‘Erroneous time-keeping’ violates federal laws, top Commerce official warns employees

The missive comes a week after the Washington Post reported that some patent examiners repeatedly lied about their hours.

    The Federal Eye

    Were Rick Perry’s Islamic State border-threat comments alarmist?

    Perry mentioned a “very real possibility” that Islamist extremists may have crossed the border, but a Pentagon official said there is no sign of that.

      (Video) Veterans complain about VA service to Sen. Mark Warner

      Angry military veterans shared their experiences with the VA health network during a town hall with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).

        House oversight panel investigating telework abuses at patent agency

        House committee to probe telework abuses at patent agency

          What do you think about the federal government’s veterans’ hiring preference?

          While the veterans’ hiring preference is complex, it is generally popular. But it is not beyond controversy. Tell us what you think.

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            Border agency’s former watchdog says officials stymied his efforts

            The former head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officials hindered his efforts to expose a culture of cover-ups and corruption.

              The Federal Diary

              Vets’ preference for federal jobs confusing

              A General Electric representative (C) talks to an applicant at a hiring fair for military veteran job seekers and spouses at the Verizon Center in Washington in this file photo taken April 9, 2014. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dipped more than expected last week, pointing to strengthening labor market conditions. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

              A report says that Congress should create a simpler vets’ preference program for federal jobs.

              Report shows lack of diversity in top civil service ranks

              The EEOC says women and people of color are underrepresented in the Senior Executive Service.

              Social Security marks 79th birthday with declining service

              FILE - This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, shows the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

              Cuts in office hours and staffing lead to longer waits for Social Security service.

              In the Loop

              An ambassador finally leaves for his post, as others watch

              After The Washington Post wrote about one ambassador nominee’s long wait for confirmation, the Senate voted. Others in his same position continue to wait in limbo.

              Anthony Weiner Restaurant Name Contest: The winners are …

              Most of you couldn’t resist the obvious phallic joke, but kept it clean. Well, mostly.

              Ambassadors, diplomats and House members barred from #IceBucketChallenge

              FILE - This Jan. 25, 2010 file photo shows the State Department at the State Department in Washington. The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don’t look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors and other high-profile foreign service officers from participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. In a cable sent this week to all U.S. diplomatic missions, the lawyers say it runs afoul of federal ethics rules barring officials from using public office for private gain “no matter how worthy the cause.” The unclassified cable, sent on Tuesday, was obtained by The Associated Press Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

              Federal ethics rules do not allow government officials to participate in the ALS charity challenge.

              Fine Print

              Fine Print: Cherry-picking Hillary Clinton’s quotes

              This combination of file photos shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.

              The Atlantic interview isn’t all that it says it is when it comes to President Obama.

              Fine Print: U.S. can’t build other countries’ governments

              As the Middle East shows, nation-building is the hard job of the people of those nations.

              Fine Print: Looking for more than a few skilled recruits

              Military personnel salute Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, July 17, 2014, en-route to Delaware and New York. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

              Military services are working on innovative approaches to attract top-shelf personnel to their ranks

              The High Court

              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.

              High Court: Justices get another shot at gerrymandering

              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)

              Florida judge takes a stand, sets stage for two cases going before the Supreme Court in the fall.

              This term’s key Supreme Court rulings, in the justices’ own words

              This photo taken June 30, 2014 shows the Supreme Court in Washington. Conservative Republicans claimed victory this week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House’s acceptance that an immigration overhaul won’t happen this year. Today’s victories could haunt the GOP in two years’ time, as the party’s presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

              The justices’ writings offer fresh insights into the court’s important decisions from this past term.

              The Influence Industry

              Influence Industry: U.S. Chamber of Commerce looks West

              It hopes to woo Silicon Valley, but whether it can is an open question.

              Federal Player of the Week

              Keeping soldiers connected with a new mobile communications network

              Patrick DeGroodt played a pivotal role in the creation and deployment of a new mobile tactical communications network now being used in Afghanistan.

              The Federal Coach

              How to show leadership, even if you aren’t the leader

              It’s okay to get frustrated at work. The trick is to remain intelligent while angry.

              Treated poorly in the workplace?

              What to do when employees in your workplace say things like “This is kindergarten work” in front of others.

              Tips for communicating better with your employees

              Only about half of federal workers are satisfied with the level of communication they receive from senior leaders.

              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

              Were Rick Perry’s Islamic State border-threat comments alarmist?

              Were Rick Perry’s Islamic State border-threat comments alarmist?

              Perry mentioned a “very real possibility” that Islamist extremists may have crossed the border, but a Pentagon official said there is no sign of that.

              Column

              Hashtag #BlameTheIntern

              Hashtag #BlameTheIntern

              When it comes to public officials’ social media faux pas, it’s usually the interns who take the fall.

              Supreme Court puts Va. same-sex marriages on hold

              Supreme Court puts Va. same-sex marriages on hold

              The action stops Virginia officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least for now.

              (Video) Veterans complain about VA service to Sen. Mark Warner

              Angry military veterans shared their experiences with the VA health network during a town hall with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).

