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2:54 pm, May 29, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

Bill offers feds $10,000 to report wasteful spending

The newly introduced bill could curb "agency bloat" and the tendency for them to spend frivolously at the end of the year, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 05:20pm EDT

Controversial agency rule-making bill advances in House

The All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act of 2015advanced Tuesdayin the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee along party lines, with some Democrats saying it would add red tape on top of red tape for agencies trying to finalize rules.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:06pm EDT

From bomb-detecting elephants to catfish inspections, new waste books slam agency spending

Agencies are wasting more than $1 billion on duplicative and unnecessary programs, according to two new reports from members of Congress.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 03:44pm EDT
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IGs given power to subpoena former feds, contractors under new bill

Inspectors general would have the power to subpoena former feds and contractors to testify in cases of fraud or waste of more than $100,000, or when criminal activity is suspected.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 02:54pm EDT

Republicans clash over NSA surveillance powers

Republicans clashed over the future of government surveillance programs on Monday, highlighting a deep divide among the GOP's 2016 presidential class over whether the National Security Agency should be collecting American citizens' phone records in the name of preventing terrorism.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:20am EDT

New bill aims to improve oversight of FEHBP prescription drug benefits

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced a new bill that would improve federal oversight of the prescription drug benefits of federal employees and retirees and reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 06:30pm EDT

Bill aims to save government billions of dollars on leased space

The legislation represents a "limited, tremendous" opportunity to fix the General Service Administration's leasing process, as half of federal buildings' leases expire soon.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 05:08pm EDT

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The defense appropriations process starts in earnest this week. The Overseas Contingency Operations fund will likely be at the center of debate for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. It will likely mark up its fiscal 2016 bill Wednesday. House Republicans want $38 billion in the OCO fund. But President Obama says he will veto any measure that uses the OCO as a way to avoid defense spending caps. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu how this might all play out before Congress breaks for recess next week.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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Senate panel votes to overhaul military retirement, to cut headquarters spending

The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the annual Defense authorization bill would revamp military retirement, order DoD to reduce its headquarters and sidesteps sequestration by using the Pentagon's overseas contingency accounts.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:23am EDT
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Does GOP actually stand for Go-Away-Please?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders if one political party is targeting federal employees' pay and benefits more than the other.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 03:00am EDT

Official: VA improperly spends $5 billion a year on health

Senior official says VA wastes billions on improper purchases of drugs, medical supplies

Friday - 05/15/2015, 01:10am EDT

Postal Service needs some transformation pain now to avoid desperation later

Commentary: In-Depth host Francis Rose says getting the Postal Service on solid ground needs both a long-term and short-term plan that may mean making significant changes to the historical role of the organization.

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 03:06pm EDT

Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board wants federal managers and Congress to know exactly what it takes to fire a federal employee and why you can't do so arbitrarily or capriciously. That's the subject of the agency's just-released report on due process. It outlines how the government handles adverse personnel actions in the civil service, and examines the laws and constitutional protections on due process employees enjoy. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairwoman of the MSPB. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the report. She said it should clear up some misconceptions that have been circling in the press.

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:08am EDT
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

A new piece of legislation would help ensure a smoother transition between presidential administrations. The bill would put a senior-level, White House-led interagency transition council in place at least six months before Election Day to help with the move. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He's also one of the bill's two sponsors, along with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). Johnson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how he perceives the transition process today.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:26am EDT
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OMB starts DATA Act implementation in high gear

Executive editor Jason Miller says that for all of the Obama administration's reluctance and push-back against the Data Transparency Accountability Act as it was going through Congress, give them credit for meeting the first major statutory deadline of the law on May 7.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:29am EDT

What's on the menu besides you: Prey or pray?

After weeks of negotiations, the House and the Senate passed a compromise budget. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asked the Federal Managers Association to review the plan to see what it means for feds.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 03:00am EDT

TSP cyber vulnerabilities not addressed, senators say

The Senate's top two members on homeland security want to know why more isn't being done to stop another cyber attack on federal retirement accounts.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 11:06am EDT

What does Congress have planned for you?

NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement and Federal Times reporter Andy Medici join host Mike Causey to discuss proposed benefit cuts for federal workers and retirees.
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Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 05:56pm EDT

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del), Ranking Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

The Senate has cyber legislation and transition legislation on its agenda in the coming weeks. The House has passed two bills on cyber security that the Senate will take up, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sends the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015 to the floor of the Senate. Senator Tom Carper, ranking member of that Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose there's an economic reason cyber security legislation is important.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:56pm EDT
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VA nominee vows transformation of veterans heath care

Dr. David Shulkin led a turnaround of New York's Beth Israel Hospital as part of a long career in private sector hospital administration. He said running the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system would be a far greater challenge, but assured senators that his skills are transferrable to the public sector.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:27am EDT
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