Postal Service claiming immunity from traffic laws; Cyber attack hits Energy Department

A few items that caught our attention today:

(Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

• A lawyer for the U.S. Postal Service is arguing that the agency cannot be ticketed for traffic violations by state and local authorities, according to The Federal Times.

USPS wants a court to dismiss $700 worth of tickets to carriers in East Cleveland for allegedly running red lights in school zones. A lawyer for the agency claims “the Postal Service enjoys federal immunity from state and local regulation.

The alleged infractions were all caught by traffic cameras, so the tickets went to the Postal Service instead of the individuals driving.

• The Energy Department suffered a cyber attack at its headquarters in mid-January that compromised the personal information of several hundred federal and contractor employees, according to The Federal Times.

Army Secretary John McHugh has called for an overhaul of the Army’s mental health programs, citing a need for better coordination. He said the existing patchwork system confuses commanders and soldiers and often fails to match service members with the appropriate care.

• President Obama wants to put a more diverse face on his administration as he begins his second round of cabinet nominations, according to the Associated Press. So far during his second term, he has filled his vacancies with white men.

• Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has raised the possibility of a filibuster to block the nomination of former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel to become secretary of defense, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said he will not support such a move.


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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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