House panel rejects White House claim of immunity from subpoena

The move could set up a potential contempt battle between the White House and the House oversight committee.

The Federal Eye

Survey: Does your federal job now require security clearance?

The Washington Post is seeking input from federal workers and contractors whose jobs now require security clearance.

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

John Koskinen offered little new information about the matter, saying he doesn’t want to interfere with an inspector general’s investigation.

Senate panel approves VA secretary nominee

The unanimous voice vote came one day after Robert McDonald told the committee, “I desperately want this job, because I think I can make a difference.”

Lawmakers question $190 million contract for firm accused of fraud

The contract went to a firm that the Justice Department has accused of fraud in an alleged scheme to rush through background checks and increase revenue.

Survey

Are veterans changing life at federal agencies?

The Obama administration is hiring record numbers of veterans to federal jobs. We want to hear from federal workers with and without military backgrounds about life in this new culture.

The Federal Diary

Readers speak out about IRS, VA and senior executives

Readers react to previous Federal Diary columns, speaking their minds on IRS,VA and senior executives.

House takes punitive action against all IRS executives

The House wants to spread mass punishment for senior executives from the VA to the IRS.

Critics: VA uses patient privacy to go after whistleblowers

The Department of Veterans Affairs hospital stands Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The director of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System said Wednesday that it will soon receive as much as $15 million to address an audit showing long wait times for veterans. Juan Morales told reporters that the money will help pay for additional physician-support staff and fees that may be incurred if a veteran has to be sent to an outside provider. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, George Walker IV)

Managers have allegedly threatened employees or retaliated against those who complain about misconduct.

In the Loop

Booker Watch: 87 selfies to go

With August recess right around the corner, Sen. Cory Booker has a ways to go before he reaches his goal of 99 Senate selfies.

Lame ducks can still fly...to Lake Como

Before he leaves the Senate, Sen. Saxby Chambliss is taking one last taxpayer-funded codel to a few enviable countries.

In the Loop: Saxby Chambliss is retiring in style

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) is leaving Capitol Hill — but not before swinging through Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Italy.

The senator may be a lame duck, but he can still fly to Europe.

Fine Print

Fine Print: U.S. trying to seal cracks in Iron Dome deal

The Iron Dome defense

Congress wants more participation by U.S. contractors in production of Israeli air defense system

Fine Print: Civil liberties board reviews NSA data mining

FILE - In this June 6, 2013, file photo, shows plaques outside the National Security Ageny (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. When the NSA intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to an investigation by The Washington Post published on Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Panel fears volume of data risks citizens’ privacy, but found no abuse or disregard of federal law.

Fine Print: What’s the price tag on keeping troops safe?

Time to learn the lessons of nimble, effective procurement for unique military challenges.

The High Court

This term’s key Supreme Court rulings, in the justices’ own words

This photo taken June 30, 2014 shows the Supreme Court in Washington. Conservative Republicans claimed victory this week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House’s acceptance that an immigration overhaul won’t happen this year. Today’s victories could haunt the GOP in two years’ time, as the party’s presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The justices’ writings offer fresh insights into the court’s important decisions from this past term.

High Court: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and guns

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 8: Justice Anthony Kennedy pictured as the nine members of the Supreme Court pose for a new group photograph to reflect their newest member, Elena Kagan, October, 08, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Some see him as the middleman on the gun debate; neither side knows where he’s going to fall on the issue.

Bill Clinton papers reveal maneuvering on high court picks

In June 1993, President Bill Clinton introduces Ruth Bader Ginsburg as his choice for associate justice to succeed Justice Byron White.

They illuminate discussions about his choices of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer for the bench.

The Influence Industry

Influence Industry: U.S. Chamber of Commerce looks West

It hopes to woo Silicon Valley, but whether it can is an open question.

Federal Player of the Week

HUD official coordinated Hurricane Sandy recovery aid

Marion Mollegen McFadden, the chief operating officer and later acting executive director of the recovery task force, led an ambitious interagency effort.

The Federal Coach

Leadership books for the beach

Here are some books that will improve your work life, yet are fun enough to read while on vacation.

Leading the Peace Corps

The world has changed a lot since the Peace Corps was founded 53 years ago.

Trying to improve morale in government

“The myth I would try to dispel is that it’s impossible to get things done.“

Prospects

Job possibilities are growing again

In federal government, hiring is picking up; career-seekers must make an effort to keep pace.

Latest Federal News

Survey: Does your federal job now require security clearance?

The Washington Post is seeking input from federal workers and contractors whose jobs now require security clearance.

Column

In the Loop: Saxby Chambliss is retiring in style

In the Loop: Saxby Chambliss is retiring in style

The senator may be a lame duck, but he can still fly to Europe.

Who knew Afghans don’t like soybeans?

