Election 2014: Congressional hopefuls on federal workers

House candidates for two open VA seats respond to questions related to the federal workplace.

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    Congress hopefuls answer federal worker concerns

    Today, Federal Eye interviews Barbara Comstock, a GOP candidate for Congress in Northern Virginia.

      New report: USDA must act to drive down dangerously high poultry pathogen rates

      The GAO report noted that the USDA missed a deadline to publish standards and urged the department to remedy the situation “as quickly as possible.”

        Report: Stealing things is easy at GSA headquarters

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          VA morale low, but actions by new boss could change things

          Survey shows VA morale is falling, but the agency’s new leader is doing things to improve service to vets and conditions for workers.

            NASA maintains lofty worker-satisfaction ratings for 2014

            NASA improved on most measures in the federal government’s employee-satisfaction survey.

              The Federal Diary

              Election 2014: Congressional hopefuls on federal workers

              House candidates for two open VA seats respond to questions related to the federal workplace.

              VA morale low, but new boss could change things

              Survey shows VA morale falling, as new boss works to improve service to vets and conditions for staff.

              Early returns indicate morale of feds continues to fall

              The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. U.S. President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address tonight to lay out what he calls a 'blueprint' for revitalizing the economy, emphasizing a rebirth for U.S. manufacturing, bolstering domestic energy production and training workers. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

              Survey results from two large agencies show low morale a year after the government shutdown.

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              Controversy over Ebola czar has a familiar ring

              This undated handout photo provided by Revolution shows Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden.   A longtime Democratic operative, Klain was tasked Friday by President Barack Obama with running the government's response to the Ebola crisis. (AP Photo/Revolution)

              The flap over Ron Klain’s qualifications mirrors a dispute from the Bush years.

              Kerry names former senator Gary Hart as Northern Ireland envoy

              Kerry names former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.), whose 1988 presidential campaign was derailed by an extramarital affair, as representative to Northern Ireland talks

              Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition. But a Bush czar thinks Klain might do well.

              GOP criticism of new Ebola czar echoes criticism back in 2005 of a Bush administration official during the avian flu scare.

              Fine Print

              Coexistence of aggressive interrogation and civil liberties

              Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta discusses his new book 'Worthy Fights' at George Washington University in Washington October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

              Panetta argues that “enhanced” interrogations were fruitful, but so were techniques without duress.

              It’s a war, not a video game

              Are Americans ready to fight the Islamic State?

              United States can’t solve everyone’s problems

              Vietnam still offers key lessons: It’s time Americans understand all countries don’t share U.S. values.

              The High Court

              Some explaining to do? Not here.

              Mistie Tolman, left, cries as she gets a hug from friend Lisa Perry after she and her partner Karen McMillian, right, were denied the opportunity for a marriage license inside the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in the states of Idaho and Nevada. The order came minutes after Idaho on Wednesday filed an emergency request for an immediate stay. The state's request said that without a stay, state and county officials would have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)  LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KTVB 7);  LOCAL ONLINE OUT MANDATORY CREDIT

              Supreme Court justices don’t have to spell out their reasoning for their rulings.

              High Court: I’m no longer in love with you

              FILE - This Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington. No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. Nor did any of the justices try to stop the deaths of inmates in Florida and Missouri by lethal injection. Even as the number of executions annually has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years and the court has barred states from killing juveniles and the mentally disabled, no justice has emerged as a principled opponent of the death penalty. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

              Erwin Chemerinsky, law school dean and author, has serious issues with the Supreme Court and its justices.

              Supreme Court: Was gay marriage settled in 1972 case?

              Same-sex marriage status in the U.S., state-by-state

              The meaning of a 1972 ruling appears entirely dependent on judicial perspective.

              The Federal Coach

              The deep-rooted problems with government

              A conversation with Peter Schuck, author of “Why Government Fails So Often.“

              What the Secret Service needs to do now

              An analysis of federal survey data shows the agency had been slipping for some time.

              Bleeding the federal workforce

              As his three decades in Congress draw to a close, Rep. Frank Wolf talks about government’s low morale.

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              NSF scientist leads cutting-edge Antarctica research program

              Scott Gerald Borg is a scientist who coordinates the direction of and funding for the program’s entire portfolio.

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              Controversy over Ebola czar has a familiar ring

              Controversy over Ebola czar has a familiar ring

              The flap over Ron Klain’s qualifications mirrors a dispute from the Bush years.

              Congress hopefuls answer federal worker concerns

              Congress hopefuls answer federal worker concerns

              Today, Federal Eye interviews Barbara Comstock, a GOP candidate for Congress in Northern Virginia.

              Kerry names former senator Gary Hart as Northern Ireland envoy

              Kerry names former senator Gary Hart as Northern Ireland envoy

              Kerry names former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.), whose 1988 presidential campaign was derailed by an extramarital affair, as representative to Northern Ireland talks

              NSF scientist leads cutting-edge Antarctica research program

              NSF scientist leads cutting-edge Antarctica research program

              Scott Gerald Borg is a scientist who coordinates the direction of and funding for the program’s entire portfolio.

              Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries

              Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries

              Los Angeles argues that access to hotel guest information is a necessary tool for law enforcement.

