the Obama administration and Congress to let them stay. Show More Summary

After murders and other violence, federal Job Corps program comes under scrutiny

The arrests this month of four young men on charges they hacked a fellow student to death in a federally funded job training center in Miami — and another murder in St. Louis this spring —are putting a spotlight on violence inside Job Corps. The antipoverty program born during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty to give […]

Bernie Sanders to Postal Service: Relaxed mail standards ‘a disaster’

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that the Postal Service caused a “disaster that is negatively impacting Americans all over this country” when it shuttered more than 140 mail-sorting plants and slowed delivery times to cut costs. “I have heard from people all over this country who have reported serious delays in receiving life-saving […]

Patent office chief to employees: Time and attendance abuse ‘is absolutely unacceptable’

Responding to a furor over a patent examiner who billed the government for four months of work he didn’t do, the head of the federal agency that approves patents and trademarks told employees Tuesday that such abuse “will not be tolerated.” “Unfortunately, as in all large organizations, there may be instances where some employees do […]

Top leaders of Solyndra solar panel company repeatedly misled federal officials, investigation finds

Top leaders of a troubled solar panel company that cost taxpayers a half-billion dollars repeatedly misled federal officials and omitted information about the firm’s financial prospects as they sought to win a major government loan, according to a newly-released federal investigative report. Show More Summary

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