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7:42 pm, February 1, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

Questions and answers about the State of the Union address

Questions and answers about an almost annual Washington rite: the State of the Union address

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:50am EST

Beyond cyber, feds need to read between SOTU lines

President Barack Obama focused little on improving government management in his annual speech to Congress. Obama called on Congress to pass cyber legislation and said the administration will release a new report on surveillance and privacy safeguards.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:42am EST

New House Armed Services Committee chair vows DoD reform agenda, starting with acquisition

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says defense acquisition reform is an essential element of his agenda. But the approach will be slow and steady.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:48am EST
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5 goals from Obama's 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay?

Measuring 5 goals Obama laid out in his 2014 State of the Union address

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:38pm EST

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman, HASC, and Jim Talent, AEI

Sequestration, cyber attacks and terrorism are just a few of the concerns that top the list for the 114th Congress. In anticipation of tonight's State of the Union address, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a "congressional roadmap for rebuilding our nation's military" at 10 a.m. Former Sen. Jim Talent is an AEI senior fellow; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a sneak peak at the event.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:00am EST
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Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs

As is typical, Defense leaders are not sharing many details about next year's budget proposal prior to its expected February release. But the Air Force is making clear it's gearing up for another fight on BRAC and aircraft divestitures, and thinks it might win this time.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST
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Parents of terror defendant say they saw a change in him

Parents of Ohio terror defendant say they saw a change in him; 'I'm at peace with myself'

Friday - 01/16/2015, 07:50am EST

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced a bill this week that could have a significant impact on government employees. Instead of the usual, and sometimes forgotten, 1 percent pay increase, Connolly's bill proposes a 3.8 percent pay raise. The question now is will it ever pass? Soon after, federal employees began to speak out about the bill. Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share some of your comments.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 05:46am EST
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House votes to undo Obama immigration actions

GOP House votes to overturn Obama's immigration actions, expose many immigrants to deportation

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 02:22am EST

Dan Blair, President, National Academy of Public Administration

New chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz, is reorganizing his subcommittees. He is expanding the number of subcommittees from five to six. Dan Blair is president of the National Academy of Public Administration. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose why new congressional oversight leaders could stir up some big changes.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 01:59pm EST

House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:31am EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A plan to fund the Homeland Security Department is taking shape in Congress. But there's a big question mark next to HR 240: Is it an actual bill? Or just another continuing resolution? David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the details on HR 240.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 04:23pm EST
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Engineering a train wreck, or, China can you spare a yuan?

If you ran a business and were dedicated to delivering what others can't and won't - at bargain basement prices - would you rethink your mission? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks that question in today's column.

Monday - 01/12/2015, 02:00am EST

Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 03:22am EST

Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is finalizing the new leaders of the House Appropriations Committee. Bloomberg reports today it names staff for the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, the Energy and Water subcommittee, and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee. As the new Congress takes shape, those leaders will prioritize spending for federal IT. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud at The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC) and he was the first e-gov administrator of the United States. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a Federal IT wish list for the new Congress.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:20pm EST
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Digging through the new bills: Across-the-board cuts and more

We've gone through the first 400 bills in the new Congress to pull out those you'll want to watch, from a measure to kick political appointees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to three that embrace across-the-board spending cuts.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 11:15am EST

Rep. Mark Meadows, Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new Congress has lots of new committee and subcomittee chairs. That's especially true of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Its subcommittee on government operations has a new chairman with new priorities. On the Federal Drive, Rep. Mark Meadows (R, N.C.) spoke with Tom Temin and outlined what the subcommittee wants to achieve this session and where it plans to start.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:43am EST
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The retirement claims backlog reached its lowest level in more than a year. The Office of Personnel Management said it received 1,600 fewer claims last month than expected. But it's predicting 19,000 new claims for the month of January. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says more federal employees will retire this year than in the last -- but there's a whole group of people leaving government that isn't getting enough attention.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:37pm EST

Roger Baker, Chief Strategy Officer, Agilex, Former CIO, VA

Christmas is over, but a new Congress starts this week. So now is really the perfect time to offer Capitol Hill a federal IT wish list. Roger Baker is chief strategy officer of Agilex, and former chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a wish list of his own.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:20pm EST
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