Audio: The ‘largest ever’ IRS phone scam

Treasury officials have warned of a widespread and sophisticated phone scam involving callers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers.

The Federal Eye

Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise draft nonprofit rule

The IRS chief signaled that the his agency plans to re-write draft regulations limiting the political activities of tax-exempt groups.

Should the IRS use private tax collectors?

A labor group said the government missed out on millions of dollars in potential revenue with a similar effort in the past.

Charities critical of new federal giving rules

Charities are critical of new regulations for federal employee donations.

Did USDA mislead public, Congress about injury risks for poultry workers?

Federal officials are feuding over whether faster poultry processing would cause more injuries to workers.

The bill that united Cummings and Issa

The legislation, which the Senate passed unanimously on Thursday, would require federal agencies to report all spending on a single Web site.

The Federal Diary

Charities hit OPM’s federal workplace giving rules

Charity execs fear new federal charitable giving rules could hurt, but welcome chance to discuss them.

Federal employees’ pay gap shrinks; few women in top jobs

OPM says wage difference “has dramatically shrunk,” but women are in only one-third of high-level slots.

House approves budget that would save money by taking from federal workers

House-approved budget would effectively cut federal worker pay by more than 5 percent.

In the Loop

Revolving branches, from the Cabinet to the Senate

If Kathleen Sebelius runs for and wins a U.S. Senate seat, she’d join a long list of Cabinet secretaries turned senators.

Pay down the debt: 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls owe money

The 2012 GOP presidential primary ended two years ago, but most of the failed candidates remain in the debt.

Christie outshines McConnell at dueling fundraisers

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell not as big a draw as another notable Republican politician.

Fine Print

Taking not-so-friendly fire on the home front

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett has gotten some tough criticism for his Hill testimony.

Fine Print: A fight over Apache helicopters

In this photo released by the U.S Army National Guard shows an AH-64D Apache Longbow with the South Carolina Army National Guard releasing flares during a test over Camp Tajo, Iraq, October 8, 2011. A Pentagon budget plan to strip the Army National Guard’s Apache attack helicopters from America’s citizen-soldiers doesn’t sit well with the newly-retired South Carolina National Guard general who commanded a chopper battalion and flew them for more than 1,500 hours. (AP Photo/U.S. Army National Guard, Tracci Dorgan)

The Pentagon wants to move them out of the National Guard, but some lawmakers object.

For Congress and Pentagon, budget is a predictable battle

Military has facts about its operations, lawmakers have concerns about the needs of their constituencies

The High Court

High Court: Protest and proximity are central in case

Michael “Mookie” Moss takes on the Secret Service after an anti-Bush group was moved during a protest.

High Court: Religion and equal rights, a balancing act

A case involving a New Mexico photographer and a same-sex couple is headed to the justices.

The protests at the Supreme Court’s door

Police arrest demonstrators after they tore down a barricade and took to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building, on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, in Washington, January 20, 2012. Under the banner 'Occupy the Courts,' organizers expect thousands of people to rally on Friday at 150 courthouses to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that protesters say allows unlimited corporate campaign donations. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

Case challenges justices on just where demonstrators get to protest when it comes to the courts.

The Influence Industry

As Sen. Ron Wyden’s star rises, so does the state society’s

With lawmaker heading finance panel, suddenly state group gets a lot more attention from certain quarters.

Federal Player of the Week

Preserving and restoring our nation’s monuments

Catherine Dewey oversees the care of all of the statues, memorials and monuments on the National Mall.

The Federal Coach

Fixing what’s wrong with the IRS

“I’ve never dealt with an organization that is so short of resources across the board.”

Tips for dealing with poor performers

The process of dealing with bad workers in government is fundamentally flawed.

Leadership lessons from the grave

An interview with Steve Muro, the head of the National Cemetery Administration.

Prospects

Job possibilities are growing again

In federal government, hiring is picking up; career-seekers must make an effort to keep pace.

Latest Federal News

Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise draft nonprofit rule

Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise draft nonprofit rule

The IRS chief signaled that the his agency plans to re-write draft regulations limiting the political activities of tax-exempt groups.

Column

Charities hit OPM’s federal workplace giving rules

Charity execs fear new federal charitable giving rules could hurt, but welcome chance to discuss them.

Column

In the Loop: McConnell, Christie have dueling fundraisers

The Philadelphia events are in the same building, but one seemed to be a much bigger draw.

