White House has been aided recently by ruling in contraceptives case

Appellate courts have sided with the Obama administration in recent decisions.

Memo to federal workers: Using marijuana could cost you your job

A Reagan-era directive remains in place requiring the federal workplace and workforce to be drug-free.

Is this how Washington focuses on Latin America?

The Organization of American States is meeting in Washington June 15 but there's no U.S. ambassador to it.

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Lessons from a longtime Washington leader

OMB Controller David Mader shares his thoughts on motivating employees, time management and his love of motorcycles.

Legalized pot? Not for federal employees.

New guidance from the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday is unambiguous and stern.

Meet a federal phased-retirement pioneer

Nearly three years after it was enacted into law, the program is just now starting.

Vilsack lauds USDA budget savings; employee morale needs work

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells the Federal Diary that his "Blueprint for Stronger Service" has saved $1.4 billion since 2012. At the same time, USDA's employee morale remains mediocre despite the department's "cultural transformation" efforts.

Hackers stole personal information from 104,000 taxpayers, IRS says

The breach comes on the heels of millions of cases of identify theft plaguing the IRS

Casinos, strip clubs: Let feds use government credit cards in our establishments

Casinos and adult clubs want federal employees to be able to use their government credit cards

Ambassadorial update: The Senate confirmed two nominees before taking the week off

Before heading out on vacation last Saturday, the Senate chipped away at its ambassadorial confirmation backlog.

Supreme Court to hear challenge to Texas redistricting plan

The case addresses whether legislative districts should be based on population or eligible voters.

This congressional committee wants to hear all your FOIA gripes

Now there's a place you can air your FOIA grievances.

Senate committee backs measure to allow VA to recommend medical pot

Lawmaker says that veterans should be given the same options as those visiting non-Veterans Affairs facilities.

In Iraq, lessons of Vietnam still resonate

The U.S. military role should be limited — only Iraqis can win the fight against the Islamic State.

What Veterans Affairs won’t pay for: Chance for the wounded to have kids

Congress prohibited the VA from covering the fertility procedure 23 years ago over fears that some fertilized embryos might be discarded. But now efforts are underway to overturn that ban.

Money and time are running out for VA’s Denver hospital

Senate is expected to vote on lifting spending cap by $100 million, but that only buys three weeks more for project that is already $1 billion over budget.

Senate panel backs allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

A Senate panel supports a proposal that would allow VA to recommend medical marijuana for everything from back pain to depression to flashbacks.

Dealing with conflict in the workplace

Drama at work? Ask yourself two basic questions before trying to smooth things over.

Civil service reform can affect millions, but draws little attention

A Senate subcommittee hearing on civil service reform draws little attention, though the issue could affect the livelihood of millions of federal employees and their families.

How long did it take a unanimous Senate to confirm two judges?

The Senate, long gridlocked over judicial nominations, managed to confirm two GOP-supported trial judges

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