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1:55 am, March 5, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

As the 114th Congress convenes this week, leaders on both sides of the Hill say budget issues will be priorities. Leaders at the Defense Department are already campaigning against sequestration, and the budget will likely be a big part of the discussion at Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing next month. Dov Zakheim is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Comptroller of the Department of Defense. He's also a member of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said DoD getting in front of the sequester problem is the right strategy.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Rep. Cummings demands answers from background investigation contractor on data breach

Congressman Elijah Cummings wants KeyPoint Government Solutions to provide him with a briefing and answers to 13 questions about the December cyber vulnerability that put more than 48,000 federal employees at a greater risk of identity theft.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 03:46pm EST

GOP takes charge in Congress, runs into swift veto threat

New GOP-controlled Congress takes office; White House threatens to veto top priority

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 12:00pm EST

Congress and the partisan divide

Tom Davis, director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte, discusses his new book, and what can be done to end the partisan divide in Congress.
January 6, 2014

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 08:25pm EST
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More women, minorities in new Congress

More women, minorities in new Congress, but still largely white and male

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 05:53pm EST

Jim Carafano, Heritage Foundation

The budget will be one of the first things the new Congress takes up, according to leadership on both sides of Capitol Hill. The Defense Department is already starting its push to end -- or at least cut back on -- sequestration. James Jay Carafano is director of the Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says he thinks Congress will do a real defense budget in 2015, but that doesn't mean sequestration will go away.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:28pm EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Today is officially day number one of the 114th Congress. David Hawkings of Roll Call calls it the first day of school. And the education process gets under way today for people who represent federal employees before members of Congress. Jessica Klement is legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why it's so important to start today telling members about federal employee issues.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:21pm EST
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Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

"Hope" is a critical word for the senior executive service going into 2015, according to Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro. That hope stems from President Barack Obama's recent address to the SES and his management agenda. But reality might stand in the way of financial and management progress at your agency. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Carol expects low morale to continue because of a not-so-new Congress.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:19pm EST

What feds should know about the 114th Congress

Tuesday marks the first day of the 114th Congress, which mostly serves as a day of ceremony for freshman members. But once the fanfare is over, experts on the Hill say Republicans and Democrats will get right back to settling some old scores left over from 2014.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 12:17pm EST

Congress' newest class: 58 freshmen in House, 13 in Senate

Congress welcomes freshmen to Washington; new faces mix with familiar ones on Capitol Hill

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 10:24am EST

Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill Reporter, Bloomberg Government

Embassy security, the Secret Service and the Postal Service are on the fix-it list for the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). His first move is reorganizing the subcommittees. Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill reporter for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the road ahead for Oversight and Government Reform in the 114th Congress.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:46am EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Today is the opening day of the 114th Congress. It's got a lot to consider, and a lot to accomplish. But what can federal employees expect from this new Washington? Especially with all the new faces joining the floor later this morning. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some analysis and predictions.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:44am EST
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The 114th Congress starts today. It marks the start of a new majority for the next two years and will coincide with the last two years of the Obama administration. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he looked at the new faces to see what's in store for this year.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:19pm EST
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

A new Congress starts today, and a crash course is available for incoming members to learn about the biggest challenges for federal agencies. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described at the Bipartisan Program for Newly-Elected Members of Congress, and thinks the incoming class might not know exactly what they're signing up for.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:11pm EST
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Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

When the 114th Congress gets back to work next week, a new corps of leaders will take over important committees. Mac Thornberry will lead the House Armed Services Committee; Jason Chaffetz will chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; and Republicans will take over the chairs of all the committees in the Senate. Rob Burton is a partner at the Venable law firm, and former Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015. He said you can expect more oversight in the new Congress.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:22pm EST

Dave Wennergren, Senior Vice President for Technology, PSC

As Congress comes back next week, the Defense Department expects to make a huge push to end sequestration -- or at least blunt its effects. Part of the case the Pentagon will make is that its "cost culture" strategy is making a difference in how it's spending the money it does have. Dave Wennergren is Senior Vice President for Technology at the Professional Services Council, and former Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said that cost culture will spread from the Pentagon to all across government.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:18pm EST

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The House Armed Services Committee and leaders within industry and Pentagon are making it clear defense acquisition rules need some work. And new Congressional leaders might bring new attitudes on acquisition that could reverse current trends. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015, and told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko 2015 is an important year for acquisition reform and the General Services Administration. He's optimistic about the future of procurement in 2015, but a look into his Magic 8 Ball said "The future is still unclear; ask again later."

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:16pm EST

New year may bring more small business help from Washington

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 11:26am EST

Senators seek information on FBI cell tracking

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they were seeking answers from the Obama administration about federal law enforcement's use of surveillance technology that sweeps up basic cellphone data.

Thursday - 01/01/2015, 09:20am EST

Steve Grundman, Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Senate might confirm Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's replacement in less than a month. At the moment, chances look good for former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to take the helm at the Pentagon. Steve Grundman is George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges for the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He's also former deputy defense undersecretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Steve tells Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley Congress has an opportunity to appoint a leader who wants change.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:24pm EST
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