Hickel was fired from his Interior post in late 1970, after sending Nixon a letter critical of his handling of student protests following the National Guard shootings at Kent State and the U.S. invasion of Cambodia.
We need to reconnect Americans to their government. People need to better understand that public servants are their friends and neighbors who are helping address our collective challenges here and abroad.
The Pentagon's review of its "don't ask, don't tell" policy will determine how -- not whether -- the military can best prepare for a possible repeal of the ban on openly gay soldiers, Defense Secretary Robert Gates clarified in a letter written Thursday.
A Transportation Security Administration screener at Miami International Airport was arrested this week for allegedly beating up a co-worker after months of jokes about the size of the screener's genitalia that colleagues observed during training with full-body scanning machines.
Friday Feedback: Tom Strickland's rafting trip; name change at the Dept. of Navy; Gates and 'don't ask, don't tell'
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They never expected to get the chance, but the Midshipmen chosen to be the Navy's first female submariners are ready to go -- after some more training.
The mission to drop a 100-ton concrete-and-steel box over a blown-out oil well on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico continues -- as does the federal response.
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said Thursday he would welcome a presidential visit his storm-devastated state soon but understands the commander in chief has had a lot on his plate this week. Weekend storms and flooding across Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky have killed at least 29 people and at least five people are still missing.
The agency said it lost $1.9 billion in the six months that ended March 31, and mail volume dropped 6.3 percent compared with the same period in 2009.
Federal workers may soon cut their commute times considerably as Congress today is set to pass bills that expand telework options across the government.
Frequent glitches with the computer system built to manage the 2010 Census could jeopardize its accuracy and drive up costs beyond its $15 billion price tag, according to a new watchdog report.
Though the Obama administration has stressed its involvement with the April 20 BP oil spill since "day one," at least one Interior Department official decided instead to phone it in and go white water rafting in the Grand Canyon with his wife and other officials.
President Obama signed legislation Wednesday that significantly expands health services available to veterans, saying "there's always more we can do and more that we must do" for those fighting America's wars and those who help them when they return.
Robert Brodsky at GovExec reports must now make direct contract with new recipients of economic stimulus dollars to remind them of their obligations to file quarterly spending reports.
Officials at the National Zoo announced their latest addition: a scimitar-horned oryx born April 9 at their conservation center in Front Royal, Va.
Colleague Karen Tumulty nailed the Obama administration's new dilemma in today's Post, noting that the White House is dealing with the "delicate challenge of management and message" as it addresses the April 20 BP oil spill and the thwarted Times Square bombing.
The military spoof of Lady Gaga's hit song "Telephone" has boosted troop morale in Afghanistan, and the soldiers behind it will not face disciplinary charges, according to the video's mastermind.
The Government Printing Office has launched Government BookTalk, a blog devoted to the thousands of publications, reports and manuals published by the federal government each year.
Lawmakers have introduced a measure that would allow the Office of Personnel Management to extend health-care coverage to the adult children of federal workers before the new federal health-care law takes effect next year.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that a new investigative team will focus on anonymous whistle-blower tips and concerns expressed by mine workers and the families of victims of the April 5 West Virginia mine blast.
As Public Service Recognition Week begins, the Federal Eye spoke with Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, about this week's events, President Obama's recent defense of government and why it's still hard to get a job with the government.
At least 15 of the 73 federal inspectors general, auditor, or whistleblower protection jobs are vacant or tied up in the Senate confirmation process, according to a new report by the Center for Public Integrity.
It's Day 14 of federal efforts to stave off a massive oil spill and environmental disaster. Here's a rundown of where things stand from a federal perspective:
Coast Guard Cmdr. Jim Elliott spoke with The Federal Eye for Tuesday's Post about his work at the unified command post in Mobile, Ala. and how this stint compares to his service after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that has more cosponsors than any other in Congressional history -- but will likely die once again in the Senate.
Six census takers have died in auto accidents within the past week, including two Texans whose vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer as they were delivering census materials.
Former Housing and Urban Development secretary Alphonso Jackson, who resigned amid allegations that he steered business to friends, is no longer the target of a federal investigation, his attorneys said Monday. Former HUD secretary Alphonso Jackson. (Image by Hampton University)...
Amid a busy news weekend -- President Obama's trip to the Gulf Coast, his joke-filled address to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner and the Times Square bomb scare -- let's go back and review Obama's commencement addressed delivered Saturday morning at the University of Michigan.
It's Day 13 of the coordinated public-private Deepwater Horizon Response with no immediate end in sight. "Worst-case scenario: This thing could keep going on for 90 days," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said during one of four Sunday talk show...
Gay rights groups and supportive Democratic lawmakers spent the weekend striking back at Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and their request that Congress hold off on voting to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy until after the Pentagon finishes a review of a potential repeal.