Think before you post: Here’s the new federal-workforce guidance on social media

Federal employees would be wise to parse prior to posting and think through their tweeting to avoid running afoul of government ethics policies, under newly released guidance.

    The Federal Eye

    Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

    The government has sharply reduced spending on travel and training for federal employees.

      DEA agents had the fun, now boss pays the price

      House committee issues ‘no confidence’ statement for DEA chief and White House offers no support after reports of DEA sex parties with prostitutes. Interest in faster firing of feds grows.

        Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

        The idea is that Congress might trim funding for agencies that end a cycle with surpluses.

          House rejects bill to fire tax-delinquent federal employees

          But the House unanimously passed a similar measure to bar federal agencies from hiring contractors with “seriously delinquent tax debt.“

            DEA manager took out dozens of credit cards for fake employees

            The manager pleaded guilty to using the credit cards to withdraw nearly $114,000 from ATMs in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

              The Federal Diary

              House committee criticizes DEA chief with statement of ‘no confidence’

              Even though the agency’s agents did all of the partying, she’s the one who could be fired yet.

              House members angry over VA’s response to whistleblowers

              WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 28:  The United States Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters is seen on Wednesday May 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)

              A year after scandal engulfed the agency, those who reveal its failings still face retaliation from superiors.

              IRS chief: Budget, staff cuts lead to service that can’t get much worse

              Agency’s commissioner said the IRS collects more than it spends and that taxpayers are paying for past issues.

              In the Loop

              Marco Rubio cleans up Senate campaign committee before renaming it ‘Rubio for President’

              Before Marco Rubio made his Senate campaign committee his presidential one, he cleared the air with the FEC.

              Read foreign condolences after Lincoln’s assassination

              The State Department historian is digitizing all the agency’s history volumes.

              DHS chief: ‘We don’t have heat shields around our airspace’

              **MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALES NO TRADES WIRES OUT** WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15:  Doug Hughes flys his gyrocopter onto the south west lawn of the Capitol, in Washington, DC on April 15, 2015.  (Photo by Alfredo Duarte/El Tiempo Latino)

              “What’s a gyrocopter?” asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson when he heard the ultralight copter landed near the Capitol.

              Fine Print

              Parsing the words of Iran’s leadership on the nuclear framework agreement

              Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers his speech in a ceremony marking National Nuclear Technology Day, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Rouhani warned that Tehran will not sign on to a final nuclear deal with world powers unless it is predicated on the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran over the controversial nuclear program. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

              The supreme leader’s interpretation of a framework agreement may yet match the U.S.’s understanding.

              As framework agreement with Iran is debated, talk of war now seems distant

              FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose  Garden of the White House in Washington. The framework nuclear deal sealed by world powers and Iran leaves major questions: Could Iran cheat? Possibly. Would the U.S or anyone else be able to respond in time? In theory, yes. Are they prepared to use military force? Questionable.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

              Just two years ago, the threat of military action against Iran seemed like a distinct possibility.

              Separating fact from fiction in Iraq and Yemen

              An Iraqi soldier searches a for fighters of Islamic State group in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

              To understand what’s going on, it’s important for Americans to distinguish reality from propaganda.

              The High Court

              Supreme Court to hear battle over Confederate license plates

              This image provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate. The Supreme Court on March 23, 2015, will weigh a free-speech challenge to Texas’ decision to refuse to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag. Specialty plates are big business in Texas, where drivers spent $17.6 million last year to choose from among more than 350 messages the state allows on the plates. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

              Do specialty license plates reflect the free speech rights of states or individuals?

              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.

              High Court: A question of religious freedom

              HANDOUT PHOTO: Gregory Houston Holt, an Arkansas prison inmate, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad. According to his brief to the Supreme Court, he feels his Muslim faith requires him to follow this dictate: “Allah’s Messenger said, ‘Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).’ “ (Courtesy of Arkansas Department of Corrections)

              Prisoner presses for right to grow a beard for his faith, but Arkansas officials raise security issues.

              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.

              The Federal Coach

              Leadership lessons from the CIA

              Longtime analyst Timothy Kilbourn shares the management lessons he learned in his nearly three decades handling crises.

              Dealing with discrimination in the federal workplace

              Harassment is the most commonly alleged issue in discrimination complaints filed by federal employees.

              What makes good government leaders

              Being in a position of authority doesn’t mean you’re a leader.

              Federal Player of the Week

              Jim Doolittle: Decades of detecting hidden objects underground

              As a research soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Doolittle works with ground-penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction.

              Latest Federal News

              Attorneys general: Based on states’ records, justices should decide marriage

              Attorneys general: Based on states’ records, justices should decide marriage

              Officials, looking to history, say the issue of gay marriage cannot be left to the democratic process.

              40 years later, story of a same-sex marriage in Colo. remains remarkable

              40 years later, story of a same-sex marriage in Colo. remains remarkable

              The events in 1975 led to the ‘exile’ of the couple after a ruling by Anthony M. Kennedy, now a pivotal justice as the Supreme Court decides a historic question.

              Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

              Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

              The government has sharply reduced spending on travel and training for federal employees.

              DEA agents had the fun, now boss pays the price

              House committee issues ‘no confidence’ statement for DEA chief and White House offers no support after reports of DEA sex parties with prostitutes. Interest in faster firing of feds grows.

