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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 […]

Homeland Security chief draws whoops with worker-morale question

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson got right to the point Thursday afternoon after handing out distinguished-service awards to more than 300 department employees. A recent government survey has shown DHS morale plunging to new lows, but Johnson was having none of it. “There’s a survey that says your morale is low,’’ he said at the start of […]

Can federal managers turn around their employees’ mistrust of them? Here’s one view

The results of this year’s survey of how federal employees feel about working in government are trickling out, and the messages from agencies large and small are sobering. Many employees are unhappy, and it’s worse than last year. While morale is better at particularly mission-driven agencies, and there are bright spots to be sure, the most […]

Commission greenlights grocery deliveries by struggling Postal Service

The Postal Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved a plan for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver groceries in San Francisco as part of a test project that could one day expand into a nationwide program. USPS has already tested the grocery-delivery plan in the San Francisco area through a partnership with, averaging 160 deliveries per day in […]

Stealing things is easier at revamped GSA headquarters, report says

A few items that caught our attention Monday: Stealing things is now easier at GSA headquarters, report says: An inspector general said the open floor plans and flowing work spaces at the General Services Administration’s revamped headquarters in Washington have made stealing important documents and valuable items easier, according to a Federal Times report. Update: GSA […]

House hopeful John Foust on federal workplace issues

This is the second in a series of Federal Diary columns covering races in two open congressional seats in Northern Virginia, home to many federal employees. More than most folks, feds have a particular reason to vote in congressional elections. Congress is like the board of directors for the federal workplace. This year, two strong […]

Department of Energy contractors refuse to turn over documents in firing of nuclear-waste whistleblower

Two federal contractors developing a treatment plant for radioactive waste have refused to hand over records related to the firing of a whistleblower who raised safety concerns, according to a government watchdog agency. Department of...Show More Summary

WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel uses Sen. Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ for ‘Expenditure or Stoner?’ quiz

Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday used Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s 2014 “Wastebook” as the basis of a quiz on his late-night talk show, asking audience members to guess whether projects were real government expenditures or stoner ideas. Show More Summary

Watchdog’s View: An interview with the Department of Energy inspector general

Department of Energy watchdog Gregory Friedman is one of the longest-serving inspectors general in the federal government. He is a methodical examiner who said he thinks of his work in terms of Venn diagrams. In an interview with the...Show More Summary

Investment limits to rise in TSP, similar plans

The investment limits in tax-favored retirement savings programs including the Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees, private-sector 401(k)s and similar plans will increase in 2015, the IRS announced Thursday. The standard limit,...Show More Summary

VA morale low, but actions by new boss could change things

Despite all its recent controversy, the Department of Veterans Affairs generally provides good health care to its patients. Attitudes of VA employees toward their agency, however, are ailing. If Secretary Bob McDonald needed any more confirmation that he waded into a quagmire when he took over the department in July, he got it with VA’s 2014 Federal […]

Can the nation’s oldest veterans groups attract younger veterans?

The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are challenging perceptions that they don’t appeal to younger generations of war fighters after a Washington Times article described the groups as “unwelcoming and out of touch with the needs of post-Sept. Show More Summary

Holder: Federal benefits now available to gay couples in more states

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the government will extend federal benefits to same-sex married couples in seven states where federal appeals courts have struck down bans on the unions. The announcement came 11 days...Show More Summary

Transgender federal employee wins historic discrimination case

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel on Thursday announced a landmark determination that the Department of the Army engaged in “frequent, pervasive and humiliating,” gender-identity discrimination against Tamara Lusardi, a veteran and civilian Army software specialist who transitioned from male to female. Show More Summary

Presidential fellows grow disillusioned with government work, survey shows

A prestigious internship program designed to develop future federal managers is falling short of participants’ expectations, according to a survey released Thursday. Nearly 26 percent of respondents who finished the two-year Presidential...Show More Summary

In its lesser-known role, immigration agency returns stolen artifacts

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is usually associated with its often-controversial enforcement of immigration laws. But the agency has a lesser-known role in returning stolen cultural property to foreign countries, a function...Show More Summary

Inspector slams Secret Service for diverting agents to staffer afraid of neighbor

The Secret Service showed a “serious lapse in judgement” by pulling agents from a White House detail to protect an agency staffer who was involved in a dispute with a neighbor, according to a government review. The assignment was based on the premise that “you look after your people,” investigators found. But Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said there […]

GOP lawmakers want answers for federal paid leave lasting more than one year

Two leading Republican members of Congress have asked 17 federal agencies featured in a new report to account for hundreds of employees they have sidelined on paid leave for a year or more. The study by the Government Accountability Office, disclosed Monday by The Washington Post, found that during a three-year period that ended last fall, more […]

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