Lisa Rein

ReporterWashington, D.C.


The U.S. Postal Service has been closing dozens of mail-sorting plants since 2012 to save money.

  • Apr 27, 2015

With thousands of federal retirements, is the expertise that’s walking out the door being replaced?

  • Apr 23, 2015

The government has sharply reduced spending on travel and training for federal employees.

  • Apr 17, 2015

Government agencies promise confidentiality to tipsters. But experts say that’s impossible without encryption.

  • Apr 16, 2015

From fiscal year 2009 to 2013, 99 percent of patent examiners received performance rating that made them eligible for almost $145 million in bonuses or more than $6,000 per person, regardless of whether they had errors.

  • Apr 14, 2015

The IRS has lost 5,000 enforcement jobs since 2010. But it says tax cheats are not being ignored.

  • Apr 10, 2015

The IRS says that $2 billion will go uncollected this year because of cuts to revenue employees who go after tax cheats.

  • Apr 8, 2015

Frustrated taxpayers must wait hours to get the most basic answers from a harried agency short on resources.

  • Apr 7, 2015

The number of employees assigned to answer telephone calls from taxpayers fell by 26 percent from 2010 to 2014.

  • Apr 6, 2015

  • Apr 3, 2015
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Lisa Rein covers the federal workforce and issues that concern the management of government. At the Post, she has written about state politics and government in Annapolis, Md. and Richmond, Va., local government in Fairfax County, Va. and the redevelopment of Washington and its neighborhoods.

She was previously a reporter for the New York Daily News, where she covered former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the city’s colorful taxi industry. Before crossing the Hudson River, she chronicled Asian immigration to Northern New Jersey for The Record of Hackensack. Lisa started her daily newspaper career at The Patriot-Ledger in Quincy, Ma., where one of the biggest scandals of the late 1980s was the gold spray-painting by vandals of Plymouth Rock. She grew up in Boston and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
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