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FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

As deadline looms, lawmakers reach $17B deal on VA health care

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 03:16am EDT

Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Lawmakers respond to IRS email scandal with new regulations

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Federal Records Accountability Act, which mandates preservation of digital correspondence. The committee also passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, which would establish a presidential committee to find and review outdated, burdensome, costly or obsolete regulations.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:39pm EDT

Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth

Is it government accountability or just picking on federal executives? Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would argue it's the former. The panel has approved a bill to make it easier to fire or discipline members of the Senior Executive Service. Jenny Mattingley is director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth. She lobbies for the Senior Executives Association. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major provisions in the bill.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Bill making it easier to fire Senior Executives passes first test

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Senior Executive Service Accountability Act. The bill would reform the law governing the Senior Executive Service, in part by doubling the probation period of SES members and requiring agencies to justify the positions of SES staff every two years.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:47am EDT

House bill would strip premium pay from some TSA officers

The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), would no longer classify some Transportation Security Administration agents in the Office of Inspection as law enforcement officers.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 07:53am EDT

Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Restructuring the way the federal government organizes its employees is all of a sudden a big focus on Capitol Hill. Bills to change or kill the General Schedule are already floating around, and more may come. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census looked at the future of the General Schedule with witnesses from the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Managers Association, the American Federation of Government Employees and the Government Accountability Office. Robert Goldenkoff is Director of Strategic Issues at the GAO. He told the committee HR management in the Federal government has been on the GAO's High Risk list since 2001, but he said not all the news is bad on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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As cyber attackers get more sophisticated, so must agencies' protections

Cyber criminals are adjusting so quickly that it's become an 'arms race' between them and agency technology officers trying to guard against threats. During a recent Federal News Radio panel discussion, officials shared expertise and tactics for protection.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 02:29pm EDT

Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, CSBA

The Defense Department's overseas contingency budget might survive the end of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wednesday, two of the Pentagon's top civilian and uniformed leaders asked the House Armed Services Committee to keep authorizing an OCO budget even after the U.S. finishes the draw-downs in the region. DoD's latest OCO request came late in the year, and it's less than Congress anticipated. The House set aside $79 billion for OCO funding when it passed DoD's baseline budget for fiscal 2015, but now the Pentagon is only asking for about $59 billion. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He explained how the budget deliberations on Capitol Hill might unfold on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:47pm EDT
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EPA union objects to Administrator's call to make firing employees easier

The Environmental Protection Agency's administrator recently mentioned the administrative obstacles of firing employees and suggested Congress change the law. One of the unions representing EPA employees is now responding in a letter that blames management, not employees for agency problems.

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:12pm EDT

House spending bill calls for deep cuts to IRS budget

The House has approved a massive spending bill that would slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service by more than $1 billion next year. The agency, which has been under fire for the improper targeting of conservative groups, would see its current $11.3 billion budget decline by 13 percent under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for fiscal 2015 passed by the House Wednesday. But that's just one of the the provisions of the bill drawing the ire of the Obama administration, which issued a notice earlier this week threatening to veto the legislation.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:43pm EDT

Work: DoD to experience 'trough' of readiness as it resets force

Robert Work, the new deputy defense secretary, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department will experience a two-year trough in readiness as it resets its force,

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:22pm EDT

GSA to be 'more forceful' in real-estate decisions

The General Services Administration needs to step up its leadership to take advantage of cost-saving real estate opportunities, according to House members participating in a recent round table discussion.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 02:10pm EDT

Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

Army bid to take Apache helicopters from Guard loses first Senate test after states resist

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 12:30pm EDT

SBA delays in implementing rule changes costs small contractors millions

Lawmakers and small business contractors are wondering why the Small Business Administration has not implemented the procurement reforms that President Obama signed into law 18 months ago.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 12:14pm EDT

Lawmakers, OPM seek facelift for aging GS system

There's growing consensus on Capitol Hill and from the Obama administration that the pay and personnel system used by the federal government since 1949 and infrequently updated is showing its age and due for a major facelift. Lawmakers probed the General Schedule system Tuesday during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 06:11pm EDT

VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

VA cites progress on benefits backlog, but congressman accuses agency of 'hiding' numbers

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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House easily passes TSP restructuring bill

The Smart Savings Act would make the Lifecycle Funds the default investment option in the Thrift Savings Plan for new federal employees.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 03:55pm EDT

Get rid of the ATF? Why one Congressman wants it gone

A top House overseer of federal law enforcement thinks that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) should be dissolved.

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 12:25pm EDT
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