Feds Talk: How do they feel about political appointees?

We asked federal workers in a survey this week to share their thoughts about the prevalence of political appointees in the government.

The Federal Eye

NEH to help vets with humanities program

The initiative is designed to help veterans using literature, drama and history.

Does Government Printing Office need a digital-era name?

A bipartisan bill would swap “printing” for “publishing” to better reflect the agency’s digital-age offerings.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he lacks ‘sizzle’ for POTUS run

EYE CATCHERS | Recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

VA hospitals on par with private sector for patient satisfaction

The American Customer Satisfaction Index shows the VA health network with scores equal to or better than the private sector.

Feds talk: What are their top priorities for workplace changes?

We asked federal employees in a recent survey to discuss their top priorities for changing the civil-service system.

The Federal Diary

Postal bill would cut workers comp across the government

Legislation would cut some payments provided through FECA for staffers injured on the job.

Retired fed celebrates 35 years with transplanted kidney

Tom Cooper has survived for 35 years as a kidney transplant patient. His brother donated a kidney to him at Vanderbilt which he has written a book 'Miracle at Exit Number 3'. (SUZANNE CARR ROSSI / THE FREE LANCE STAR) **MANDATORY CREDIT, NO NEWS SERVICE**

He received his brother’s kidney in 1979. Health insurance provided needed drugs others can’t afford.

Charities hit OPM’s federal workplace giving rules

Charity execs fear new federal charitable giving rules could hurt, but welcome chance to discuss them.

In the Loop

Top Obama administration official e-mail from two decades ago

Two decades ago, a young diplomat who would eventually become a top Obama administration official wrote a colorfully-worded e-mail about an African American summit.

The most interesting tidbits from the Clinton document dump (Part 4)

The fourth installment of Clinton documents released Friday include papers about Hillary Clinton’s health care initiative, among other issues.

Hillary Clinton declines Loop memoir title offerings

Hillary Clinton chooses a memoir title without the help of Loop fans, instead borrowing from another former secretary of state.

Fine Print

Taking not-so-friendly fire on the home front

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett has gotten some tough criticism for his Hill testimony.

Fine Print: A fight over Apache helicopters

In this photo released by the U.S Army National Guard shows an AH-64D Apache Longbow with the South Carolina Army National Guard releasing flares during a test over Camp Tajo, Iraq, October 8, 2011. A Pentagon budget plan to strip the Army National Guard’s Apache attack helicopters from America’s citizen-soldiers doesn’t sit well with the newly-retired South Carolina National Guard general who commanded a chopper battalion and flew them for more than 1,500 hours. (AP Photo/U.S. Army National Guard, Tracci Dorgan)

The Pentagon wants to move them out of the National Guard, but some lawmakers object.

For Congress and Pentagon, budget is a predictable battle

Military has facts about its operations, lawmakers have concerns about the needs of their constituencies

The High Court

High Court: Protest and proximity are central in case

Michael “Mookie” Moss takes on the Secret Service after an anti-Bush group was moved during a protest.

High Court: Religion and equal rights, a balancing act

A case involving a New Mexico photographer and a same-sex couple is headed to the justices.

The protests at the Supreme Court’s door

Police arrest demonstrators after they tore down a barricade and took to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building, on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, in Washington, January 20, 2012. Under the banner 'Occupy the Courts,' organizers expect thousands of people to rally on Friday at 150 courthouses to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that protesters say allows unlimited corporate campaign donations. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

Case challenges justices on just where demonstrators get to protest when it comes to the courts.

The Influence Industry

As Sen. Ron Wyden’s star rises, so does the state society’s

With lawmaker heading finance panel, suddenly state group gets a lot more attention from certain quarters.

Federal Player of the Week

Preserving and restoring our nation’s monuments

Catherine Dewey oversees the care of all of the statues, memorials and monuments on the National Mall.

The Federal Coach

Fixing what’s wrong with the IRS

“I’ve never dealt with an organization that is so short of resources across the board.”

Tips for dealing with poor performers

The process of dealing with bad workers in government is fundamentally flawed.

Leadership lessons from the grave

An interview with Steve Muro, the head of the National Cemetery Administration.

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

Lawmaker to try new strategy on Postal overhaul

Lawmaker to try new strategy on Postal overhaul

Rep. Darrell Issa plans a new bill he hopes will rally Democrats.

Column

Postal bill would cut workers comp across the government

Legislation would cut some payments provided through FECA for staffers injured on the job.

