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.

    The Federal Eye

    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 showed improvement with most measures in the federal government’s annual employee-satisfaction survey.

        Feds’ morale falls despite efforts to improve

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

          Hazardous chemicals in your pizza box? Petition asks FDA to ban them.

          Foreign companies still use PFCs — which can cause permanent brain damage in infants — in paper products imported into the U.S.

            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?

              The Federal Diary

              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.

              Federal workers facing tougher time if GOP wins Senate

              FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, workmen erect metal scaffolding pipe around the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls. That means that House Republicans who recently voted to sue Obama for allegedly failing to obey the Constitution seem likely to hand him new war powers to combat militants seeking an Islamic state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

              House-approved bills show how federal workers might fare if Republicans control the Senate.

              In the Loop

              Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition

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

              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?

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

              Fine Print

              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.

              Fine Print: Islamic State’s message machine

              FILE - This undated file image posted on Aug. 27, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa. Secretary of State John Kerry is to travel to the Middle East this week, with stops in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to try to line up support for a coalition to take on the extremist Islamic State group. His trip follows Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s visit on Monday to Turkey to make the same case to Ankara, a regional heavyweight. Kerry will hold talks with officials from Jordan, Turkey and Egypt, as well as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf nations. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)

              Group with medieval, barbaric tactics has a sophisticated media strategy.

              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.

              Federal Player of the Week

              Gari Mayberry: Lessening the impact of natural disasters worldwide

              Gari Mayberry usually knows before most everyone else when a volcano, landslide, tsunami or earthquake is going to rattle or potentially devastate a community somewhere around the world.

              Latest Federal News

              Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition

              Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition

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

              57,000 federal workers paid for long absences

              57,000 federal workers paid for long absences

              Over three years, federal workers cost taxpayers $775 million in salary while on extended paid leave of at least a month — waiting to be cleared or punished for misbehavior, records show.

              Obama lauds Supreme Court on gay marriage decision

              Obama lauds Supreme Court on gay marriage decision

              President says he has no plans to be a justice, and that Justice Ginsburg will decide timing of her 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.

              Column

              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 showed improvement with most measures in the federal government’s annual 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.

              Feds would face tougher time if GOP wins Senate

              Feds would face tougher time if GOP wins Senate

              If Republicans win the Senate and keep control of the House, tough measures affecting feds will have increased chances for approval.

              IG clears VA clinic of foul play in rescheduling dead Marine’s appointment

              IG clears VA clinic of foul play in rescheduling dead Marine’s appointment

              VA records show that the ex-Marine canceled and rescheduled his appointment four days after his death.

              Gari Mayberry: Lessening the impact of natural disasters worldwide

              Gari Mayberry: Lessening the impact of natural disasters worldwide

              Gari Mayberry usually knows before most everyone else when a volcano, landslide, tsunami or earthquake is going to rattle or potentially devastate a community somewhere around the world.

              Column

              It’s a war, not a video game

              Are Americans ready to fight the Islamic State?

              Army police whistleblower wins hold on firing

              Army police whistleblower wins hold on firing

              The Army tried to fire Kenneth Delano after he disclosed that other officers were receiving unearned pay.

              State Department ends transgender exclusion from health plan

              State Department ends transgender exclusion from health plan

              Insurance policies under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program generally exclude services “related to sex reassignment.”