Eligible for security clearance, but not on DOD’s payroll?

GAO finds that many contractors could obtain access to classified information but are not working.

    The Federal Eye

    Patent official says fraudulent time is ‘unacceptable’

    These are changes to be expected now that Congress is paying attention. But most of them will need approval from the agency’s union, which is likely to push back against some.

      ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

      The Department of Veterans Affairs has only been fully recognizing married same-sex couples in states that have marriage equality.

        Auditors see more delay for DHS headquarters

        In a report to Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said DHS and the General Services Administration should consider alternatives to the plan to locate the headquarters complex.

          Navy Yard staff remember massacre

          Navy Yard staffers recall last year’s massacre with sadness, but also pride

            Nurse practitioners say they can help VA with staffing shortages

            But the idea of using NPs is a controversial one, especially among some doctors.

              The Federal Diary

              Eligible for security clearance, but not on DOD’s payroll?

              GAO finds that many contractors could obtain access to classified information but are not working.

              Navy Yard workers remember when their world shattered

              WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: People attend a service at Admiral Leutze Park on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard to remember the victims and to mark the one year anniversary of the Washington Navy Yard shooting on Tuesday September 16, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)

              Navy Yard staffers recall last year’s massacre. They are sad, but they also have pride in their colleagues.

              Survivors recall the Navy Yard massacre one year later

              WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16:  United States Navy personnel prepare for a service at Admiral Leutze Park on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard to remember the victims and to mark the one year anniversary of the Washington Navy Yard shooting on Tuesday September 16, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)

              People who were there talked about being in the building during the Navy Yard massacre one year ago.

              In the Loop

              Democrats aren’t talking much about Obama in speeches

              People in the president’s party seem to be distancing themselves on the Hill.

              Some senators up for reelection aren’t hustling home just yet

              Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), in a newly tightened race against an independent challenger, can’t get out to Kansas just yet.

              CIA performance review: “He is endowed with a certain lethal gentleness” and other outtakes

              Amid hundreds of articles released by the CIA was a compilation of funny lines from employee performance reviews. We picked our favorites.

              Fine Print

              Fine Print: It’s going to be a long fight

              Al-Qaeda was just the first round of this protracted war against terrorism, Walter Pincus writes.

              Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

              FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, workmen erect metal scaffolding pipe around the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls. That means that House Republicans who recently voted to sue Obama for allegedly failing to obey the Constitution seem likely to hand him new war powers to combat militants seeking an Islamic state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

              Obama wants lawmakers on board in the fight, but that means striking a balance between restrictions, reality.

              Fine Print: Obama’s plan is set, but will Congress agree?

              In the fight against the Islamic State, the White House first must take Capitol Hill.

              The High Court

              Supreme Court: Was gay marriage settled in 1972 case?

              Same-sex marriage status in the U.S., state-by-state

              The meaning of a 1972 ruling appears entirely dependent on judicial perspective.

              High Court: Justices get another shot at gerrymandering

              FILE - This Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington. No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. Nor did any of the justices try to stop the deaths of inmates in Florida and Missouri by lethal injection. Even as the number of executions annually has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years and the court has barred states from killing juveniles and the mentally disabled, no justice has emerged as a principled opponent of the death penalty. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

              Florida judge takes a stand, sets stage for two cases going before the Supreme Court in the fall.

              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.

              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

              Reaching consensus to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and commercial equipment

              John Cymbalsky heads the Appliance Standards Program, which has been designed to save consumers money while reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

              The Federal Coach

              Treating citizens like customers

              Federal government ranks lower than cable companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

              How NASA keeps innovating

              NASA is more bureaucratic than it used to be, so how does it continue to take bold and creative risks?

              How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

              More and more employees are departing the federal workforce.

              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

              Patent official says fraudulent time is ‘unacceptable’

              Patent official says fraudulent time is ‘unacceptable’

              These are changes to be expected now that Congress is paying attention. But most of them will need approval from the agency’s union, which is likely to push back against some.

              Some senators up for reelection aren’t hustling home just yet

              Some senators up for reelection aren’t hustling home just yet

              Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), in a newly tightened race against an independent challenger, can’t get out to Kansas just yet.

              Navy Yard staff remember massacre

              Navy Yard staff remember massacre

              Navy Yard staffers recall last year’s massacre with sadness, but also pride

              Column

              Fine Print: It’s going to be a long fight

              Al-Qaeda was just the first round of this protracted war against terrorism, Walter Pincus writes.

              Column

              In the Loop: Party at the White House or on the Hill?

              In the Loop: Party at the White House or on the Hill?

              Lawmakers had to choose between a big-time picnic or listening to Gingrich and DeLay discuss 1994.

