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Congressional Spotlight

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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Bipartisan cybersecurity bill expands information sharing network

The House Homeland Security Committee debated the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act in a markup session. It proposed a number of amendments that would add new roles for federal agencies and increase the federal information sharing network for cyber threats.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 03:46pm EDT

For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

FY2016 budget: put up or shut up time for Congress

The next two weeks may reveal the Republican Congress' real ability to govern, for better or worse.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:30am EDT

Investigator: VA whistleblower cases remain 'overwhelming'

Investigator: VA whistleblower complaints continue to pour in, a year after scandal

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:20am EDT

VA tells Congress it has plan to pay for Denver hospital

The Veterans Affairs Department told Congress it wants to tap a $5 billion fund for improving health care to finish the over-budget Denver VA hospital, Sen. Michael Bennet's office said Monday.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:00pm EDT

David Hawkings, senior editor, CQ Roll Call

The House of Representatives is gearing up to tackle the first two of 12 appropriations bills for 2016. The plan right now is to bring them to the floor at the end of April. David Hawkings is senior editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted how the chamber might try to avoid a last-minute scramble and another cromnibus bill.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 05:13pm EDT
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Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Law School

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) wants to tie federal salaries to the country's economic growth rate. His bill calls for an immediate 9 percent pay cut for federal employees who make at least $100,000. Steve Kelman is professor of public management for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this isn't a good idea, but in some ways it does make sense.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:58pm EDT
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Cloud legislation gets new life behind CDM success

Federal chief information officer Tony Scott, a growing number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill and industry associations are warming to the idea of new legislation to make it easier for agencies to buy cloud services.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:27am EDT

US Capitol lockdown lifted after man fatally shoots himself

Precautionary lockdown of US Capitol, visitors center lifted after man fatally shoots himself

Sunday - 04/12/2015, 08:22am EDT

IRS Commissioner questions congressional double-edged sword

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said there is a disconnect in Congress as lawmakers continue to give the bureau more responsibility yet reduce its budget. He said he has a plan for the IRS to modernize its online services despite its budget challenges.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:12am EDT
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