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Millennials like government work, but don’t stay long, survey finds

With federal job satisfaction ebbing in recent years because of fiscal pressures and a lack of confidence in top managers, the government’s personnel office on Wednesday highlighted one group of civil servants that seems relatively happy: Millennials. Show More Summary

Peace Corps reports record-breaking application numbers

Peace Corps applications increased 70 percent this year, setting a 22-year high for the number of individuals trying to serve with the volunteer program, the agency announced Wednesday. More than 17,300 Americans applied for two-year...Show More Summary

Is the new VA firing law not strict enough for true accountability?

A top Republican on Tuesday said new firing guidelines for the Department of Veterans Affairs may not be strict enough to hold officials fully accountable for ethics and performance problems, both of which have plagued the agency in recent months. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), who heads the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said Congress may need to […]

Federal workers to see another rate increase for health coverage

Federal employees will pay an average of about 4 percent more for their health insurance in 2015, marking the fourth straight year of increases in that range, government officials said Tuesday. The Office of Personnel Management said there will be no significant coverage changes in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and that the number of […]

Federal employees were key to gay marriage court victories

Look behind the incredible speed of same-sex marriage judicial victories, including Monday’s Supreme Court decision, and you’ll find federal employees. They are not high-profile politicians or appointed officials. You won’t find them on the Sunday morning talk shows or in the national headlines. But they have been in the vanguard of the marriage equality movement […]

The federal government has an app for catching child predators

The federal campaign against child predators got a little more high-tech last year when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a free iPhone app that allows the public to report information about suspects and fugitives. On...Show More Summary

Farmers giving livestock more antibiotics despite superbug threat

The sale of antibiotics for livestock increased 16 percent from 2009 to 2012 in a trend that has troubling implications for resistance in humans, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said in a recent annual report on...Show More Summary

A brief history of quarantines in the United States

The growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has raised questions about how the U.S. government should respond to the epidemic. President Obama on Monday found himself at odds with leading Republicans over how to deal with the issue after a Liberian man was hospitalized with the deadly virus last week in Dallas. Show More Summary

VA moves to fire two top officials with ties to scandals

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday that it plans to fire two key officials, one who served as head of a troubled regional health network and the other a top contracting officer who allegedly steered work to a Virginia firm. Show More Summary

Where are the CDC’s quarantine stations, and what do they do?

Public health officials say Ebola is extremely unlikely to spread in the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the lookout for international travelers who might be carrying the deadly virus. The agency operates a network of 20 quarantine stations where health officers can “decide whether ill persons can enter the United […]

How the Postal Service put your change-of-address information at risk

With breaches of personal data being a top concern for federal agencies, the U.S. Postal Service faces a huge security risk of its own: It has jeopardized 13 million addresses of customers who are forwarding mail to their new homes. That’s the alarming conclusion of an audit by the Postal Service inspector general’s office, which found […]

Judge: IRS watchdog not exempt from disclosure law in White House case

A federal court this week said the Internal Revenue Service’s inspector general is not exempt from disclosure rules as it investigates whether the White House received unauthorized access to protected taxpayer information. Judge Amy Jackson, with the U.S. Show More Summary

Political rivals Issa and Cummings urge immediate review of Secret Service

It’s not every day that Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) work together or even get along. The pair have a contentious history — in one tense moment this year, Issa cut off Cummings’s microphone during a congressional hearing. But the Secret Service mess is not your everyday kind of scandal. In the congressional […]

Government ZipCars? Feds enter growing car-sharing economy

The federal fleet of cars and trucks, the majority of which — about 200,000 vehicles– are managed for civilian agencies by the General Services Adminstration, cost GSA $430 million last year, according to a report on the fleet. These include fuel, depreciation and maintenance costs, plus the tab to replace cars and trucks once they wear out. It’s a lot of […]

Five takeaways from this week’s Secret Service turmoil-fest

The past week has been full of turmoil for the Secret Service, with the surfacing of troubling details about the agency’s handling of White House and presidential security breaches during the Obama administration. On Tuesday, President...Show More Summary

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

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