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Unaccompanied children crossing southern border in greater numbers again, raising fears of new migrant crisis

Unaccompanied minors are crossing the U.S. southwest border in growing numbers again, sparking concerns that the new influx of children could eventually approach the levels that last year prompted the Obama administration to declare a humanitarian crisis. In October and November, more than 10,500 children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border by themselves, the vast majority from […]

Obama administration celebrates top civil servants; antidote to government breakdowns

On Friday, the Volcker Alliance, a good governance group, released a report targeting “the recent cascade of federal government breakdowns.” On Tuesday, the Obama administration highlighted federal employees who “excelled in their fields...Show More Summary

She’s braved rough seas and space walks. Can she weather climate change skeptics?

Kathryn Sullivan has helped U.S. Navy sailors navigate —literally —through rough seas as an oceanographer in the Navy Reserves. As a NASA astronaut, she’s walked in space, the first American woman to step outside a spacecraft, 140 miles above Earth. Show More Summary

In the race to open Congress’s secretive think tank, a new trove of confidential research goes public

A new website is cracking open Congress’s secretive in-house think tank with a free, publicly accessible archive of 33,000 research reports on public policy issues from the U.S. Postal Service to Bitcoin. joins at least...Show More Summary

The Chinese didn’t just hack federal employees. Journalists were swept up in the massive breach, too.

The government is notifying journalists who are accredited by federal agencies that their personal information may have been stolen by the Chinese, another sign of the breadth of the massive hack of U.S. computer networks. The exposure of Social Security numbers and other personal data of people who never worked for the government, but have or […]

Government ‘breakdowns’ thwart turning policy into action

The two Pauls make a great team of opposites. Here’s Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman, taller than Kobe Bryant and heavy with gravitas. There’s Paul Light, the spry professor of public service, armed with the wit of a television talk show host, no taller than Volcker’s shoulders. They are like a straight-man-and-comic duo. […]

DHS crisis manager in chief leaving federal government

As the top crisis manager at the massive Department of Homeland Security, Christian Marrone has taken plenty of hairy calls with a major problem unfolding on the other end of the line. Because he serves as chief of staff to Secretary Jeh Johnson and helps oversee a federal agency tasked with protecting the country, Marrone […]

Feds get half-day on Christmas Eve

Ho ho ho. President Obama is playing Santa early with an executive order closing federal offices on the afternoon of Christmas Eve and allowing employees the time off with pay. The time off will not be charged as leave or vacation time. “Most employees who are excused from duty for the last half of the […]

Amtrak President Joseph Boardman says he plans to step down next year

After almost eight tumultuous years at the helm, Amtrak President Joseph H. Boardman says he plans to step down from the job next September. Boardman, 66, sent a letter to Amtrak workers this week saying he had informed Amtrak’s board of his intention to retire. “When I look back at this time, I see so […]

U.S., Cuba to re-establish direct mail service in latest sign of normalizing relations

The United States and Cuba said Friday that they will re-establish direct mail service between the two countries for the first time in more than a half century, the latest sign of thawing relations between the long-time adversaries. In separate statements, the State Department and the Cuban embassy in Washington said the agreement was reached […]

All that advice on how to save money? Lots of it goes down the drain, watchdogs tell Congress

  Federal watchdogs told Senate lawmakers Thursday that thousands of their recommendations for eliminating millions of wasted dollars every year get swept under the rug and simply never implemented. “While much progress has been made...Show More Summary

Feds’ giving to workplace campaign drops, but they donate time and charities cope

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which bills itself as the “world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign,” closes its annual drive on Tuesday. Its workplace is the federal government and Uncle Sam’s employees can be a generous lot. But the CFC is not as successful as it used to be. Contributions have been […]

Anita Patel: Helping the CDC prepare for flu season

Well in advance of the current flu season, Anita Patel worked with pharmaceutical companies to ensure that there would be a sufficient nationwide supply of prescription anti-viral drugs to minimize the symptoms of those who get sick and to help people get better faster. Patel, a clinical pharmacist with the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Shuttering the government actually costs more than keeping it open — more than $2 billion last time

Note: This story has been updated. It originally ran on Sept. 24, 2015, before Congress approved a temporary funding measure to avert a government shutdown. The legislation expires this week, leaving Congress faced with the same spending issues that went unresolved earlier this fall. Budget hawks in Congress may stand their ground on wasteful spending, […]

VA official pushes back against lawmakers, saying ‘You can’t fire your way to excellence’

A Veterans Affairs official on Wednesday defended the department’s decision to demote but not fire two senior executives who collected $400,000 in a relocation scheme, and pushed back sharply against lawmakers for pressing for punishment rather than accountability for the VA workforce. “In my many years in the private sector, I’ve never encountered an organization […]

The top five things federal managers should do to make their staff happy

Now that the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings are out and agencies are poring through the employee survey they’re based on, acting personnel chief Beth Cobert has some suggestions for government leaders: Five ways to help make your employees feel engaged in their work. Show More Summary

Starbucks gift cards, lunch, time off: How HUD got more employees to respond to survey of feds

Relatively speaking, 2015 was a good year for improving morale at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. While it ranked 21st of 23 mid-sized agencies in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, HUD’s job satisfaction...Show More Summary

If the government shuts, don’t plan on visiting Yellowstone, financing your home or getting your tax refund

Note: This story has been updated. It originally ran on Sept. 23, 2015, before Congress approved a temporary funding measure to avert a government shutdown. The legislation expires this week, leaving Congress faced with the same spending issues that went unresolved earlier this fall. Old Faithful would erupt with no one watching, because Yellowstone National […]

Who gets sent home if the government shuts down

Note: This story and graphic have been updated. They originally ran on Sept. 22, 2015, before Congress approved a temporary funding measure to avert a government shutdown. The legislation expires this week, leaving Congress faced with the same spending issues that went unresolved earlier this fall. The burden of a government shutdown would not fall […]

Scientists keep rallying around NOAA chief in climate feud, telling her, ‘stay firm against bullying tactics’

Scientists keep rallying behind Kathryn Sullivan, the federal official on one side of a two-month standoff with a senior House Republican over a groundbreaking climate change study. On Monday, the chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...Show More Summary

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