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Web site to aid victims of federal cyberattack crashes due to high volume

A Web site set up to aid millions of victims of the attack on a database of federal employees’ personal records crashed for several hours Thursday morning because so many people were trying to get through. When current and former employees went to the site and tried to create an account, they got a blank screen, according to […]

‘Draconian’ cut to IRS budget advances

A House subcommittee on Thursday voted to reduce IRS funding by about 8 percent despite objections from several Democrats who called the move penny-wise and pound-foolish. The financial services-general government appropriations bill would set the agency’s 2016 budget at $10.1 billion, which Democrats said is below the level of a decade ago even though the […]

A silver lining in Crystal City: Homeland Security finds use for empty $7.8 million building

The government has found something to do with a $7.8 million building sitting mostly unused in Arlington because of legal setbacks to President Obama’s immigration plans: the facility will be used for other immigration programs. The 11-story structure in the Crystal City area was intended to be the working home for Obama’s executive action potentially […]

Lawmakers ask whether Homeland Security fumbled in fighting bioterror

Two prominent members of Congress are raising questions about whether the Department of Homeland Security may have lost the chance to develop a new technology that scientists say shows great promise in fighting bioterrorism. In a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Show More Summary

Nervous employees dial call centers, a $21 million casualty of massive federal data theft

Hundreds of identify theft specialists at call centers in three states are starting to field inquiries from federal employees affected by the massive data breach that’s costing taxpayers $21 million to notify victims and protect their data. In the 72 hours since a private company the government hired under an emergency contract began e-mailing and sending […]

House plan would cut IRS budget

The IRS would suffer a significant budget cut, but more of its available money would be diverted to improving customer service, under a spending bill drafted in the House. A bill to be considered by a House Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday would provide $10.1 billion for the IRS, $838 million below the current level and […]

Rep. Chris Van Hollen to OPM chief: What are you doing to protect feds’ personal information?

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Jr.  (Md.) a senior House Democrat with tens of thousands of federal workers in his suburban Maryland congressional district, told federal personnel chief Katherine Archuleta this week that her agency needs to do a lot better to protect employees a recent massive data breach and to avoid a recurrence. “I am writing […]

With days to go before funding runs out, will Congress give VA a lifeline on troubled Denver hospital?

In a few days, the Department of Veterans Affairs will run out of money to keep workers on the job at the over-budget hospital under construction in suburban Denver. And once again, Congress and the agency could be heading toward a showdown over how to fix a boondoggle whose cost is now estimated at three times […]

Can USPS find magic again with a new Elvis stamp?

For 22 years, the U.S. Postal Service has been trying to re-create the blockbuster product that brought contemporary subjects to the face of postage stamps and helped the agency’s balance sheet: the Elvis Presley stamp issued in Memphis in January 1993. This summer postal officials are going to try again, dedicating a second stamp at a First-Day-of-Issue […]

Transgender people should use bathroom of gender they identify as, U.S. urges

The federal government is strongly urging employers to give transgender employees access to bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, marking a new policy front in the fast-moving campaign for transgender equality. In a four-page...Show More Summary

DHS chief predicts victory in legal fight over immigration

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson predicted Monday  that federal courts will ultimately allow the Obama administration to proceed with its plans to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. “I believe we will prevail,”...Show More Summary

Is e-mail the safest way to notify feds that they may have been hacked?

As the government today starts notifying about 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal information may be used by cybercriminals, my colleague Andrea Peterson takes a look at the potential pitfalls of contacting everyone by e-mail. Show More Summary

Justice watchdog will publicize employee misconduct investigations online. Will others follow?

When high-level federal employees break the rules, their misconduct is often swept from public view so agencies can avoid embarrassment. Some employees are then allowed to quietly retire rather than have to face the consequences of their actions. Show More Summary

After the latest hack attack, can feds trust Uncle Sam with their personal information?

For federal employees, the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) raises a troubling question: Why should the government be trusted to protect their personal information? OPM says a “cybersecurity incident,” revealed on Thursday, was detected in April. “Incident” is small word for a big theft, a serious and far-reaching hijacking that […]

USPS can’t keep rate increase forever, court rules

The U.S. Postal Service will have to roll back a portion of its largest rate increase in 11 years after a federal court ruled that the higher postage prices in place since January 2014 can’t be permanent. Postal regulators had agreed to a 3-cent emergency postage hike for first-class letters, to 49 cents from 46 […]

What employee information was in the government database hacked by the Chinese?

Here’s what we know from federal officials about the database that was hacked, compromising the personal information of 4 million current and retired employees: It is kept in a data center at the Department of the Interior. The Interior Business Center manages personnel systems — including payroll and security information –and  finances for 150 federal agencies and […]

How federal employees can flag signs their personal information may have been stolen

The Office of Personnel Management has not said for certain whether the hackers who gained access to the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees have tried to use the stolen information. What’s clear is that the intruders broke into a database that includes employee and retiree Social Security numbers, job assignments, […]

Top Weather Service official creates consulting job — then takes it himself with $43,200 raise, watchdog says

A senior National Weather Service official helped write the job description and set the salary for his own post-retirement consulting post– then came back to the office doing the same job with a $43,200 raise, the agency’s watchdog found. The deputy chief financial officer also demanded that he be paid a $50,000 housing allowance near […]

Bill would undermine protections for all VA workers

Congressional efforts to significantly cut workplace protections for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees — with clear implications for the rest of the federal workforce — are moving apace even as the largest federal union mounts a vigorous attack on the legislation. At the same time, the Obama administration is telling agency heads to rein in […]

Embattled TSA closer to getting new leader

  Our colleague Ashley Halsey is reporting that Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger was confirmed by a Senate committee  Thursday as head of the Transportation Security Administration, four days after revelations that airport security had been repeatedly breached by undercover agents. “We’re only as strong as our weakest link, and the recent reports reveal 67 […]

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