              In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

              In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

              Despite financial woes, SeaWorld is still awash in political activity

              House oversight panel investigating telework abuses at patent agency

              House oversight panel investigating telework abuses at patent agency

              House committee to probe telework abuses at patent agency

              What do you think about the federal government’s veterans’ hiring preference?

              What do you think about the federal government’s veterans’ hiring preference?

              While the veterans’ hiring preference is complex, it is generally popular. But it is not beyond controversy. Tell us what you think.

              How to show leadership, even if you aren’t the leader

              How to show leadership, even if you aren’t the leader

              It’s okay to get frustrated at work. The trick is to remain intelligent while angry.

              Keeping soldiers connected with a new mobile communications network

              Keeping soldiers connected with a new mobile communications network

              Patrick DeGroodt played a pivotal role in the creation and deployment of a new mobile tactical communications network now being used in Afghanistan.

              Virginia AG seeks delay in reversing gay-marriage ban

              Virginia AG seeks delay in reversing gay-marriage ban

              Mark Herring (D) agrees with the ruling but wants the Supreme Court to accept the case for review.

              Fine Print: Cherry-picking Hillary Clinton’s quotes

              Fine Print: Cherry-picking Hillary Clinton’s quotes

              The Atlantic interview isn’t all that it says it is when it comes to President Obama.

              Column

              In the Loop: Paul Ryan dislikes Frank Underwood

              In the Loop: Paul Ryan dislikes Frank Underwood

              The potential 2016 candidate and the other potential 2016 candidate differ on “House of Cards.”

              Border agency’s former watchdog says officials stymied his efforts

              The former head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officials hindered his efforts to expose a culture of cover-ups and corruption.

              Report shows federal employment diversity flat

              Report shows federal employment diversity flat

              Racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the federal workforce remained essentially flat from fiscal year 2010 to 2011.

              Supreme Court: Was gay marriage settled in 1972 case?

              Supreme Court: Was gay marriage settled in 1972 case?

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

              Half of Senate calls for end to proposed postal cuts

              Half of Senate calls for end to proposed postal cuts

              Fifty senators signed a bipartisan letter opposing plans for eliminating USPS processing plants and jobs.

              Google executive who ran Pentagon agency under scrutiny

              Google executive who ran Pentagon agency under scrutiny

              Regina E. Dugan was cited by the Defense Department’s inspector general in a breach-of-ethics case.

              Column

              In the Loop: Harry Reid will never be the bearded one

              In the Loop: Harry Reid will never be the bearded one

              For the Senate majority leader, Nevada’s birthday poses a big challenge on facial hair.

              High court asked to put hold on Va. gay marriage ruling

              High court asked to put hold on Va. gay marriage ruling

              If the high court does not stay a lower court ruling, same-sex marriages will begin next week in Virginia.

              Social Security clients hurt by staff, office-hour cuts

              Social Security clients hurt by staff, office-hour cuts

              Staffing and office hour cuts lead to longer waits for service for Social Security recipients.

              Is the recent VA bill fair to senior executives?

              Is the recent VA bill fair to senior executives?

              Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson talks with Capital Insider about the measure that gave the VA greater authority to fire senior executives.

              As troops head back to Iraq as ‘advisers,’ more contractors can’t be far behind

              As troops head back to Iraq as ‘advisers,’ more contractors can’t be far behind

              The Army is looking for “security assistance mentors” to reduce “tensions between Arabs and Kurds, and Sunni and Shias.”

              Court won’t stay ruling striking Va. same-sex marriage ban

              Court won’t stay ruling striking Va. same-sex marriage ban

              Judges’ decision means unions could start next week absent further judicial action.

              Column

              Hey, kids! Uncle Sam has the job for you!

              A union campaigns to get parents to tell their kids about how good federal careers can be. Good luck with that.

              Treated poorly in the workplace?

              Treated poorly in the workplace?

              What to do when employees in your workplace say things like “This is kindergarten work” in front of others.

              NASA headquarters workers vote to join union

              NASA headquarters workers vote to join union

              The 320 employees who will be represented are professional support specialists, including budget and policy analysts, administrative personnel and secretaries.

              Tony Soprano didn’t live in one of the most corrupt states in the U.S., but Chris McDaniel does?

              Tony Soprano didn’t live in one of the most corrupt states in the U.S., but Chris McDaniel does?

              A new study by researchers in Hong Kong and Indiana recently came up with a surprising top 10 list of the most corrupt states

              Comcast and Time Warner fund event for regulator

              The companies are spending more than $130,000 on a dinner to honor one of the federal regulators who will rule on their controversial merger plan.

              Column

              In the Loop: Shop with your politics in mind

              In the Loop: Shop with your politics in mind

              A former Hill staffer has created an app that lets you check the partisan dollars behind the product labels.

              U.S. released 600 illegal immigrants with criminal records

              U.S. released 600 illegal immigrants with criminal records

              Immigration and Customs Enforcement made the decision in order to meet its reduction targets during last year’s spending cuts, an inspector general said.