Postal workers used government credit cards to gamble and bowl, report says

A few items that caught our attention on Monday:

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Postal Service workers used government credit cards to gamble and bowl: A series of reports from the USPS inspector general show that postal workers used their agency travel cards for gambling, bills and other personal expenses, according to a Washington Examiner report.

A legacy of pain and pride for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: More than half of the 2.6 million Americans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with physical or mental health problems related to their service, feel disconnected from civilian life and believe the government is failing to meet their needs, according to a Washington Post special report.

State Dept. wants $400k camel sculpture at Pakistan embassy: Contracting records show that the State Department plans to spend $400,000 in taxpayer funds on a sculpture titled “Camel Contemplating Needle” for the new American embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, according to a BuzzFeed report.

Engineer shortage possible for Air Force: The chief scientist of the Air Force sees a “perfect storm” of personnel issues developing that could endanger the recruitment and retention of the top engineering talent, according to a Federal Times report.

Army spends $500 million annually on vacant facilities: The Army said in a report that it is wasting at least a half billion dollars each year on facilities it no longer uses nor needs, and that it needs to reduce its excess infrastructure with base realignments and closures, according to a Federal News Radio article.

Pentagon to triple cybersecurity staff to combat attacks: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement on Friday, saying the Pentagon should have 6,000 cyber professionals by 2016. He made the announcement before a visit this week to China, where Chinese officials are likely to challenge him about reports of aggressive U.S. cyber spying, according to an Associated Press report.

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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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