Fixing what’s wrong with the IRS

Fixing what’s wrong with the IRS

“I’ve never dealt with an organization that is so short of resources across the board.”

Should the IRS use private tax collectors?

Should the IRS use private tax collectors?

A labor group said the government missed out on millions of dollars in potential revenue with a similar effort in the past.

Tips for dealing with poor performers

Tips for dealing with poor performers

The process of dealing with bad workers in government is fundamentally flawed.

Preserving and restoring our nation’s monuments

Preserving and restoring our nation’s monuments

Catherine Dewey oversees the care of all of the statues, memorials and monuments on the National Mall.

Column

Taking not-so-friendly fire on the home front

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett has gotten some tough criticism for his Hill testimony.

Column

In the Loop: Rand Paul isn’t sitting on the fence

In the Loop: Rand Paul isn’t sitting on the fence

Was that remark caught on video at a private rally in New Hampshire about Scott Brown?

Charities critical of new federal giving rules

Charities critical of new federal giving rules

Charities are critical of new regulations for federal employee donations.

Column

Federal employees’ pay gap shrinks; few women in top jobs

OPM says wage difference “has dramatically shrunk,” but women are in only one-third of high-level slots.

Report: Government closing gap on gender pay equity

Report: Government closing gap on gender pay equity

But too many women are stuck in low-paying jobs and not enough are in leadership positions, OPM found.

Signature-writing machines rumble into the digital age

Signature-writing machines rumble into the digital age

Noisy, clunky autopens remain entrenched symbols of authority across many federal agencies.

The bill that united Cummings and Issa

The bill that united Cummings and Issa

The legislation, which the Senate passed unanimously on Thursday, would require federal agencies to report all spending on a single Web site.

No housing stipend for Congress, committee decides

House Appropriations Committee members reject an idea from Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) to pay for housing.

Appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage ban

Appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage ban

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit reviews Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages.

Column

House approves budget that would save money by taking from federal workers

House approves budget that would save money by taking from federal workers

House-approved budget would effectively cut federal worker pay by more than 5 percent.

In the Loop: The roots of a young super PAC

In the Loop: The roots of a young super PAC

For a political entity founded by three Tennessee teenagers, life is fleeting and penniless but full of amazement.

Sen. McCaskill asks: Where’s the oversight?

Sen. McCaskill asks: Where’s the oversight?

McCaskill noted during a hearing that 41 small agencies with a combined budget of $1 billion have no dedicated inspectors general.

Hillary Clinton Memoir Title Contest: The Winners are. . .

Hillary Clinton Memoir Title Contest: The Winners are. . .

Clinton’s new memoir is coming out June 10, but it could use a good title.

House panel votes for criminal prosecution of Lois Lerner

House panel votes for criminal prosecution of Lois Lerner

Ways and Means Committee voted along party lines to refer former IRS official to the Justice Department.

Column

Sens. Manchin and Toomey back together

Lawmakers who joined forces on background checks for gun sales are teaming up again.

Federal appeals court to hear same-sex marriage case

Federal appeals court to hear same-sex marriage case

The review is one of many expected to force the Supreme Court to decide whether marriage is a right.

Is it time to pay Congress more?

Is it time to pay Congress more?

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) believes it’s time for members of Congress to receive more compensation, but one committee disagrees.

McAllister: first D.C. sex scandal to include action video?

McAllister: first D.C. sex scandal to include action video?

The latest D.C. sex scandal, involving Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) and a former aide, may be the first to include video of them passionately kissing.

McCallister: first D.C. sex scandal to include action video?

McCallister: first D.C. sex scandal to include action video?

The latest D.C. sex scandal, involving Rep. Vance McCallister (R-S.C.) and a former aide, may be the first to include video of them passionately kissing.

Column

Obama’s actions on equal pay are good, but not enough

Obama’s actions on equal pay are good, but not enough

His executive actions for workplace fairness should ban bias against gays by federal contractors.

Parties clash over Ryan budget plan

Parties clash over Ryan budget plan

Three days of debate open on Rep. Paul Ryan’s last fiscal plan, which would cut $5 trillion.

Column

In the Loop: McAllister campaign paid aide $300

In the Loop: McAllister campaign paid aide $300

The woman said to be kissing the lawmaker on camera was reimbursed for “headquarter cleaning.”

Would hiring more feds help close the pay gap for women?

Would hiring more feds help close the pay gap for women?

The American Federation of Government Employees says replacing contractors would help.