Lois Lerner was e-mailing her husband with the conservative knock

Democrats have leaked unredacted copies of the exchange showing that Lerner was e-mailing her husband when she used the offensive term.

    The Federal Eye

    GOP lawmakers chafe at federal paralegals’ idleness

    The Patent and Trademark Office workers got paid to goof off at home for years because they had so little to do.

      Here’s what DHS found at its detention centers for immigrant children

      Inspectors found inadequate food supplies, temperature-control problems and a high employee-to-detainee ratio at some of the shelters, according to a watchdog report.

        Does Lois Lerner have a problem with conservatives?

        Republicans will need more than circumstantial evidence to prove that Lerner led efforts to hinder conservative groups.

          Do feds have a problem with ‘runaway’ document classification?

          Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced a bill to slow the proliferation of document classification and security clearances.

            The 2014 ‘Sammies’ finalists: Meet Jill Boezwinkle

            The first in the Washington Post’s annual series of reports profiling finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards, which honor federal workers who made an impact.

              Survey

              Are veterans changing life at federal agencies?

              The Obama administration is hiring record numbers of veterans to federal jobs. We want to hear from federal workers with and without military backgrounds about life in this new culture.

                The Federal Diary

                Readers speak out about IRS, VA and senior executives

                Readers react to previous Federal Diary columns, speaking their minds on IRS,VA and senior executives.

                House takes punitive action against all IRS executives

                The House wants to spread mass punishment for senior executives from the VA to the IRS.

                Critics: VA uses patient privacy to go after whistleblowers

                The Department of Veterans Affairs hospital stands Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The director of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System said Wednesday that it will soon receive as much as $15 million to address an audit showing long wait times for veterans. Juan Morales told reporters that the money will help pay for additional physician-support staff and fees that may be incurred if a veteran has to be sent to an outside provider. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, George Walker IV)

                Managers have allegedly threatened employees or retaliated against those who complain about misconduct.

                In the Loop

                Booker Watch: And Harry Reid makes 13

                Sen. Cory Booker adds just one more selfie to his collection, but he tells the Loop not to rush him.

                Don’t blame Mike Enzi for trying to block ambo to Russia confirmation

                Senate Republicans, furious over Democrats cutting back on filibusters, nonetheless approved a key ambassadorial nominee

                Washington, where ‘opportunity’ springs eternal

                HUD follows in Labor’s footsteps in touting itself as the “Department of Opportunity.“

                Fine Print

                Fine Print: It’s time to look at military personnel benefits

                Tough decisions have to be made to get Defense Department costs under control.

                Fine Print: U.S. trying to seal cracks in Iron Dome deal

                The Iron Dome defense

                Congress wants more participation by U.S. contractors in production of Israeli air defense system

                Fine Print: Civil liberties board reviews NSA data mining

                FILE - In this June 6, 2013, file photo, shows plaques outside the National Security Ageny (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. When the NSA intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to an investigation by The Washington Post published on Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

                Panel fears volume of data risks citizens’ privacy, but found no abuse or disregard of federal law.

                The High Court

                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.

                High Court: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and guns

                WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 8: Justice Anthony Kennedy pictured as the nine members of the Supreme Court pose for a new group photograph to reflect their newest member, Elena Kagan, October, 08, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

                Some see him as the middleman on the gun debate; neither side knows where he’s going to fall on the issue.

                Bill Clinton papers reveal maneuvering on high court picks

                In June 1993, President Bill Clinton introduces Ruth Bader Ginsburg as his choice for associate justice to succeed Justice Byron White.

                They illuminate discussions about his choices of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer for the bench.

                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

                Making ambulances safer for patients and EMTs

                James Green, a persuasive engineer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health wants to make it safer for anyone in the back of an ambulance.

                The Federal Coach

                Labor Secretary Tom Perez on leadership

                “Government can and should lead is in workplace flexibility.“

                Leadership books for the beach

                Here are some books that will improve your work life, yet are fun enough to read while on vacation.

                Leading the Peace Corps

                The world has changed a lot since the Peace Corps was founded 53 years ago.

                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

                GOP lawmakers chafe at federal paralegals’ idleness

                GOP lawmakers chafe at federal paralegals’ idleness

                The Patent and Trademark Office workers got paid to goof off at home for years because they had so little to do.

                Ginsburg says she’s catching her second wind

                Ginsburg says she’s catching her second wind

                As some liberals press her to hang up her robe, the Supreme Court justice says she’s in no hurry to call it quits.

                Here’s what DHS found at its detention centers for immigrant children

                Here’s what DHS found at its detention centers for immigrant children

                Inspectors found inadequate food supplies, temperature-control problems and a high employee-to-detainee ratio at some of the shelters, according to a watchdog report.

