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For vacationers, an app to guide them to federal destinations

With spring and summer vacation season around the corner, the Obama administration is announcing a digital initiative for tourists Friday: An app to guide them to parks, forests, campsites, rivers and other federal property they may not know about. The Interior Department, working with the Department of Agriculture, will host a “Hackathon” on April 11 and 12 for […]

Tired of shutdown battles? This bill would end them for good.

Tired of fretting about government shutdowns? Budget lapses would be a thing of the past under a new proposal from a House Democrat who wants to put an end to them for good. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said this week that he is seeking co-sponsors for a “Shut Down the Shutdowns Act” that would automatically extend existing appropriations levels for […]

NTEU president to retire after 16 years as head of federal union

Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, has announced plans to retire this year after the labor group’s convention in August. NTEU is the second largest federal worker labor group. In a memo to NTEU chapter presidents, Kelley said she will not seek reelection after ending her fourth term, and will  be […]

Report: FBI system can chill potential whistleblowers

Jane Turner loved being a FBI agent. It had been her dream job since she was 13, and she had been a good agent during her 25 years with the bureau. But once she became a whistleblower, the FBI turned on her the way a mob turns on a snitch, by her telling. She wasn’t […]

VA illegally shifted funds to pay for new IT system — in Frank Underwood fashion

In a case of art imitating life, officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs illegally steered agency funding from its intended purpose to pay for an unrelated program. A review by the VA inspector general’s office found that two former heads of the department’s Chief Business Office shifted $92.5 million in medical-support money toward the development of […]

Grassley wants to block so-called ‘amnesty bonuses’ for immigrants

A senior Republican is pushing for Congress to ban millions of immigrants from receiving tax credits for the working poor under President Obama’s recent immigration orders. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday said he is drafting a...Show More Summary

House set to allow ‘clawback’ of VA employee awards

The Veterans Affairs Department could recoup awards and bonuses already paid to its employees largely at the department secretary’s discretion, under a bill that could come to a House vote as soon as Monday evening.

Why a DHS shutdown won’t stop Obama’s immigration orders

The Department of Homeland Security this week remains on shutdown alert after Congress approved another seven days of funding for the agency on Friday. That leaves Republicans continuing an internal debate over whether to partially close the department to protest President Obama’s controversial immigration actions, which he announced in November. Show More Summary

This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down

A potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown would directly affect lawmakers’ pocketbooks under a bill introduced in the House this week. The Democratic measure, sponsored by Reps. Brad Ashford (Neb.), Gwen Graham (Fla.), Scott...Show More Summary

Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services

When writing checks to the Internal Revenue Service, taxpayers might wish Uncle Sam had a much smaller appetite. Yet they know that putting him on a severe diet means Sam can’t get his job done. The diet Congress has imposed on the IRS means taxpayers not only have to pay up, but they also have […]

Investigators probing for criminal activity with Lois Lerner’s missing emails

Federal investigators are looking for possible criminal activity in connection with the missing emails of a central figure in the Internal Revenue service’s targeting scandal. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration testified...Show More Summary

Key senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general

Three key senators on Thursday proposed bipartisan legislation to expand the authority of the official agency watchdogs and ensure that their work does not meet with interference. The measure would allow inspectors general to subpoena...Show More Summary

Pot became legal in D.C. today. Does anything change for federal workers?

Marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia this morning, but many rules remain unchanged for the roughly half million U.S. government employees and military personnel who live in the area. As of 12:01 a.m., local authorities have allowed anyone 21 and older to possess up to 2 ounces of pot, although the drug is still prohibited on […]

Bipartisan bill would provide back pay in event of Homeland Security shutdown

A bipartisan House measure would provide back pay to Department of Homeland Security employees if the agency partially shuts down Saturday because of a lapse in congressional funding. Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (D-Va.) introduced...Show More Summary

VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

Civil service reform is a hardy perennial that doesn’t die, but also doesn’t bloom. Good-government groups call for changes in reports that are read, discussed and shelved. President Obama’s repeated proposals for a Commission of Federal Public Service Reform have been ignored by Congress. He first made that call in 2011, then in each budget request […]

Secret Service conducting drone exercises in U.S. capital region

The Secret Service on Tuesday announced plans for conducting drone exercises in the Washington, D.C., area, but the agency provided few details about the program and declined to answer basic questions about it. The agency’s brief announcement, just two paragraphs and 76 words long, said exercises will take place “in the coming days and weeks” in “normally […]

GAO cites Homeland Security’s progress in fixing management problems, praises Johnson

The Department of Homeland Security has made significant progress in fixing its numerous management challenges, and Secretary Jeh Johnson has shown “exemplary commitment” in improving the agency charged with safeguarding Americans, government auditors said. Show More Summary

VA secretary says he made a ‘mistake’ in wrongly saying he was in the special forces

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert “Bob” McDonald apologized again Tuesday for falsely stating that he served in Special Forces, saying that he made the error when trying to make a “connection” with a reportedly homeless veteran. “In an attempt to connect with that veteran to make him feel comfortable, I incorrectly stated that I too had been in special […]

VA secretary calls members of Congress and veterans groups to apologize, personally

He called his supporters. He called his nemeses. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald took to his phone Tuesday, personally apologizing for falsely telling a homeless veteran that he served in the special forces. The issue is particularly sensitive for members of the special forces, the most elite units in the military. McDonald said he “had no […]

Veterans express anger, frustration with VA Secretary wrongly stating he was in the Special Forces

Veterans took to Facebook to voice their frustration with Robert McDonald, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who lied about his military record in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera and aired on national television. Show More Summary

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