July 2015

Chaffetz Tells OPM Director She ‘Utterly Failed’ [VIDEO]

House oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz told the director of the office that manages federal employees that she has “completely and utterly failed” in a Tuesday hearing and later called on her to resign.

The hearing on the recent discovered hacking into the Office of Personnel Management featured bipartisan condemnations of OPM director Katherine Archuleta and calls for reform.

“I’m looking here today for a few good people to come forward, accept responsibility, and resign for the good of the nation,” Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu from California said.

OPM chief berated at hearing; chairman calls for her head

The director of the Obama administration’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) entered the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee session ready to convince members that her agency was “driving continued progress on IT modernization.”

But the packed Rayburn House Office Building chamber soon became a boxing ring, with all the punches going in one direction — Katherine Archuleta getting hit from the right and the left.

Democrat calls for resignations over hack

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Tuesday urged officials from the Office of Personnel Management to resign following the devastating cyberattack that has exposed millions of people’s sensitive information.

“I’m looking here today for a few good people to step forward accept responsibility and resign for the good of the nation,” he said during a Tuesday morning House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and OPM Chief Information Officer testified before the panel.

Members Of Congress Are Calling For Obama To Retaliate Against China For Hacking

The Office of Personnel Management headquarters in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO – President Obama is facing pressure to retaliate against the hack that captured personal data on millions of federal employees.

“We must deter future attacks by making it clear that the consequences of attacks are not worth hacking into American systems,” Sen. Mark Warner said.

Screaming jets versus squeaky wheels

Didn’t we already deal with the airport in the last election? Aren’t we done with that one already? Those of us who live near the airport hear this talk every day. We also hear the racket of helicopters, screams of jets, noise of small planes and the occasional random celebratory flyovers.

We hear them taking off and landing every day, 365 days a year, until 11 p.m., and sometimes landing after 11 p.m., since landing is not restricted. On average, we see and hear a crash every year! Keep in mind; the runway is within 300 feet of homes.

In Lieu we entrust

Freedom from unwarranted search and seizure is one of the great ideals that this county was founded upon. It is also an issue that has garnered a great deal of attention since 2013, when former National Security Agency (NSA) analyst Edward Snowden revealed the extent to which ordinary Americans are being spied upon by their own government.

VA picks team to devise plan for revitalizing West L.A. campus

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen a team to devise a master plan, due Oct. 16, for revitalizing the agency's West Los Angeles campus to best serve veterans in need of housing, health care and other aid.

“We will transform the West L.A. VA campus into a vibrant community,” Vincent Kane, senior advisor on homelessness to VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald, said in a statement Thursday.

'Oranges, Baby Powder, Handcuffs And Duct Tape': Inside The Trial That May End The Gay 'Cure'

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- For years, Benjamin Unger had lived uneasily with the knowledge that he liked other guys, but in 2007, at 19 years old, the expectations of adulthood were looming. For religious Orthodox Jews in Unger’s community, this meant two things: marriage to a woman, and having children. So Unger called JONAH.