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1:54 am, November 28, 2014

Congressional Spotlight

Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is a step closer to transforming the Veterans Affairs Department. House and Senate negotiators have agreed to a $17 billion deal. Among many things, the bill will provide funding for veterans to seek care at non VA facilities. Martin Matishak, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to break down the numbers.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:39pm EDT
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Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Lawmakers respond to IRS email scandal with new regulations

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Federal Records Accountability Act, which mandates preservation of digital correspondence. The committee also passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, which would establish a presidential committee to find and review outdated, burdensome, costly or obsolete regulations.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:39pm EDT

Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth

Is it government accountability or just picking on federal executives? Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would argue it's the former. The panel has approved a bill to make it easier to fire or discipline members of the Senior Executive Service. Jenny Mattingley is director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth. She lobbies for the Senior Executives Association. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major provisions in the bill.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Senators back OFPP nominee, lambast OMB over communication breakdowns

Anne Rung, President Obama's nominee to lead the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, detailed her three major priorities should the Senate confirm her. Lawmakers press Rung on improving communication between OMB and Congress, and how best to deal with the multi-sector workforce.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:04am EDT
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Bill making it easier to fire Senior Executives passes first test

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Senior Executive Service Accountability Act. The bill would reform the law governing the Senior Executive Service, in part by doubling the probation period of SES members and requiring agencies to justify the positions of SES staff every two years.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:47am EDT

Rob Zitz, senior VP and chief systems architect, Leidos

The cyber attacks on the Government Printing Office and Government Accountability Office are the latest in a trend of heavier attacks on small agencies. Darren Van Booven, the chief information security officer and assistant chief administrative officer for the House of Representatives, tells Federal News Radio attackers are more sophisticated and they're starting to target small agencies. Rob Zitz is senior vice president and chief systems architect at Leidos, formerly part of SAIC. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He says better cybersecurity starts with three letters: CDM.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 05:47pm EDT
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House announces bill to cut more than $100 billion in wasteful spending

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) introduces the third iteration of the SAVE Act with a host of policies for federal agencies designed to cull wasteful spending

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 05:40pm EDT

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

Negotiations over a bill to bolster the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a furor over long patient wait times and falsified records to cover up the delays have bogged down over costs and how much the VA should turn to outside doctors to address the backlog.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 03:16am EDT

Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

In Senate testimony, Veterans Affairs nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' troubled agency

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 10:22pm EDT

What's ahead for feds in 2015?

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss chained CPI, pay raises, and other issues affecting feds.
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Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 05:22pm EDT
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Senate confirms new deputy administrator at NNSA

Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to be the Energy Department's principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:20pm EDT

House bill would strip premium pay from some TSA officers

The TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), would no longer classify some Transportation Security Administration agents in the Office of Inspection as law enforcement officers.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 07:53am EDT

The success of women worldwide rests in holding political offices

On this week's Women of Washington radio show, Stephenie Foster discusses how women can work on parity in the political realm.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 06:10pm EDT

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Your agency could save itself time and work on the hiring process if a new bill from Senator Jon Tester becomes law. The Competitive Service Act would let other agencies share information about applicants they didn't hire that might fit your agency's openings. In our Congressional Spotlight on In Depth with Francis Rose, Senator Tester explained how he thinks the bill will make your agency's hiring process faster and better.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:55pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Department of Homeland Security answers to ninety-two Congressional committees and another twenty-seven outside organizations. The Annenberg Public Policy Center says that's a total of one hundred nineteen different oversight groups. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the complicated web of leadership might be a big reason why Congress has never passed an authorization bill for agency.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:53pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The goal to get a spending bill done for your agency looks less and less likely by the time the fiscal year ends September 30th. And the other work Congress thought it could get done -- reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs -- seems to be hitting a wall too. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and he shared the progress for both of these major pieces of work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, MOAA

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will consider the nomination of Robert McDonald as the next VA Secretary tomorrow. If the Senate confirms him, he'll inherit a Veterans Health Administration that hasn't had a major review of its healthcare system since the mid-1980s, according to the Military Officers Association of America. Vice Admiral Norb Ryan is president of MOAA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Congress and the White House should build a commission focused on reforming the VHA.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Restructuring the way the federal government organizes its employees is all of a sudden a big focus on Capitol Hill. Bills to change or kill the General Schedule are already floating around, and more may come. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census looked at the future of the General Schedule with witnesses from the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Managers Association, the American Federation of Government Employees and the Government Accountability Office. Robert Goldenkoff is Director of Strategic Issues at the GAO. He told the committee HR management in the Federal government has been on the GAO's High Risk list since 2001, but he said not all the news is bad on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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DoD must 'reset' to prepare for future budget struggles

To maintain readiness under current budget pressure, the Defense Department needs to have a long-term mindset and rethink their force structure, according to Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 06:12pm EDT
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