                Don’t blame Mike Enzi for trying to block ambo to Russia confirmation

                Don’t blame Mike Enzi for trying to block ambo to Russia confirmation

                Senate Republicans, furious over Democrats cutting back on filibusters, nonetheless approved a key ambassadorial nominee

                Washington, where ‘opportunity’ springs eternal

                Washington, where ‘opportunity’ springs eternal

                HUD follows in Labor’s footsteps in touting itself as the “Department of Opportunity.“

                Does Lois Lerner have a problem with conservatives?

                Republicans will need more than circumstantial evidence to prove that Lerner led efforts to hinder conservative groups.

                Senate sends VA, transportation bills to Obama

                Senate sends VA, transportation bills to Obama

                Action on the troubled agency and the Highway Trust Fund comes on the eve of a five-week summer break.

                Federal paralegals were paid for four years to sit idle

                Federal paralegals were paid for four years to sit idle

                Despite backlog of appeals, patent office paralegals sat idle most weeks over four years, watchdog finds

                Column

                In the Loop: Sally Jewell talks — so does Harry Reid

                In the Loop: Sally Jewell talks — so does Harry Reid

                The majority leader likes to threaten his fellow senators with weekend duty.

                Do feds have a problem with ‘runaway’ document classification?

                Do feds have a problem with ‘runaway’ document classification?

                Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced a bill to slow the proliferation of document classification and security clearances.

                AG Holder taps his deputy chief of staff to be acting chief of civil rights division

                AG Holder taps his deputy chief of staff to be acting chief of civil rights division

                Although the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head Justice’s civil rights division is still on the Senate calendar, his confirmation is almost surely not going to happen.

                BACKGROUND CHECK: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

                BACKGROUND CHECK: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

                Meet President Obama’s Interior Department head: a lover of all things outdoors -- and puzzles.

                The 2014 ‘Sammies’ finalists: Meet Jill Boezwinkle

                The 2014 ‘Sammies’ finalists: Meet Jill Boezwinkle

                The first in the Washington Post’s annual series of reports profiling finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards, which honor federal workers who made an impact.

                How a Supreme Court ruling could increase the NLRB workload

                How a Supreme Court ruling could increase the NLRB workload

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                Labor Secretary Tom Perez on leadership

                Labor Secretary Tom Perez on leadership

                “Government can and should lead is in workplace flexibility.“

                Column

                A fast-moving Senate, for a change

                A fast-moving Senate, for a change

                No ambassador to Russia? Lawmakers agree that’s not a good idea right now.

                Federal appeals court vacancy rates drop despite GOP success in blocking some nominees

                Federal appeals court vacancy rates drop despite GOP success in blocking some nominees

                Federal appeals court vacancies are at their lowest point since 1990, though some GOP senators have been able to block nominees

                This fraud scheme targets the families of immigrant children

                This fraud scheme targets the families of immigrant children

                Scammers are pretending to be immigration officials and demanding substantial payments from relatives of the unattended immigrant children.

                Column

                In the Loop: Clock is ticking on nominees

                Senators could use voice votes to help move things along, and the White House is pushing for action.

                Senate unanimously confirms McDonald as VA secretary

                Senate unanimously confirms McDonald as VA secretary

                Former Procter & Gamble chief will take over an agency rocked by a recent scandal.

                Senate confirms three ambassadorial nominees in minutes, but will there be time for more?

                Senate confirms three ambassadorial nominees in minutes, but will there be time for more?

                The Senate confirmed three administration nominees Tuesday, but 150 are hanging on the Senate floor, hoping to be confirmed before the Senate recess Friday.

                Senate confirms Robert McDonald as VA secretary

                Senate confirms Robert McDonald as VA secretary

                Former Procter & Gamble chief Robert McDonald will take over an agency rocked by a recent scandal involving records falsification.

                Making ambulances safer for patients and EMTs

                Making ambulances safer for patients and EMTs

                James Green, a persuasive engineer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health wants to make it safer for anyone in the back of an ambulance.

                Decision overturning Va.’s gay marriage ban is upheld

                Decision overturning Va.’s gay marriage ban is upheld

                A federal appeals court panel in Richmond rules that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed under the Constitution .

                Column

                In the Loop: Obama makes few speeches in the Oval Office

                In the Loop: Obama makes few speeches in the Oval Office

                When the president speaks to the nation from the White House, he’s taken to using other backdrops.

                Column

                Fine Print: It’s time to look at military personnel benefits

                Tough decisions have to be made to get Defense Department costs under control.

                GAO cites tax debt of DoD workers with security clearances

                Employees and contractors owed $730 million in unpaid federal taxes as of June 2012, the report found.

                Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

                Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

                The GAO said about 31 percent of the tax-delinquent workers already owed money to the government when they were issued security clearances.

                Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

                Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

                The president has been sharply criticized for multiple alleged failures through his presidency, but when it comes to predicting the stock market. . .

                Paul Ryan defends plan to overhaul social safety net

                Paul Ryan defends plan to overhaul social safety net

                Ryan last week proposed consolidating 11 safety-net programs into one block grant for states to distribute how they see fit.