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House News

Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill

The House is close to considering a bill to drastically change the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The bill was approved by the Judiciary and Intelligence committees last week. It would end the NSA's practice of storing telecommunications meta-data in its own data centers. For what to expect next, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Julian Hattem, a staff writer for The Hill newspaper.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:37am EDT
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Rep. Graves says Interior's OSDBU job announcement breaks the law

The House Small Business Committee chairman said the recent listing to hire a new director for the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization doesn't meet the updated requirements for the position as outlined in the 2013 Defense authorization bill.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 04:09am EDT

Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The House Armed Services Committee releases a blueprint of the National Defense Authorization Act. The $601 billion measure hardly resembles the Pentagon's wish list. It rejects most of the department's ideas for saving money. Staff writer Martin Matishak has been following this closely for the Hill Newspaper. He provided insight for Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:09am EDT
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Pentagon spending plan unveiled

Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has released a $601 billion spending plan that saves the Cold War era U-2 spy plane from the chopping block and also would force the Pentagon to keep the A-10 Warthog in storage. It's all a part of a plan resulting in smaller military budgets after 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, though, the plan also denies the Pentagon's request for another round of military base closures to get rid of unnecessary facilities and save $1.4 billion.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:56am EDT

American Legion calls for VA Secretary, two others to resign

The organization says a series of whistleblowers and investigative reports show a "pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership" among VA senior leaders. This is the first time in more than 30 years the American Legion has called for the removal of a public official.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:51pm EDT

Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House Armed Services Committee will soon mark up the National Defense Authorization Act. But all the subcommittee markups may be for nothing. The Obama Administration says it can't submit an Overseas Contingency Operation budget until it knows the results of the election in Afghanistan and some leaders in the House say the NDAA doesn't mean much without the OCO budget request. Roger Zakheim is counsel at Covington and Burling and former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose the next round of defense spending negotiations might not mean anything.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 07:13pm EDT
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House lawmakers vote to block their pay hike

House lawmakers vote to block their cost-of-living pay hike

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:10pm EDT

House passes bill banning SES bonuses at the VA

The House passed the GI Tuition Fairness Act of 2013 on Wednesday that includes an amendment to stop all bonuses for senior executives at the VA for five years. The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it will instill some much-needed accountability to the department.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 11:47am EDT

Military benefits survive defense cuts

Military benefits emerge unscathed as Congress begins work on defense bill

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:20am EDT

House votes down attempt to restart tech think tank

When the House votes Thursday to approve fiscal 2015 budgets for a slew of legislative-branch agencies, lawmakers will get a chance to resurrect the small technology agency that once provided Congress with expert technological and scientific advice. A floor amendment from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) would siphon off about $2.5 million from the House historic buildings fund to provide start-up funding for a reboot of the Office of Technology Assessment

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:48pm EDT

House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

House Republicans approve Ryan budget that calls for big cuts to health programs

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 07:33pm EDT

Rep. David Price (D-N.C.)

Personnel costs take up a larger share of Customs and Border Protection's budget than ever before. More than 70 percent of the agency's Fiscal 2015 budget request will go to compensation. Some members of Congress are worried those rising costs will crowd out CBP's ability to deliver high-priority IT projects and fulfill its mission. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem CBP has is two-fold.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:22pm EDT
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Issa embraces White House plan for postal reform

The Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is starting over on postal reform legislation and taking as its template a surprising source the White House's fiscal 2015 budget request. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told members of the committee and the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget that he intends to "embrace to the greatest extent possible" the entire slate of legislative proposals for overhauling the Postal Service included in the President's budget request.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 03:32pm EDT

House committee: Possible crimes by IRS official

House committee to vote on referring former IRS official to Justice for possible prosecution

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:00am EDT

House to vote on bill making it easier to fire VA senior execs

The House will soon vote on a measure making it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior career executives at the department, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday. The VA Management Accountability Act allows the VA secretary to remove or demote members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) based on their performance.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:19pm EDT

House budget seeks to up feds' retirement contributions

The budget blueprint unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Tuesday includes a handful of proposals affecting the federal workforce that Ryan and House Republicans have championed in the past. Among them, the recommendation that federal employees contribute more of their salary toward their pensions and a proposal to shrink the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 12:54pm EDT

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.Y.)

The Littoral Combat Ship program is in turmoil as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sets up a task force to look at alternatives to the LCS. That task force's recommendations could include a modified LCS system, an alternative system or continuing with the LCS as-is. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, heard from leaders across the Navy and Marine Corps. In our Congressional Spotlight, he explains his concerns about the LCS.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:41pm EDT
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Is low employee morale 'compromising' the federal government?

In the wake of across-the-board budget cuts, furloughs and slim -- or no -- annual pay raises, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says he's concerned about a nose-dive in federal-employee morale. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is now asking the Government Accountability Office to look into recent trends in feds' job satisfaction. The lawmakers are concerned declining satisfaction "may be compromising the federal government's ability to serve the American people."

Friday - 03/28/2014, 10:58am EDT

House Dems push for larger pay raise for feds

House Democrats are pushing for federal employees to get a pay raise next year that's more than three times larger than President Barack Obama proposed. A bill introduced Wednesday by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) would provide federal employees with a 3.3 percent across-the-board pay raise in 2015.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 10:47am EDT

Army foresees another drop in military readiness if sequestration returns

The Army says it is now replacing funds in its readiness accounts that were depleted when cuts under sequestration first kicked in a year ago. But last year's readiness problems are likely to repeat in 2016 and beyond if Congress allows the automatic Defense cuts in current law to persist.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:09am EDT
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