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Senator calls for independent investigation of the vastly over-budget $1.7 billion Denver VA hospital

As the members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee toured the half-finished VA medical center in Aurora, Colo., Friday, one of them called for an independent investigation of the $1 billion in cost overruns at the $1.7 billion hospital. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-Conn.)  suggested the U.S. Department of Justice conduct the investigation instead of the U.S. […]

VA says Denver hospital investigation will now have a construction expert

The team investigating who is responsible for cost overruns and mistakes inside the still unfinished $1.73 billion Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in suburban Denver will now have a construction expert after criticism over the makeup of the panel, VA announced. Show More Summary

Homeland Security’s 22 agencies learning to work ‘under one roof’

When Jeh Johnson became Homeland Security secretary in December 2013, he inherited a problem familiar to everyone who has led the sprawling department: how to make scores of government agencies work together to protect Americans. “This...Show More Summary

Good news about feds doing important work, saving money

Bad news often makes the news, no question about it. When I check my list of recent columns, I find news about the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing; federal agents taking prostitutes, money, even an AK-47 assault rifle from drug cartels; and government whistleblowers being hammered by management. So it is with relief and […]

Federally-run Indian schools are in rough shape because of a broken bureaucracy

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Education spends nearly 56 percent more money than American public schools on each student, but many Native Americans learn in facilities that are languishing in poor condition, according to federal auditors. A report this week from the Government Accountability Office said the agency has struggled to staff, manage and repair its schools, largely […]

After a year of frustration, new bill would make it easier to fire VA employees

One year after the largest scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs history, a congressman says he will introduce the VA Accountability Act, which would give the new VA secretary sweeping authority to fire corrupt or incompetent employees. Show More Summary

VA Denver construction investigation is missing one thing: An expert on construction

The investigative board tasked with diving deep into what went wrong with the vastly overbudget $1.7 billion Department of Veterans Affairs hospital construction project in suburban Denver has a lawyer on the panel and a specialist in employee relations. Show More Summary

Federal workers: Are your agencies prepared for the retirement wave?

Thousands of federal employees are retiring from the government. We want to know from employees and managers: Is anyone backfilling their jobs? Please take our survey below:

VA clinic substituted mental-health drugs to save money

A Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in West Virginia put patients at risk by substituting prescribed mental-health medications with older drugs to cut costs, according to a federal investigation. The practice, exposed byShow More Summary

VA benefits claims employees in Philadelphia and Oakland say they were ‘demoralized’ when they blew the whistle on problems

Veterans Administration whistleblowers from two VA regional offices — Philadelphia and Oakland — told a U.S. House committee hearing that management at their benefits claims office “created a hostile work environment” that has left employees...Show More Summary

Is she here for her husband? Her son? No. She’s a veteran, too.

As the number of female veterans continues to increase, a prominent veterans service organization is asking the federal government to conduct a study that would evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ability to meet the growing needs of women veterans and study their levels of privacy and security when they do seek treatment. Show More Summary

House Republicans say IRS should blame itself for rough tax season

It was a tough tax season for the Internal Revenue Service, but GOP lawmakers in Congress says the agency only has itself to blame. Last month, IRS commissioner John Koskinen said that years of budget cuts and staffing losses had led to “abysmal” customer service from his agency. But Republicans on the House Ways and […]

Homeland Security is laying roots in Silicon Valley, and you might not like its reasons

The Department of Homeland Security plans to open an office in California’s Silicon Valley to recruit talent from the technology sector and build relationships with the industry. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced theShow More Summary

Door deliveries work better for mail advertisers. Here’s why that matters

Various postal bills in recent years have called for greater use of curbside mail drop offs and neighborhood cluster boxes as a way to help the U.S. Postal Service return to profitability. The idea is that mail carriers could do their...Show More Summary

Oklahoma City bombing still sears federal workers

Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The crime still sears federal employees. Timothy McVeigh, an Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm, was executed for what the FBI called “the worst act of homegrown terrorism in the nation’s history.” Terry Nichols, an Army buddy, […]

U.S. sends illegal immigrants home on expensive charter flights that are largely empty

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement may be wasting loads of money flying illegal immigrants home on expensive but largely empty charter flights, according to federal auditors. A recent review by the the Department of Homeland Security...Show More Summary

DEA agents had the fun, now boss pays the price

The DEA agents had all the fun, now their boss is paying the price. They partied with prostitutes and took expensive gifts, but it is the Drug Enforcement Administration chief whose head could roll, while some agents got off lightly. A strong bipartisan majority of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has taken the […]

Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out

In recent years, scandals and budget cuts have made training and career development an afterthought for many federal workers. But with waves of retirees taking decades of expertise with them, younger employees stepping into their shoes are finding holes in their knowledge. And often they’re not getting it filled by their agencies. Enter GovLoop, the Facebook for […]

Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

A common complaint among budget hawks is that the government burns through huge sums of money toward the end each fiscal year to avoid the appearance of having spare money. The idea is that Congress might trim funding for agencies that end a cycle with surpluses. A recent study by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center provides […]

House rejects bill to fire tax-delinquent federal employees

The House on Wednesday marked Tax Day by rejecting a bill to punish tax-delinquent federal employees while unanimously approving a similar measure for government contractors. The contractor legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz...Show More Summary

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