VA clinic substituted mental-health drugs to save money

The medical center’s pharmacy implemented the policy without a clinical determination about the possible health impacts, according to the Office of Special Counsel.

    The Federal Eye

    Senator calls for independent investigation of the vastly over-budget $1.7 billion Denver VA hospital

    Lawmakers demand accountablity for the $1 billion over budget VA hospital.

      Homeland Security’s 22 agencies learning to work ‘under one roof’

      The Department of Homeland Security strives to bring 22 agencies together as one smooth-running department.

        VA says Denver hospital investigation will now have a construction expert

        Joanna Krause, who heads the medical facilities design office at the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command headquarters, will take part in the agency investigation of cost overruns at the medical center, which is $1 billion over budget and years behind schedule.

          Good news about feds doing important work, saving money

          Senior federal employees who helped to achieve about $32 billion in efficiencies honored with hefty awards.

            Federally-run Indian schools are in rough shape because of a broken bureaucracy

            The Bureau of Indian Education has struggled to staff, manage and repair its schools because of “management challenges,” according to federal auditors.

              The Federal Diary

              For a change, news about government workers saving us money

              Senior federal employees who helped to achieve about $32 billion in efficiencies have received awards.

              Two decades after Oklahoma City bombing, the crime still sears workers

              Former President Bill Clinton, left, salutes Marine Major Ryan Cohen, right, during a ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

              The terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building also changed Washington.

              House committee criticizes DEA chief with statement of ‘no confidence’

              Even though the agency’s agents did all of the partying, she’s the one who could be fired yet.

              In the Loop

              Can we nominate Larry Wilmore for next year’s WHCD headliner?

              Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore attends his first ever White House correspondent’s dinner.

              This government agency is banning employees bringing cellphones to work

              Agency worried that workers will steal personal information from passports.

              At least the Senate’s antiquated campaign filing creates jobs here … and abroad

              FEC using program to lessen the time it takes to enter paper-filed campaign finance reports.

              Fine Print

              How many nuclear options does a president need to deter or to attack?

              The development of more nuclear weapons systems raises budget questions, among other doubts.

              Parsing the words of Iran’s leadership on the nuclear framework agreement

              Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers his speech in a ceremony marking National Nuclear Technology Day, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Rouhani warned that Tehran will not sign on to a final nuclear deal with world powers unless it is predicated on the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran over the controversial nuclear program. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

              The supreme leader’s interpretation of a framework agreement may yet match the U.S.’s understanding.

              As framework agreement with Iran is debated, talk of war now seems distant

              FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose  Garden of the White House in Washington. The framework nuclear deal sealed by world powers and Iran leaves major questions: Could Iran cheat? Possibly. Would the U.S or anyone else be able to respond in time? In theory, yes. Are they prepared to use military force? Questionable.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

              Just two years ago, the threat of military action against Iran seemed like a distinct possibility.

              The High Court

              Attorneys general: Based on states’ records, justices should decide marriage

              Maryland has joined 15 states and the District of Columbia in an amicus brief asking the court to find restrictions barring gay couples from marrying unconstitutional. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

              Maryland and Virginia officials say the issue of gay marriage cannot be left to the democratic process.

              Supreme Court to hear battle over Confederate license plates

              This image provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate. The Supreme Court on March 23, 2015, will weigh a free-speech challenge to Texas’ decision to refuse to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag. Specialty plates are big business in Texas, where drivers spent $17.6 million last year to choose from among more than 350 messages the state allows on the plates. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

              Do specialty license plates reflect the free speech rights of states or individuals?

              Justices framing the question on gay marriage

              WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: A view of the Supreme Court, January 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. On Friday, the Supreme Court is meeting in closed conference to decide whether it will take up cases on the issues of same sex-marriage and marriage recognition from several states. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

              On Friday, they agreed to hear arguments and set the table for what some see as a narrowed focus.

              Judge candidates’ free-speech rights at issue before court

              The U.S. flag flies in front of the Supreme Court building at sunset in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Workers don't have a federal right to be paid for time spent in post-shift security searches, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a decision that will help Amazon Inc. fend off lawsuits seeking more than $100 million. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

              HIGH COURT | Justices will consider whether Florida’s ban on directly soliciting contributions holds water.

              High Court: A question of religious freedom

              HANDOUT PHOTO: Gregory Houston Holt, an Arkansas prison inmate, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad. According to his brief to the Supreme Court, he feels his Muslim faith requires him to follow this dictate: “Allah’s Messenger said, ‘Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).’ “ (Courtesy of Arkansas Department of Corrections)

              Prisoner presses for right to grow a beard for his faith, but Arkansas officials raise security issues.

              The Federal Coach

              Leadership lessons from the CIA

              Longtime analyst Timothy Kilbourn shares the management lessons he learned in his nearly three decades handling crises.

              Dealing with discrimination in the federal workplace

              Harassment is the most commonly alleged issue in discrimination complaints filed by federal employees.

              What makes good government leaders

              Being in a position of authority doesn’t mean you’re a leader.

              Federal Player of the Week

              Jay Austin: Leading the way toward government innovation and transparency, one vote at a time

              Jay Austin—known by some people at HUD as “chief idea implementer”—manages Switchboard.

              Latest Federal News

              Good news about feds doing important work, saving money

              Good news about feds doing important work, saving money

              Senior federal employees who helped to achieve about $32 billion in efficiencies honored with hefty awards.

