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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Oak Ridge Boys to VA: ‘Get your butts in gear.’ Group is new spokesband for American Legion

Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys has a message for the Department of Veterans Affairs: “Get your butts in gear and look after our kids coming home.” He’s speaking in his new official capacity, since the “The Oaks” are the new spokesband, as it were, for the American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization. The Grammy […]

Why is the U.S. saving old nukes? To save Earth from giant asteroids, of course.

The U.S. government has decided to hold onto some of its old nuclear weapons that were scheduled for disassembly next year to determine whether they could be good for blasting earthbound asteroids. Sounds like someone pulled that plan...Show More Summary

In effort to end veteran homelessness by 2015, this $270 million doesn’t hurt

The Obama administration has announced a new round of funding to help meet its goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, pumping nearly $270 million into programs aimed at addressing the problem. The Department of Housing and Urban...Show More Summary

Meet Joseph Clancy, the new acting Secret Service chief

The Secret Service’s new acting interim director, Joseph Clancy, served as head of the agency’s presidential protection division until 2011, when he retired and became director of corporate security for Comcast. Clancy was named to the Secret Service post Wednesday, following the resignation of Julia Pierson. Show More Summary

Secret Service chief Julia Pierson resigns

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Secret Service chief Julia Pierson, one day after she went through a grilling on Capitol Hill over her agency’s recent problems with White House security. Show More Summary

Foster Farms outbreak sparks legal petition to outlaw dangerous pathogens

Although hundreds of Americans were hospitalized over the past two years with salmonella poisoning linked to Foster Farms chickens, the U.S. Agriculture Department said it had no power to order a recall on the contaminated poultry. The Center for Science in the Public Interest took steps Wednesday to change that. The Washington-based group filed a […]

Key Homeland Security official urges passage of cybersecurity bill

A top Department of Homeland Security official on Wednesday called on Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation, saying there is a “dire need” to strengthen the department’s ability to defend against cyberattacks. Deputy Secretary Alejandro...Show More Summary

Amid threats abroad, Homeland Security chief keeps eye on homegrown terrorism

Much of the public discourse in Washington in recent weeks has focused on possible new threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State and other extremist groups. But Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he is even more concerned about a danger that has been around for years, since even before the Sept. 11, […]

How some budget cuts can actually add to deficits

Wednesday marks one year since the government shut down because of a congressional budgeting impasse caused by disagreements over how to reduce the nation’s deficit. That same legislative gridlock allowed government-wide spending cuts to take effect in March 2013, ushering in an era of sequestration that continues to this day. Show More Summary

Did sequestration cause the Secret Service’s problems?

Del. Eleanor Norton (D-D.C.) suggested at a hearing on Tuesday that budget cuts may have contributed to the Secret Service’s security troubles, saying Congress “has to take some responsibility” for the problems. The hearing, with the...Show More Summary

House hearing hits Secret Service culture following failures at White House

Julia A. Pierson might need more than a bulletproof vest to protect her job security as Secret Service director after the shots she took from members of Congress Tuesday. She was called to Capitol Hill  in the wake of an outrageous breach of security that allowed a man with a knife to jump the White […]

Report: IRS letting delinquent taxpayers off the hook too easily

The Internal Revenue Service did incomplete work on nearly 60 percent of the tax-delinquency cases that it closed without collecting payments in 2012, potentially costing the government billions of dollars in missed revenue, according to federal auditors. Show More Summary

How federal work is less deadly than private-sector work, in one chart

Government jobs can be dangerous, depending on the occupation, but federal employees suffer fewer fatal work injuries than private-sector employees, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest numbers show thatShow More Summary

VA whistleblowers win settlements in retaliation cases

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached settlements with three whistleblowers who helped expose wrongdoing at the Phoenix VA hospital, where details of a nationwide record-keeping scandal emerged this year. The U.S. Office ofShow More Summary

Arson at Chicago air traffic center raises questions about background checks

The arson incident that halted more than a thousand flights at two Chicago airports on Friday revived old questions about the federal government’s ability to screen employees and contractors for potential security risks. Federal Aviation...Show More Summary

Report: EPA asbestos experiment threatened public health

The federal agency in charge of protecting human health and the environment caused a threat in both of those areas while experimenting with a relatively new method for asbestos control, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. Show More Summary

Report: Your government is getting more male; percentage of women hired is falling

The federal government in recent years has been hiring significantly more men than women than it did previously, according to data released this week. Women accounted for 43 percent of federal hires in 2000 but by 2012 that percentage had fallen by six points to 37 percent, the Merit Systems Protection Board said in a […]

Federal grand jury indicts former GSA official on charges of fraud

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a former government official at the center of the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas conference scandal on five counts of fraud. Prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of California said former GSA acting commissioner Jeffrey E. Show More Summary

Questionable records show veteran rescheduled VA appointment after death

Evidence of the Department of Veterans Affairs record-keeping scandal doesn’t get any more obvious than this: VA records show that an ex-Marine who died while waiting for care at a Minneapolis clinic later rescheduled his appointment from the grave. The issue, brought to light this week in a USA Today report, prompted members of the Minnesota congressional […]

How good, or bad, is Secret Service morale?

In a city overflowing with police agencies, the officers of the Secret Service’s Uniform Division (UD) project a particular professionalism. Their crisp white shirts don’t even seem to wrinkle. But, unfortunately, their reputation no longer shines as brightly as it once did. When Omar Gonzalez scaled the White House fence last week, sprinted across the […]

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