Board that handles federal worker disputes is now vacant

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government board tasked with settling workplace disputes for millions of federal workers is officially vacant for the first time in its 40-year history. The Merit...

Shutdown Q&A: When will federal government workers get paid?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are back to work after the longest government shutdown in the nation's history finally came to an end last week. But as the gears of govern...

For the poor, the safety net in a shutdown doesn't feel safe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doris Cochran, a disabled mother of two young boys, is stockpiling canned foods these days, filling her shelves with noodle soup, green beans, peaches and pears_anything that can las...

As shutdown drags, Trump administration seeks to soften blow

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don't know when they'll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rel...

Federal workers seek loans, second jobs as shutdown lingers

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Families are making tough decisions as 800,000 federal employees miss their first paycheck Friday because of the government shutdown. The workers are scaling back ...

USDA moves to tighten restrictions on food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year's farm bill didn't: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. ...

Senate Democrats see role for Congress in curbing harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats said in a report Wednesday that Congress should take an active role in addressing harassment and discrimination in the American workplace, and cited fear of retaliat...

House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump's desk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. The legislation has already passed the...

Farm bill compromise unveiled, clearing way for vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key safety net programs for the next five years. The conference report signed...

Senate, House reach deal on long-awaited farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the multibillion-dollar farm bill after months of contentious talks. The tentative deal scraps a plan backed by ...

California man gets word of pardon after fire destroys home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Exactly 24 years after he was sentenced to jail time and probation for a drug conviction as a teenager, a man whose home was destroyed in a deadly Northern California wildfire lea...

Lone bureaucrat's work an example of federal waste in action

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Robbins gets to work at 8:15 each morning and unlocks the door to his office suite. He switches on the lights and the TV news, brews a pot of coffee and pulls out the first file...

Memos to Nobody: Inside the work of a neglected fed agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Robbins gets to work at 8:15 each morning and unlocks the door to his office suite. He switches on the lights and the TV news, brews a pot of coffee and pulls out the first file...

Forest Service chief vows to end sexual harassment at agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service's new chief is pledging to rid the agency of sexual harassment and discrimination amid fresh revelations of misconduct within its ranks. Vic...

Watchdog reviewing plan to shift control of key USDA office

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Agriculture's plans to restructure its top independent research office will be reviewed by the agency's internal watchdog. Some lawmakers and staf...