Policy

Trump Ends Federal Hiring Freeze, but Workforce Cuts Loom

In issuing guidance for reductions, OMB director tells feds not to focus on who will be fired.

Business

Trump to Congress: Give Pentagon $54B. I'll Tell You Why Later

The roughly 10% boost would come out of nearly every other federal agency’s 2018 budget, including foreign aid.

Policy

CIA, ODNI Get Exemption from Trump's Hiring Freeze

Agency leaders are told that if someone would work during a government shutdown, their job can be filled during the freeze.

Policy

Trump Wants DHS to Hire 15,000 for Border Security? Not So Fast

The proposed surge would provide assets some agency officials have long requested. It would also enable Trump to fulfill a campaign promise—but it comes with challenges.  

Business

The US Military Is Shedding Civilian Jobs. It Has No Idea How Much Money It’s Actually Saving

The Government Accountability Office wants to make sure the military isn’t letting employees go without a true accounting of the costs.

Policy

Overhaul Veterans Care by Working with More Private-Sector Firms, Panel Says

The Commission on Care's final report declines to recommend stripping the Veterans Health Administration of its status as a government agency.

Science & Tech

The Obama Administration Is Struggling to Reform the Security Clearance Process

OPM, ODNI and other agencies are failing to meet their own deadlines on a wide array of measures aimed at sniffing out internal threats.

Business

The Pentagon's New Grading System for Civilians May Take Even Longer to Get Started

Six years after Congress mandated it, the U.S. military says it's ready to test a new way to assess its civilian workers. But a federal union claims the test-run will be deeply flawed.

Business

Obama's Security Clearance Overhaul Lands with a Thud Before Lawmakers

The plan, which tasks the Pentagon with safeguarding new investigations, appears to just be 'window dressing on a broken home.'

Policy

Defense Employees Favored Carson, at Least Until West Point Flap

A survey of U.S. defense workers showed favoritism for the current GOP 2016 frontrunner, but that was before one of his biggest gaffes yet.

Policy

DOD Sequestration Furloughs Were Fair, Court Says

Judges reject argument that some employees should have escaped budget battle.

Business

No One’s Morale Is Dropping Faster Than Homeland Security

DHS bucks the trend in a new survey that finds federal employees are slightly happier on the job this year.

Business

White House, Agencies Begin Prepping for ‘Executing an Orderly Shutdown’

OMB is currently reviewing contingency plans submitted by all agencies in preparation for an appropriations lapse.

Business

Army Takes Biggest Hit In OPM Hack

The service will cover 40 percent of the Pentagon's plan to spend $132 million on credit monitoring.

Business

Second OPM Hack Stole Data of 21.5M People, Including Biometric

The breach affects nearly everyone that underwent a background check through OPM in 2000 or later.

Policy

Corruption at US Border Security Could Undermine Entire System, Report Says

An internal report found the agency’s current investigations process 'chronically slow' and recommended a surge of nearly 350 new investigators.