FBI’s D.C. field office at center of efforts to get U.S. hostages home

The field office, the second-largest in the FBI, manages the Syria portfolio.

    The Federal Eye

    Somber Navy ceremony remembers ‘good people’

    Navy Yard ceremony remembers 12 people slain there one year ago.

      Women on maternity leave face lending bias, HUD says

      HUD is noticing a disturbing trend in mortgage lending: a bias against women on maternity leave.

        More fallout from VA, IRS scandals hitting federal employees

        Vote to limit appeal rights of career federal executives is planned as Congress prepares to leave for campaigns.

          Security clearance process: work in progress

          One year after Navy Yard shootings, much work remains on security clearance reform.

            Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

            Patent office will hire consultant to review telework program after fraud allegations

              The Federal Diary

              Work to improve security clearance process continues

              WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Police block the intersection of I and 8th Street SE near the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, DC Monday September 16, 2013. The U.S.  Navy base was closed after several people were shot on the  base and a search for the shooter continues(Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

              The government is trying to improve the security-clearance process, but much work remains.

              Whistleblower protection has bipartisan backing on panel

              FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

              In House hearing, representatives heard horror stories and promised to shield those who expose problems.

              To be veteran-centric, it needs to be employee-attentive

              Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department’s inspector general said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

              VA head outlines plans to make agency veteran-centric and to hire more health-care professionals.

              In the Loop

              In the Loop: Is Holder preparing to let go?

              Eric Holder has visited 90 of 93 U.S. attorney’s offices. Will he call it quits after he hits the other three?

              There is more speculation about the attorney general’s future.

              Senate confirms Hartley as ambassador to France, two others for nuclear commission

              The Senate Tuesday confirmed eight Obama nominees, including ambassadors to France and Guatemala and members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

              NFL hires former Biden aide who worked on violence against women laws

              Cynthia Hogan is hired to represent NFL in Washington as the league struggles to repair its image in wake of domestic violence by players.

              Fine Print

              Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

              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)

              Obama wants lawmakers on board in the fight, but that means striking a balance between restrictions, reality.

              Fine Print: Obama’s plan is set, but will Congress agree?

              In the fight against the Islamic State, the White House first must take Capitol Hill.

              Fine Print: Obama’s strategy includes unity first

              epa04379952 US President Barack Obama calls for a raise in the minimum wage as he speaks at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 01 September 2014. Labor Day is a national holiday in the US and is celebrated on the first Monday in September to pay tribute to the American worker and the contributions workers have made.  EPA/TANNEN MAURY

              Alliances are key to any U.S. strategy for defeating the Islamic State and its radical extremism.

              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

              Reaching consensus to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and commercial equipment

              John Cymbalsky heads the Appliance Standards Program, which has been designed to save consumers money while reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

              The Federal Coach

              How NASA keeps innovating

              NASA is more bureaucratic than it used to be, so how does it continue to take bold and creative risks?

              How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

              More and more employees are departing the federal workforce.

              Building an emergency health response

              Dr. Nicole Lurie, of Health and Human Services, on confronting Ebola and other health crises.

              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

              Column

              In the Loop: Is Holder preparing to let go?

              In the Loop: Is Holder preparing to let go?

              There is more speculation about the attorney general’s future.

              Senate confirms Hartley as ambassador to France, two others for nuclear commission

              Senate confirms Hartley as ambassador to France, two others for nuclear commission

              The Senate Tuesday confirmed eight Obama nominees, including ambassadors to France and Guatemala and members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

              Somber Navy ceremony remembers ‘good people’

              Somber Navy ceremony remembers ‘good people’

              Navy Yard ceremony remembers 12 people slain there one year ago.

              Attention Biden alumni! Scheduled reunion Tuesday postponed. Joe’s in. . . Iowa.

              Attention Biden alumni! Scheduled reunion Tuesday postponed. Joe’s in. . . Iowa.

              First Joe Biden had a conference call with former staff. Then a reunion was scheduled (but postponed) for Tuesday. Now he’s headed to Iowa. So not running?

              How NASA keeps innovating

              How NASA keeps innovating

              NASA is more bureaucratic than it used to be, so how does it continue to take bold and creative risks?

              Reaching consensus to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and commercial equipment

              Reaching consensus to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and commercial equipment

              John Cymbalsky heads the Appliance Standards Program, which has been designed to save consumers money while reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

              More fallout from VA, IRS scandals hitting federal employees

              More fallout from VA, IRS scandals hitting federal employees

              Vote to limit appeal rights of career federal executives is planned as Congress prepares to leave for campaigns.

