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A decade in, DHS program to detect bio-threats may not be able to detect bio-threats, auditors say

More than a decade after the Department of Homeland Security began a program to fight biological terrorism, “considerable uncertainty” remains over whether the system can reliably detect biological threats, a new federal audit says. The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is the latest blow to DHS’s BioWatch system, the agency’s marquee post-Sept. 11, […]

Standoff over government climate study provokes national uproar by scientists

A top House lawmaker’s confrontation with government researchers over a groundbreaking climate change study is provoking a national backlash from scientists, who say his campaign represents the most serious threat Congress has posed to scientific freedom. Show More Summary

Survey says Uncle Sam flunks government

If Uncle Sam were in school, he’d flunk government. His report card, in the form of a Pew Research Center survey, found “Americans’ overall views of the federal government are very negative.” With just one-fifth of those surveyed saying they trust government at least most of the time and think government programs are well run, […]

NOAA chief tells lawmaker: No one will ‘coerce the scientists who work for me’

The Obama administration is continuing to resist efforts by a top House Republican to gain access to the internal deliberations of federal scientists who authored a groundbreaking global warming study the lawmaker is investigating. In response to a threat from House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) to subpoena Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, the head […]

Top lawmaker rebutted on climate study accusation

The escalating struggle between an influential House Republican and government scientists over their pivotal study of global warming now turns on accusations that they rushed to publish their findings to advance President Obama’s agenda on climate change. Show More Summary

NASA not ready for dangers of deep space, auditors say

American culture and cinema often glorifies space travel, from the heroic early adventurers of “The Right Stuff” to the more recent rescue of Matt Damon’s astronaut character from Mars in “The Martian.” [Stirring and amusing, ‘The Martian’ defines what’s best about big movies] But the reality is less glamorous, with journeys into deep space posing serious dangers […]

Even small awards to wayward feds make Uncle Sam look bad

The numbers are penny-ante, but that’s not the point. Bonuses awarded to federal employees who’ve had disciplinary issues present an image problem for Uncle Sam and fuel a narrative that undermines the workforce. The latest example comes from a Social Security Administration (SSA) inspector general report this month that found the agency paid performance awards […]

Top science committee Democrat accuses GOP lawmaker of new low in climate feud

The top Democrat on the House Science Committee on Thursday assailed Chairman Lamar Smith’s assertion that a groundbreaking global warming study was rushed to publication by federal scientists as an “after-the-fact attempt to justify...Show More Summary

Transportation Undersecretary Peter Rogoff is departing for Seattle

After decades of toil in the nation’s capital, Transportation Undersecretary Peter Rogoff is departing to take the reins of a transit agency in Seattle. Rogoff ran the Federal Transit Administration before Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx elevated him to become his right-hand man. His résumé also includes 22 years on the staff of the Senate Appropriations […]

New data show homelessness dropped early this year, HUD says, but problems persist

New figures released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Thursday show that 564,708 people were homeless on a night in January of this year, a 2 percent drop from 2014. HUD officials said the decline, of a total of 11 percent since 2007, is an encouraging sign that the Obama administration is succeeding in […]

Secret Service in hot seat, but other agencies could feel the heat

The Secret Service director was in the congressional hot seat, but it is all of government and its workforce that could feel the heat. Director Joseph Clancy was summoned to Capitol Hill Tuesday for interrogation by a joint Senate-House panel whose members were upset that his agency had abused unflattering information about one of their […]

The VA counselor who thought it would be funny to dress up as a disabled Marine for Halloween

An addiction therapist at the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix has been placed on leave after he wore a Halloween costume to work that appeared to mock a disabled Marine who was punished for reporting the mishandling of suicidal veterans. The therapist’s supervisor, who allegedly allowed him to wear the costume all day, also has been placed on […]

Congressional climate change skeptic threatens to subpoena commerce secretary to get NOAA documents

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) opened another front in his war with federal climate researchers on Wednesday, saying a groundbreaking global warming study was “rushed to publication” over the objections of numerous scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Show More Summary

Top VA official: Private doctors must be ‘part of the fabric of VA care’

A top Veterans Affairs official told lawmakers Wednesday that the government’s network of private doctors available to veterans at taxpayer expense is “too complicated” for veterans, physicians and VA employees. Deputy Secretary Sloan...Show More Summary

VA looks to revamp private care for veterans in ambitious plan

The Department of Veterans Affairs will unveil a wide-reaching plan to Congress Wednesday to merge its unwieldy network of private doctors, an acknowledgement that the government cannot address a surging demand from veterans for medical care alone. Show More Summary

ISIS threat to ‘strike’ Washington causes concern but no panic

The news about terrorist atrocities feels like an onslaught: Teams of coordinated killers took at least 129 lives in Paris and wounded 350 more last week. The day before those attacks, suicide bombers killed 43 in a Beirut suburb. [As world mourns Paris, many in Mideast see double-standard] Russian officials confirmed Tuesday a jetliner was […]

Mia Beers: Helping in West Africa to stop the spread of a deadly disease

A year ago, Ebola was raging through West Africa, killing thousands of people and devastating communities — turning a public health problem into a global crisis. The predicament led the United States to launch a massive effort to stop the disease from spreading and protect American and foreign doctors going into the hot zones to […]

Senior Obama officials have warned of challenges in screening refugees from Syria

The Obama administration is fighting a growing national backlash against accepting Syrian refugees, saying the government’s exhaustive screening process and security checks for new arrivals mean they can be safely brought to American soil. Show More Summary

Agencies pulled out of briefing on personal data theft, panel says

Three agencies pulled out of a closed-door briefing Tuesday on the cybertheft from government computers of personal information on more than 22 million people, the House Armed Services Committee has said, calling their action “disturbing.” A committee statement said that the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of […]

House Oversight chairman questions Secret Service’s hunt for whistleblowers

Lawmakers on Tuesday raised concerns about why the Secret Service appears to be trying to identify whistleblowers inside the agency at the same time its director has vowed to fix serious problems that  whistleblowers first brought to light. Show More Summary

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