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Obama's ATF nominee gets Senate hearing

Obama's ATF choice gets Senate hearing _ something afforded few of his predecessors

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 10:46am EDT

Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

Bill aims to slash Medicare waste and fraud

The Medicare program made $44 billion in improper payments in 2013. A bipartisan bill designed to prevent fraudsters from milking the system calls for contractors to increase accuracy and for beneficiaries to report fraud.

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 07:52pm EDT

Hagel: Budget forces review of outside contracts

Hagel says budget forces review of outside contractors such as NSA leaker

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 02:08pm EDT

2 Obama cabinet nominees clear Senate committee

Obama's nominees to head Commerce, Transportation win Senate committee approval

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 10:10am EDT

VA's security shortcuts put millions of veterans' data at risk, former VA cyber official alleges

The Veterans Affairs Department denies claims that systems or data are in danger. But Jerry Davis, the former deputy assistant secretary for information security in VA's Office of Information and Technology, asserts in documents that he was bullied into signing security certifications that were deficient as a condition of his departure from VA for a new job at NASA.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am EDT
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AP sources: Obama to name ex-Bush aide to head FBI

AP sources say ex-Bush official James Comey to be Obama's nominee to head FBI

Thursday - 05/30/2013, 05:06pm EDT

Senator: Fire commanders allowing sex assault

SC Sen. Graham: Women needed in military service, fire commanders allowing sex assault

Monday - 05/27/2013, 02:50pm EDT

Smooth confirmation hearing for Pritzker

Obama's commerce secretary pick, Penny Pritzker, gets smooth confirmation hearing in Senate

Friday - 05/24/2013, 03:56am EDT

IRS official to take the 5th at House hearing

IRS official who runs division that targeted tea party groups to take the 5th before Congress

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 04:00am EDT

White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM

The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2014 budget called for consolidating or eliminating 116 of the government's 226 STEM initiatives and centralizing the coordination of STEM programs under just three agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The administration's STEM proposal is one of the government's first visible steps in reversing some of the duplication that riddles the federal landscape and which some lawmakers have seized on as examples of government waste.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 01:45pm EDT
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Senate confirms former nurse to run Medicare

By an overwhelming 91-7 vote, the Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner to oversee Medicare, Medicaid, children's health insurance and coverage for the uninsured under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 07:17pm EDT

DoD's military construction budget appears safe from sequestration cuts

Funding reductions in 2013 appropriations act are sufficient to protect military construction accounts from further sequestration cuts, but funds used for upkeep on existing buildings are severely impacted.

Monday - 05/13/2013, 05:32am EDT
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Fundraising from HHS secretary draws scrutiny

A fundraising push by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is drawing criticism from a key Senate Republican who questions whether she has a conflict of interest.

Sunday - 05/12/2013, 09:58am EDT

DoD's budget reprogramming won't help with sequestration

Pentagon says it will use its limited budget flexibility to compensate for unexpected war costs, not to blunt sequestration. Services continue to warn Congress about how budget cuts are impacting readiness.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:14am EDT
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Senate committee wants to know DoD's 2014 sequestration plan

The top lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee have called on the Defense Department to detail how it will cut billions more from its budget if sequestration continues into next year. In a letter dated May 2, Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee, asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to provide a "package of reductions" to the department's proposed 2014 budget.

Tuesday - 05/07/2013, 04:35pm EDT

Lawmakers take on legislative process in fight against duplicative programs

Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don't overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.

Monday - 04/29/2013, 06:31pm EDT

WH: Anthony Foxx in line for transportation post

WH: Obama to pick Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for transportation secretary

Monday - 04/29/2013, 12:02pm EDT

Controllers to return after Congress ends FAA furloughs

Air traffic controllers are heading back to work. Congress acts to end airport delays after week of complaints about delays caused by furloughs.

Saturday - 04/27/2013, 01:20pm EDT

Bill gives FAA authority to move funds, prevent furloughs

The House is expected to quickly pass a bill the Senate approved last night that would end furloughs for air traffic controllers. The legislation gives the Federal Aviation Administration the authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts flush with funds into other programs. This would would help to prevent reductions in operations and staffing through the end of fiscal year 2013.

Friday - 04/26/2013, 06:22am EDT
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