Postal Service ‘functioning normally’ after cyber breach, official says

A House panel on Wednesday is scheduled to examine the recent cyber breach that affected USPS customers and 800,000 agency employees.

    The Federal Eye

    Rep. Chaffetz says fire federal ‘bad apples’

    Incoming House committee chairman wants federal managers to have expedited authority to fire “bad apples.“

      (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

      Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’

      Rep. Stephen Lynch said Congress may need to consider legislation that would force agencies to notify employees immediately when their information is compromised.

        Report: Obama to meet with senior federal executives next month

        The meeting will take place Dec. 9 with senior executives and managers, according to a Government Executive report.

          Postal Service almost never denies mail-surveillance requests

          The Postal Service tracks information from the outside of mail items on behalf of law-enforcement agencies in a controversial surveillance practice known as mail covers.

            EPA put eight employees on paid leave for four months to four years

            The report comes after federal auditors found thousands of workers were on paid leave for long periods.

              The Federal Diary

              Social Security advocates fear cuts in staff and service

              With the GOP soon to take control of Congress, Social Security advocates fear more cuts in staff and service.

              Feds who deal directly with money are backing GOP

              The right is getting political donations from federal employees in agencies that handle money directly.

              Views of incoming committee chair are sure to rile feds

              In this Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

              Sen. Johnson will take over Senate panel with views on federal workforce that will upset employees.

              In the Loop

              Senate clears more ambassadors, judges

              The Senate takes off for Thanksgiving after confirming a goodly number of ambassadors and judges.

              Latinos not the only ones who’ll be watching Obama’s immigration speech

              Loop Contest Amended! Webb’s in first, but who will be second?

              Jim Webb threw a wrench in our 2106 contest, but don’t despair. We can improvise.

              Fine Print

              It’s way past time to rethink our nukes

              Service members on nuclear jobs fear being overwhelmed by U.S. inspections more than any enemy.

              Lame-duck Congress must be firm on the Islamic State

              Congressional authorization and funding for the fight are critical before this sessions ends.

              Setting limits on U.S. efforts in Iraq and Syria

              Smoke rises above the Syrian city of Kobani after an airstrike by the US led coalition, seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

              The fight against the Islamic State is a local war to be fought by locals.

              The High Court

              Human side of Supreme Court cases

              FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2011 file photo, Ari Zivotofsky, right, stands with his nine-year-old son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The first time Menachem's case was in front of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer laid out several reasons why courts should stay out of a dispute between Congress and the president over whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth on their passports as Israel. It is back at the high court for argument Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at a time of acute Palestinian-Israeli tension over Jerusalem and significant strain in Israeli-American relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

              Individuals with stories to tell are often at the heart of many cases the justices hear.

              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.

              The Federal Coach

              Critiques of the Presidential Management Fellows program

              Federal employees respond to a recent column, echoing the flaws a study found in the program’s implementation.

              Shaping the environment inside the EPA

              Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, talks about her management philosophy.

              Problems and fixes for Presidential Management Fellows

              Why is a prestigious program, designed to capture the brightest talent for government, falling short?

              Federal Player of the Week

              Overseeing how the garden grows

              U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Ari Novy oversees a multitude of programs and exhibits.

              Latest Federal News

              Senate clears more ambassadors, judges

              Senate clears more ambassadors, judges

              The Senate takes off for Thanksgiving after confirming a goodly number of ambassadors and judges.

              Rep. Chaffetz says fire federal ‘bad apples’

              Rep. Chaffetz says fire federal ‘bad apples’

              Incoming House committee chairman wants federal managers to have expedited authority to fire “bad apples.“

              Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’

              Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’

              Rep. Stephen Lynch said Congress may need to consider legislation that would force agencies to notify employees immediately when their information is compromised.

              Report: Obama to meet with senior federal executives next month

              Report: Obama to meet with senior federal executives next month

              The meeting will take place Dec. 9 with senior executives and managers, according to a Government Executive report.

              CIA gets ready to party! RSVP by Dec. 1!

              CIA gets ready to party! RSVP by Dec. 1!

              The CIA holiday party, once the ultimate invite, fell on hard times in lean budget years, but now. . .

