Snail mail -- it’s even slower now

Recent changes to delivery standards have resulted in slower mail across the nation, according to a GAO report.

    The Federal Eye

    Hatch Act do’s and dont’s for federal employees

    The law regulates the political activities that federal workers may and may not engage in.

      NoVa’s congressional candidates talk federal workforce — the complete collection

      Columnist Joe Davidson interviewed all candidates vying for two Northern Virginia congressional seats.

        Will President Obama give feds a Christmas present this year?

        Employees are a third of the way to clearing 100,000-signature petition threshold for a bonus day off on Dec. 26. Then President Obama will consider it.

          Security heightened at federal buildings in D.C. and nationwide

          The DHS secretary announced the move, citing the recent shooting in Canada and terrorist threats.

            Candidate Micah Edmond on federal worker issues

            This is the last in series of columns on Northern Virginia candidates in open congressional districts with lots of feds.

              The Federal Diary

              House hopeful Edmond on federal workforce issues

              This is the last in a series on House candidates in Northern Va. districts — home to lots of federal employees.

              House candidate Beyer on federal workplace issues

              This is the third article on Northern Virginia congressional candidates’ positions.

              House candidate Foust on federal workplace issues

              LOVETTSVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Candidate for Virginia District 10 open US Congressional seat, Democrat John Foust campaigns at the annual Lovettsville Oktoberfest in Lovettsville, Virginia, Sunday, September 27, 2014. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

              This is the second article on Northern Virginia congressional candidates’ positions on the federal workplace.

              In the Loop

              State Department does the Halloween ‘Wellness Line Dance’

              People dressed up as zombies take part in the 'Zombie Run' on October 25, 2014 in Vilnius. The race sees participants attempt to complete a 5 kilometre cross-country run, overcoming a series of obstacles.  AFP PHOTO / PETRAS MALUKASPETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images

              Multiple world crises and Halloween candy can wreak havoc on diplomats’ waistlines. A line dance can help.

              Damage control: USAID OIG cancels Germany trip after reports of altered audits

              After whistleblowers told Washington Post that their reports had been altered to remove negative findings, OIG cancels leadership meeting overseas to focus on damage control.

              In the Loop: Got Ebola? Call a doctor. Or maybe a lawyer.

              FILE- In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, members of the Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team assist each other with their protective gear during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio. Even small clusters of Ebola cases could overwhelm parts of US medical care system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

              A D.C. law firm is hard at work anticipating your dread-disease needs. Just in case.

              Fine Print

              Ben Bradlee: A friend and a boss

              HANDOUT PHOTO:   Undated photo of Ben Bradlee and Walter Pincus.  (Courtesy of Walter Pincus)

              The guy loved a good competition and inspired the rest of us.

              Coexistence of aggressive interrogation and civil liberties

              Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta discusses his new book 'Worthy Fights' at George Washington University in Washington October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

              Panetta argues that “enhanced” interrogations were fruitful, but so were techniques without duress.

              It’s a war, not a video game

              Are Americans ready to fight the Islamic State?

              The High Court

              Some explaining to do? Not here.

              Mistie Tolman, left, cries as she gets a hug from friend Lisa Perry after she and her partner Karen McMillian, right, were denied the opportunity for a marriage license inside the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in the states of Idaho and Nevada. The order came minutes after Idaho on Wednesday filed an emergency request for an immediate stay. The state's request said that without a stay, state and county officials would have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)  LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KTVB 7);  LOCAL ONLINE OUT MANDATORY CREDIT

              Supreme Court justices don’t have to spell out their reasoning for their rulings.

              High Court: I’m no longer in love with you

              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)

              Erwin Chemerinsky, law school dean and author, has serious issues with the Supreme Court and its justices.

              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.

              The Federal Coach

              The deep-rooted problems with government

              A conversation with Peter Schuck, author of “Why Government Fails So Often.“

              What the Secret Service needs to do now

              An analysis of federal survey data shows the agency had been slipping for some time.

              Bleeding the federal workforce

              As his three decades in Congress draw to a close, Rep. Frank Wolf talks about government’s low morale.

              Federal Player of the Week

              Protecting U.S. livestock from infectious diseases

              Donald Knowles has been instrumental in controlling diseases caused by a wide range of viruses, bacteria and parasites.

              Latest Federal News

              Hatch Act do’s and dont’s for federal employees

              Hatch Act do’s and dont’s for federal employees

              The law regulates the political activities that federal workers may and may not engage in.

              State Department does the Halloween ‘Wellness Line Dance’

              State Department does the Halloween ‘Wellness Line Dance’

              Multiple world crises and Halloween candy can wreak havoc on diplomats’ waistlines. A line dance can help.

              Column

              In the Loop: Got Ebola? Call a doctor. Or maybe a lawyer.

              In the Loop: Got Ebola? Call a doctor. Or maybe a lawyer.

              A D.C. law firm is hard at work anticipating your dread-disease needs. Just in case.

              Holder sees Frank Underwood -- but thinks Dick Cheney

              Holder sees Frank Underwood -- but thinks Dick Cheney

              Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, in wide-ranging interview, say Frank Underwood reminds him of “a pretty bad vice president.“

              NoVa’s congressional candidates talk federal workforce — the complete collection

              NoVa’s congressional candidates talk federal workforce — the complete collection

              Columnist Joe Davidson interviewed all candidates vying for two Northern Virginia congressional seats.