NEH to help vets with humanities program

NEH to help vets with humanities program

The initiative is designed to help veterans using literature, drama and history.

Does Government Printing Office need a digital-era name?

Does Government Printing Office need a digital-era name?

A bipartisan bill would swap “printing” for “publishing” to better reflect the agency’s digital-age offerings.

Lame ducks’ wings not yet clipped

Lame ducks’ wings not yet clipped

Three retiring members of Congress spent their recess traveling to South Asia and Europe.

Column

Retired fed celebrates 35 years with transplanted kidney

Retired fed celebrates 35 years with transplanted kidney

He received his brother’s kidney in 1979. Health insurance provided needed drugs others can’t afford.

Column

Putin believes he knows where to go for help

The Russian president trusts that a certain other president would save him if he were drowning.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he lacks ‘sizzle’ for POTUS run

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he lacks ‘sizzle’ for POTUS run

EYE CATCHERS | Recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

VA hospitals on par with private sector for patient satisfaction

VA hospitals on par with private sector for patient satisfaction

The American Customer Satisfaction Index shows the VA health network with scores equal to or better than the private sector.

Anti-gay-marriage lawyer plans daughter’s gay wedding

Anti-gay-marriage lawyer plans daughter’s gay wedding

Charles J. Cooper learned of his daughter’s sexual orientation during the legal battle over Proposition 8.

Feds talk: What are their top priorities for workplace changes?

Feds talk: What are their top priorities for workplace changes?

We asked federal employees in a recent survey to discuss their top priorities for changing the civil-service system.

Column

In the Loop: 2012 campaign may be over, but debt lingers

In the Loop: 2012 campaign may be over, but debt lingers

Some of the former Republican presidential hopefuls still must clear their campaign books.

What’s the future of your favorite federal program?

What’s the future of your favorite federal program?

Liberal think-tank Center for American Progress says Paul Ryan budget would decimate key services.

Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise draft nonprofit rule

Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise draft nonprofit rule

The IRS chief signaled that the his agency plans to re-write draft regulations limiting the political activities of tax-exempt groups.

Column

Charities hit OPM’s federal workplace giving rules

Charity execs fear new federal charitable giving rules could hurt, but welcome chance to discuss them.

Column

In the Loop: McConnell, Christie have dueling fundraisers

The Philadelphia events are in the same building, but one seemed to be a much bigger draw.

Fixing what’s wrong with the IRS

Fixing what’s wrong with the IRS

“I’ve never dealt with an organization that is so short of resources across the board.”

Should the IRS use private tax collectors?

Should the IRS use private tax collectors?

A labor group said the government missed out on millions of dollars in potential revenue with a similar effort in the past.

Tips for dealing with poor performers

Tips for dealing with poor performers

The process of dealing with bad workers in government is fundamentally flawed.

Preserving and restoring our nation’s monuments

Preserving and restoring our nation’s monuments

Catherine Dewey oversees the care of all of the statues, memorials and monuments on the National Mall.

Column

Taking not-so-friendly fire on the home front

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett has gotten some tough criticism for his Hill testimony.

Column

In the Loop: Rand Paul isn’t sitting on the fence

In the Loop: Rand Paul isn’t sitting on the fence

Was that remark caught on video at a private rally in New Hampshire about Scott Brown?

Charities critical of new federal giving rules

Charities critical of new federal giving rules

Charities are critical of new regulations for federal employee donations.

Column

Federal employees’ pay gap shrinks; few women in top jobs

OPM says wage difference “has dramatically shrunk,” but women are in only one-third of high-level slots.

Report: Government closing gap on gender pay equity

Report: Government closing gap on gender pay equity

But too many women are stuck in low-paying jobs and not enough are in leadership positions, OPM found.

Signature-writing machines rumble into the digital age

Signature-writing machines rumble into the digital age

Noisy, clunky autopens remain entrenched symbols of authority across many federal agencies.

The bill that united Cummings and Issa

The bill that united Cummings and Issa

The legislation, which the Senate passed unanimously on Thursday, would require federal agencies to report all spending on a single Web site.

No housing stipend for Congress, committee decides

House Appropriations Committee members reject an idea from Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) to pay for housing.

Appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage ban

Appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage ban

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit reviews Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages.

Column

House approves budget that would save money by taking from federal workers

House approves budget that would save money by taking from federal workers

House-approved budget would effectively cut federal worker pay by more than 5 percent.