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BRAC-like commission proposed to hunt down government cost savings

A new commission, proposed by David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, would recommend ways to streamline government by removing duplication and extraneous spending from government agencies. Federal-employee unions criticized the proposal and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers expressed skepticism that such a proposal could gain congressional approval.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:47pm EDT
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House passes sweeping $638 billion defense bill

The House bill containing the provisions on sex-related crimes that the Obama administration supports as well as the detention policies that it vigorously opposes must be reconciled with a Senate version before heading to the president's desk.

Saturday - 06/15/2013, 09:30pm EDT

House approves IT reform amendment to Defense bill

The first major IT reform bill in a decade has cleared the first of three hurdles to become law. The bill would empower CIOs by reducing the number of people with that title to one per agency, and give that person authority over the IT budget and personnel decisions.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:53pm EDT

House lawmakers press VA for more details, assurances after cyber attacks

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and ranking member Michael Michaud (D-Maine) sent Secretary Eric Shinseki a letter asking for an explanation on why VA didn't tell the committee about multiple nation state attacks. The lawmakers call for VA to offer credit monitoring services to tens of millions of veterans.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 12:33pm EDT
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FBI director gets another House grilling

Mueller gets another grilling on major FBI probes in final appearance before House panel

Friday - 06/14/2013, 11:32am EDT

DoD maintains BRAC fight, despite opposition from Congress

Amid nearly unanimous congressional opposition, the Defense Department says it needs to stop operating military facilities it no longer wants or needs.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 06:09am EDT
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Lawmakers, industry press OFPP not to make strategic sourcing mandatory

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce is searching for answers about the potential impact on competition if the White House mandates the use of strategic sourcing contracts. Four industry associations provided little support for compulsory use, citing potential risks to the government and harm to vendors.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:35am EDT
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House OKs 2-year sentence for military sex assault

House backs mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in prison for sexual assault in the military

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:00am EDT

Issa's postal reform proposal OKs 5-day delivery, modifies prefunding

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a draft postal reform bill that supports ending Saturday mail delivery and would modify how the agency pre-funds retiree health-care payments that now threaten to sink the agency into financial insolvency. Congressional postal reform efforts have remained dormant so far this year, even as the Postal Service's financial outlook has worsened.

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 07:37pm 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

IG: 'Serious problems' with OPM's $2B revolving fund must be addressed

The Office of Personnel Management's inspector general says he needs $6 million to address "serious problems" with the agency's $2 billion revolving fund. Patrick McFarland told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that his current budget isn't nearly enough to root out waste, fraud and abuse across the revolving fund and other areas of OPM.

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 05:24am EDT
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Lawmakers, IG expose further vulnerabilities in VA's cybersecurity

The Veterans Affairs Department has been compromised by at least eight different nation state organizations that stole data from its systems, House lawmakers and other experts say. VA officials say there always are risks, but their computer security is better than ever before.

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 09:13am EDT
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House passes budget bill boosting vets' programs

The House on Tuesday passed the first of 12 spending bills for the budget year beginning Oct. 1, a popular measure providing more money for veterans' programs like health care.

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 03:36am EDT

New IRS head says taxpayers no longer trust agency

New IRS head says he is committed to restoring 'broken' trust in agency after tea party storm

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 03:24am 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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Broke no laws, IRS official says _ then takes 5th

IRS official in targeting probe says she did nothing wrong _ then says no more, taking the 5th

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 07:47am EDT

Congress pressures agencies to speed up office consolidations

Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management want to know why the NRC spent millions of dollars to renovate office space it may never use. DHS and HHS were praised by the committee for their approach to consolidating office space.

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 06:12am EDT
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House GOP panel moves on deep budget cuts

Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and the Pentagon would be spared under the plan approved by the House Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 10:50pm EDT

Treasury officials told of IRS probe in June 2012

Investigator says he told top Treasury officials of IRS probe in June of campaign year 2012

Saturday - 05/18/2013, 05:18pm EDT
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