              Federally-run Indian schools are in rough shape because of a broken bureaucracy

              Federally-run Indian schools are in rough shape because of a broken bureaucracy

              The Bureau of Indian Education has struggled to staff, manage and repair its schools because of “management challenges,” according to federal auditors.

              Freddie Gray protest leader: ‘We will not sit quietly until justice is done’

              Freddie Gray protest leader: ‘We will not sit quietly until justice is done’

              Demonstrations in Baltimore continue for sixth day; Gov. Larry Hogan calls for full, transparent investigation.

              Column

              For a change, news about government workers saving us money

              Senior federal employees who helped to achieve about $32 billion in efficiencies have received awards.

              The Paris magazine cover Hillary Clinton doesn’t want you to see

              The Paris magazine cover Hillary Clinton doesn’t want you to see

              The Paris magazine cover Hillary Clinton doesn’t want you to see

              Federal workers: Are your agencies prepared for the retirement wave?

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

              Poll: Gay-marriage support at record high

              Poll: Gay-marriage support at record high

              A Washington Post-ABC News survey finds 61 percent of Americans approve of same-sex nuptials.

              Raisin farmers appear poised to win challenge of New Deal-era program

              Raisin farmers appear poised to win challenge of New Deal-era program

              Conservative justices signaled that the raisin reserve program is an unconstitutional taking of property.

              Will John Kirby be Russia’s new punching bag at State?

              Will John Kirby be Russia’s new punching bag at State?

              The State Department goes military for new spokesman with Rear Adm. John Kirby, while the Pentagon is going civilian.

              Homeland Security is laying roots in Silicon Valley, and you might not like its reasons

              Homeland Security is laying roots in Silicon Valley, and you might not like its reasons

              The Homeland Security chief complained that advanced encryption methods have prevented law enforcement from accessing private records.

              Police can’t extend traffic stop to wait for sniffing dogs, justices say

              Police can’t extend traffic stop to wait for sniffing dogs, justices say

              The Supreme Court rules that officers cannot detain violators longer than necessary to conduct a drug search.

              Jay Austin: Leading the way toward government innovation and transparency, one vote at a time

              Jay Austin: Leading the way toward government innovation and transparency, one vote at a time

              Jay Austin—known by some people at HUD as “chief idea implementer”—manages Switchboard.

              Megan Moloney: Using digital media to inform and assist veterans

              Megan Moloney: Using digital media to inform and assist veterans

              Megan Moloney heads the VA’s digital media team.

              Lynch is getting her vote, but ambassador nominees are still waiting

              Lynch is getting her vote, but ambassador nominees are still waiting

              There’s concern that the Senate is slow-walking ambassadorial nominees.

              Door deliveries work better for mail advertisers. Here’s why that matters.

              Door deliveries work better for mail advertisers. Here’s why that matters.

              A survey showed that door-delivery customers engage more with mail advertisements than residents who use curbside and cluster mail boxes.

              Court considers limits to vagueness in statutes

              The justices revisit the Armed Career Criminal Act in another attempt to understand it or toss it out.

              Column

              How many nuclear options does a president need to deter or to attack?

              The development of more nuclear weapons systems raises budget questions, among other doubts.

              Oklahoma City bombing still sears federal workers

              Oklahoma City bombing still sears federal workers

              Feds still feel the effects of the terrorist attack on the federal building 20 years later.

              U.S. sends illegal immigrants home on expensive charter flights that are largely empty

              U.S. sends illegal immigrants home on expensive charter flights that are largely empty

              Homeland Security’s inspector general said ICE could have saved up to $41 million in recent years with better logistical planning.

              Column

              Attorneys general: Based on states’ records, justices should decide marriage

              Attorneys general: Based on states’ records, justices should decide marriage

              Maryland and Virginia officials say the issue of gay marriage cannot be left to the democratic process.

              40 years later, story of a same-sex marriage in Colo. remains remarkable

              40 years later, story of a same-sex marriage in Colo. remains remarkable

              The events in 1975 led to the ‘exile’ of the couple after a ruling by Anthony M. Kennedy, now a pivotal justice as the Supreme Court decides a historic question.

              Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

              Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

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

              DEA agents had the fun, now boss pays the price

              House committee issues ‘no confidence’ statement for DEA chief and White House offers no support after reports of DEA sex parties with prostitutes. Interest in faster firing of feds grows.

              Read foreign condolences after Lincoln’s assassination

              Read foreign condolences after Lincoln’s assassination

              The State Department historian is digitizing all the agency’s history volumes.

              Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

              Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

              The idea is that Congress might trim funding for agencies that end a cycle with surpluses.

              House committee criticizes DEA chief with statement of ‘no confidence’

              Even though the agency’s agents did all of the partying, she’s the one who could be fired yet.

              House rejects bill to fire tax-delinquent federal employees

              House rejects bill to fire tax-delinquent federal employees

              But the House unanimously passed a similar measure to bar federal agencies from hiring contractors with “seriously delinquent tax debt.“

              DHS chief: ‘We don’t have heat shields around our airspace’

              DHS chief: ‘We don’t have heat shields around our airspace’

              “What’s a gyrocopter?” asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson when he heard the ultralight copter landed near the Capitol.

              DEA manager took out dozens of credit cards for fake employees

              DEA manager took out dozens of credit cards for fake employees

              The manager pleaded guilty to using the credit cards to withdraw nearly $114,000 from ATMs in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

              Why confidential tips to the government may not be confidential after all

              Why confidential tips to the government may not be confidential after all

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