              Many Obama nominees will be left on the floor Thursday night when the Senate slithers out of town

              Many Obama nominees will be left on the floor Thursday night when the Senate slithers out of town

              The Senate is expected to confirm an ambassador to Ireland and eight other nominees Thursday evening.

              Holder Watch: Day 2,054

              Holder Watch: Day 2,054

              Holder is already one of the longest serving attorneys general in American history. How long will he stay?

              What will be the mail truck of the future?

              What will be the mail truck of the future?

              Replacing the USPS fleet would cost postal officials about $5 billion, and that’s a check that at the moment they can’t write.

              Here’s why VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s cellphone is sometimes busy

              Here’s why VA Secretary  Robert McDonald’s cellphone is sometimes busy

              McDonald gave out his cellphone number last week to the media. Since then he’s gotten some 150 calls.

              Meet the VA official expanding the national cemetery system

              Ronald Walters, the highest-ranking official with the National Cemetery Administration, is a finalist for a prestigious management award.

              Ronald E. Walters: Caretaker for the dead

              Ronald E. Walters: Caretaker for the dead

              The head of VA’s National Cemetery Administration has helped keep standards high.

              Column

              A Bush is fired up over Points of Light

              A Bush is fired up over Points of Light

              Neil Bush blasts GOP Senate hopeful David Perdue for criticism of his dad’s foundation.

              Treating citizens like customers

              Treating citizens like customers

              Federal government ranks lower than cable companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

              Senate finally confirms an ambassador to critical Turkey post

              Senate finally confirms an ambassador to critical Turkey post

              The Senate moved yesterday to confirm seven more Obama appointees, including three ambassadors

              GOP congressman seeks criminal prosecution of patent office cheating

              GOP congressman seeks criminal prosecution of patent office cheating

              U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf seeks criminal prosecution of patent office fraud

              Column

              Is Holder preparing to let go?

              Is Holder preparing to let go?

              There is more speculation about the attorney general’s future.

              Senate confirms Hartley as ambassador to France, two others for nuclear commission

              Senate confirms Hartley as ambassador to France, two others for nuclear commission

              The Senate Tuesday confirmed eight Obama nominees, including ambassadors to France and Guatemala and members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

              Somber Navy ceremony remembers ‘good people’

              Somber Navy ceremony remembers ‘good people’

              Navy Yard ceremony remembers 12 people slain there one year ago.

              Attention Biden alumni! Scheduled reunion Tuesday postponed. Joe’s in. . . Iowa.

              Attention Biden alumni! Scheduled reunion Tuesday postponed. Joe’s in. . . Iowa.

              First Joe Biden had a conference call with former staff. Then a reunion was scheduled (but postponed) for Tuesday. Now he’s headed to Iowa. So not running?

              How NASA keeps innovating

              How NASA keeps innovating

              NASA is more bureaucratic than it used to be, so how does it continue to take bold and creative risks?

              Reaching consensus to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and commercial equipment

              Reaching consensus to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and commercial equipment

              John Cymbalsky heads the Appliance Standards Program, which has been designed to save consumers money while reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

              More fallout from VA, IRS scandals hitting federal employees

              More fallout from VA, IRS scandals hitting federal employees

              Vote to limit appeal rights of career federal executives is planned as Congress prepares to leave for campaigns.

              Eric Holder’s accomplishing a major goal soon, so does that mean he’s moving on?

              Eric Holder’s accomplishing a major goal soon, so does that mean he’s moving on?

              As Eric Holder completes his goal of visiting every U.S. attorney in the country, is he preparing to go?

              Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

              Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

              Obama wants lawmakers on board in the fight, but that means striking a balance between restrictions, reality.

              Column

              In the Loop: Remember that Obamacare thing?

              In the Loop: Remember that Obamacare thing?

              The fight over the health-care law just isn’t what it used to be.

              Security clearance process: work in progress

              Security clearance process: work in progress

              One year after Navy Yard shootings, much work remains on security clearance reform.

              Debo Adegbile, whose nomination for civil rights post was blocked in Senate, joins private law firm

              Debo Adegbile, whose nomination for civil rights post was blocked in Senate, joins private law firm

              Obama nominee for Justice Department civil rights division was blocked because of his work on appeal for Philadelphia police killer.

              Hope fades for Obama nominees seeking Senate approval

              Hope fades for Obama nominees seeking Senate approval

              Time is running out for some 150 Obama nominees waiting for Senate confirmation this year.

              Resentment over push to hire veterans into federal jobs

              Resentment over push to hire veterans into federal jobs

              Civil servants and former troops are questioning one another’s competence and qualifications.