              Read foreign condolences after Lincoln’s assassination

              Read foreign condolences after Lincoln’s assassination

              The State Department historian is digitizing all the agency’s history volumes.

              Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

              Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

              The idea is that Congress might trim funding for agencies that end a cycle with surpluses.

              House committee criticizes DEA chief with statement of ‘no confidence’

              Even though the agency’s agents did all of the partying, she’s the one who could be fired yet.

              House rejects bill to fire tax-delinquent federal employees

              House rejects bill to fire tax-delinquent federal employees

              But the House unanimously passed a similar measure to bar federal agencies from hiring contractors with “seriously delinquent tax debt.“

              DHS chief: ‘We don’t have heat shields around our airspace’

              DHS chief: ‘We don’t have heat shields around our airspace’

              “What’s a gyrocopter?” asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson when he heard the ultralight copter landed near the Capitol.

              DEA manager took out dozens of credit cards for fake employees

              DEA manager took out dozens of credit cards for fake employees

              The manager pleaded guilty to using the credit cards to withdraw nearly $114,000 from ATMs in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

              Why confidential tips to the government may not be confidential after all

              Why confidential tips to the government may not be confidential after all

              Government agencies promise confidentiality to tipsters. But experts say that’s impossible without encryption.

              The right finds a fresh voice on same-sex marriage

              The right finds a fresh voice on same-sex marriage

              Ryan T. Anderson, 33, says he may be in a losing battle, but he is happy if his message is at least considered.

              Bipartisan House statement expresses lost confidence in DEA chief

              The statement came less than three weeks after a Justice Department inspector general review revealed that DEA agents had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels.

              Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court

              Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court

              Roberts, who lives in Chevy Chase, reported to Montgomery County court Wednesday.

              House upset by VA’s entrenched culture of retaliation against whistleblowers

              A year after scandal engulfed the agency, those who reveal its failings still face retaliation from superiors.

              Court orders VA to pay stroke victim $21 million in malpractice case

              Court orders VA to pay stroke victim $21 million in malpractice case

              A federal court determined that the VA discharged the patient without appropriate care after he showed up with symptoms of a stroke. He became paralyzed after a second stroke.

              Bill targeting tax-delinquent federal employees set for House vote

              April 15 is tax day not just for individuals but also on Capitol Hill, where the House has scheduled votes on a number of tax-related bills, including one aimed at compliance by federal employees.

              Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t know if examiners are doing their jobs, watchdog says

              Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t know if examiners are doing their jobs, watchdog says

              From fiscal year 2009 to 2013, 99 percent of patent examiners received performance rating that made them eligible for almost $145 million in bonuses or more than $6,000 per person, regardless of whether they had errors.

              Parsing the words of Iran’s leadership on the nuclear framework agreement

              Parsing the words of Iran’s leadership on the nuclear framework agreement

              The supreme leader’s interpretation of a framework agreement may yet match the U.S.’s understanding.

              (Video) Michael Bolton’s ode to the unpopular IRS: ‘How are we supposed to live without you?’

              (Video) Michael Bolton’s ode to the unpopular IRS: ‘How are we supposed to live without you?’

              Bolton took to the stage on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” defending the IRS in a parody that compares the agency to a critical but unflattering body part that expels waste.

              IRS budget cuts lead to bad customer service

              IRS budget cuts lead to bad customer service

              Agency’s commissioner said the IRS collects more than it spends and that taxpayers are punished for past agency issues.

              Leadership lessons from the CIA

              Leadership lessons from the CIA

              Longtime analyst Timothy Kilbourn shares the management lessons he learned in his nearly three decades handling crises.

              Six examples of government waste from this year’s budget-hawk reports

              Six examples of government waste from this year’s budget-hawk reports

              Highlights from two reports identifying areas of perceived waste in the federal government, from buildings that melt in the rain to farm subsidies.

              Federal contracting bias against LGBT Americans is banned

              Federal contracting bias against LGBT Americans is banned

              President Obama’s executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people by federal contractors took effect this week.

              IRS: Our collections staff is depleted. But don’t get the idea we’re not pursuing tax cheats

              IRS: Our collections staff is depleted. But don’t get the idea we’re not pursuing tax cheats

              The IRS has lost 5,000 enforcement jobs since 2010. But it says tax cheats are not being ignored.

              Puerto Ricans who can’t speak English qualify as disabled for Social Security

              Puerto Ricans who can’t speak English qualify as disabled for Social Security

              The Social Security inspector general questioned the policy this month in light of the fact that Spanish is the predominant language in Puerto Rico.

              Sen. Grassley calls hearing on controversial asset seizures

              Sen. Grassley calls hearing on controversial asset seizures

              Law enforcement authorities have taken billions of dollars from individuals over the past decade without proving that crimes have occurred.

              In Dallas, the IRS says it can’t chase tax cheats who owe less than $1 million

              In Dallas, the IRS says it can’t chase tax cheats who owe less than $1 million

              The IRS says that $2 billion will go uncollected this year because of cuts to revenue employees who go after tax cheats.

              Ruling: Army owes damages to transgender employee for bathroom dispute

              Ruling: Army owes damages to transgender employee for bathroom dispute

              The Army barred the transgender civilian employee from a restroom matching her new gender identity.

              Racing the clock, White House still hopes to fill Norway embassy post

              Racing the clock, White House still hopes to fill Norway embassy post

              The White House doesn’t have a lot of time left to fill the top envoy spots at many U.S. embassies.