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8:01 pm, December 21, 2014

Congressional Spotlight

We're all winners, kinda

If you're consistently right 50 percent of the time, maybe there's a career for you in political punditry, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 02:00am EST

Dan Blair, President, National Academy of Public Administration.

Federal workforce issues could face challenges as a result of yesterday's elections. Republicans beginning in January will regain a majority in Senate while adding 14 seats to their lead in the House. What will this all mean to federal employees and agencies? Dan Blair is president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:56am EST
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IT acquisition reform bill gets consensus, inches closer to passage

House Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees agree on trimmed down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Now it's up to the armed services committees to keep FITARA in the Defense Authorization bill.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:11am EST
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How will newly-elected officials help federal employees?

Federal News Radio examines what the winners of the midterm elections in Maryland, DC and Virginia could do for federal employees.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 01:33pm EST

Vote: But please, just once and only if you are still alive. Thank you!

The good news, for federal and postal workers, military personnel and retirees, is that they can vote for their "board of directors" today at the polls, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Norton's proposed bill rewards contractors for fair labor practices

When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton's is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 05:04pm EDT

The way it was and the way it is on Capitol Hill

Maryland Congressman Frank Wolf and Janet Kopenhaver with Federally Employed Women join host Mike Causey to talk about what's ahead for Congress and feds.
October 29, 2014

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 05:45pm EDT

House GOP subpoenas former CTO Todd Park over HealthCare.gov

Citing cybersecurity concerns, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is compelling Park to testify about his role in the development of the health insurance exchange portal.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:34am EDT

Report blasts rabbit massages among gov't waste

Rabbit massages, NASA tower for mothballed program: Report blasts gov't waste large and small

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:08pm EDT

Congressional ethics

Jenny Mattingley hosts a wide-ranging roundtable discussion of congressional ethics.
October 17, 2014

Friday - 10/17/2014, 06:59pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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What has Congress done for you lately?

Jessica Klement, legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association, joins host Mike Causey for a look at how members of Congress voted on legislation that matters to feds.
October 15, 2014

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 11:57am EDT

VA exec at center of FedBid procurement scandal retires

Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration deputy chief procurement officer, resigned and retired Oct. 14. She sent an email to staff announcing her decision as VA had started the process to fire her.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Next month, 399 representatives and 28 senators seek re-election. That means federal employees can oversee and grade the people who oversee and grade their agencies. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association releases its annual scorecard in time for the election. It keeps tabs on the 113th Congress and how it votes on key legislation affecting federal employees. Jessica Klement, legislative director of NARFE, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those key votes.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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New isn't always better when it comes to acquisition law

Regular review of the federal government's acquisition laws and regulations is appropriate, and even necessary, in order to keep up with changing times and circumstances. Enacting new laws, however, isn't always the solution, unless we fully understand and analyze our past paths, says acquisition policy expert Cathleen Garman.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:47am EDT

Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

IRS Commissioner pushes Congress for mass-transit decision

In a letter to leaders in the House and Senate tax commitees, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminded Congress of the importance to make a firm decision on whether to extend a mass-transit subsidy before November.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 11:36am EDT

White House now thinks smaller is better for cyber bills

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the administration believes getting cyber legislation through Congress on small pieces is more likely to be successful than in one comprehensive bill. Legislation to update FISMA, to improve information sharing and to expand the workforce all have garnered bi-partisan support.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 04:19am EDT

Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

The next steps in defense acquisition reform may come from the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asks experts from all parts of the defense acquisition community to tell them where the committee should go next to streamline defense acquisition. Beth McGrath of Deloitte is former Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department and one of the contributors to the committee's efforts. She worked to institute what she called a cost culture. She didn't use that phrase in her comments to the committee, but Francis Rose asked her if that concept was written between the lines on In Depth.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:20pm EDT
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Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security & Justice Issues Director, GAO

The drone fleet at Customs and Border Protection isn't big, but the law states that very strict oversight from the Homeland Security Department and CBP is important. Rebecca Gambler is director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said Congress mandated a look at CBP's drone program.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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