Management

Why a Government Lawyer Argued Against Giving Immigrant Kids Toothbrushes

The sheer effrontery of the government’s argument may be explained, but not excused, by its long backstory.

Tech

Researchers Show How to Send Fake Presidential Alerts To Your Phone

Your phone’s thirst for a better signal leaves it open to bogus messages, new research shows.

Oversight

Play of the Day: The Democrats Answer Some Questions

The New York Times asked most of the 2020 Dems about their heroes and comfort foods.

Management

At Work, Expertise Is Falling Out of Favor

These days, it seems, just about all organizations are asking their employees to do more with less. Is that actually a good idea?

Management

Interior Department Announces Modest Cutback to Telework

Beginning next month, front-line employees with telework agreements will be required to report to a physical office once a week, while supervisors will be eligible only for situational telework.

Workforce

How Well Do VA’s Regional Offices Perform? VA Doesn’t Really Know.

The department has 1,000 employees to oversee medical centers, but their roles have never been clearly defined and performance is not clearly measured, auditors say.

Pay & Benefits

More than Half of D.C.-Area Feds Say Agencies Aren’t Supportive of Telework Amid Metro Closures

Majority of respondents to a GovExec.com/Government Business Council survey report that the temporary shutdown of six Metrorail stations would have at least a moderate impact on their ability to do their jobs.

Management

Years Ago, the Border Patrol’s Discipline System Was Denounced as 'Broken.' It’s Still Not Fixed.

An expert panel’s pleas for swifter, more consistent, more transparent punishment of rogue agents languish.

Tech

A Robot Has Been Stuck on Mars for Months

NASA will conduct a delicate rescue mission to free a probe trapped just inches below the Red Planet’s surface.

Defense

How the Pentagon Nickel-and-Dimed Its Way Into Losing a Drone

The lion’s share of the U.S. drone fleet is easy prey for advanced air defenses. It didn’t have to be that way.

Management

Why Having Too Many Choices Makes Decisions Harder

Endless choices may seem appealing, but introduces a paradox. "You want to make a good choice, but feel like you can't."

Management

Inquiries at EPA's Science Integrity Office Spike Under Trump

Employees are increasingly going to integrity officers with concerns over interference into science.

Management

Homeland Security Employees Aren’t Disciplined Consistently for Misconduct

Lengthy survey by watchdog faults vague definitions, poor record-keeping for the lack of standard consequences across agencies within the department.

Defense

Trump Might Not Want War, but the Military Is Steering His Iran Policy

The buildup in the Middle East is coming at the request of the forces responsible for the region.