              Column

              Coexistence of aggressive interrogation and civil liberties

              Coexistence of aggressive interrogation and civil liberties

              Panetta argues that “enhanced” interrogations were fruitful, but so were techniques without duress.

              Report: Stealing things is easy at GSA headquarters

              Report: Stealing things is easy at GSA headquarters

              EYE CATCHERS | Must-read federal news stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

              Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition. But a Bush czar thinks Klain might do well.

              Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition. But a Bush czar thinks Klain might do well.

              GOP criticism of new Ebola czar echoes criticism back in 2005 of a Bush administration official during the avian flu scare.

              Extended federal leaves cost $775 million in 3-year period

              Extended federal leaves cost $775 million in 3-year period

              More than 57,000 workers were on paid leave for at least a month while waiting to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work.

              Obama says life on the Supreme Court would be ‘too monastic’ for him

              Obama says life on the Supreme Court would be ‘too monastic’ for him

              In an interview, the president also said that Justice Ginsburg will decide her own retirement.

              The deep-rooted problems with government

              The deep-rooted problems with government

              A conversation with Peter Schuck, author of “Why Government Fails So Often.“

              VA morale low, but actions by new boss could change things

              VA morale low, but actions by new boss could change things

              Survey shows VA morale is falling, but the agency’s new leader is doing things to improve service to vets and conditions for workers.

              High court: Texas can enforce strict voter-ID law

              High court: Texas can enforce strict voter-ID law

              The state can proceed, despite an appeals court finding that the law unfairly targets minorities. Attorney General Holder says the order is a “step backward.”

              Loop Guidance for new Ebola Czar Ron Klain

              Loop Guidance for new Ebola Czar Ron Klain

              President Obama’s new Ebola “czar,” veteran Washington player Ron Klain, needs to do something fast.

              Who won that Loop ‘When Will Holder resign’ contest?

              Who won that Loop ‘When Will Holder resign’ contest?

              Most participants figured Holder would have been gone long before he announced on Sept. 25. But some didn’t.

              Majority backs Supreme Court action that allows gay marriages to go forward

              Majority backs Supreme Court action that allows gay marriages to go forward

              Fifty-six percent of Americans agree with justices’ decision, according to new Washington Post-ABC poll.

              Obama really wants Ruemmler for AG, but can he get her confirmed in time?

              Obama really wants Ruemmler for AG, but can he get her confirmed in time?

              It’s possible the Senate would confirm former White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler for attorney general before January-- just not very likely.

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              Cabinet campaigners? Not so much.

              Cabinet campaigners? Not so much.

              The department secretaries of the Obama administration are largely on the sidelines in this election season.

              NASA maintains lofty worker-satisfaction ratings for 2014

              NASA maintains lofty worker-satisfaction ratings for 2014

              NASA improved on most measures in the federal government’s employee-satisfaction survey.

              Feds’ morale falls despite efforts to improve

              Feds’ morale falls despite efforts to improve

              Despite years of attempts to improve federal employees’ spirits, initial survey results show it is dropping.

              Pistole’s stepping down as head of Transportation Security Administration

              Pistole’s stepping down as head of Transportation Security Administration

              After a four-year stint as head of the chronically troubled agency, the former FBI deputy director looks to be headed to academia.

              Where’s the Obama Cabinet? Seems not so much on the campaign trail.

              Where’s the Obama Cabinet? Seems not so much on the campaign trail.

              There are a number of reasons — besides Obama’s low poll numbers — why Cabinet members don’t seem to be much of a presence on the stump this year.

              VA clinic cleared of foul play in rescheduled appointment

              VA clinic cleared of foul play in rescheduled appointment

              A veteran cancelled his medical appointment at a clinic on the same day he died.

              What the Secret Service needs to do now

              What the Secret Service needs to do now

              An analysis of federal survey data shows the agency had been slipping for some time.

              Pentagon rejects Loop winners, names Iraq/Syria operation ‘Inherent Resolve’

              Pentagon rejects Loop winners,  names Iraq/Syria operation ‘Inherent Resolve’

              Loop Fans had suggested naming Iraq/Syria campaign “Operation Mulligan” or Operation Baracking Bad,” but the Pentagon went for the conventional.

              Federal workers: How is ‘phased retirement’ shaping up at your agency?

              Federal workers: How is ‘phased retirement’ shaping up at your agency?

              The government plans to begin the program next month, but many guidelines are left up to agencies. How do they look where you work?

              Column

              Panetta dials it back a bit but doesn’t back down

              Panetta dials it back a bit but doesn’t back down

              The former defense secretary has a little more to say about his criticism of former boss Obama.

              Justices block Texas abortion law

              Justices block Texas abortion law

              The decision will allow more than a dozen abortion clinics to reopen in the second most populous state.

              Can regulators have financial interests in what they regulate?

              The Supreme Court weighs whether a N.C. dental board’s crackdown on teeth whiteners was improper.

              Panetta’s not backing off on his book’s criticisms of Obama

              Panetta’s not backing off on his book’s criticisms of Obama

              In an interview with former CNN reporter Frank Sesno, former defense chief Leon Panetta expands on sharp criticism of Obama.