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Boehner: OK to swap agency budget boosts for other cuts

Boehner: OK to swap agency budget boosts for cuts elsewhere in the budget

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 05:02pm EDT

Hope springs eternal for cyber laws after House approval

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act and the Protecting Cyber Networks Act this week. These are the first cybersecurity information sharing bills with broad support in more than five years.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 12:38pm EDT

IRS should get spending in order before asking for larger budget, House says

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report taking issue with IRS management on matters previously raised by the Republican leadership in Congress -- tax-delinquent federal employees, paying bonuses to agency employees and use of official time during the workday.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 10:04am EDT

Rep. Cummings warns more feds at risk in USIS cyber breach

A review by federal cyber experts from DHS, ODNI and OPM raise the prospect that the initial estimate of 27,000 federal employees thought to have been impacted by the August 2014 cyber breach of security clearance contractor USIS is low. In light of that breach and others, OMB led a governmentwide review of contracts to ensure contractors are in compliance with laws and policies to protect government data on non-federal systems.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 03:46am EDT
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DHS continues to face acquisition management hurdles

Only two of the 22 Homeland Security Department programs the Government Accountability Office reviewed were on track to meet initial schedule and cost parameters. However, the GAO report's author is "cautiously optimistic" about DHS' efforts to improve its acquisition management.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 06:17pm EDT

New Congress 'worst places to work' hotline: right idea, wrong question

Republican leadership in Congress needs a makeover of the way it oversees the executive branch if it expects different results, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:26am EDT

Military associations embrace some compensation and retirement recommendations

Five military associations are calling on the House Armed Services Committee members to take a closer look at several of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's recommendations.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:25am EDT

SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Congress launches tip line for feds as it takes 'worst' agencies to task

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who oversees the House panel on government operations, says he wants to hear feds' work-related concerns. He created the email hotline after conducting a hearing entitled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," with three agencies that have struggled with employee morale.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:07pm EDT

House lawmakers say they've lost confidence in DEA chief

House lawmakers say they've lost confidence in DEA chief amid allegations of sex parties

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 10:56am EDT

Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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Bipartisan cybersecurity bill expands information sharing network

The House Homeland Security Committee debated the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act in a markup session. It proposed a number of amendments that would add new roles for federal agencies and increase the federal information sharing network for cyber threats.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 03:46pm EDT

Investigator: VA whistleblower cases remain 'overwhelming'

Investigator: VA whistleblower complaints continue to pour in, a year after scandal

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:20am 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

Calls grow for the ouster of Commerce IG Todd Zinser

Three whistleblower groups have joined Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in calling for the removal of the Commerce Department's top watchdog over alleged misconduct.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 11:39am EDT

Congressman Hurd flashes IT oversight muscle at DHS

In his new two-page bill, the Department of Homeland Security IT Duplication Reduction Act, Congressman Will Hurd is calling on the DHS chief information officer to reduce the number of IT systems used by the agency. This story is part of Federal News Radio's weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:37am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OFPP procurement reform; IT oversight at DHS; longtime execs retire

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller examines the unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform and how OFPP plans to address them. Plus, multiple congressmen crack down on duplication issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Also in this edition, what's behind the retirement of a long-time CIO at Education and a procurement executive at Veterans Affairs?

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:15am EDT
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Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval

Senate pushes toward approval of conservative budget to erase red ink, cut trillions

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:16am EDT

Pay, pension and TSP 'take-aways' you didn't order

In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:00am EDT

Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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