Who knew Afghans don’t like soybeans?

The inspector general hits the Agriculture Department over a $34.4 million program to grow and process soybeans in Afghanistan

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

Column

In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

The senator, clearly looking toward a potential 2016 matchup, piles on the 1990s references.

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

A Dutch mayor called Wednesday for Russian President Putin’s daughter to be deported from the Netherlands.

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

John Koskinen offered little new information about the matter, saying he doesn’t want to interfere with an inspector general’s investigation.

Senate panel approves VA secretary nominee

Senate panel approves VA secretary nominee

The unanimous voice vote came one day after Robert McDonald told the committee, “I desperately want this job, because I think I can make a difference.”

Lawmakers question $190 million contract for firm accused of fraud

Lawmakers question $190 million contract for firm accused of fraud

The contract went to a firm that the Justice Department has accused of fraud in an alleged scheme to rush through background checks and increase revenue.

D.C. area’s new distinction: Most late mail deliveries

D.C. area’s new distinction: Most late mail deliveries

More than two-thirds of the time, carriers are still working after 5. And those in N.Va. have problems, too.

Column

It takes an act of Congress to work in August

There’s a law against the legislative body to be working in August — really.

New plan in works for contraceptive coverage

New plan in works for contraceptive coverage

The Obama administration will address a Supreme Court ruling on employers’ religious objections.

Is your mail coming late? Service cuts are to blame.

Is your mail coming late? Service cuts are to blame.

Almost two-thirds of D.C.-area letter carriers are delivering the mail after 5 p.m., audit finds.

Congress on working in August: It’s against the law!

Congress on working in August: It’s against the law!

Voters may get upset when Congress shuts down in August without passing important legislation, but there’s a law against it.

IRS seeks contractor to destroy hard drives -- properly

IRS seeks contractor to destroy hard drives -- properly

Lawmakers have questioned the IRS’s handling of old storage devices since the agency reported that it destroyed the hard drive of Lois Lerner.

HUD official coordinated Hurricane Sandy recovery aid

HUD official coordinated Hurricane Sandy recovery aid

Marion Mollegen McFadden, the chief operating officer and later acting executive director of the recovery task force, led an ambitious interagency effort.

Column

In the Loop: What happened to the deficit talk?

In the Loop: What happened to the deficit talk?

It was such a big issue, but now all the chatter and media coverage appear to have disappeared.

Fine Print: U.S. trying to seal cracks in Iron Dome deal

Fine Print: U.S. trying to seal cracks in Iron Dome deal

Congress wants more participation by U.S. contractors in production of Israeli air defense system

IG: $2.8 million Afghanistan produce facility sitting unused

IG: $2.8 million Afghanistan produce facility sitting unused

Report said the Defense Department didn’t identify a potential owner for the facility before constructing it. Afghan officials are still searching for one.

No NTSB chair for Ukraine crash probe

The Senate is expected to approve Michael Lawson as ambo to U.N. aviation agency, but they might want to approve new head of U.S. safety board as well.

Whatever happened to the deficit?

Whatever happened to the deficit?

The budget deficit was of great moment just a few years ago. Now? Not so much

EPA loses bridge builder with Bob Perciasepe’s departure

EPA loses bridge builder with Bob Perciasepe’s departure

EPA’s No. 2 announced this week that he would step down after the longest tenure for a deputy administrator at the agency.

Is this one of the ugliest federal buildings in Washington?

Is this one of the ugliest federal buildings in Washington?

A look at some of the best and worst architecture for federal buildings in the nation’s capital.

Why did the IRS provide a trove of taxpayer information to the FBI?

A top Justice Department official testified about how the FBI ended up with an IRS database containing private taxpayer information. Find out what he said.

In the Loop: Toothpaste and the border crisis? Huh?

In the Loop: Toothpaste and the border crisis? Huh?

McCain, Flake, Schumer and others go all OUTT on names of bills — as in Overdoing the Unrelated Title Thing.

Justice Dept. wants answers about lost IRS e-mails

Justice Dept. wants answers about lost IRS e-mails

Deputy Attorney General James Cole testified that his agency learned about the matter through media reports instead of the IRS.

House would bar awards for IRS execs

House would bar awards for IRS execs

The attempt to block IRS performance awards mirrors earlier move against VA executives.

Issa ends hearing after White House defies subpoena

Issa ends hearing after White House defies subpoena

Issa said the hearing would not be “full and fair” without an official who defied the panel’s subpoena.

Acting VA chief seeks $17.6 billion

Acting VA chief seeks $17.6 billion

Agency looks to hire new staffers and offer private care as it continues probes in VA clinics nationwide.

Column

In the Loop: Ethics training for Congress?

In the Loop: Ethics training for Congress?

A bipartisan bill proposes classes for lawmakers on how to behave.