Veterans Affairs brings in former ‘To Catch a Predator’ host for mandatory ‘compassion’ training

Veterans Affairs employees were required to attend a training session with Chris Hanser, a former "Dateline" NBC reporter.

How the breach of IRS tax returns is part of a much bigger problem facing taxpayers

Which agencies actually will respond to your requests for info — and which won’t

Some agencies will comply with the Freedom of Information Act, others. . .well. . . not so much

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Border patrol union says government can do better job on southern frontier

USPS contract talks stall; federal unions have little to say on pot policy

Stalled USPS contract talks will not affect service. Federal labor leaders have little to say about OPM directive prohibiting use of weed by feds.

A jolly good job offer from the Mother Country

The British Embassy in Washington is looking to improve its "defence" image.

Senators who want to be president have one big advantage when making that ‘non-campaign’ trip to Israel

Possible presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) hit the road to Israel and Afghanistan this week

OMB subpoenaed by GOP lawmaker for cost analysis of State Dept. security training site

House Republican says OMB isn't being forthcoming about its own analysis of two proposals.

New allegation of whistleblower retaliation at Commerce inspector general’s office

Democratic lawmaker renews call for firing Commerce IG Todd Zinser.

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.

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.

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