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Congressional Spotlight

Federal legislative roundtable discussion

Jason Briefel hosts a roundtable discussion of the top federal issues, including DHS funding and the federal employee pay raise.
February 20, 2015

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:22pm EST
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DHS cyber programs to ‘grind to a halt' if 2015 funding lapses

Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD), said the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) and Einstein 3A programs would be "gravely" affected if Congress doesn't pass DHS funding bill by Feb. 28.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 01:00pm EST

Virtual sex at the office: Get real!

Got a lot of time on your hands in your federal office? How about finding something to do rather than watching pornography, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 03:00am EST

Hurd: 'Three-Legged Stool' key to federal IT reform

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has four top priorities as new chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT, and he wants to use a "three-legged stool" approach to realize them.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 02:51pm EST

OMB warns of consequences if sequestration returns in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget tells Congress if it doesn't fix sequestration, discretionary spending across the government would drop by more than $90 billion.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 01:20pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Speaker of the House John Boehner says a shutdown at the Homeland Security Department could still happen. Funding for the agency runs out next Friday, and Congress is in recess all this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Speaker isn't the only politician who seems to think a shutdown at DHS would be OK.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:26pm EST
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Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's lineup of subcommittees will include a new one in the 114th Congress. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform's new Subcommittee on Information Technology. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what to expect from his subcommittee, his four priorities, and what he'll look at first.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:16pm EST
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FITARA implementation listening tour

The Office of Management and Budget is getting kudos for its initial steps to implement the Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA).

Monday - 02/16/2015, 05:11am EST

Congressional leaders: DC's subway needs improvement

Congressional leaders say DC's subway is running late on safety, communication

Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:39pm EST

New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST

DHS shutdown, furloughs dominate subcommittee hearing

A House subcommittee hosted a hearing Thursday to discuss emerging threats and technologies, but the topic that dominated conversation was whether the Homeland Security Department would be funded after Feb. 27.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 06:12pm EST

Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

Senate confirms Ash Carter, Obama's choice for defense secretary

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:58pm EST

VA secretary asks Iraq veteran congressman: 'What have you done?'

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Wednesday asked a Republican lawmaker who served in both Iraq wars, "What have you done?" as the two men sparred over huge cost overruns at a troubled Denver VA hospital.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:53am EST

GAO adds IT acquisition, VA health care to High Risk List

The Government Accountability Office added two new issues to its ever-growing list of challenges for agencies. The biennial High Risk List includes six areas that have been problematic for 25 years.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42am EST
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Bill targets pornography viewing on agency computers

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced a new bill to stop federal employees from using work computers to watch pornography.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:32pm EST

Longer leases, improved space utilization key to big savings for GSA

With half of all federal leases in the D.C. region expiring in the next five years and a "buyers market" in real estate, the federal government faces a huge cost-saving opportunity. A House round table discussion examined how the General Services Administration could take advantage of this "perfect storm".

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:48pm EST

From Congress to consumer safety, Buerkle describes recipe for success

Anne Marie Buerkle is a current commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and a former New York congresswoman. She sat down with Women of Washington Hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black to discuss her path to Capitol Hill and what she's found since her arrival in DC.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 11:16am EST

Work: DoD needs funding boost, but fixing readiness will take years

The military services say they've made some progress against the readiness levels they lost when sequestration first struck in 2013. The Pentagon's second- ranking official said Tuesday that momentum needs to be maintained, but DoD's challenges are as much about time as about money.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:17am EST

White House asking authorization for military to fight IS

Obama wants congressional backing to fight Islamic State, without 'enduring offensive combat'

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:04am EST

Fifty shades of blue, purple and red

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has got his crayons out as he tries to make sense of the political map based on how federal employees vote.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 03:00am EST
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