House panel easily passes veterans sick-leave bill

(Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)

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

    The Federal Eye

    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

      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.

              The Federal Diary

              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.

              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.

              In the Loop

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

              WASHINGTON DC- FEBRUARY 25:Former District Police Chief and Ward 7 resident Isaac Fulwood had high hopes for Mayor Fenty on February 25 2010 in (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)  StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on  Thu Feb 25 21:46:04 2010

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

              Gowdy: Benghazi investigation “incomplete” without Clinton testimony

              After congressional Benghazi hearing Tuesday, GOP congressman says he will likely call on Hillary Clinton to testify.

              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.

              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

              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, 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.