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Congressional Spotlight

VA to spend $60 million more on cyber after auditors' continued concerns

Steph Warren, VA's CIO, said he moved money out of projects and into cybersecurity to ensure the agency gets rid of as many material weaknesses as they can. The decision to move money comes as Congress turns back up the heat on VA to correct long-standing and systemic cyber shortcomings.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 12:56pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

No more shutdowns is a promise both Speaker John Boehner (R-Nev.) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have made. So why are people whispering about another shutdown on Capitol Hill? David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call -- on In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the chances for another repeat.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:24pm EST
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Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

VA fires Pittsburgh hospital network's director

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 03:10pm EST

Congress passes bills to reduce duplicative reports, improve access to public records

Wednesday was a productive day for Congress as the House sent two bills to President Barack Obama and a pair of critical DHS nominees head to the Senate floor.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 01:16pm EST

Threat to discipline 1,000 VA employees draws cheers and jeers

The biggest reorganization effort in VA history is underway, says Secretary Bob McDonald. His reform plan includes hiring a Chief Customer Service Officer and imposing disciplinary action on more than 1,000 employees. And while some praise McDonald's quick and decisive actions, others are urging a different approach that gives the accused an opportunity to respond.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 10:56am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
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Government funding tops list for lame-duck Congress

While there's much speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress, the lame-duck one that returns to Washington today must tackle big challenges of its own. With a continuing resolution set to expire in mid-December, agency budgets hang in the balance.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 06:00am EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The 113th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in history, according to the Pew Research Center. When Republicans take over the Senate in January, they'll deal with President Barack Obama entering his lame duck years. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared legislation that helps federal employees she'll try to push through the political standoff.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:25pm EST
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The man who can see into the future

To predict the future, sometimes you have to alter the past. That's one of the lessons Mike Causey learned in a recent column about the mid-term elections.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 02:00am EST

Issa, Ryan look to FERS reform

In a letter to the Congressional Budget Office director, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) expressed their interest to revamp the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). NTEU president Colleen Kelley said the reforms would simply raise costs for federal workers.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 11:23am EST

NTEU looks for allies among freshmen members of Congress

Now that the final votes have been counted in the 2014 midterm elections, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said she's hoping that some new members will fight for the interests of government workers.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 11:56am EST
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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

The campaigning is done and the votes are in. Republicans will soon gain control of the Senate for the first time since 2007, and they've widened their lead in the House. So what can feds expect from their newly elected officials? Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share her perspective.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:37am EST
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Agencies should expect more aggressive oversight by GOP-controlled Congress

Experts from both sides of the aisle expect the Senate and House to coordinate investigations and hearings on executive branch programs. The budget and the confirmation processes also will become more difficult.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:49am EST
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We're all winners, kinda

If you're consistently right 50 percent of the time, maybe there's a career for you in political punditry, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 02:00am EST

Dan Blair, President, National Academy of Public Administration.

Federal workforce issues could face challenges as a result of yesterday's elections. Republicans beginning in January will regain a majority in Senate while adding 14 seats to their lead in the House. What will this all mean to federal employees and agencies? Dan Blair is president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:56am EST
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IT acquisition reform bill gets consensus, inches closer to passage

House Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees agree on trimmed down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Now it's up to the armed services committees to keep FITARA in the Defense Authorization bill.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:11am EST
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How will newly-elected officials help federal employees?

Federal News Radio examines what the winners of the midterm elections in Maryland, DC and Virginia could do for federal employees.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 01:33pm EST

Vote: But please, just once and only if you are still alive. Thank you!

The good news, for federal and postal workers, military personnel and retirees, is that they can vote for their "board of directors" today at the polls, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 02:00am EST
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