GOP senator proposes barring bonuses for tax-delinquent feds

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced legislation to bar bonuses for federal workers who owe back taxes. In recent years, tax-delinquent IRS employees alone owed more than $3 million.

    The Federal Eye

    Is Rep. Mark Meadows open to federal workers?

    The new conservative Republican chair of House Oversight wants to meet with employees in a different agency each month.

      Report criticizes DEA’s poor monitoring for racial bias in ‘cold consent’ stops

      The Justice Department is examining state and local police for possible racial profiling, but an inspector general’s report turned the same spotlight on one of DOJ’s own Drug Enforcement Administration.

        ‘Rigorously disentangle’ and other examples of bad federal writing

        Poor federal performers are still using bureaucratic jargon and passive verbs, according to the annual Federal Plain Language Report Card.

          Panel approves vets bill despite partisan tussle

          House panel approves veterans sick-leave bill but can’t escape its partisan ways as business continues with the House Oversight Committee.

            TSA intercepted a record number of guns, plus these bizarre items, in 2014

            Among them: an 8.5-inch knife tucked inside an enchilada.

              The Federal Diary

              Conservative chairman open to federal worker views

              WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30:
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) grills Julia Pierson, director of the U.S. Secret Service, during a Hearing by the House Oversight Committee on the flaws and errors by the U.S. Secret Service in protecting the White House held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Tuesday, September 30 , 2014, in Washington, DC.  
(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

              Rep. Mark Meadows is taking over the panel with a willingness to consider other perspectives.

              House panel easily passes veterans sick-leave bill

              WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30:
Congressman Jason Chaffetz, holding a minute-by-minute account of a recent White House breach, grills Julia Pierson, director of the U.S. Secret Service, during a Hearing by the House Oversight Committee on the flaws and errors by the U.S. Secret Service in protecting the White House held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Tuesday, September 30 , 2014, in Washington, DC.  
(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

              Lawmakers unanimously vote to give disabled vets increased leave but are haunted by partisanship.

              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.

              In the Loop

              CRS Report of the Week: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business: Economic Issues

              The Loop’s weekly public service of CRS reports brings you a nonpartisan analysis of the Obamacare employer mandate.

              John Kerry fined $50 for not shoveling his sidewalk in Boston

              The ticket was issued Thursday, and yellow tape was put up warning of snow and ice falling from the home.

              Lawmakers: How about a vacation in Cuba?

              Protesters interrupt the start of a Senate Armed Services hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015,  as they shout at former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, center, joined by fellow former State Department heads George P. Shultz and Madeleine K. Albright. The upheaval came as members of an anti-war group Code Pink called the 91-year-old Kissinger a war criminal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

              A bipartisan group of legislators introduces a bill that would lift the long-standing travel restrictions.

              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

              Running the Small Business Administration

              “It’s really the absence of role models that inspired me.“

              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.

              Federal Player of the Week

              Gail Morgado: Stepping in and out of the world’s conflict zones to provide assistance

              Gail Morgado looks at troubled regions around the world to find opportunities for the State Department to assist with expertise and resources.

              Latest Federal News

              Running the Small Business Administration

              Running the Small Business Administration

              “It’s really the absence of role models that inspired me.“

              Is Rep. Mark Meadows open to federal workers?

              Is Rep. Mark Meadows open to federal workers?

              The new conservative Republican chair of House Oversight wants to meet with employees in a different agency each month.

              Report criticizes DEA’s poor monitoring for racial bias in ‘cold consent’ stops

              Report criticizes DEA’s poor monitoring for racial bias in ‘cold consent’ stops

              The Justice Department is examining state and local police for possible racial profiling, but an inspector general’s report turned the same spotlight on one of DOJ’s own Drug Enforcement Administration.

              John Kerry fined $50 for not shoveling his sidewalk in Boston

              John Kerry fined $50 for not shoveling his sidewalk in Boston

              The ticket was issued Thursday, and yellow tape was put up warning of snow and ice falling from the home.

              Column

              Lawmakers: How about a vacation in Cuba?

              Lawmakers: How about a vacation in Cuba?

              A bipartisan group of legislators introduces a bill that would lift the long-standing travel restrictions.

              Lynch: Not Eric Holder and definitely not John Mitchell, either

              Lynch: Not Eric Holder and definitely not John Mitchell, either

              No matter what the scandal, Watergate will always be with us -- even at Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing.

              Column

              Loretta Lynch insists she’s not Eric Holder

              Loretta Lynch insists she’s not Eric Holder

              The nominee for attorney general appears to satisfy at least some GOP senators about her true identity.

              Politics in the Netanyahu invite? Nah, no way.

              Politics in the Netanyahu invite? Nah, no way.

              Were U.S. and Israeli politics involved in Speaker Boehner’s invitation to PM Netanyahu to speak to Congress?

              ‘Rigorously disentangle’ and other examples of bad federal writing

              ‘Rigorously disentangle’ and other examples of bad federal writing

              Poor federal performers are still using bureaucratic jargon and passive verbs, according to the annual Federal Plain Language Report Card.

              Gail Morgado: Stepping in and out of the world’s conflict zones to provide assistance

              Gail Morgado: Stepping in and out of the world’s conflict zones to provide assistance

              Gail Morgado looks at troubled regions around the world to find opportunities for the State Department to assist with expertise and resources.

              Panel approves vets bill despite partisan tussle

              Panel approves vets bill despite partisan tussle

              House panel approves veterans sick-leave bill but can’t escape its partisan ways as business continues with the House Oversight Committee.

              U.S. Parole Commission head Isaac Fulwood calling it quits

              U.S. Parole Commission head Isaac Fulwood calling it quits

              After nearly six years, he’s feeling neglected by Obama

              U.S. Parole chief leaving, cites lack of interest from Obama, Holder

              U.S. Parole chief leaving, cites lack of interest from Obama, Holder

              Parole Commission Chairman Isaac Fulwood Jr. is retiring, citing lack of support from the administration.

              TSA intercepted a record number of guns, plus these bizarre items, in 2014

              TSA intercepted a record number of guns, plus these bizarre items, in 2014

              Among them: an 8.5-inch knife tucked inside an enchilada.

              IRS now paying company that muffed HealthCare.gov work

              IRS now paying company that muffed HealthCare.gov work

              The contractor 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.