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Is the federal hiring system broken?

It’s getting harder to get a job in the federal government.  Some say managers face challenges as they try to hire the best-qualified candidates to a shrinking number of jobs.  The Post wants to hear from you why getting the best people into government is so hard, and what managers are doing about it. We […]

Nurse practitioners say they can help VA with staffing shortages

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners says it has a solution for Robert McDonald, the new secretary of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, which is facing a shortage of doctors. Hire nurses practitioners who’ve received advanced graduate and often doctoral education and clinical training, it says. And allow the NPs, as they are known, to […]

What will be the mail truck of the future?

The U.S. Postal Service mail truck, with its navy blue eagle’s head and beak on the side, is a reminder that the postal carrier still delivers the mail every day, even if Americans don’t write too many letters anymore. And now, it turns out, one of the largest vehicle fleets in the country has reached the […]

‘Sammie’ awards: Meet the VA official expanding the national cemetery system

Ronald E. Walters keeps watch over the dead. As the highest-ranking official at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, Walters knows the importance of getting it right when it comes to serving those who served the nation and making sure they are buried with dignity and honor. Funerals, some say, are really for […]

Rand Paul, Chuck Grassley shine a light on the nonprofit climate change group NEON

Two senators are investigating whether the National Science Foundation and Defense Department auditors skirted federal laws by signing off on a nonprofit organization’s use of taxpayer money for “unallowable expenses,” including alcohol, lobbying and extravagant parties. Show More Summary

VA plans to offer salary boost to attract new doctors

The troubled Veterans Affairs Department said Wednesday that it will boost the maximum salaries for incoming physicians and dentists as part of VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s push to hire an estimated 28,000 health-care providers to handle the backlog of veterans who need care. Not to mention a flood of former troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and […]

GOP congressman seeks criminal prosecution of patent office cheating

A senior House Republican is asking the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into reports that some federal patent examiners are getting pay and bonuses for time they didn’t work. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), an early champion of letting federal employees work from home, said the reports of time and attendance fraud could undermine the government’s […]

Federal background checks, one year after the Navy Yard shooting

A year after a Navy and Marine Corps subcontractor killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, the federal government has fired the firm that handled most of its background checks, conducted multiple reviews of security-clearance processes and changed key screening policies. Gunman Aaron Alexis, with his troubling police records and signs of mental illness, […]

Somber Navy ceremony remembers ‘good people’

A year later, Paul Lopez knows he is fortunate to be alive. He was in Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard last Sept. 16 when Aaron Alexis, armed with a Remington 870 shotgun and a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, killed 12 workers. Lopez knew half of them. “About six of my co-workers went down in […]

On maternity leave? You may face lending bias, HUD says

The couple, who had just had twins, thought everything was on track when their mortgage application was approved and the closing for their new Virginia home was scheduled. But when the bank learned that the wife was on maternity leave, the lender — FirstBank — reversed its decision, denied the loan, and caused the wife and […]

More fallout from VA, IRS scandals hitting federal employees

Legislators are pushing this week to leave Washington for the campaign trail, but they are taking the time to revisit two scandals, in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the IRS, that have occupied much of their attention this year — with spillover impact on federal employees. The House could vote as early as Tuesday […]

FBI’s Washington field office at center of efforts to get U.S. hostages home

When American journalist Theo Curtis was released in the Golan Heights late last month after being held in Syria by an Islamist group for nearly two years, a pair of FBI agents were waiting for him. One of the agents called Curtis’s mother to tell her that her son was finally safe. That moment was […]

Security clearance process: work in progress

During a memorial service days after 12 people were slain at the Washington Navy Yard last year, President Obama said, “It’s clear we need to do a better job of securing our military facilities and deciding who gets access to them.” That raises this central question on the eve of the Sept. 16 anniversary of […]

How states have gamed Medicaid for hundreds of millions of dollars

States have developed various ways to avoid paying their fair share of Medicaid expenses over the years, in some cases costing the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars in extra funding for the program. The Department of Health and Human Services, which runs Medicaid through its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has known about the […]

Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

Commerce Department officials told congressional investigators Friday they have launched an internal review of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s telework program following allegations of fraudulent practices. The officials alsoShow More Summary

Rep. McCaul questions U.S. response to ‘jihadi cool’ threat

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Tex.) this week questioned the Obama administration’s response to emerging threats from the “jihadi cool” subculture  – young individuals influenced by increasingly sophisticated propaganda campaigns from Muslim extremist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Show More Summary

U.S. border agency ‘vastly overpaid’ to build homes for agents, audit says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection “vastly overpaid” for an employee housing project near one of its checkpoints in rural Arizona, spending nearly eight times the average price of homes in the area to build each of the units, according to a federal audit. The 21 agency homes in Ajo, Ariz, cost about $680,000 each, whereas the average price for […]

Tell us your Navy Yard story

Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, which resulted in 13 deaths, including the gunman’s. The Federal Diary would like to hear from federal employees, contractors and others who were there. What are your recollections? How is your life different? Are you still working for the same agency, but in a different […]

Patent office whistleblower: ‘Managers have no idea when their employees are working’

With top Commerce Department officials headed to Capitol Hill Friday to answer allegations about fraudulent practices by patent examiners, the Washington Post this week obtained copies of the whistleblower complaints that set in motion a series of investigations of the patent office. Show More Summary

Fecal matter, mold and more found on Foster Farms chickens.

A New York-based consumer advocacy group posted more than 300 pages of USDA reports on their Web site Thursday that show widespread health and safety violations at Foster Farms plants across the nation, including mold growth, fecal contamination and cockroaches. The Natural Resources Defense Council reviewed the Department of Agriculture reports and identified more than […]

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