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4:24 am, May 25, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

Shea: Congress' data plan could save big money

Data-driven decision-making takes another step forward in the federal government if a new bipartisan bill in Congress becomes law. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have a bill to build an oversight and management framework for data in government. Robert Shea is a principal at Grant Thornton, and former associate director for administration and government performance at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the idea of another commission isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:45pm EDT
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John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's tired of the negative talk about morale. He tells the House subcommittee on government operations, "One of the ways that you improve morale is to stop continually telling my workforce that you have lousy morale." He said a plan is underway and things are getting better. Still, Homeland Security sits atop the list of worst big agencies. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:04am EDT
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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

Talks begin on Capitol Hill budget measure

Talks begin on Capitol Hill budget bill giving Republicans chance to assault 'Obamacare'

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 03:12am EDT

Hawkings: Plenty of good signs in Congress budget discussions

House appropriations committees are trying to balance the 2016 budget by taking a little bit of money from some agencies and giving it to others. The IRS and the Education Department are two agencies that could see some of their funding transferred to places like the departments of Justice and Transportation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked the money as the House appropriators do some budget math.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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US Sen. Roberts' 'Frozen' ringtone creates hearing hysterics

US Sen. Roberts' 'Frozen' ringtone creates hysterics when phone goes off during somber hearing

Friday - 04/17/2015, 03:50pm EDT

Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in 'under the radar'

Homeland secretary says gyrocopter came in 'under the radar,' raises alarms among in Congress

Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:34am EDT

Loren Duggan, Director of Legislative Analysis, Bloomberg

Perhaps you've noticed. Capitol Hill is buzzing. Congress seems poised to pass a major trade bill, and members are finding common ground on Medicare issues. But is Congress getting anything done with respect to cybersecurity, some major authorizations or the federal budget itself? Loren Duggan, the director of legislative analysis for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a preview of what's likely to come next.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:06am EDT
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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

Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
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Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak is ``a patriot'' who first came up with the idea about a year ago, a friend said.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 08:13am 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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Fed tax deadbeats. Off with their W-2s!!!

Congress has been making a lot of noise about targeting tax deadbeats in the federal workforce. But what about those tax delinquents in their own ranks or White House staffers? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 03:00am EDT

Taxpayer advocate slams IRS service as 'officially worst' since 2001

Internal Revenue Service faced a tough day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with a spate of new bills passed and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifying before Congress.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:21pm EDT

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

VA employee says he was fired after warning of hospital cost

Veterans Affairs employee says he was fired after warning of cost overruns on Denver hospital

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:02pm 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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OMB, GAO confident in FITARA's impact as guidance is finalized

Federal CIO Tony Scott said he expects to release policy to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act by mid-May. He and others say FITARA will help reign in technology and bring discipline to management and buying processes to reduce duplication.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 03:42am EDT
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