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10:04 pm, May 26, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

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.
May 6, 2015

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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Feds/Congress: The Fear Factor

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says Congress and the White House have made his job easier ... namely by giving him plenty of stories to write about that scare federal employees!

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 03:00am EDT

Time is right for a civilian employee compensation commission

Borrowing the military compensation commission concept and applying it to the civilian workforce could usher in a new era of certainty for employees, agencies and Congress.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:02am EDT

Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

The White House endorses 10 of the 15 recommendations the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission made in its report in January. The House Armed Services Committee included several of those recommendations in their markup of the National Defense Authorization Act. Dov Zakheim was a member of the Comp commission, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained if it's important that both the White House and the committee are breaking those recommendations up.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

The federal government is taking two steps forward on ways to strengthen cyber networks for both the public and private sector. The House of Representatives passed two bills to strengthen information sharing in the private sector. The Office of Management and Budget is asking for public input on ways to overhaul the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. Chris Smith is vice president of technology for AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked progress on the recent push to improve the cyber systems inside and out of your agency.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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House approves bill banning VA SES bonuses

An amendment to the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill would prohibit the agency from awarding performance bonuses to senior executives.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:22am EDT

Non-binding budget plan omits retirement contribution hike

Republican leaders in the House and Senate passed a compromise bill that seeks significant cuts to agency operating budgets, while boosting Defense spending. Absent from the non-binding plan is mention of an increase in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:43pm EDT

House adopts compromise GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare'

House adopts compromise GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare,' boosting Pentagon

Friday - 05/01/2015, 01:00pm EDT
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