              Eric Holder’s accomplishing a major goal soon, so does that mean he’s moving on?

              Eric Holder’s accomplishing a major goal soon, so does that mean he’s moving on?

              As Eric Holder completes his goal of visiting every U.S. attorney in the country, is he preparing to go?

              Biden staff reunion postponed due to heavy interest, says an organizer

              Biden staff reunion postponed due to heavy interest, says an organizer

              It was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

              Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

              Fine Print: Hill has to step lively, wisely on Islamic State

              Obama wants lawmakers on board in the fight, but that means striking a balance between restrictions, reality.

              Column

              In the Loop: Remember that Obamacare thing?

              In the Loop: Remember that Obamacare thing?

              The fight over the health-care law just isn’t what it used to be.

              Security clearance process: work in progress

              Security clearance process: work in progress

              One year after Navy Yard shootings, much work remains on security clearance reform.

              Debo Adegbile, whose nomination for civil rights post was blocked in Senate, joins private law firm

              Debo Adegbile, whose nomination for civil rights post was blocked in Senate, joins private law firm

              Obama nominee for Justice Department civil rights division was blocked because of his work on appeal for Philadelphia police killer.

              Hope fades for Obama nominees seeking Senate approval

              Hope fades for Obama nominees seeking Senate approval

              Time is running out for some 150 Obama nominees waiting for Senate confirmation this year.

              Resentment over push to hire veterans into federal jobs

              Resentment over push to hire veterans into federal jobs

              Civil servants and former troops are questioning one another’s competence and qualifications.

              Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

              Patent office to hire outside consultant to review telework program

              Patent office will hire consultant to review telework program after fraud allegations

              White House struggles with Mideast geography

              White House struggles with Mideast geography

              Maybe before they extend the airstrikes too far, the White House might want to double check the maps.

              Audit: U.S. border agency ‘vastly overpaid’ to build agent homes

              Audit: U.S. border agency ‘vastly overpaid’ to build agent homes

              Customs and Border Protection spent nearly eight times the average price of homes in the area to build each of the units in rural Arizona.

              Tell us your Navy Yard story

              Tell us your Navy Yard story

              Federal employees who were at the Washington Navy Yard are asked to tell their stories one year after 12 people were murdered there.

              Was former CIA Director Leon Panetta allowed to bring Bravo to work?

              Was former CIA Director Leon Panetta allowed to bring Bravo to work?

              Former CIA Director Leon Panetta often brought his golden retriever, Bravo, to work with him. But a GSA regulation says that’s a no-no.

              Patent office whistleblower: ‘Managers have no idea when their employees are working’

              Patent office whistleblowers described culture of time fraud; supervisors say their hands were tied.

              Column

              In the Loop: Where are all the women at Hill hearings?

              In the Loop: Where are all the women at Hill hearings?

              An analysis shows — surprise! — that men outpace women as witnesses.

              How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

              How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

              More and more employees are departing the federal workforce.

              Column

              5 myths about the national anthem

              5 myths about the national anthem

              “The Star-Spangled Banner” turns 200 this weekend.

              Building an emergency health response

              Building an emergency health response

              Dr. Nicole Lurie, of Health and Human Services, on confronting Ebola and other health crises.

              What is an ‘illegal tax protester,’ and why can’t the IRS use that term now?

              What is an ‘illegal tax protester,’ and why can’t the IRS use that term now?

              Congress banned the term within the IRS in 1998. Here’s an explainer, plus examples of famous tax protesters.

              Edwin Kneedler found a career and a calling arguing before the Supreme Court

              Edwin Kneedler found a career and a calling arguing before the Supreme Court

              Edwin S. Kneedler knows his way around the Supreme Court, arguing 125 cases before the justices.

              Column

              In the Loop: White House cutting back on Cabinet face time

              In the Loop: White House cutting back on Cabinet face time

              There will be less actual talk but more “productive engagement,” whatever that is.

              White House to Cabinet chiefs of staff -- no more morning calls or free lunches

              White House to Cabinet chiefs of staff -- no more morning calls or free lunches

              Morning conference calls between the White House and agency chiefs of staff, a long-standing tradition, will be no more.

              One year later, what is your Navy Yard story?

              One year later, what is your Navy Yard story?

              The Federal Diary would like to hear from people who were at the Navy Yard during the Sept. 16 shootings last year.