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Congressional Spotlight

New IRS chief says budget crunch, understaffing taking its toll

John Koskinen, sworn in as IRS commissioner in late December, has been meeting with frontline employees and crunching numbers for the last several weeks. He told Congress Wednesday that every corner of the agency is underfunded, and as a direct result, the Treasury is collecting fewer dollars than it should.

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:47am EST
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Army identifies up to $100 million in fraud in recruiting payments

The Army's audit arm finds huge accountability holes in a years-long program that recruited 130,000 soldiers. The program most likely violated federal law from the get-go, officials say.

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 03:45am EST
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Reaction to the State of the Union address

Linda Rix, co-CEO of Avue Technologies, will give her take on the 2014 State of the Union address.
January 31, 2014

Friday - 01/31/2014, 08:09pm EST
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Congress looks at Navy contracting practices

The House Oversight Committee is looking into Navy contracting practices amid a widening federal probe into a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of offering prostitution services and pricey vacations to Navy officers.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:40pm EST

Connolly, Eshoo release draft IT procurement bill

Reps. Eshoo, Connolly take on IT procurement reforms by floating a draft bill.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:07pm EST

Senate looks to shore up voting protections for overseas feds

Despite recent reforms, senators see holes in voting protections for military members and feds serving overseas. A new bill would add new requirements for both DoD and local election officials.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 03:50am EST
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The State of the Union

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts discuss the President's State of the Union address and the environmental impact of air travel.
January 30, 2014

Thursday - 01/30/2014, 09:04pm EST
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New leadership at DHS cracks down on overtime abuse at CBP

Union and CBP officials call for reform of outdated OT pay system, saying the purpose of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime was misinterpreted.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:28pm EST
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Latest postal reform bill includes USPS-only health plan

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee debated an updated version of postal reform legislation Wednesday that would allow the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to restructure its health benefits program. Included in the revised postal reform bill from Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is a proposal that would create a new postal-only health plan within the broader Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 10:48am EST

The State of the Union in Photos

President Barack Obama gave his fifth State of the Union address in Washington Tuesday night. Click through the gallery to view photos from his speech.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 08:56am EST

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

State of Union: Obama vows to flex powers, sidestep Congress if needed to narrow income gap

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 04:21am EST

Senators urge about-face on new military retirement cuts

Pentagon leaders expressed disappointment on Tuesday at the retiree cost of living cuts under the Ryan-Murray budget deal and urged Congress to repeal them. But officials also pressed lawmakers to wait for an independent study group's conclusions before making more piecemeal changes to the military compensation system.

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 04:06am EST
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Obama offers few insights for feds in State of the Union

President Barack Obama did not address federal IT and procurement reforms during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but he did call for a review of all federal training programs. He also reiterated the need to speed up federal permitting and the continued reduction of the backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday - 01/28/2014, 10:50pm EST
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House Veterans Committee adds latest VA cyber breach to ongoing investigations

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) wants answers from the Veterans Affairs Department after its latest privacy and cyber breach of the data of more than 5,000 veterans through its eBenefits portal. VA says it has fixed the software defect and its Data Breach Core Team is investigating what happened.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 03:57am EST

Congress made the cuts, not the President

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts discuss cuts made by Congress to the defense budget, and the winners and losers in this budget battle.
January 23, 2014

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 05:25pm EST
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Senate to take up major overhaul of VA benefits

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the measure that includes dozens of provisions that expand benefits and hiring programs and grants advance appropriations to most of the Veterans Affairs' accounts. Senate Veterans Affairs chairman suggested paying for the changes by reducing DoD's wartime budget.

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 04:30am EST
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Senate bill would give GPO new name

New bipartisan legislation is aiming to rebrand the 153-year-old Government Printing Office. But that doesn't mean you'll stop seeing the GPO initials stamped on government documents any time soon. The bill, introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) last week, would retain GPO's familiar initials, but change the official name of the agency to the Government Publishing Office.

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 10:35am EST

Fed buildings to get much-needed upgrades thanks to budget boost

The General Services Administration says it will finally be able to begin digging out of a backlog of deferred maintenance of federal buildings thanks to a boost in funding from the recently passed bipartisan spending bill. The spending bill, passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last week, authorizes GSA to spend about $9.3 billion from the Federal Buildings Fund.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 01:00pm EST

E-Gov Fund continues to stand alone, gets boost to $16M

Senate lawmakers won out over the debate about whether or not to merge the E-Government Fund with the Federal Citizen Services Fund. DHS also receives $166 million for cybersecurity programs in the fiscal 2014 spending bill.

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 03:56am EST

Federal scientists crying foul over DATA Act's conference restrictions

A group of federal scientists is concerned that proposed restrictions on federal employees attending conferences could put scientific research behind the curve. The Assembly of Scientists wrote to the two top senators on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee last week, arguing that the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act would likely lead to a "decline in the productivity, creativity, morale, recruitment and retention" of many of the government's top scientists.

Monday - 01/20/2014, 03:27pm EST
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