Senators tell Obama it’s urgent to nominate a TSA head

A bipartisan group of Senators wrote to President Obama urging him to select a nominee for TSA Administrator. Former head John Pistole stepped down on Dec. 31.

    The Federal Eye

    IRS now paying company that muffed HealthCare.gov work

    The contractor, a key player in developing the once-glitchy HealthCare.gov site, is helping the IRS handle its responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act for $4.5 million.

      Paid parental leave for federal workers proposed

      Federal employees would be eligible for six weeks of paid leave for purposes related to the birth or adoption of a child, under legislation introduced Monday by a group of House Democrats.

        Sorry, federal workers. This concert was free to everyone — except you.

        A group that hosted OK Go went too far trying to help workers comply with ethics rules.

          Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

          With the GOP now running the House and Senate, federal employees don’t need to guess which party will prevail.

            Federal offices remain open today

            Federal employees in the Washington region can work from home or use unscheduled leave on Monday, but their offices are open.

              The Federal Diary

              Congress’s divide shows in fed worker bills: Democrats give, GOP takes away

              The symbols of the Democratic (donkey) and Republican (elephant) parties are seen on display in Washington, DC on August 25, 2008. The Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday in Denver Colorado followed by the Republican National Convention next week in St. Paul, Minnesota. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

              Several cuts have already been proposed by Republicans in the early days of this new Congress.

              High court protects federal whistleblowers

              This photo taken Oct. 3, 2014 shows the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court handed down opinions in three cases Tuesday and declined to hear arguments in dozens more.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

              Supreme Court backs fired air marshal in case that affects federal employee whistleblowers.

              Some VA whistleblowers get relief from retaliation

              The Office of Special Counsel gets VA to roll back retalitatory punishments against whistleblowers.

              In the Loop

              Obama’s bid for fewest vetoes since Garfield is in jeopardy

              U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS)

              Obama has vetoed only two bills so far, but now the GOP is in full control of Congress

              Who said Trump and Rove don’t like each other?

              DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 24: Businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The summit is hosting a group of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates to discuss core conservative principles ahead of the January 2016 Iowa Caucuses. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

              A fight over Romney brings out the long knives between these two.

              Feinstein laments lack of Mideast policy ESP

              epa04022929 Democratic Senator from California Diane Feinstein speaks to the media about the Benghazi attacks outside the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 15 January 2014. According to a report by the Senate Intelligence Committee released on 15 January, the attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on 11 September 2012 were preventable.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

              The ranking Democrat on Senate intelligence panel laments that the “future is unknown” in Yemen.

              Fine Print

              Twisted view of Operation Merlin

              Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Holly, after being convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

              Details of the CIA operation at the center of the trial show that not all leaks are true, or disavowals false.

              It’s time for some intelligent intelligence in Washington

              BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 12:  A security camera hangs at the partially-finished new headquarters building of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), on July 12, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. In addition to a German employee of his country's foreign-intelligence agency, known as the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), who was arrested on suspicion of working as a double agent for the United States National Security Agency (NSA), a further blow to German-U.S. relations after suspicions that the latter agency had listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone, a second suspect, from the military, is also being investigated as a potential spy. As a result, the U.S. intelligence chief has been expelled from the country. Investigations into the exact extent of the American government's surveillance in the country are ongoing.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

              FINE PRINT | We need to be smarter about our intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance program.

              What’s more critical: A hot or cold war?

              epa03956454 The US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which is involved in aircraft-related typhoon relief operations, is seen in waters off the coast of typhoon-damaged Samar Province, Philippines, 19 November 2013. The death toll from Haiyan's destruction has reached at least 3,976 with 1,598 missing and more than four million displaced according to the national disaster relief agency. More than 18,000 were injured. Haiyan slammed into the eastern Philippines on 08 November with record winds of more than 300 kilometers per hour. A storm surge of up to four metres destroyed more than a million houses.  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

              America doesn’t have endless funds. Should it emphasize fighting terrorists or running a nuclear arms race?

              The High Court

              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.

              Will this be the term for same-sex marriage?

              A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

              Watchers are trying to determine if the Supreme Court will finally take up case.

              The Federal Coach

              Leading in the last two years of an administration

              It’s easy for agency leaders, both political and career, to wrongly assume they can’t get much done now.

              How Congress and federal leaders can work better together

              A conversation with former legislators Olympia Snowe and Dan Glickman.

              Julián Castro shares his thoughts on leadership

              The former mayor of San Antonio talks about his new role leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

              Federal Player of the Week

              Linking NASA and the private sector to further space exploration

              Alan Lindenmoyer created a new way for NASA to partner with the private sector to build rockets and spacecraft at a dramatically reduced cost to taxpayers.

              Latest Federal News

              IRS now paying company that muffed HealthCare.gov work

              IRS now paying company that muffed HealthCare.gov work

              The contractor, a key player in developing the once-glitchy HealthCare.gov site, is helping the IRS handle its responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act for $4.5 million.

              Obama’s bid for fewest vetoes since Garfield is in jeopardy

              Obama’s bid for fewest vetoes since Garfield is in jeopardy

              Obama has vetoed only two bills so far, but now the GOP is in full control of Congress

              Column

              Twisted view of Operation Merlin

              Twisted view of Operation Merlin

              Details of the CIA operation at the center of the trial show that not all leaks are true, or disavowals false.

