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Congressional Spotlight

IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm EST

IRS workers hope to sway Congress to reverse budget cuts

IRS employees join other members of the National Treasury Employees Union for a week of lobbying Congress to support a funding increase. But will lawmakers listen?

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 02:49pm 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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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The White House budget request for 2016 is out, and it includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees. But Congressional Republicans are warning it will be dead on arrival. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his view of the budget from Capitol Hill.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:21pm EST
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Uncle Sam, again, mounts hamster wheel

he good news (for some) is that the much-leaked budget will be presented in full today to Congress and the media. The other sure thing is that it is DOA, as in Dead On Arrival, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

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

Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
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Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Obama calls for spending surge to burst past 'sequester' limits, buoyed by rising economy

Friday - 01/30/2015, 03:36am EST

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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DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:24am EST

Phased retirement: Is it coming to your agency?

Julie Perkins, partner at Shaw Bransford and Roth will answer your questions about phased retirement, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on a new round of legislation that affects federal workers.
January 28, 2015

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:16pm EST
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Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike

Pentagon documents: Obama to request big Pentagon spending hike

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:50am EST

John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The Obama Administration has two years to go two years with a Republican-led Congress. Some might assume not a lot will be done in these two years. "Oh contrare," says John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain further.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:30am EST
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David Hawkings, senior editor, Roll Call

Increased oversight will be a top priority for new Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He said oversight can change the federal government faster than legislation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described Chairman Grassley's plan for the Judiciary committee, and what other chairs might have in store for the agencies they oversee.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 05:04pm EST
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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), House Armed Services Committee

Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees are setting their hearing agendas for the 114th Congress. Both have new leaders, but many of the problems they'll deal with have been around for a long time. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces says carrying momentum into future Congresses could be one of the most important achievements of this Congress.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:46pm EST
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Independent assessment gives VA's cybersecurity positive mark

Mandiant issued a report finding the Veterans Affairs Department network domain controllers had no evidence of data theft, such as the loss of credentials, personal information or personal health information or VA sensitive information. But some congressional sources are skeptical of Mandiant's findings, calling it too narrow to be sure the network and veterans data is safe.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 03:35am EST
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No sequestration cuts in 2015, OMB says

A new report from OMB stated the discretionary spending budget caps for defense and non-defense categories matched or came in less than what's called for in the Budget Control Act.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 12:36pm EST

House bill would reduce SES pensions at VA

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA's bonus award system.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 07:46am EST
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