Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

The move signals Obama’s intent to give the workers a pay bump while keeping the rates from automatically rising higher.

    The Federal Eye

    Justice Dept. inspector investigates DEA payments to Amtrak secretary

    DEA agents allegedly paid an Amtrak secretary more than $850,000 for passenger information that the agency could have obtained for free.

      VA launches ‘more robust’ version of GI Bill Comparison Tool

      The new version features a better benefits calculator and additional information pertinent to the veteran population, according to the VA.

        Young NASA scientist measures climate changes on Earth

        Miguel Roman, 33, is a finalist for a 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal.

          Feds’ union backs GOP Collins for reelection

          A federal employees union endorses a Senate Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, for reelection.

            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.

              The Federal Diary

              Wanted by VA: More medical professionals

              PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 08:  Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire after reports of the deaths of 40 patients forced to wait for medical care at the Phoenix VA hopsital.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

              Scandal has scarred agency’s reputation, but new secretary is pushing hard for new talent.

              Broken VA trust is harder to fix than improving service

              FILE - This photo taken April 28, 2014 shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

              Obama and VA vow to improve vets’ health care, but restoring trust in the agency will be much harder.

              EEOC report paints an Uncle Sam all too human

              Report says reprisals against feds who complain about discrimination form largest group of complaints.

              In the Loop

              In the Loop: A rich list

              A woman counts her U.S. dollar bills at a money changer in Jakarta June 13, 2012. Indonesia's central bank sold $700 million of its first dollar-denominated term deposits on Wednesday, in an effort to relieve a local scarcity of the U.S. currency. Bank Indonesia said it raised $550 million from seven-day term-deposits at a yield of 0.16709 percent, and also raised $150 million from 14-day term deposits at a yield at 0.18000 percent. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

              A look at which parties the nation’s wealthiest donors support.

              State Department navigated U.S. sanctions against Burma

              U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the lake garden hotel, outside the venue of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri, Pool)

              A travel loophole opened the door for Kerry.

              We’ll miss you! But don’t worry, we’ll be back before you know it!

              Happy last week of summer!

              Fine Print

              Can Obama and Congress unite against the Islamic State?

              FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in Edgartown, Mass. At the heart of President Barack Obama’s quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. What if the militants pull back, even partially, into Syria and regroup, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 predicted they would, followed by a renewed offensive? (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

              The president and Congress must work together in countering the threat to the United States.

              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.

              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

              Michael Flanigon: Investigating train accidents

              As a railroad investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, Flanigon oversees the teams that go to the scene of train and rail transit accidents.

              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.

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              Column

              High Court: A question of religious freedom

              High Court: A question of religious freedom

              Prisoner presses for right to grow a beard for his faith, but Arkansas officials raise security issues.

              Obama foreign policy sparks bipartisan criticism

              Obama foreign policy sparks bipartisan criticism

              Key Democrats and Republicans on Sunday criticized President Obama’s approach to dealing with international turmoil.

              Sen. McCain calls for more U.S. support troops to combat the Islamic State

              Sen. McCain calls for more U.S. support troops to combat the Islamic State

              The Arizona Republican asked the administration to bolster weapons aid and airstrikes, while still limiting the U.S. role to a support capacity.

              Sen. Feinstein: Obama may be ‘too cautious’ in dealing with Islamic State

              Sen. Feinstein: Obama may be ‘too cautious’ in dealing with Islamic State

              The Democrat offered limited criticism of the president’s approach and said she hopes the administration will encourage a coalition with Arab nations.

              Sen. Menendez calls Russian action in Ukraine ‘direct invasion’

              The Democrat, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. should provide “defensive weapons” for Ukraine.

              Rep. Mike Rogers: Obama’s foreign policy is in ‘absolute free fall’

              Rep. Mike Rogers: Obama’s foreign policy is in ‘absolute free fall’

              Rogers criticized the president for recent comments that the White House does not yet have a strategy for defeating the Islamic State.

              Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

              The move would give the workers a pay bump while keeping the rates from automatically rising higher.

              Justice Dept. inspector investigates DEA payments to Amtrak secretary

              Justice Dept. inspector investigates DEA payments to Amtrak secretary

              DEA agents allegedly paid an Amtrak secretary more than $850,000 for passenger information that the agency could have obtained for free.

              VA launches ‘more robust’ version of GI Bill Comparison Tool

              VA launches ‘more robust’ version of GI Bill Comparison Tool

              The new version features a better benefits calculator and additional information pertinent to the veteran population, according to the VA.

              Young NASA scientist measures climate changes on Earth

              Young NASA scientist measures climate changes on Earth

              Miguel Roman, 33, is a finalist for a 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal.

              For NASA’s Miguel Román, scanning the world is a mission

              For NASA’s Miguel Román, scanning the world is a mission

              Scientist measures state of planet, global warming.

              Supreme Court urged to take same-sex marriage cases

              Supreme Court urged to take same-sex marriage cases

              Despite winning in lower courts, plaintiffs say justices must decide to remove couples from legal limbo.

              Column

              In the Loop: A rich list

              In the Loop: A rich list

              A look at which parties the nation’s wealthiest donors support.

              Feds’ union backs GOP Collins for reelection

              Feds’ union backs GOP Collins for reelection

              A federal employees union endorses a Senate Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, for reelection.

              Michael Flanigon: Investigating train accidents

              Michael Flanigon: Investigating train accidents

              As a railroad investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, Flanigon oversees the teams that go to the scene of train and rail transit accidents.

              State Department navigated U.S. sanctions against Burma

              State Department navigated U.S. sanctions against Burma

              A travel loophole opened the door for Kerry.

              Column

              Can Obama and Congress unite against the Islamic State?

              Can Obama and Congress unite against the Islamic State?

              The president and Congress must work together in countering the threat to the United States.

              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.