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 Agency management

  1. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned her post, according to DHS. Getty Images

    Secret Service director resigns

    Julia Pierson steps down after serious White House security breaches.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  2. The CIA has permission to delete some emails. File

    CIA gets permission to destroy certain emails

    NARA allows deletion of messages as part of email migration.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  3. Authorities respond after Omar Gonzalez somehow got onto the White House grounds and into the building before being stopped. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Secret Service reform called for after security lapses

    The success of the White House fence jumper shows weaknesses in the president's protection, lawmakers say.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  4. The IG recommends improvements to GSA's purchase card management. File

    IG: GSA must strengthen purchase card controls

    The agency could create a process to cancel cards more quickly when needed.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. US Attorney General Eric H. Holder will wait for a replacement before officially resigning. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Attorney General Eric Holder to step down

    Departure will wait until Senate confirms a replacement.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  6. The U.S. Postal Service wants to get into the custom grocery delivery business, a market already served by companies such as Peapod and Relay. Amazon got into the game on a trial basis in 2013, with its Amazon Fresh service shown here. Getty Images

    Postal Service wants to break into food delivery

    Customized delivery service would bring food to customers in the pre-dawn hours.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  7. Federal Employee of the Year Rana Hajjeh (right) poses with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. Sam Kittner/ / Partnership for Public Service

    Feds honored for great dedication to public service

    The Service to America Medals are awarded every year to federal employees who achieve amazing results and epitomize public service.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  8. Before she became a successful professional comedian and actress, Wanda Sykes worked as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

    12 famous people and their not-so-famous careers as federal employees

    From humble beginnings in agencies have come comics, poets and presidents.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  9. The Postal Service has agreed to hire 9,000 union clerks following a win by the American Postal Workers Union in mediation. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    Postal service agrees to hire 9,000 clerks to staff post offices

    The jobs, resulting from a union arbitration victory, will be created within 90 days.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  10. Feds recognized for outstanding achievements in public service

    For years Rana Hajjeh worked to convince 60 countries around the world to help vaccinate their populations against meningitis and pneumonia and ultimately prevented millions of childhood deaths and disabilities.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  11. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel has a history of using data and technology to tackle emerging health issues, including an early role in the Gates Foundation and a previous stint at USAID in 2011.

    Federal CIO VanRoekel moves to USAID

    VanRoekel will serve as a senior advisor focused on the Ebola outbreak

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan (left) speaks about the importance of climate change at the Center for American Progress Sept. 19.

    OMB chief vows continued action on climate change

    Greenhouse gas emissions from federal buildings and vehicles are among the targets for reduction.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  13. A response to the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard, the effort to implement recommended reforms is well underway, according to OMB's Beth Cobert. Rob Curtis/Staff

    OMB: Agencies making strides reforming clearance process

    A response to the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard, the effort to implement recommended reforms is well underway.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  14. Sen. Mark Warner introduced a bill to eliminate 53 unneeded reports. Getty Images

    Senate passes bill cutting outdated reports

    The proposed law would eliminate 53 reports from agency mandates.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  15. House passes bill making it easier to fire senior execs

    Agencies would be able to more easily fire or suspend members of the senior executive service, under legislation passed by the House on a voice vote Sept. 16.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  16. OPM chose not to renew two USIS contracts worth about $2.74 billion, a decision that could lead to delays in processing security clearances.. Defense Department

    USIS flap may delay background checks

    Other contractors and internal resources will have to take up the slack from ousted firm.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  17. Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

    Protecting the public's interest: a model

    The Postal Regulatory Commission is unique among federal regulatory agencies because our enabling statute, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, requires the designation of an officer to represent the interests of the general public in each of it

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  18. Sitting Bull Library is first digital-only member in GPO program

    The GPO will provide documents in electronic form only for the North Dakota facility, which serves the Standing Park Sioux Reservation.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  19. GSA will meet with a number of agencies and stakeholders outside government to develop open-source, mobile-friendly software that improves the Freedom of Information Act request process. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    GSA pushes for FOIA redesign

    Growing demand for information calls for new and improved processes

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  20. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta says phased retirement is a 'win-win.' Mike Morones/Staff

    Phased retirement: OPM answers your questions

    Find out more about the nuances of phased retirement, straight from the agency that wrote the rules.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  21. Everyone wants a 'silver bullet,' but buzzowrds and jargon can make solutions hard to find, says former OMB official Karen Evans. File

    Want solutions? Skip the buzzwords

    Jargon can obscure rather than illuminate, panelists agree.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  22. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Congress may vote on a continuing resolution soon. Larry French / Getty Images

    Continuing resolution may set agency funding at 2014 levels

    Lawmakers on the House Appropriations committee are discussing the creation of a continuing resolution that would fund the government at fiscal 2014 levels, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said to reporters Sept. 9.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  23. Vehicle Rehab: Billions have been spent at Anniston Army Depot's Combat Vehicle Repair Facility, which has the capability to overhaul any combat vehicle. US Army

    More gaps found in contracts website

    GAO report critiquing USAspending.gov did not catch everything.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  24. OPM: Fallen federal employees to be honored with flag

    Federal employees who lose their lives on the job will now be honored with a flag given to their beneficiaries, according to regulations finalized today by the Office of Personnel Management.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  25. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.V., has signed on to an effort to halt Postal Service plant closures. Getty Images

    Senate leader joins effort to halt Postal Service closures, job cuts

    Lawmakers pressing to stop the Postal Service from closing processing plants and cutting thousands of jobs have received a powerful endorsement, according to a postal union.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  26. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference at Veterans Affairs Department Monday, Sept. 8 in Washington, DC. Secretary McDonald shared stories of veterans he met across the country. He also outlined his key priorities to better serve veterans. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    McDonald launches 100-day VA reform plan

    New department leader promises to rebuild relationships.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  27. Sens. Carl Levin (right) and John McCain are chariman and ranking minority member, respectively, of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Senate subcommittee: No political bias in IRS targeting

    Tax office used 'inappropriate criteria' in targeting Tea Party groups.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  28. GAO: Federal job classification system unfair, inflexible

    The federal General Schedule job classification system is inflexible, unfair and in urgent need of better management and oversight, according to a report published Sept. 2 by the Government Accountability Office.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  29. The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, part of HHS, has obligated more than $800 million across 60 contracts for building and maintaining Healthcare.gov and the federal insurance marketplace. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    IG questions contractor oversight in Healthcare.gov rollout

    The government has obligated $800 million across 60 contracts for building and maintaining the federal health insurance website and related systems.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  30. New VA Secretary Robert McDonald wants to improve the department's reputation, tarnished in recent scandals. Pool / Getty Images

    VA wait times have decreased

    Despite some improvements, problems persist in troubled agency's appointment process.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  31. Despite objections in Congress, the Postal Service has not changed its plans to cut jobs, close plants. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    Postal Service forges ahead on job cuts, plant closures

    Despite congressional pressure, USPS has not budged from its plan.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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