If Congress can't pass a bill to fund the government by midnight of Sept. 30, large parts of the federal government will shut down. Agencies that provide entitlements such as social security, Medicare and Medicaid will keep providing those benefits.
The Thrift Savings Plan now considers same-sex married couples to be married even if the state where they reside doesn't recognize their marriages.
The Office of Personnel Management stands by its security clearance of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, but lawmakers called for a hearing to examine the security clearance process.
The General Services Administration's newly-remodeled office space at 1800 F Street NW features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design, but the transition back to GSA headquarters is just part of what GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini calls a "total workplace transformation." There are only 400 workstations dedicated to individuals in the entire building. All other workstations are reserved for hoteling.
In the wake of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered three panels to investigate the situation and how to prevent it in the future. "Obviously, something went wrong," Hagel said in a Sept. 18 Pentagon press conference.
The Postal Service began to send out early retirement offers to managers and executives outside of headquarters Sept. 16. The National Association of Postal Supervisors first announced the offers, which do not contain financial incentives, on Sept. 4.
A high level of risk avoidance has hurt the ability of the three national security laboratories to experiment, a report from the National Research Council says. Staff at the labs--Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories--voiced that concern to a committee of scientists and engineers that wrote the NRC report, released Sept. 10.
Thousands of federal employees received their paycheck late because of a data entry error from the company that processes the government's payroll. A Sept. 13 statement (.pdf) from the Interior Department that was also sent out to the agencies affected says federal employees who would have received a paycheck Friday would get paid Sept. 17. About 40,000 federal employees across 23 agencies were affected.
The Washington Navy Yard reopened to essential personnel and emegency workers only Tuesday the day after a former Navy reservist there killed 12 people before dying in a gun battle with police. The FBI identified the shooter as Aaron Alexis, 34, born in Queens, New York. Alexis had security clearance and valid military identification card, which allowed him to enter the facility.
At least 12 people died when two gunmen opened fire the morning of Sept. 16 at the Washington Navy Yard, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters in an afternoon press conference. The Washington, D.C. police, Park Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are involved in the investigation.