              Will President Obama give feds a Christmas present this year?

              Will President Obama give feds a Christmas present this year?

              Employees are a third of the way to clearing 100,000-signature petition threshold for a bonus day off on Dec. 26. Then President Obama will consider it.

              Column

              In the Loop: $20 million down the drain in Kabul

              At least the contractor hired by the State Department completed half the work on that old prison.

              Tuesday’s attorney general chatter touts Brooklyn prosecutor Loretta Lynch

              Tuesday’s attorney general chatter touts Brooklyn prosecutor Loretta Lynch

              The list of candidates to replace Attorney General Eric Holder seems to be narrowing . . . maybe.

              Candidate Micah Edmond on federal worker issues

              Candidate Micah Edmond on federal worker issues

              This is the last in series of columns on Northern Virginia candidates in open congressional districts with lots of feds.

              Panty raid: DHS agents bust lingerie shop for allegedly using Royals logo

              Panty raid: DHS agents bust lingerie shop for allegedly using Royals logo

              Must-read federal news stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

              Another $20 million down the drain in Kabul. Nothing to see here.

              Another $20 million down the drain in Kabul. Nothing to see here.

              New inspector general’s report finds State Department paid for prison renovation that was only half-done, and badly done at that.

              Protecting U.S. livestock from infectious diseases

              Protecting U.S. livestock from infectious diseases

              Donald Knowles has been instrumental in controlling diseases caused by a wide range of viruses, bacteria and parasites.

              Ebola has replaced gas prices, the deficit and Obamacare as election issues.

              Ebola has replaced gas prices, the deficit and Obamacare as election issues.

              Election day is a week off and some of the great controversies in the past seem to have faded.

              A skunk at the secret agents’ gala dinner?

              A skunk at the secret agents’ gala dinner?

              A trailer depicting OSS legend Bill Donovan in a less than flattering light didn’t sit well with undercover vets at a gala dinner honoring the Office of Strategic Services.

              VA removes first official under new firing rules

              VA removes first official under new firing rules

              Some Republicans have expressed dismay with the length of time the VA is taking to discipline senior officials over wrongdoing and poor performance.

              Candidate Don Beyer responds to federal workforce questions

              Candidate Don Beyer responds to federal workforce questions

              Northern Virginia House candidate Don Beyer responds to federal workforce concerns in this interview with Joe Davidson.

              ‘Never dance with a Cuban,’ Sotomayor says

              ‘Never dance with a Cuban,’ Sotomayor says

              Supreme Court,Yale University, Sonia Sotomayor

              In his return, Clarence Thomas makes peace with Yale Law School

              In his return, Clarence Thomas makes peace with Yale Law School

              The Supreme Court justice, whose displeasure with his alma mater has been well documented, struck a conciliatory tone when he paid a visit with fellow justices Alito and Sotomayor this weekend.

              Survey: Federal employees unhappy with senior leaders

              A survey of the federal workforce shows dissatisfaction with senior leadership, discontent overall.

              U.S. paying $3.6 million to upgrade TV sports coverage in Afghanistan

              U.S. paying $3.6 million to upgrade TV sports coverage in Afghanistan

              An inspector general is questioning a $3.6 million contract for TV trucks to cover Afghan sports, including horseback goat-hauling matches and cricket.

              A sampling of Supreme Court decisions as haiku

              Keith Jaasma, who created Supreme Court Haiku, picked the following poems as his favorites.

              Federal workers’ satisfaction with senior leaders falls to 5-year low

              Federal workers’ satisfaction with senior leaders falls to 5-year low

              A government survey found that morale plummeted a year after the shutdown and furloughs.

              Can federal managers turn around employees’ mistrust? Here’s one view

              Can federal managers turn around employees’ mistrust? Here’s one view

              Federal workers give low marks to agency leadership in new survey, which should set off alarms at agencies

              Little imagination running with the PACs

              Little imagination running with the PACs

              Attention, PACs: Your names are lame. (Except for Tu PAC one.)

              House hopeful John Foust on federal workplace issues

              House hopeful John Foust on federal workplace issues

              House candidate John Foust discusses federal employee issues.

              WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel uses Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ for ‘Expenditure or Stoner?’ quiz

              WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel uses Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ for ‘Expenditure or Stoner?’ quiz

              Can you guess whether these zany-sounding projects were real government expenditures or stoner ideas?

              Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring. Really, he is.

              Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring. Really, he is.

              Veteran career diplomat and deputy secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring after 32 years.

              IRS boosts retirement investment limits

              IRS boosts retirement investment limits

              Inflation-related adjustment allows larger savings in TSP, 401(k) plans in 2015.

              Can the nation’s oldest veterans groups attract younger veterans?

              Can the nation’s oldest veterans groups attract younger veterans?

              The American Legion and VFW fight back after a Washington Times article cast doubt on whether they can attract post-9/11 veterans.

              GOP lawmakers want answers for federal paid leave lasting more than one year

              GOP lawmakers want answers for federal paid leave lasting more than one year

              GOP lawmakers want agencies to disclose why employees were paid not to work for a year or more.