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  • Government watchdog complains of DHS hiring issues

    The Office of Special Counsel says three Customs and Border Protection human resources employees tried to manipulate the hiring process to give three politically connected applicants an advantage.


  • B. Todd Jones, nominated to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, faces a claim that he retaliated against a whistleblower. (Associated Press)

    Grassley sees rush to confirm ATF chief facing probe

    President Obama's nominee to head the embattled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives remains the focus of a federal investigation and a senior Republican is asking why his confirmation hearings last week weren't postponed until the case has been resolved.


  • B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was conducting his nomination hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Justice Department rarely prosecutes 'straw buyers,' ATF nominee Todd Jones says

    U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, President Obama's choice to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told a Senate committee on Tuesday the arrest of "straw buyers" — those who falsely buy guns for others, mostly criminals — was a top Justice Department priority but the department rarely prosecutes the cases "due to limited resources."


  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive for a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday. Mr. Panetta ordered new reviews into mismanagement at the military's national mortuary in Delaware. (Associated Press)

    Military mortuary draws scrutiny

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday ordered new reviews into mismanagement at the military's national mortuary. He said he wants the Air Force to determine if there were reprisals against whistle-blowers and if those who oversaw remains of fallen heroes were disciplined adequately.


  • ** FILE ** Visitors leave the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware after opening ceremonies in October 2003. (AP Photo/Dee Marvin, File)

    Pentagon taking closer look at Dover mortuary

    The Pentagon is launching a drive to reassure members of the military and their families that flaws in the handling of human remains at the Dover military mortuary — including two instances of lost body parts — have been fixed.


  • Illustration: Airlines by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    BLOCH: Aircraft safety requires constant vigilance

    Frank Tyger is attributed with this quote: "Learning is either a continuing thing, or it is nothing." The grounding this week of some 300 scheduled flights and hundreds of aircraft owing to the five-foot fuselage hole and depressurization of the Southwest Airlines Flight 812 in Yuma, Ariz. (which allowed one passenger to see daylight through the top of the plane at 37,000 feet) brings this epigram to life and illustrates that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the industry have stopped their lesson plan.


  • Illustration: Hatch Act by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    BLOCH: Some Bushies had it coming

    The Founders of our country thought that the impulse toward partisanship was a darker side of human nature that needed checks. They called it faction. They wrote about it, especially in the Federalist Papers, and warned of its insidious effect on government and society. They knew that good government resides in following the law, not implementing party or interest-group agendas on the public dime.


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