Watchdog: The ‘Window’ Into Government Performance Is Pretty Cloudy

GAO says the website doesn’t do a very good job of tracking whether agencies are meeting their goals.

An End to Pay Raise Suspense, Life and Health Insurance Open Seasons, and More

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Will Austin Become Texas' First 'Sanctuary City'?; Maine Gov. Swears Off Press

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Obama Issues Plan to Give Feds 1.6 Percent Pay Raise in 2017

Figure includes a 1 percent base boost, and a 0.6 percent locality pay bump.

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To Be a Good Manager, You First Need to Manage Your Ego

Too often, leaders believe their own publicity.

House Speaker Paul Ryan discusses his "A Better Way" vision for handling various issues, including poverty.

Poll: Americans Don't Think Government Is Doing a Good Job Combating Poverty

More than one-third of respondents – including the poor -- think anti-poverty programs actually have made things worse for the neediest.

To Counter Russia’s Cyber Prowess, Army Launches Rapid-Tech Office

The battle for eastern Ukraine shows how the pace of innovation in electronic warfare is picking up.

Agencies Have Cut $37 Billion Worth of Red Tape, White House Says

New reports highlight 800 initiatives in five years.

Fedblog Katharine Blodgett Gebbie led the Physical Measurement Laboratory and its predecessor, the Physics Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for 21 years.

An Extraordinary Fed: Katharine Blodgett Gebbie, 1932-2016

The astrophysicist and NIST lab director nurtured four Nobel laureates, two MacArthur "genius" grant awardees and countless world-class scientists.

The Patent and Trademark Office's Telework Headaches Aren't Over

Extensive digital review finds more than $20 million in potential waste in overtime pay and downtime.

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Everett, Washington on Tuesday.

Trump on Government: ‘Lean and Mean,’ But With a ‘Big, Fat Beautiful Heart’

GOP nominee says country is “going to hell,” pledges to create effective, responsible honest government.

A 33rd Fighter Wing F-35A flies over Volk Field, Wis. during Northern Lightning on Aug. 22.

For F-35's First Deployment, Marines Plan 'School of Hard Knocks'

Real-world missions will help the Corps chart its future with the plane, says the leader of the Marines’ Combat Development Command.

The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center is one of the facilities that was closed on Tuesday, but has now reopened with additional security.

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Department rolls out "enhanced security" as employees report back to work.


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