FBI’s D.C. field office at center of efforts to get U.S. hostages home

The field office, the second-largest in the FBI, manages the Syria portfolio.

    The Federal Eye

    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.

      Security clearance process: work in progress

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

        Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

        Patent office will hire consultant to review telework program after fraud allegations

          Audit: U.S. border agency ‘vastly overpaid’ to build agent homes

          Customs and Border Protection spent nearly eight times the average price of homes in the area to build each of the units in rural Arizona.

            Tell us your Navy Yard story

            Federal employees who were at the Washington Navy Yard are asked to tell their stories one year after 12 people were murdered there.

              The Federal Diary

              Work to improve security clearance process continues

              WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Police block the intersection of I and 8th Street SE near the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, DC Monday September 16, 2013. The U.S.  Navy base was closed after several people were shot on the  base and a search for the shooter continues(Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

              The government is trying to improve the security-clearance process, but much work remains.

              Whistleblower protection has bipartisan backing on panel

              FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

              In House hearing, representatives heard horror stories and promised to shield those who expose problems.

              To be veteran-centric, it needs to be employee-attentive

              Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department’s inspector general said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

              VA head outlines plans to make agency veteran-centric and to hire more health-care professionals.

              In the Loop

              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?

              Biden staff reunion postponed due to heavy interest, says an organizer

              U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting on curbing gun violence at the White House in Washington January 10, 2013. Biden said on Wednesday the White House is determined to act quickly to curb gun violence and will explore all avenues - including executive orders that would not require approval by Congress - to try to prevent incidents like last month's massacre at a Connecticut school. Kicking off a series of meetings on gun violence, Biden said the administration would work with gun-control advocates and gun-rights supporters to build a consensus on restrictions. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

              It was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

              In the Loop: Remember that Obamacare thing?

              FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, seen in Washington. President Barack Obama’s health care law has become a tale of two Americas. States that fully embraced the law’s coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the share of their residents who remain uninsured, according to an extensive new poll released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to “Obamacare” are seeing much less change. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, cumulatively based on tens of thousands of interviews, found a drop of 4 percentage points in the share of uninsured residents for states that adopted the law’s Medicaid expansion and either built or helped run their own online insurance markets. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

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

              Fine Print

              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.

              Fine Print: Obama’s strategy includes unity first

              epa04379952 US President Barack Obama calls for a raise in the minimum wage as he speaks at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 01 September 2014. Labor Day is a national holiday in the US and is celebrated on the first Monday in September to pay tribute to the American worker and the contributions workers have made.  EPA/TANNEN MAURY

              Alliances are key to any U.S. strategy for defeating the Islamic State and its radical extremism.

              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

              EPA engineer led effort to reduce wastewater pollution along the Arizona-Mexican border

              Thomas Konner, an EPA engineer, was instrumental in leading the U.S. effort to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure along the border.

              The Federal Coach

              How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

              More and more employees are departing the federal workforce.

              Building an emergency health response

              Dr. Nicole Lurie, of Health and Human Services, on confronting Ebola and other health crises.

              How to show leadership, even if you aren’t the leader

              It’s okay to get frustrated at work. The trick is to remain intelligent while angry.

              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

              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?

              Biden staff reunion postponed due to heavy interest, says an organizer

              Biden staff reunion postponed due to heavy interest, says an organizer

              It was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

              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.

              Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

              Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

              Patent office will hire consultant to review telework program after fraud allegations

              White House struggles with Mideast geography

              White House struggles with Mideast geography

              Maybe before they extend the airstrikes too far, the White House might want to double check the maps.

              Audit: U.S. border agency ‘vastly overpaid’ to build agent homes

              Audit: U.S. border agency ‘vastly overpaid’ to build agent homes

              Customs and Border Protection spent nearly eight times the average price of homes in the area to build each of the units in rural Arizona.

              Tell us your Navy Yard story

              Tell us your Navy Yard story

              Federal employees who were at the Washington Navy Yard are asked to tell their stories one year after 12 people were murdered there.

              Was former CIA Director Leon Panetta allowed to bring Bravo to work?

              Was former CIA Director Leon Panetta allowed to bring Bravo to work?

              Former CIA Director Leon Panetta often brought his golden retriever, Bravo, to work with him. But a GSA regulation says that’s a no-no.

              Patent office whistleblower: ‘Managers have no idea when their employees are working’

              Patent office whistleblowers described culture of time fraud; supervisors say their hands were tied.

              Column

              In the Loop: Where are all the women at Hill hearings?

              In the Loop: Where are all the women at Hill hearings?

              An analysis shows — surprise! — that men outpace women as witnesses.

              How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

              How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

              More and more employees are departing the federal workforce.

              Column

              5 myths about the national anthem

              5 myths about the national anthem

              “The Star-Spangled Banner” turns 200 this weekend.

              Building an emergency health response

              Building an emergency health response

              Dr. Nicole Lurie, of Health and Human Services, on confronting Ebola and other health crises.

              What is an ‘illegal tax protester,’ and why can’t the IRS use that term now?

              What is an ‘illegal tax protester,’ and why can’t the IRS use that term now?

              Congress banned the term within the IRS in 1998. Here’s an explainer, plus examples of famous tax protesters.

              Edwin Kneedler found a career and a calling arguing before the Supreme Court

              Edwin Kneedler found a career and a calling arguing before the Supreme Court

              Edwin S. Kneedler knows his way around the Supreme Court, arguing 125 cases before the justices.

              Column

              In the Loop: White House cutting back on Cabinet face time

              In the Loop: White House cutting back on Cabinet face time

              There will be less actual talk but more “productive engagement,” whatever that is.

              White House to Cabinet chiefs of staff -- no more morning calls or free lunches

              White House to Cabinet chiefs of staff -- no more morning calls or free lunches

              Morning conference calls between the White House and agency chiefs of staff, a long-standing tradition, will be no more.

              One year later, what is your Navy Yard story?

              One year later, what is your Navy Yard story?

              The Federal Diary would like to hear from people who were at the Navy Yard during the Sept. 16 shootings last year.

              Giving options expanding in federal charity drive

              Giving options expanding in federal charity drive

              Donors in the annual federal charity drive now will be able to support local charities outside their own area.

              News flash! Carney to CNN! But wait, haven’t we heard this before?

              News flash! Carney to CNN! But wait, haven’t we heard this before?

              Former White House spokesman joins CNN and will be talking tonight about President Obama’s speech to the nation.

              Column

              In the Loop: Speaking to the wrong party?

              In the Loop: Speaking to the wrong party?

              The House oversight chairman says a staffer wanted to “conspire” with Democrats to spin an IRS story.

              VA head tells Congress of reform plans

              VA head tells Congress of reform plans

              Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald estimates that he will need to hire about 28,000 health-care professionals to help fix the VA’s woes.

              David Murphy, historian and Soviet ops chief at CIA, dies

              David Murphy, historian and Soviet ops chief at CIA, dies

              Mr. Murphy, a ranking CIA official during the Cold War, wrote two well-received books about Soviet affairs.

              Grassley: Stop foot-dragging on probes of inspectors general

              Grassley: Stop foot-dragging on probes of inspectors general

              Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) wants to reform of how investigations of government watchdogs are conducted, in part because they take a long time.