IRS claims to have lost Lois Lerner e-mails

A few items that caught our attention on Monday:

IRS claims to have lost Lois Lerner e-mails: The IRS said late Friday that it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner’s e-mails for congressional investigators because her computer crashed at one point in 2011, around the time the agency was inappropriately targeting groups for extra scrutiny. Details in this Associated Press report.

Fomer Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Obama to sign order prohibiting contractors from LGBT discrimination:  President Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation a day before he addresses a fundraiser hosted by the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT council, according to a Washington Post report

Three Pinocchios for claim that ending Saturday mail would cost 80,000 jobs: See why Washington Post Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler awarded Three Pinocchios to the claims from Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and the National Letter Carriers Association. Details in this Fact Checker article.

VA doctors say agency punished whistleblowers: The Veterans Affairs Department brushed off, disciplined and fired staff members who objected to falsified patient appointment records and other improper practices, according doctors who spoke for a  New York Times article.

Fight between two watchdogs in VA drama could affect whistleblowers: Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson explains possible ramifications of the fight between the VA inspector general’s office and a watchdog group that refused to hand over its whistleblower files to the agency. Details in this Federal Diary article.

Judges with daughters tend to rule in favor of women’s rights: A new study shows that judges with daughters are more likely to vote in favor of women’s rights than those who have only sons, with the trend being most pronounced among Republican-appointed male judges, according to a New York Times report.

FBI to use 3-D printer to study bombs: The FBI is purchasing a nearly $20,000 3-D printer for a center in Quantico, Va., that inspects flammables picked up on overseas battlefields and U.S. soil, according to a NextGov report

Iraqi insurgents have captured advanced U.S. radios: Insurgents have captured lots of American equipment and weapons in their route of Iraqi security forces, but advanced radio equipment might have the biggest impact, according to a Washington Post Checkpoint article.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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