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Senate News

Sen. Johnson: 10 agencies need permanent IGs now

President Barack Obama and the leaders of 10 federal agencies should identify candidates to become Inspectors General at those agencies. That's according to a letter all 16 members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent to the White House and those leaders. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he and his colleagues wrote the letter to the President in the first place.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:21pm EDT
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DHS defends FY 2016 cyber budget before Senate subcommittee

The total request for cyber programs at DHS adds up to $1.4 billion. That's just part of the total White House budget request for cyber, which is up 11 percent for FY 2016, or $13.9 billion.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:05pm EDT

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee

The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress for more than a $1 billion more than its original budget for a hospital in Denver, Colorado. The House Veterans Affairs Committee looked at the problems with the hospital, and other construction project problems at the VA, at a hearing today with officials from VA. Sen. Johnny Isakson (D-Ga.) is the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he's about to start following the VA's construction problems very closely.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:10pm EDT
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For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

US Capitol lockdown lifted after man fatally shoots himself

Precautionary lockdown of US Capitol, visitors center lifted after man fatally shoots himself

Sunday - 04/12/2015, 08:22am EDT

NIH may be spared from sequestration, Cardin says

The Maryland Democrat fielded questions from National Institutes of Health employees at a town-hall meeting at the agency's Bethesda headquarters.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:09pm EDT
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White House adds another layer to executive cyber powers

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order giving agencies the ability to recommend economic sanctions against cyber attackers and their supporters. As the President signed this latest order, Congress seems closer than ever to passing a cyber information sharing bill.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:59am EDT
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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:20am EDT

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

Pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid says he's retiring, favors brash Chuck Schumer as next Dem leader

Saturday - 03/28/2015, 11:18am EDT

GOP-controlled Senate ok's budget plan

The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:40am EDT

GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT

Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans

House, Senate panels adopt budget plans but defense, spending hawks remain at odds

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:14am EDT

Bill would mean 5 years without a bonus for delinquent feds

Three senators introduced a bill targeting federal employees who have engaged in misconduct, are not in good standing with their agency or have violated the law.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 02:26pm EDT

Christopher Hart, Director, National Transportation Safety Board

The Senate confirmed Christopher Hart as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He had been the acting chairman since April. when his predecessor Deborah Hersman left. A lawyer and well-known aviation safety expert, Hart held several senior jobs at the FAA. He was also an NTSB board member in the early 1990s. Just before his confirmation, Hart spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how the board is handling what's turned out to be a busy year.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Cardin: Feds are not 'faceless, nameless bureaucrats'

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) pledged to showcase the work of federal employees during a town hall meeting at the Census Bureau. He also suggested that they brag a little about achievements that seem to go unnoticed on Capitol Hill.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 11:00am EDT

Dodaro: GAO returns $100 for every $1 it's funded

The Government Accountability Office wants a 5.9 percent budget increase for FY 2016. Numbers from a new study by Deloitte show past funding of GAO has brought a good return on investment.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 05:18pm EDT
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The new Congress

Ken Gold, director of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, will give his thoughts on some of the issues that Congress will be addressing over the next few months.
March 9, 2015

Monday - 03/09/2015, 08:47pm EDT

GAO highlights two ways to fire poorly performing feds more easily

A new report finds longer probationary periods and better performance metrics can help address a long-standing complaint about terminating federal employees who are not meeting their job's requirements.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:14pm EDT

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Federal officials routinely cite the fact that they're dealing with taxpayer dollars. Well, what if 90 percent of America didn't pay income tax? The Progressive Consumption Tax Act is a proposal to completely overhaul the tax system. By taxing purchases instead of income, it's designed to encourage savings. But what could the effect be on federal revenues? In the Congressional Spotlight on the Federal Drive, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) walked Tom Temin through his bill.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 09:47am EST
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