For the first time, veterans who receive disability and retirement benefits won't see their cost of living increase rounded down to the nearest dollar. Veterans in 2014 will receive a 1.5 percent COLA increase, the VA announced Dec. 4.
Government surveys should experiment with subjective questions about well-being, a new report from the National Research Council says.
Environmental issues such as climate change are not as visible as those that faced the country in the past, which has made public support for the Environmental Protection Agency more elusive, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Dec. 2. "Most people don't see the environmental challenges the way they used to, because we've been very good at the work we've done," she said.
With China's military becoming more assertive and less willing to work with the U.S. forces, the United States could either try to cultivate a better military relationship or engage with other countries to put pressure on China to work with the U.S. military, a Nov. 20 Congressional Research Service report says.
A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the Postal Service's decision to deliver mail to the front desk or collection box of single room occupancy hotels rather than deliver it to the room's individual mailbox.
A new, centralized way for the Federal Reserve to manage coin circulation meant to improve efficiency actually increased costs, a recently released Oct. 28 Government Accountability Office report says.
The Obama administration is trying to stop the unregulated flow of campaign money through nonprofit organizations by prohibiting tax-protected social welfare groups from undertaking candidate-related political activity.
The Senate voted to change the way it approves executive and sub-Supreme Court judicial nominees. They now need a simple majority rather than 60 votes to be approved, effectively ending the ability to filibuster a nomination.
A regulation jointly proposed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management to update the position-designation process is inadequate, said a Government Accountability Office official. The proposed regulation is "a good step" toward meeting GAOs recommendations for updating security clearance issuance at agencies, said Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. However, implementation guidance still needs to be developed.
A Senate committee Postal reform bill won't be marked up until after Thanksgiving break, after it was pulled from the docket twice so far this month, a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affair Committee aide said.