Defense Secretary Robert Gates once again asked Congress not to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy before the Pentagon completes a review of it.
The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation of the explosion that killed 29 people at a West Virginia coal mine, and current and former employees of the mine's owner have been interviewed by the FBI, law enforcement sources said Friday.
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A shout out to "MalibuMelcher" and his fellow soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division for this remake of Lady Gaga's "Telephone," shot from somewhere in Afghanistan. (Portions of the video at :52 and 2:50 are especially funny. You may notice weapons in the background.)
Despite today's focus on the response to the the April 20 Gulf Coast oil rig explosion, Obama administration officials stress that federal agencies have been involved since the start.
In a not-so-subtle jab at bureaucratic language often found in U.S. Code or the Federal Register ("in witness thereof," "notwithstanding" and "directive," among other classics), the Center for Plain Language awarded its National ClearMark Awards on Thursday for the best and worst examples of language in government, business and the nonprofit community.
Coach Griff Doherty, center, and the Ted Sox before a 2009 game. (Photo By Terri Roney For The Washington Post) The U.S. Senate Softball League will play this year for the first time in 43 years without the “Ted...
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with The Washington Post's Hamil Harris and reflects on the ceremonies celebrating the life of Civil Rights icon Dorothy Height.
The U.S. government is giving away prizes. In seeking solutions to problems, it has discovered the magic of contests, or challenges -- also known as open grantmaking or open innovation. Or crowdsourcing.
Although several health insurance companies said they will cover adult children on their parents' policies by June 1, the Office of Personnel Management says existing federal law prohibits that coverage for those in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program until a new health insurance law takes effect in January.
Another week, another magazine publishing a "list" issue in an effort to boost sales. This time it's TIME Magazine and its TIME 100 list of "the people who most affect our world."
Did you hear that the Navy will soon allow women to serve on submarines?
Updated 2:48 p.m. ET The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it is disappointed with the schedule put forth by postal regulators to consider proposed changes to Saturday mail delivery, arguing the Postal Regulatory Commission needs to move faster to help...
The Obama administration is mulling a lawsuit against Arizona to block its new immigration law from taking effect.
How does USA.gov make your life better? For stay-at-home dad Peter Sullivan of Nashville, it put $2,500 in his bank account.
Stuck in a flood with good cellphone reception and need to find help? No, there's not an app for that (yet), but there is a new mobile site from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The agency launched m.fema.gov on...
The 2010 Census response rate matched returns for the 2000 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will approve Wednesday the construction of a major wind farm off Nantucket, Mass., the nation's first offshore wind farm, according to a source briefed on the decision. The move ends a nearly decade-long political feud and could open the way for significant offshore wind development along the East Coast.
The House unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that closes loopholes in the "census mailer" law in an effort to stop the Republican National Committee from using the word "census" on fundraising mailers.
The new Washington Post-ABC News poll spells trouble for incumbents and finds once again that Americans favor a smaller government with fewer services.
By The Post's Ylan Q. Mui: The USA.gov Web site, which serves as a virtual front door for thousands of citizens accessing government services, is undergoing a comprehensive redesign to encourage more public interaction. The General Services Administration, which runs...
None of the Securities and Exchange Commission employees caught using government computers to view pornographic images has been fired, according to the agency.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) planned to introduce a measure today designed to -- pardon the pun -- seal a loophole in the so-called "census mailer" law.
The National Institutes of Health will announce Tuesday that four additional lines of human embryonic stem cells are now eligible for federal funding, including the most widely used line.
Picking up on an issue he raised in The Federal Eye raised on Monday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) -- a vocal critic of 2010 census operations -- has done the math to prove his point that the 2010 Census was much more expensive than the 2000 Census, thus rendering this year's efforts a failure.
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said its inspectors evacuated three West Virginia mines owned by Massey Energy Co. this month after receiving anonymous complaints. The announcement came just minutes before agency officials appeared on Capitol Hill for the first Congressional hearing on this month's deadly West Virginia mine blast.
Highlights of Tuesday's Post Politics Hour, which included queries about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and whether Ronald Reagan will ever end up on our money.
Here's some relief for civilian Defense Department workers fed up with the controversial National Security Personnel System: More than 103,000 civilian DOD workers will transition to the General Schedule pay system by the end of June, according to the office that oversees the pay plan repealed by Congress last year.
The Republican National Committee believes a new round of mailings that use the word "Census" does not violate a new law banning such deliveries.
Combine long-held negative perceptions of federal workers (lazy, overpaid, complainers), mix in Precious" actress Gabourey Gabby Sidibe and the creativity of "Saturday Night Live," and you get the segment above, called "Public Employee of the Year Awards."
Tapping into President Obama's interest in reading letters from ordinary Americans, a group opposed to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for at least the next month plans to publish letters sent to the president from people impacted by the gay ban.
Six Obama administration officials will serve as the honorary co-chairs of next week's series of events to honor and thank public sector workers.
At least 72 percent of American households returned their forms to the U.S. Census Bureau this year, matching returns for the 2000 headcount. Final numbers will be announced on Wednesday and Obama administration officials cheered the early numbers late last week as evidence of successful outreach efforts.