Critics: Security programs chill whistleblowers

(Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

Some fear the programs designed to stop government leaks may also keep employees from reporting problems.

The Federal Eye

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

John Koskinen offered little new information about the matter, saying he doesn’t want to interfere with an inspector general’s investigation.

Senate panel approves VA secretary nominee

The unanimous voice vote came one day after Robert McDonald told the committee, “I desperately want this job, because I think I can make a difference.”

Lawmakers question $190 million contract for firm accused of fraud

The contract went to a firm that the Justice Department has accused of fraud in an alleged scheme to rush through background checks and increase revenue.

Is your mail coming late? Service cuts are to blame.

Almost two-thirds of D.C.-area letter carriers are delivering the mail after 5 p.m., audit finds.

(Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg)

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

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.

Is the federal personnel system too old to do the job?

A House hearing examines the General Schedule personnel system. Many agree it needs it.

In the Loop

In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wipes his face as he speaks at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Trying to win forgiveness for pushing a failed immigration overhaul, Rubio is rushing to woo social conservatives ahead of a potential 2016 White House run. While Rubio has consistently held conservative positions on abortion and gay marriage, his emphasis now is an effort to find support among social conservatives who have yet to settle on a favored candidate in the presidential campaign that is in its nascent stages.  (AP Photo)

The senator, clearly looking toward a potential 2016 matchup, piles on the 1990s references.

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

A Dutch mayor called Wednesday for Russian President Putin’s daughter to be deported from the Netherlands.

Rubio PAC: Remember the Macarena? Then you remember the Clinton presidency.

Sneak preview of 2016: Sen. Marco Rubio fundraises off tying Hillary Clinton to the 1990s.

Fine Print

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.

Fine Print: What’s the price tag on keeping troops safe?

Time to learn the lessons of nimble, effective procurement for unique military challenges.

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

HUD official coordinated Hurricane Sandy recovery aid

Marion Mollegen McFadden, the chief operating officer and later acting executive director of the recovery task force, led an ambitious interagency effort.

The Federal Coach

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.

Trying to improve morale in government

“The myth I would try to dispel is that it’s impossible to get things done.“

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

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

Column

In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

The senator, clearly looking toward a potential 2016 matchup, piles on the 1990s references.

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

A Dutch mayor called Wednesday for Russian President Putin’s daughter to be deported from the Netherlands.

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

John Koskinen offered little new information about the matter, saying he doesn’t want to interfere with an inspector general’s investigation.

Senate panel approves VA secretary nominee

Senate panel approves VA secretary nominee

The unanimous voice vote came one day after Robert McDonald told the committee, “I desperately want this job, because I think I can make a difference.”

Lawmakers question $190 million contract for firm accused of fraud

Lawmakers question $190 million contract for firm accused of fraud

The contract went to a firm that the Justice Department has accused of fraud in an alleged scheme to rush through background checks and increase revenue.

D.C. area’s new distinction: Most late mail deliveries

D.C. area’s new distinction: Most late mail deliveries

More than two-thirds of the time, carriers are still working after 5. And those in N.Va. have problems, too.

Column

It takes an act of Congress to work in August

There’s a law against the legislative body to be working in August — really.

New plan in works for contraceptive coverage

New plan in works for contraceptive coverage

The Obama administration will address a Supreme Court ruling on employers’ religious objections.

Is your mail coming late? Service cuts are to blame.

Is your mail coming late? Service cuts are to blame.

Almost two-thirds of D.C.-area letter carriers are delivering the mail after 5 p.m., audit finds.

Congress on working in August: It’s against the law!

Congress on working in August: It’s against the law!

Voters may get upset when Congress shuts down in August without passing important legislation, but there’s a law against it.

IRS seeks contractor to destroy hard drives -- properly

IRS seeks contractor to destroy hard drives -- properly

Lawmakers have questioned the IRS’s handling of old storage devices since the agency reported that it destroyed the hard drive of Lois Lerner.

HUD official coordinated Hurricane Sandy recovery aid

HUD official coordinated Hurricane Sandy recovery aid

Marion Mollegen McFadden, the chief operating officer and later acting executive director of the recovery task force, led an ambitious interagency effort.

Column

In the Loop: What happened to the deficit talk?

In the Loop: What happened to the deficit talk?

It was such a big issue, but now all the chatter and media coverage appear to have disappeared.

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

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

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

IG: $2.8 million Afghanistan produce facility sitting unused

IG: $2.8 million Afghanistan produce facility sitting unused

Report said the Defense Department didn’t identify a potential owner for the facility before constructing it. Afghan officials are still searching for one.

No NTSB chair for Ukraine crash probe

The Senate is expected to approve Michael Lawson as ambo to U.N. aviation agency, but they might want to approve new head of U.S. safety board as well.

Whatever happened to the deficit?

Whatever happened to the deficit?

The budget deficit was of great moment just a few years ago. Now? Not so much

EPA loses bridge builder with Bob Perciasepe’s departure

EPA loses bridge builder with Bob Perciasepe’s departure

EPA’s No. 2 announced this week that he would step down after the longest tenure for a deputy administrator at the agency.

Is this one of the ugliest federal buildings in Washington?

Is this one of the ugliest federal buildings in Washington?

A look at some of the best and worst architecture for federal buildings in the nation’s capital.

Why did the IRS provide a trove of taxpayer information to the FBI?

A top Justice Department official testified about how the FBI ended up with an IRS database containing private taxpayer information. Find out what he said.

In the Loop: Toothpaste and the border crisis? Huh?

In the Loop: Toothpaste and the border crisis? Huh?

McCain, Flake, Schumer and others go all OUTT on names of bills — as in Overdoing the Unrelated Title Thing.

Justice Dept. wants answers about lost IRS e-mails

Justice Dept. wants answers about lost IRS e-mails

Deputy Attorney General James Cole testified that his agency learned about the matter through media reports instead of the IRS.

House would bar awards for IRS execs

House would bar awards for IRS execs

The attempt to block IRS performance awards mirrors earlier move against VA executives.

Issa ends hearing after White House defies subpoena

Issa ends hearing after White House defies subpoena

Issa said the hearing would not be “full and fair” without an official who defied the panel’s subpoena.

Acting VA chief seeks $17.6 billion

Acting VA chief seeks $17.6 billion

Agency looks to hire new staffers and offer private care as it continues probes in VA clinics nationwide.

Column

In the Loop: Ethics training for Congress?

In the Loop: Ethics training for Congress?

A bipartisan bill proposes classes for lawmakers on how to behave.

Official: Justice Department to investigate lost IRS e-mails

Official: Justice Department to investigate lost IRS e-mails

The Justice Department has declined to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter, despite a resolution from the House.

Senate confirms federal judge after 17-year wait

Senate confirms federal judge after 17-year wait

A 17-year-long partisan battle ended Wednesday as the Senate confirmed Ronnie White for a judgeship.

Five ways the VA is addressing manipulation of benefits data

Five ways the VA is addressing manipulation of benefits data

A quick summary of steps that the VA has promised to ensure the integrity of its claims data after reports of manipulation.