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Federal Workplace Safety Agency Takes On Transgender Restroom Access

1:22 PM, May 05, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) isn't just about hard hats and safer machinery anymore. The federal government agency charged with regulating workplace conditions has formed an "alliance" with a "national social justice advocacy organization for transgender people" primarily to promote gender-appropriate restroom access.

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Feds Paid Politico $432K in 2014

Nearly a million taxpayer dollars to Politico since 2011.
10:28 AM, Mar 25, 2015

Since Politico, a politics-focused website and newspaper, launched its subscription-based news service Politico Pro in 2011, government agencies have increasingly turned to the service to keep abreast of the latest developments in their spheres of policy. Government records show fiscal year 2011 contracts with the owner of Politico, Capitol News Company, totaling $41,900.

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Longtime Federal Worker: Hillary's Use of Email 'Imperial'

11:41 AM, Mar 13, 2015

We received this email from a 40-year veteran of the federal workforce, who raises serious questions about Hillary Clinton and her emails:

Since this story broke I have been wondering why "Conversion" has not entered the discussion. In my 40 years in government service, 20 as a senior supervisor, there has been an inviolable rule. One does not use Government resources for personal benefit, and one does not use private resources for Government benefit for personal convenience.

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Federal Workers Doing Well

12:18 PM, Mar 11, 2015

As Justin Sink of Government Executive reports:

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Feds Developing App to Identify Pills

7:33 AM, Feb 03, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is working on a solution to a problem faced by a growing number of Americans as the population ages and relies more on prescription drugs: "What is this pill?" Much in the way a Google image search looks for similar images in Google's vast caches, the NIH's National Library of Medicine (NLM) desires a tool to match users' smart phone photos of mystery pills with hi-res images in the NLM's existing RxIMAGE database

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Obama Gives Federal Workers 'Six Weeks of Advanced Paid Sick Leave'

12:55 PM, Jan 15, 2015

The White House says President Obama signed a presidential memo "directing agencies to allow federal workers to take six weeks of advanced paid sick leave to care for a new child, ill family members, and for other sick leave-eligible uses."

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Market Fine After Congress Fails to Reauthorize Fed-Backed Terrorism Risk Insurance

12:37 PM, Dec 23, 2014

When Congress headed home for the year last week without renewing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) many in the real estate, tourism, and insurance business predicted disaster. The Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism—a broad grouping representing everyone from real estate investors to sports leagues—blasted the inaction.

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Justice Department's Immigration Office Under Fire for Nepotism

11:25 AM, Nov 06, 2014

When President Obama finally offers his executive action on illegal immigration, the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is going to get a bit busier.

The EOIR is tasked to "adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws."

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Feds Sue New York City for Medicaid Fraud

7:41 AM, Oct 28, 2014

The federal government is taking New York City to court. "Manhattan U.S. Attorney Files Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Against Computer Sciences Corp. And The City Of New York For Orchestrating A Multimillion-Dollar Medicaid Billing Fraud Scheme," reads a headline from the Justice Department's press release.

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Bureaucracy’s Latest Challenge: Listening to the Public

A study finds gov't bureaucracy isn't good at listening to the public.
8:10 AM, Oct 23, 2014

The American public often rails about bureaucracy. It is not difficult to fathom why. Who amongst us has not fumed while standing in a long line at an understaffed post office? And how many of us have thrown up our hands in frustration at the complexity of income tax instructions and outsourced the work to an accountant?

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They Need a Law to Prevent Gov't Workers from Looking at Porn All Day?

8:32 AM, Sep 26, 2014

Eric Katz of Government Executive writes that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has:

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Feds to Spend $500,000 for New Art at Customs and Border Protection Facility in San Diego

7:34 AM, Sep 08, 2014

The "busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere" is getting an upgrade, and according to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), about a half a million dollars worth of new artwork will be part of the package.

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USDA Announces More 'Flexibility' For Next Year's School Meals

6:01 AM, May 21, 2014

Just a day after House Republicans introduced legislation to roll back some Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations on school meal programs, the USDA 

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Widespread Vulnerability Found in Dozens of Government 'Open Data' Websites

8:07 AM, Feb 20, 2014

At first glance, a page on the Health and Human Services (HHS) website seems to be giving that agency's official advice on the "The Health Benefits of Nootropics," a classification of purportedly memory-enhancing drugs.  The page is found on the website's subdomain of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) as part of the Health System Measurement Project.

