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6:45 am, September 2, 2014

Congressional Spotlight

2014 funding: Agency-by-agency breakdown of spending bill

With the unveiling of the bipartisan spending bill this week, federal agencies are getting a clearer picture of how much funding they'll get for the rest of the fiscal year. Track which agencies will see sizable increases or which will be getting the short end of the stick.

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 09:34am EST

House passes $1.1 trillion bill to fund government

House passes $1.1T election-year budget with scant tea party protests as Senate waits its turn

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 04:08am EST

Management changes, the 2014 budget, and more

Host Mike Causey will discuss the status and duties of federal managers in 2014, with Pat Niehaus, president of the Federal Managers Association. He'll also discuss the budget situation with Federal Times writers Sean Reilly and Nicole Blake Johnson.
January 15, 2014

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 06:22pm EST
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AP sources: Armed Services chairman to retire

AP sources: Armed Services chairman to announce plans not to seek a 12th term

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 06:00pm EST

Agency watchdogs seek more independence, budget boost

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says agency inspectors general are increasingly facing obstacles in their efforts to uncover waste and misconduct. The top watchdogs at both the Justice Department and the Peace Corps told lawmakers they've faced resistance from their agencies at times in turning over records in recent years. Lawmakers also expressed concern about the impact of across-the-board budget cuts on the operations agency IG operations.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 05:21pm EST

Senate extends short-term CR; House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 01:32pm EST

Virginia Rep. Moran to retire at the end of his term

A staunch defender of federal employee issues will leave after 23 years in the House of Representatives.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 10:22am EST

Post conference scandals, agencies struggle to find balance

OMB reported agencies avoided spending $3 billion on travel and conferences in 2013 as compared to 2010. Senate lawmakers are concerned how to ensure agencies don't slide back into old habits of lavish spending on conferences.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 04:09am EST
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House votes to beef up OPM inspector general funding

The House gave a boost to the Office of Personnel Management inspector general's office Tuesday, voting to provide the agency's auditors with access to new funding to conduct investigations. In a unanimous vote, the House approved the bipartisan OPM IG Act, introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass). The Senate approved a nearly identical measure, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in October.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 05:49pm EST

How the spending bill affects the federal workforce

After a month of negotiations, the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill this week funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. From federal pay and benefits to a further decline in the Internal Revenue Service's budget, read about three key takeaways of the bill.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:43pm EST

Rogers, Mikulski unveil $1 trillion spending bill

Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October. The bill includes an additional $85 billion for war spending in Afghanistan. Among other provisions, the bill awards federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise. The House is slated to vote on the measure Wednesday.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 03:26am EST

House plans 3-day CR to extend deadline for budget talks

Republican leaders plan to pass a short-term funding bill this week to extend by three days the deadline for wrapping up a massive, $1 trillion-plus catch-all spending bill covering funding for the rest of the year. The short-term measure would give lawmakers until midnight next Saturday to pass the larger funding bill. The current stopgap funding bill expires at midnight on Wednesday.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 08:46am EST

What's next for Congress in 2014?

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss what's ahead for Congress in 2014, and the potential impact of the contract compensation cap.
January 9, 2014

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 06:38pm EST
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Coburn to Congress: Look in the mirror for the cause of waste

Sen. Tom Coburn told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday that Congress isn't doing its job and that's the root cause of much of the waste in government. Rep. Darrell Issa promised to work with Coburn and Sen. Tom Carper on legislation to reduce overlapping programs.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 05:49pm EST

DHS nominee seeks 'to hit the reset button' in embattled IG office

In his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, John Roth, currently the director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations, said he aimed to turn around employee morale in the IG's office, which has been rocked by allegations of misconduct by the former acting head of the office. Roth, whose nomination has garnered near-universal support from both Republican and Democratic members of the committee.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 03:02pm EST

Lawmakers put finishing touches on spending bill

Lawmakers put finishing touches on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 03:26am EST

Transition to Networx telecom contract cost $395M more than planned

The Government Accountability Office found in a new report that the 33-month delay in moving to GSA's Networx contract from FTS2001 caused agencies to spend more money and miss out on potential savings.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 12:50pm EST

Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve. Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who is stepping down after serving as chairman for eight years dominated by the Great Recession and the Fed's efforts to combat it.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 03:20am EST

A look back at 2013 and some projections for 2014 with Mike Causey

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about the big issues affecting feds in 2013 and what's ahead in the new year.
January 6, 2014

Monday - 01/06/2014, 04:48pm EST
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Senator sues OPM over health care regulations

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has filed a lawsuit against Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, seeking to overturn an OPM regulation that allows lawmakers and their staffs to continue receiving government contribution toward their health insurance premiums. Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, lawmakers and their staffs were booted from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), under which the government typically kicks in about three-fourths of the cost of federal employees' premiums, and required to purchase health insurance on the federal exchange.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 02:56pm EST
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