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Congressional Spotlight

McCain says Air Force's headquarters cutbacks are illusory

Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,has sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James accusing the Air Force of engaging in a "shell game that simply moved money to fund the same positions elsewhere in the service."

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:32am EDT

Lawmakers seek new review of military voting assistance program

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have sent a unanimous, bipartisan letter to the Government Accountability Office asking for a new review of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. The committee notes that GAO has issued several reports on FVAP since 2001, but says that "continued management attention to FVAP still remains a priority."

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:20am EDT

Spring break for feds

It's spring break for federal workers and retirees, mainly because Congress is out of town, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:00am EDT

NIH may be spared from sequestration, Cardin says

The Maryland Democrat fielded questions from National Institutes of Health employees at a town-hall meeting at the agency's Bethesda headquarters.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:09pm EDT
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White House adds another layer to executive cyber powers

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order giving agencies the ability to recommend economic sanctions against cyber attackers and their supporters. As the President signed this latest order, Congress seems closer than ever to passing a cyber information sharing bill.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:59am EDT
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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:20am EDT

Nabors promoted to VA chief of staff

The Veterans Affairs secretary has picked a White House veteran to be his new chief of staff, replacing Joe Riojas. Riojas has been with VA since 2009 and is leaving government.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:48am EDT

IRS declares enough is enough for hiring freezes

The Internal Revenue Service has frozen or severely restricted all new hiring for the past several years in response to budget cuts. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told senior agency officials to lift the freeze next year.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:35am EDT
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SES members troubled by prospect of at-will employment

A new survey shows just how jittery Senior Executive Service members are following a landmark law targeting SES members in the Veterans Affairs Department. When asked about at-will employment, SES members questioned their choice of careers and said they would not recommend it to others.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 12:01am EDT
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Congress to feds: Do union work on your own time

Two Georgia lawmakers have both introduced bills that would bar federal employees from conducting union work while on the clock. OPM data shows official time has been on the rise since fiscal 2008.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 10:51am EDT

Discussion of TSP issues by the people who know

The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board's Greg Long and Kim Weaver join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss the TSP and plans to use a loan from the G Fund to help fund the federal deficit.
March 30, 2015

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:12pm EDT
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Congressman Hurd flashes IT oversight muscle at DHS

In his new two-page bill, the Department of Homeland Security IT Duplication Reduction Act, Congressman Will Hurd is calling on the DHS chief information officer to reduce the number of IT systems used by the agency. This story is part of Federal News Radio's weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:37am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OFPP procurement reform; IT oversight at DHS; longtime execs retire

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller examines the unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform and how OFPP plans to address them. Plus, multiple congressmen crack down on duplication issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Also in this edition, what's behind the retirement of a long-time CIO at Education and a procurement executive at Veterans Affairs?

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:15am EDT
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Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

Pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid says he's retiring, favors brash Chuck Schumer as next Dem leader

Saturday - 03/28/2015, 11:18am EDT

GOP-controlled Senate ok's budget plan

The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:40am EDT

Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval

Senate pushes toward approval of conservative budget to erase red ink, cut trillions

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:16am EDT

Pay, pension and TSP 'take-aways' you didn't order

In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:00am EDT

Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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Laura Campbell recommends choosing a career you're passionate about

On this week's Women of Washington, Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm talk to Laura Campbell, former associate librarian and CIO at the Library of Congress, about digitizing the library's materials.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 02:23pm EDT

Committee sends bills on porn, FOIA, discrimination to full House

The House Oversight Committee says yes to bills banning porn at federal agencies and making it easier for the public to request and receive government records.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:50am EDT
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