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Sen. Coburn to put hold on OPM director nominee

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he wants an answer from Office of Personnel Management and the White House on how the Affordable Care Act will apply to lawmakers and their staff before moving forward with Katherine Archuleta's nomination to serve as OPM director.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 01:47pm EDT
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Senate committee introduces bill to mark up real property legislation

Senate committee members introduced the Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act of 2013 to address the management of federal real property. The government is the largest owner of property in the country, owning more than 1 million properties.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:28am EDT

Senate approves James Comey as new FBI director

Senate confirms James Comey to head FBI after Sen. Paul ends delays over domestic drones

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 09:04am EDT

Senator targets military law over sexual assault

Showdown looms as NY senator, Pentagon brass battle over legal handling of sexual assaults

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 12:26am EDT

Senate poised to confirm first DoD IG in nearly two years

FDIC IG Jon Rymer said if confirmed, sexual assault and suicide prevention will be top priorities.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 11:51am EDT

Senate poised to confirm first DoD IG in nearly two years

FDIC IG Jon Rymer said if confirmed sexual assault and suicide prevention will be top priorities.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 05:40am EDT
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Tricky obstacles ahead to averting shutdown

Health care funding, more spending cuts are obstacles to averting government shutdown in fall

Sunday - 07/28/2013, 09:40am EDT

VanRoekel signals tepid support for Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel offered the administration's first public comment since the major IT reform bill passed the House as part of the 2014 Defense Authorization bill. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) offered a blunt warning to the White House if it does not support the legislation.

Friday - 07/26/2013, 05:44am EDT
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DHS nominee Mayorkas defends integrity, offers plans to improve employee morale

Despite being under investigation, Alejandro Mayorkas testified today on becoming the next deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas said that claims he exercised undue influence on cases in his agency, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, are false.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:01pm EDT

Embattled DHS IG convinced Senate probe will clear his name

Charles Edwards, the Homeland Security Department's deputy inspector general and acting IG, calls recent allegations of nepotism and improper travel "baseless" and says he's convinced a Senate subcommittee investigation will clear his name. Speaking exclusively to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Edwards said he has provided complete documentation to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight.

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 05:04pm EDT
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Senators seek to eliminate 'official time' for federal employees

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to eliminate official time for federal employees. Official time is the paid time that employees spend on union work.

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:12pm EDT

Tester aims to strengthen OPM's oversight of security clearance process

Legislators want to strengthen OPM's ability to oversee the security clearance process to thwart under-qualified candidates from obtaining and keeping security clearances.

Monday - 07/22/2013, 03:04pm EDT
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Senate approves Obama-pick McCarthy to head EPA

Senate overcomes GOP objections, approves Obama-pick Gina McCarthy to head EPA

Friday - 07/19/2013, 01:56pm EDT

Contracting dollars in border security

This week on the Capital Impact radio show, Bloomberg Government examines the law that requires the Defense Department to buy American when outfitting troops. Plus, which contractors will benefit the most from passage of an immigration bill?

Friday - 07/19/2013, 05:37am EDT
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Senate to debate transportation, housing budgets

Senate to debate bill boosting transportation, housing budgets despite automatic cuts

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 07:00pm EDT

GSA, Treasury officials decry House committee budget shortfalls

Top officials at the Treasury Department and the General Services Administration say budget cuts being considered by House lawmakers - and that have since adopted by the House Appropriations Committee - would erode their agencies' missions. In sharply divided vote mostly along partisan lines Wednesday, the committee approved the fiscal 2014 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 06:25pm EDT

DoD, State see light at end of wartime contracting reform tunnel

In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:54am EDT
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Military sex assault bill gains steam in Congress

The Military Justice Improvement Act would shift the decision to prosecute sexual assault cases from the chain of command to independent military lawyers. A recently released DoD IG report also recommends changes in the investigation process.

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 04:28pm EDT

Archuleta makes case to senators to be next OPM director

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members pressed Katherine Archuleta on her qualifications, how she will address the retirement claims backlog and on the use of official time. Archuleta appears headed down the path toward confirmation.

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 11:20am EDT
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Bill turns up heat on agency use of strategic sourcing

A group of Democrats and Republicans, called the No Labels Caucus, plans to introduce nine bills this week focused on government effectiveness and efficiency. The strategic sourcing legislation would require agencies to save at least $10 billion a year. Senators say agencies need the right incentives to buy smarter.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 12:21pm EDT
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