Vilsack lauds USDA budget savings; employee morale needs work

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells the Federal Diary that his "Blueprint for Stronger Service" has saved $1.4 billion since 2012. At the same time, USDA's employee morale remains mediocre despite the department's "cultural transformation" efforts.

Hackers stole personal information from 104,000 taxpayers, IRS says

The breach comes on the heels of millions of cases of identify theft plaguing the IRS

Casinos, strip clubs: Let feds use government credit cards in our establishments

Casinos and adult clubs want federal employees to be able to use their government credit cards



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Ambassadorial update: The Senate confirmed two nominees before taking the week off

Before heading out on vacation last Saturday, the Senate chipped away at its ambassadorial confirmation backlog.

Supreme Court to hear challenge to Texas redistricting plan

The case addresses whether legislative districts should be based on population or eligible voters.

This congressional committee wants to hear all your FOIA gripes

Now there's a place you can air your FOIA grievances.

Senate committee backs measure to allow VA to recommend medical pot

Lawmaker says that veterans should be given the same options as those visiting non-Veterans Affairs facilities.

In Iraq, lessons of Vietnam still resonate

The U.S. military role should be limited — only Iraqis can win the fight against the Islamic State.

What Veterans Affairs won’t pay for: Chance for the wounded to have kids

Congress prohibited the VA from covering the fertility procedure 23 years ago over fears that some fertilized embryos might be discarded. But now efforts are underway to overturn that ban.

Money and time are running out for VA’s Denver hospital

Senate is expected to vote on lifting spending cap by $100 million, but that only buys three weeks more for project that is already $1 billion over budget.

Senate panel backs allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

A Senate panel supports a proposal that would allow VA to recommend medical marijuana for everything from back pain to depression to flashbacks.

Dealing with conflict in the workplace

Drama at work? Ask yourself two basic questions before trying to smooth things over.

Civil service reform can affect millions, but draws little attention

A Senate subcommittee hearing on civil service reform draws little attention, though the issue could affect the livelihood of millions of federal employees and their families.

How long did it take a unanimous Senate to confirm two judges?

The Senate, long gridlocked over judicial nominations, managed to confirm two GOP-supported trial judges

Obama to announce pick for new GSA chief

President Obama plans to announce Denise Turner Roth, as his pick to lead the General Services Administration. Roth currently is the deputy administrator.

Anna Dozier: Protecting worker pension and health benefits

Anna Dozier is a senior investigator with the Department of Labor.

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Find out who won the Loop’s ‘Winnow Down’ the GOP debates contest

Fox News may have come up with a way to reduce the GOP presidential candidate debate field, but Loop fans came up with far better ideas.

Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign strategy: Troll your way to the top

Donald Trump may be taking over the trolling crown from Rand Paul.

Can Newt’s ‘Contract with America’ go global?

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich joins international law firm as an adviser on public policy.

18 months before the vote, it’s not too early for candidates to prepare to govern

Although the next presidential election is still almost 18 months away and all the potential candidates have not yet declared, good government groups say now is the time to prepare for the next administration.

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