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Retired Ambassador Charles Ray, who chaired the working group that began in November, said the group combined content from the 1980 Foreign Service Act with recommendations from the State Department inspector general, but “drew on our own experience."

Foreign Service Group Wants to Raise the Bar on White House Nominees

Union unveils guidelines for ambassadorial appointments.

The Rise of Professional Women

Women now outpace men in every type of postsecondary degree conferred

Why It’s Critical to Have an Organizing Principle

A focused sense of purpose gives you the power to make a difference.

The Complete Guide to Eating at Your Desk

Slow down. Enjoy it. This is "you" time.

The Supreme Court Could Limit Obama's Executive Action Where It Matters Most: Climate Change

The question at stake is whether the EPA has the right to consider greenhouse gas emissions in industrial permits, and if it has the right to change the levels of pollution that it would allow.

"There is no such thing as a Republican or Democratic response to a disaster," Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said .

Who Owns Weather, the Feds or the States?

Lawmakers agree on the need to improve disaster relief, but how is more complicated.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

House Tries Again to ‘Stop Government Abuse’

The lower chamber will vote on legislation to increase transparency across government.

“If the IRS doesn’t take immediate steps to provide the committee with documents responsive to this request,” Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., wrote in a Feb. 24 letter, “I will consider using compulsory process to compel them.”

Ways and Means Chairman Threatens IRS With Subpoena

Rep. Dave Camp pressures agency on documents involving former official Lois Lerner.

Are Your Employees Up to the Task?

Certification programs can validate whether someone is truly qualified for the work assigned.

Recovery Act money helped fund Argonne National Laboratory cleanup.

CBO Tallies Cost of Stimulus Package

As politicos clash over 2009 law’s legacy, nonpartisan office reiterates $830 billion price tag.

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