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6:17 pm, May 29, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

S&M on Capitol Hill

Some would argue that Republicans and Democrats in Congress make it a habit of torturing each other. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey knows that they're really there to torture us.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:00am EST

DHS issues shutdown guidance to its employees

While it's unclear whether Congress will approve another continuing resolution or full-year funding for the Homeland Security Department after this Friday, DHS has made plans in case of a lapse in funding.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:41pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The Homeland Security Department is running on a one-week continuing resolution after Congress couldn't agree on a long-term spending plan for the agency. The new CR is set to run out on Friday. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He outlined the debate over the DHS budget on Capitol Hill for Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:17pm EST
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David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

The Internal Revenue Service is making technology investments to move away from some programs it says started during the Kennedy Administration. Congress repeatedly slashed and froze its budget over the past five years, so it's important for the IRS to know exactly how much its IT investments will cost. According to the Government Accountability office, that's not exactly the case today. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at the GAO. He shared three recommendations to improve how the IRS tracks its investments with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:14pm EST
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OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access

The OMB E-Gov Cyber unit will prioritize those agencies that have struggled to implement two-factor authentication for CyberStat reviews. Only 41 percent of federal civilian agencies are using HSPD-12 cards to log on to networks and computers.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 02:42pm EST

OGE rolls out Integrity public disclosure filing system

Nineteen agencies have already adopted Integrity, the new electronic financial disclosure program introduced by the Office of Government Ethics to help streamline public filing process.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 10:00am EST

Lawmakers' latest FOIA reform effort would strengthen governmentwide ombudsman

This year's attempt to overhaul the the Freedom of Information Act would give the Office of Government Information Services the independence to report directly to Congress on FOIA issues. Without that, OGIS is 'neither an independent watchdog or overseer,' according to its just-retired director.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 06:41am EST

Earth to House GOP: Messing with DHS ain't governing

The only solution that will demonstrate House Republican leaders are serious about governing is to put a fully-funded DHS bill on the floor right away, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:34am EST

Congress averts DHS shutdown

2 hours to deadline, House approves bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:20pm EST

Congress tries 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

Senate OKs bill to keep Homeland Security open for 1 week; House votes next

Friday - 02/27/2015, 10:12pm EST

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The effort to fund the Homeland Security Department is in chaos this afternoon. The House rejected a three-week continuing resolution after observers spent most of the day trying to figure out what the backup plan was -- without much success. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. He broke down the odds of Congress passing a DHS budget on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 05:14pm EST
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A return to sequestration would set back DoD network modernization by years

Defense technology officials told House lawmakers that progress toward a Joint Information Environment would be delayed by two-to-three years if budget caps remain in place.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 04:20am EST

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans eye new approach to avoid Homeland Security partial shutdown

Friday - 02/27/2015, 02:20am EST

Budget constraints set to fix IRS having opposite effect, experts say

The strict budget constraints placed on the Internal Revenue Service are crippling efforts to conduct the most basic levels of public service, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 05:38pm EST

Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 2013. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

Senate Judiciary Committee approves Loretta Lynch nomination to serve as attorney general

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:58pm EST

Administration's cyber sharing proposal a 'policy puzzle,' not a panacea

DHS officials tell Congress that while liability protections are key to encouraging companies to share cyber threat data with federal agencies, the department must also work to earn their trust. It must also work through a "policy puzzle" regarding roles and responsibilities surrounding information sharing.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:22am EST
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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am EST
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Pension tax, federal pay raise, and more

Greg Stanford and Katie Maddocks with the Federal Managers Association join host Mike Causey to discuss a proposed pay raise for feds, and Andy Medici with the Federal Times gives us an update on pending legislation in Congress that will affect federal workers.
February 25, 2015

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:11pm EST
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Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency's 30,000 furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:48pm EST
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