U.S. paying $3.6 million to upgrade TV sports coverage in Afghanistan

An inspector general is questioning a $3.6 million contract for TV trucks to cover Afghan sports, including horseback goat-hauling matches and cricket.

    The Federal Eye

    McCain to new VA Secretary: Hurry up and fire people already

    “[W]e are dismayed to learn that senior leaders of the VA are still not being held accountable for their grievous misconduct,” wrote McCain and Flake.

      Federal workers’ satisfaction with senior leaders falls to 5-year low

      A government survey found that morale plummeted a year after the shutdown and furloughs.

        Can federal managers turn around employees’ mistrust? Here’s one view

        Federal workers give low marks to agency leadership in new survey, which should set off alarms at agencies

          House hopeful John Foust on federal workplace issues

          House candidate John Foust discusses federal employee issues.

            WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel uses Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ for ‘Expenditure or Stoner?’ quiz

            Can you guess whether these zany-sounding projects were real government expenditures or stoner ideas?

              The Federal Diary

              House candidate Foust on federal workplace issues

              LOVETTSVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Candidate for Virginia District 10 open US Congressional seat, Democrat John Foust campaigns at the annual Lovettsville Oktoberfest in Lovettsville, Virginia, Sunday, September 27, 2014. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

              This is the second article on Northern Virginia congressional candidates’ positions on the federal workplace.

              Election 2014: Congressional hopefuls on federal workers

              House candidates for two open VA seats respond to questions related to the federal workplace.

              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.

              In the Loop

              Little imagination running with the PACs

              Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., left, and other House members come and go to the chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, for a procedural vote as Republicans reshape legislation to deal with the border crisis, a day after Congress was supposed to go into its August recess. Yesterday, as the House gathered for the planned vote to fund resources for the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, the roll call was scrapped by conservatives in the Republican ranks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

              Attention, PACs: Your names are lame. (Except for Tu PAC one.)

              Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring. Really, he is.

              Veteran career diplomat and deputy secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring after 32 years.

              Ben Bradlee: A real-life action figure

              Ben Bradlee was always there for his reporters. Even if it meant booking a Learjet.

              Fine Print

              Coexistence of aggressive interrogation and civil liberties

              Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta discusses his new book 'Worthy Fights' at George Washington University in Washington October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

              Panetta argues that “enhanced” interrogations were fruitful, but so were techniques without duress.

              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.

              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

              NSF scientist leads cutting-edge Antarctica research program

              Scott Gerald Borg is a scientist who coordinates the direction of and funding for the program’s entire portfolio.

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              Clarence Thomas strikes conciliatory tone in return to Yale Law School

              Clarence Thomas strikes conciliatory tone in return to Yale Law School

              He joined fellow Supreme Court justices and alumni Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor Saturday.

              Survey: Federal employees unhappy with senior leaders

              A survey of the federal workforce shows dissatisfaction with senior leadership, discontent overall.

              A sampling of Supreme Court decisions as haiku

              Keith Jaasma, who created Supreme Court Haiku, picked the following poems as his favorites.

              Federal workers’ satisfaction with senior leaders falls to 5-year low

              Federal workers’ satisfaction with senior leaders falls to 5-year low

              A government survey found that morale plummeted a year after the shutdown and furloughs.

              Can federal managers turn around employees’ mistrust? Here’s one view

              Can federal managers turn around employees’ mistrust? Here’s one view

              Federal workers give low marks to agency leadership in new survey, which should set off alarms at agencies

              Little imagination running with the PACs

              Little imagination running with the PACs

              Attention, PACs: Your names are lame. (Except for Tu PAC one.)

              House hopeful John Foust on federal workplace issues

              House hopeful John Foust on federal workplace issues

              House candidate John Foust discusses federal employee issues.

              WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel uses Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ for ‘Expenditure or Stoner?’ quiz

              WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel uses Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ for ‘Expenditure or Stoner?’ quiz

              Can you guess whether these zany-sounding projects were real government expenditures or stoner ideas?

              Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring. Really, he is.

              Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring. Really, he is.

              Veteran career diplomat and deputy secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring after 32 years.

              IRS boosts retirement investment limits

              IRS boosts retirement investment limits

              Inflation-related adjustment allows larger savings in TSP, 401(k) plans in 2015.

              Can the nation’s oldest veterans groups attract younger veterans?

              Can the nation’s oldest veterans groups attract younger veterans?

              The American Legion and VFW fight back after a Washington Times article cast doubt on whether they can attract post-9/11 veterans.

              GOP lawmakers want answers for federal paid leave lasting more than one year

              GOP lawmakers want answers for federal paid leave lasting more than one year

              GOP lawmakers want agencies to disclose why employees were paid not to work for a year or more.

              Fantasy leagues, haiku and spoofs: Even the high court has its groupies

              Fantasy leagues, haiku and spoofs: Even the high court has its groupies

              Supreme Court fanatics say their goal is to make the institution more accessible — maybe even fun.

              Ben Bradlee: A real-life action figure

              Ben Bradlee: A real-life action figure

              Ben Bradlee was always there for his reporters. Even if it meant booking a Learjet.

              Federal retirees to get 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment

              Inflation adjustment due in January would outstrip pay raise for active employees once again.

              Paid leave tops senator’s list of ‘silly, unnecessary’ government expenses

              Paid leave tops senator’s list of ‘silly, unnecessary’ government expenses

              Frequent use of putting federal employees on paid leave to discipline those accused of breaking the rules has assumed the top spot in a new survey of “wasteful” government practices.

              Column

              Controversy over Ebola czar has a familiar ring

              Controversy over Ebola czar has a familiar ring

              The flap over Ron Klain’s qualifications mirrors a dispute from the Bush years.

              Congress hopefuls answer federal worker concerns

              Congress hopefuls answer federal worker concerns

              Today, Federal Eye interviews Barbara Comstock, a GOP candidate for Congress in Northern Virginia.

              Kerry names former senator Gary Hart as Northern Ireland envoy

              Kerry names former senator Gary Hart as Northern Ireland envoy

              Kerry names former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.), whose 1988 presidential campaign was derailed by an extramarital affair, as representative to Northern Ireland talks

              NSF scientist leads cutting-edge Antarctica research program

              NSF scientist leads cutting-edge Antarctica research program

              Scott Gerald Borg is a scientist who coordinates the direction of and funding for the program’s entire portfolio.

              Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries

              Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries

              Los Angeles argues that access to hotel guest information is a necessary tool for law enforcement.

              Column

              Coexistence of aggressive interrogation and civil liberties

              Coexistence of aggressive interrogation and civil liberties

              Panetta argues that “enhanced” interrogations were fruitful, but so were techniques without duress.

              Report: Stealing things is easy at GSA headquarters

              Report: Stealing things is easy at GSA headquarters

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              Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition. But a Bush czar thinks Klain might do well.

              Health ‘czar’ controversies are a Washington tradition. But a Bush czar thinks Klain might do well.

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

              Extended federal leaves cost $775 million in 3-year period

              Extended federal leaves cost $775 million in 3-year period

              More than 57,000 workers were on paid leave for at least a month while waiting to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work.

              Obama says life on the Supreme Court would be ‘too monastic’ for him

              Obama says life on the Supreme Court would be ‘too monastic’ for him

              In an interview, the president also said that Justice Ginsburg will decide her own 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.