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Senate News

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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Senate panel approves bill to make IGs stronger, more transparent

In addition to the IG Empowerment Act, the committee approved eight bipartisan bills, several of which run the gamut of federal management and workforce issues, from sick leave to car repairs.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 02:06pm EST

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Two pieces of legislation to repair the security clearance process are now one piece. Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and several of his colleagues are combining the Security Clearance Accountability Reform and Enhancement Act and the Preventing Conflicts of Interest Act. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one bill will solve both problems.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:23pm EST
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Congress averts DHS shutdown

2 hours to deadline, House approves bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:20pm EST

Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

Senate Judiciary Committee approves Loretta Lynch nomination to serve as attorney general

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:58pm EST

Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency's 30,000 furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:48pm EST

IGs ask Congress to strengthen oversight tools

Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:58pm EST

New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST

Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

Senate confirms Ash Carter, Obama's choice for defense secretary

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:58pm EST

Fixing the SES: 'This used to be an honor. Now it's a joke.'

Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 05:00am EST

Congress stuck on Homeland Security funding, immigration

Congress stuck on Homeland Security funding, immigration as Democrats block debate again

Friday - 02/06/2015, 08:42am EST

Senate bill aims to strengthen Freedom of Information Act

A Senate committee has approved legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 07:00pm EST

Carter promises 'leaner' Pentagon if confirmed as Defense secretary

Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 12:24pm EST
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Dems block action on DHS-Immigration bill

Senate Democrats have blocked action on legislation that provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security and rolls back President Barack Obama's steps to shelter millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. from deportation.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:50am EST

I. Charles McCullough III, Intelligence Community Inspector General

"Slow and disjointed" is how Senator Dianne Feinstein, former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, described the federal document declassification process. But a routine inspector general report found no violations within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Such reviews are required under a law called ROCA, the Reducing Over-Classification Act. The review only recommended "refinement." Charles McCullough is the Intelligence Community's Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report and how some of the other intelligence agencies stacked up next to DNI.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:34am EST
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Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:26pm EST

McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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