              Postal Service almost never denies mail-surveillance requests

              Postal Service almost never denies mail-surveillance requests

              The Postal Service tracks information from the outside of mail items on behalf of law-enforcement agencies in a controversial surveillance practice known as mail covers.

              EPA put eight employees on paid leave for four months to four years

              EPA put eight employees on paid leave for four months to four years

              The report comes after federal auditors found thousands of workers were on paid leave for long periods.

              Will GOP nuke the nuclear option? Depends who’s talking.

              Will GOP nuke the nuclear option? Depends who’s talking.

              Republicans are trying to figure out how best to wield their new power — with velvet gloves or a hammer.

              Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP shouldn’t confirm any White House nominees next year

              Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP shouldn’t confirm any White House nominees next year

              As the Senate clears more nominations, Sen. Ted Cruz suggests that they should be among the last to get through because of Obama’s immigration action.

              SEC awarded $30 million to one tipster in banner year for whistleblower program

              SEC awarded $30 million to one tipster in banner year for whistleblower program

              Historic results and enforcement actions contributed to a banner year for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program, which awards tipsters for providing original information.

              Why did the State Department pay Jonathan Gruber $103,500?

              Why did the State Department pay Jonathan Gruber $103,500?

              The State Department paid famous Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber $103,500. What did he do for it?

              Overseeing how the garden grows

              Overseeing how the garden grows

              U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Ari Novy oversees a multitude of programs and exhibits.

              There’s classified, and then there’s just oops . . .

              There’s classified, and then there’s just oops . . .

              Ten years after it gets the request, the Pentagon releases information that had been released 24 years earlier.

              Chaffetz to succeed Issa as House oversight chairman

              Chaffetz to succeed Issa as House oversight chairman

              The GOP’s House Steering Committee chose Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to lead the committee over four other candidates.

              Lax culture at patent agency tolerates worker abuses, investigator says

              Lax culture at patent agency tolerates worker abuses, investigator says

              House hearing probes alleged fraudulent claims by examiners about hours spent teleworking.

              Telework fraud hearing: Dem notes IG is himself under scrutiny

              Lawmakers alleged early this year that Todd Zinser protected his top deputies when they were accused of intimidating staffers.

              Senate confirmation prospects looking up for career ambassadors

              Senate confirmation prospects looking up for career ambassadors

              Word in the Senate is that things now are looking good for confirmation of career diplomats for ambassadorships.

              Telework abuse hearing: ‘Vast majority’ of examiners ‘honest, hard-working’

              Patent Commissioner Margaret Focarino told lawmakers there is no culture of fraud at the patent office.

              Telework abuse hearing: Focarino points to changes

              The patent commissioner cited a pilot program designed to discourage ‘end-loading’ patent reviews.

              Telework abuse hearing: ‘It’s stealing from the American people’

              “It’s theft,” Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), a former federal prosecutor, told patent commissioner Margaret Focarino at the hearing before two House committees.

              Telework abuse hearing: Issa presses patent chief on omissions

              Patent commissioner Margaret Focarino defended her agency’s performance chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

              Telework abuse hearing: ‘A serious problem’

              The Commerce Department IG described a culture at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that “has deemphasized time and attendance rules in favor of production goals.“

              Telework abuse hearing: ‘Disturbing’ that managers blocked from investigating fraud

              Telework abuse hearing: ‘Disturbing’ that managers blocked from investigating fraud

              A House hearing is underway on fraudulent practices at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s telework program.

              VA sends out second round of Veteran Choice Cards

              VA sends out second round of Veteran Choice Cards

              Veterans Choice Cards allow veterans to seek medical care at non-VA clinics. They were created as a result of treatment delays.

              Postal Service dog bites: Where does your city rank?

              Postal Service dog bites: Where does your city rank?

              Dogs attack postal carriers more than anyone except children and the elderly, according to expert data. Find out how many times it happened in your city.

              Do NOT read this unless you have top-secret clearance!

              Do NOT read this unless you have top-secret clearance!

              Sometimes the Pentagon tries to keep things secret, even after they’re no longer very secret.

              Column

              It’s way past time to rethink our nukes

              Service members on nuclear jobs fear being overwhelmed by U.S. inspections more than any enemy.

              Obama’s road back after curbing Latino enthusiasm

              Obama’s road back after curbing Latino enthusiasm

              Polling shows that an executive order on immigration would help the president get back into good graces.