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Secret Service conducting drone exercises in U.S. capital region

The Secret Service on Tuesday announced plans for conducting drone exercises in the Washington, D.C., area, but the agency provided few details about the program and declined to answer basic questions about it. The agency’s brief announcement, just two paragraphs and 76 words long, said exercises will take place “in the coming days and weeks” in “normally […]

GAO cites Homeland Security’s progress in fixing management problems, praises Johnson

The Department of Homeland Security has made significant progress in fixing its numerous management challenges, and Secretary Jeh Johnson has shown “exemplary commitment” in improving the agency charged with safeguarding Americans, government auditors said. Show More Summary

VA secretary says he made a ‘mistake’ in wrongly saying he was in the special forces

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert “Bob” McDonald apologized again Tuesday for falsely stating that he served in Special Forces, saying that he made the error when trying to make a “connection” with a reportedly homeless veteran. “In an attempt to connect with that veteran to make him feel comfortable, I incorrectly stated that I too had been in special […]

VA secretary calls members of Congress and veterans groups to apologize, personally

He called his supporters. He called his nemeses. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald took to his phone Tuesday, personally apologizing for falsely telling a homeless veteran that he served in the special forces. The issue is particularly sensitive for members of the special forces, the most elite units in the military. McDonald said he “had no […]

Veterans express anger, frustration with VA Secretary wrongly stating he was in the Special Forces

Veterans took to Facebook to voice their frustration with Robert McDonald, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who lied about his military record in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera and aired on national television. Show More Summary

What to expect if Homeland Security shuts down next week

Monday passed without a deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security, bringing the agency five days from a partial shutdown as Republicans try to block President Obama’s plans for shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Show More Summary

Documentary about VA crisis hotline was among Oscar winners

A documentary about the experience of staffing a national hotline for troubled military veterans picked up an Academy Award on Sunday, highlighting recent efforts to prevent suicide among former troops. HBO’s “Crisis Hotline: Veterans...Show More Summary

DHS staff would remain on the job with no pay if Congress does not fund agency

Once again, it is federal employees who could take a hit because Uncle Sam can’t get his budget act together. Temporary funding for the Department of Homeland Security expires Friday. If Congress and President Obama can’t agree on an appropriations bill by then, it will drape the agency in confusion. But it won’t shut down, […]

Why Congress doesn’t need to shut down Homeland Security this week

The Department of Homeland Security will run out of money if Congress doesn’t approve a new round of funding for the agency by Sunday. Republicans have threatened to withhold appropriations for the agency until President Obama halts his recent executive actions to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The two sides haven’t flinched from their […]

Longtime USAID contractor embroiled in scandal fires top managers, others

International Relief and Development Inc., once one of the largest nonprofit contractors working for the U.S. Agency for International Development, has dismissed its board of directors and laid off 21 employees in an effort to stabilize the struggling organization, senior managers said Friday. The managers are trying to lift a Jan. 26 suspension issued by […]

Union enters postal talks using Danny Glover star power to expand, not cut services

Contract talks began Thursday between the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and a reenergized union that seeks to broaden the field of play well beyond the negotiating room. Leaders from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) met their USPS counterparts at the Hyatt Regency after a rousing pep rally the night before at the AFL-CIO headquarters. It featured […]

This documentary about the VA’s crisis hotline is among Sunday’s Oscar nominees

“American Sniper” may be one of the favorites to win best picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards, but it’s not the only Oscar-nominated film to shed light on the emotional impacts of war fighting. Among this year’s other nominees is “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” an HBO documentary about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 24-hour call center for troubled veterans […]

HUD paid $37 million a month in subsidies to ineligible households

The Department of Housing and Urban Development granted subsidies for tens of thousands of public-housing tenants who were not eligible for the assistance, according to federal auditors. A recent review by the HUD inspector general’s office found that the department paid an estimated $37 million per month to residents who failed to comply with federal guidelines […]

VA targets Los Angeles as deadline nears for ending veteran homelessness

The Department of Veterans Affairs this month unveiled plans to end veterans homelessness in Los Angeles by 2016. The move came as the agency races to meet its goal of eliminating the same problem across the country by the start of next year. So far, the VA is not on pace to meet its national target, having brought […]

DHS chief: ‘We fully expect to prevail in the courts’ with immigration

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday that his department will comply with a federal judge’s order to halt the controversial immigration actions President Obama announced in November, but he expressed confidence that the administration will win its upcoming appeal. Show More Summary

Strong report gives Secret Service bad rap on training

News about the Secret Service has been pretty bad lately. A fence jumper running into the White House certainly does nothing to enhance the agency’s reputation. But in one way, the Secret Service has received a bit of a bad rap. A panel appointed to examine the agency in the wake of the September fence-jumping […]

Postal inspector general begins second review of mail-surveillance program

The Postal Service inspector general’s office is doing its second review of a controversial surveillance program that allows law-enforcement agencies to intercept suspects’ mail items before they are delivered to record their information. Show More Summary

Federal offices closed in Washington region

Federal offices in the Washington region will be closed on Tuesday because of severe winter weather, according to an announcement from the Office of Personnel Management. Emergency personnel and employees who are scheduled for telework on Tuesday will not have the day off, but teleworkers can request leave. Show More Summary

It was meant to reduce wait times, but veterans say new choice cards are causing more problems

Veterans and some VA doctors say that the new “choice card” program, meant to reduce long patient wait times, is confusing and causing more stress. The choice card issued by the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs was meant to end long wait times for veterans after last summer’s scandal revealed that those who fought for their country were dying […]

Postal Service dealing with national computer outage — but no cyber attack

Friday the 13th’s bad luck came a bit early for the U.S. Postal Service this week as a national computer outage hit the agency during a hardware installation on Thursday. USPS spokeswoman Toni Delancey said Friday that the outage, which began sometime on Thursday afternoon, has affected the agency’s e-mail system and its tracking and scanning services, but that mail […]

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