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Opportunistic Marketers Exploit Opening at Healthcare.gov

7:04 AM, Jan 23, 2014

At least three marketers of health-related or insurance products and services have taken advantage of the "data-set" feature at Healthcare.gov to give themselves a virtual presence on the federal government's Obamacare site.  The ability to use a web address containing "healthcare.gov" may lend credibility and even imply endorsement by the government.

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Federal Gov't Closes Due to Threat of Snow

7:03 AM, Jan 21, 2014

The federal government is closed, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Managment:

Why? Because the forecast calls for snow. (Currently there is no snow falling or on the ground.) From the National Weather Service:

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Feds: Without New $91.1M Healthcare.gov Contract, 'Entire Healthcare Reform Program Is Jeopardized'

7:07 AM, Jan 17, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that Accenture Federal Services would be taking over for CGI Federal as the main contractor for Healthcare.gov.  CMS documents reveal that without the new estimated $91.1 million contract, the government could end up making "erroneous payments to providers and insurers" and that "the entire healthcare reform program [will be] jeopardized."

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Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare

8:01 AM, Jan 13, 2014

Robert Laszewski—a prominent consultant to health insurance companies—recently wrote in a remarkably candid blog post that, while Obamacare is almost certain to cause insurance costs to skyrocket even higher than it already has, “insurers won’t be losing a lot of sleep over it.”  How can this be?  Because insurance companies won’t bear the cost of their own losses—at least not more than about a quarter of them.  The other three-quarters will be borne by American taxpayers.

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Oh, Good

10:01 AM, Oct 19, 2013

Julian Hattem and Ben Goad of the Hill report that:

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The Economic Outlook Looks Good, Politics Aside

11:00 PM, Oct 18, 2013

The government re-opened, and there was no default. No surprise. This was the 18th shutdown since 1976, when the current budget procedure was established. The five shutdowns under Jimmy Carter were mostly over major policy issues such as abortion (he was for it) and the construction of a nuclear-fuelled aircraft carrier (he was against it). They averaged 11 days.

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Podcast: On Gov't Shutdown Fallout and the Failure of Obamacare

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:26 AM, Oct 18, 2013

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with James C. Capretta on fallout from the government shutdown and the failure called Obamacare:

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Washington Sure Knows How to Pick 'Em

9:46 AM, Oct 18, 2013

The company responsible for the digital disaster of Obamacare is a Canadian outfit called CGI which, as Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post explains:

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Biden Offers Federal Workers Handshakes, Hugs, and Kisses

10:00 AM, Oct 17, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden offered returning federal workers handshakes, hugs, and kisses -- and muffins, too -- this morning at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Via the pool report:

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Good Day Sunshine

7:45 AM, Oct 17, 2013

The siege has been lifted.  The 16-day ordeal is ended.  Life, once again, is good.  As Alexander Bolton and Pete Kasperowicz of The Hill report:

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Temporarily at Sea

6:00 AM, Oct 17, 2013

At sea aboard the ms Noordam, off the coast of Greece
THE WEEKLY STANDARD cruisers were supposed to go ashore today in Greece. But high seas prevented the cruise ship from docking at Katakolon, so we're unfortunately missing the ruins at Olympia.

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'Reopen Offices in a Prompt and Orderly Manner'

5:19 AM, Oct 17, 2013

A memo from the Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia M. Burwell on re-opening government:


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Crisis Averted: Obama Signs 'Deal'

5:14 AM, Oct 17, 2013

President Obama signed the "deal" to re-open Congress and increase the debt limit, according to the White House. The press secretary sent this out late last night: 

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Obama Already Pivots to Immigration

7:39 PM, Oct 16, 2013

Even before the House vote on the so-called congressional deal to re-open the federal government and increase the debt limit, President Obama began to pivot to immigration: 

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Text of the Deal

4:49 PM, Oct 16, 2013

Here's the so-called deal that Congress is expected to approve tonight:

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Park Service Director: I Discussed Closing Monuments With White House

10:53 AM, Oct 16, 2013

National Park Service director Jarvis said he discussed closing the open-air monuments and memorials with the White House, as well as the secretary of the Interior Department: 

"Yes, I did," says the director when asked whether he discussed the closures with the secretary of the Interior Department.

"You didn't discuss it with anyone in the White House, did you?" asks a congressman.

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