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9:48 am, April 1, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

GOP-controlled Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without immigration restrictions

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 11:10am EST

2016 budget aims to 'arrest' deterioration in military facilities

Nearly a quarter of the military's facilities are rated as in "poor" condition; another 7 percent are failing. Officials say their 2016 budget would begin to dig out of billions of dollars in backlogged maintenance needs.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 08:51am EST
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Bipartisan House bill challenges DoD travel cuts

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are fighting back against the Pentagon's cost-cutting plan for employees who travel for work.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:24am EST

House backs bill to force VA execs to give back bonuses

The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:30am EST

Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill

Boehner leaves open possibility of long-term Homeland bill backed by Dems and the White House

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:24am EST

S&M on Capitol Hill

Some would argue that Republicans and Democrats in Congress make it a habit of torturing each other. But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey knows that they're really there to torture us.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 03:00am EST

DHS issues shutdown guidance to its employees

While it's unclear whether Congress will approve another continuing resolution or full-year funding for the Homeland Security Department after this Friday, DHS has made plans in case of a lapse in funding.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:41pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The Homeland Security Department is running on a one-week continuing resolution after Congress couldn't agree on a long-term spending plan for the agency. The new CR is set to run out on Friday. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He outlined the debate over the DHS budget on Capitol Hill for Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:17pm EST
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David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

The Internal Revenue Service is making technology investments to move away from some programs it says started during the Kennedy Administration. Congress repeatedly slashed and froze its budget over the past five years, so it's important for the IRS to know exactly how much its IT investments will cost. According to the Government Accountability office, that's not exactly the case today. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at the GAO. He shared three recommendations to improve how the IRS tracks its investments with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:14pm EST
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OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access

The OMB E-Gov Cyber unit will prioritize those agencies that have struggled to implement two-factor authentication for CyberStat reviews. Only 41 percent of federal civilian agencies are using HSPD-12 cards to log on to networks and computers.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 02:42pm EST

OGE rolls out Integrity public disclosure filing system

Nineteen agencies have already adopted Integrity, the new electronic financial disclosure program introduced by the Office of Government Ethics to help streamline public filing process.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 10:00am EST

Lawmakers' latest FOIA reform effort would strengthen governmentwide ombudsman

This year's attempt to overhaul the the Freedom of Information Act would give the Office of Government Information Services the independence to report directly to Congress on FOIA issues. Without that, OGIS is 'neither an independent watchdog or overseer,' according to its just-retired director.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 06:41am EST

Earth to House GOP: Messing with DHS ain't governing

The only solution that will demonstrate House Republican leaders are serious about governing is to put a fully-funded DHS bill on the floor right away, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:34am EST

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

Congress tries 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

Senate OKs bill to keep Homeland Security open for 1 week; House votes next

Friday - 02/27/2015, 10:12pm EST

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The effort to fund the Homeland Security Department is in chaos this afternoon. The House rejected a three-week continuing resolution after observers spent most of the day trying to figure out what the backup plan was -- without much success. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. He broke down the odds of Congress passing a DHS budget on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 05:14pm EST
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A return to sequestration would set back DoD network modernization by years

Defense technology officials told House lawmakers that progress toward a Joint Information Environment would be delayed by two-to-three years if budget caps remain in place.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 04:20am EST

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans eye new approach to avoid Homeland Security partial shutdown

Friday - 02/27/2015, 02:20am EST

Budget constraints set to fix IRS having opposite effect, experts say

The strict budget constraints placed on the Internal Revenue Service are crippling efforts to conduct the most basic levels of public service, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 05:38pm EST

Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 2013. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:12pm EST
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