              Column

              Who said Trump and Rove don’t like each other?

              Who said Trump and Rove don’t like each other?

              A fight over Romney brings out the long knives between these two.

              Court sends back ‘misapplied’ retiree health-benefit case

              Court sends back ‘misapplied’ retiree health-benefit case

              A lower court was told it erred in relying on a precedent favoring vested benefits in union contracts.

              Paid parental leave for federal workers proposed

              Federal employees would be eligible for six weeks of paid leave for purposes related to the birth or adoption of a child, under legislation introduced Monday by a group of House Democrats.

              Feinstein laments lack of Mideast policy ESP

              Feinstein laments lack of Mideast policy ESP

              The ranking Democrat on Senate intelligence panel laments that the “future is unknown” in Yemen.

              Sorry, federal workers. This concert was free to everyone — except you.

              Sorry, federal workers. This concert was free to everyone — except you.

              A group that hosted OK Go went too far trying to help workers comply with ethics rules.

              Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

              Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

              With the GOP now running the House and Senate, federal employees don’t need to guess which party will prevail.

              Federal offices remain open today

              Federal offices remain open today

              Federal employees in the Washington region can work from home or use unscheduled leave on Monday, but their offices are open.

              Democrats, Republicans divided over which agencies they like

              Democrats, Republicans divided over which agencies they like

              In a Pew Research survey, Republicans favored the CIA and Defense Department most, while Democrats gave high marks to a bit of everything.

              Supreme Court will review drug protocol used for lethal injection

              Supreme Court will review drug protocol used for lethal injection

              One week after allowing an Oklahoma execution, the justices agreed to review the procedure.

              Group that disrupted the Supreme Court posts video

              The video doesn’t show much, but it provides clear audio of the seven protesters from the group 99Rise, as well as Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s joke.

              Inspector general rips TSA for redactions in JFK airport audit

              Inspector general rips TSA for redactions in JFK airport audit

              Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said he suspects that TSA wanted to “conceal negative information” about computer security at New York airport.

              Can the Pentagon downsize its headquarters staff?

              Can the Pentagon downsize its headquarters staff?

              A new GAO audit finds that officials aren’t sure how many work at headquarters, making cuts harder.

              Supremes protect federal whistleblowers

              Supreme Court ruling protects federal air marshal whistleblower in case that had broad implications.

              Review confirms administration did not properly vet HealthCare.gov contractors

              Review confirms administration did not properly vet HealthCare.gov contractors

              An inspector general’s findings confirm problems that The Washington Post first reported in a pair of articles more than a year ago.

              McCain and his ‘illegitimate son,’ Lindsey Graham, now oppose closing Guantanamo

              McCain and his ‘illegitimate son,’ Lindsey Graham, now oppose closing Guantanamo

              Obama promised to shut down the prison in Guantanamo. It’s looking now like he may not be able to.

              House Republicans propose shrinking federal workforce

              House Republicans propose shrinking federal workforce

              One bill would reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition and cut service contracts. Another would trim the defense civilian workforce by 15 percent.

              Column

              Obama’s travels

              Obama’s travels

              He has just three more states to visit as president, and he’s pledging to get to each before it’s all over.

              Justice Department hasn’t set rules for off-duty conduct

              A federal review found the agency has no department-wide policies regulating off-duty behavior.

              The Justice Dept. has no rules for off-duty conduct

              The Justice Dept. has no rules for off-duty conduct

              DOJ has no department-wide policies on off-duty conduct and hasn’t revisited the issue in nearly two decades, according to an inspector general’s report.

              SSA restores some office hours

              An improved budget picture has allowed field offices to add back operating hours that were cut during leaner times for the agency.

              Federal workers: Tell us about paid sick leave

              Feds: Tell us about how your experiences with advanced sick leave. President Obama recently required agencies to allow the paid time off for employees with new children.

              Bibi’s coming to town! Bringing new, fun props?

              Bibi’s coming to town! Bringing new, fun props?

              White House and Congress skirmish over Speaker Boehner’s invite to Israeli PM to speak on the Hill

              Linking NASA and the private sector to further space exploration

              Linking NASA and the private sector to further space exploration

              Alan Lindenmoyer created a new way for NASA to partner with the private sector to build rockets and spacecraft at a dramatically reduced cost to taxpayers.

              Citizens United protesters disrupt Supreme Court session

              Citizens United protesters disrupt Supreme Court session

              About half a dozen protesters stood, one after the other, and shouted criticism of the controversial ruling.

              Scalia is surprisingly tough on Fair Housing Act challenge

              Scalia is surprisingly tough on Fair Housing Act challenge

              The Supreme Court justice and conservative stalwart asked tough questions in defense of the law.

              Column

              Ex-lawmaker takes a spin through the revolving door

              Ex-lawmaker takes a spin through the revolving door

              Dan Lungren, now a lobbyist, attended the State of the Union but didn’t break any ethics rules.

              Supreme court upholds whistleblower protections in air marshal case

              Supreme court upholds whistleblower protections in air marshal case

              The court ruled that an air marshal did not violate the law when he leaked information about agency plans that he thought could endanger the public.