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12:57 pm, September 22, 2014

Congressional Spotlight

Senate leaves Social Security's Colvin, others, still waiting

The Senate leaves Washington without confirming several of President Barack Obama's nominees for the executive branch, including Carolyn Colvin, his choice to lead the Social Security Administration.

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Lawmakers debate future of DHS headquarters project

House Homeland Security Committee lawmakers and GAO highlighted funding shortfalls and a need to update plans. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs majority issued a report detailing why its research shows Congress should make the DHS headquarters consolidation project a priority.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:03am EDT

Lawmakers want assurances from GSA on AbilityOne compliance

The Obama administration's strategic sourcing program has been beset by protests from unhappy vendors. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:33am EDT

Our half-(p)assed Congress

It's safe to come out. Congress has wrapped up its two weeks of work and fled D.C. again. At least they passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11 before they left, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

Senate investigation says China hacked into military contractor networks at least 9 times

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 05:50pm EDT

DHS management chief nominee's approach is data centric

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday. He said the Homeland Security Department needs to consolidate financial management systems so it can use the data to make strategic decisions. The committee also heard from nominees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and USPS Board of Governors.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:41am EDT
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Continuing resolution heads to President Obama for signature

The continuing resolution keeps government agencies open and funded until Dec. 11. At this point, Congress has not tried to use the legislation to block a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2015.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 10:47pm EDT

Congress approves inflation increase for veterans

Congress approves inflation increase for veterans receiving disability, other benefits

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 02:10pm EDT

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The House of Representatives might pass a continuing resolution today. The Senate could then vote on a CR as early as tomorrow. That means in just a few days your agency could have some budget certainty. At least until the end of December. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared what she sees from the CR process.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Is it all or nothing on General Schedule reform?

The number of job series should be reduced by at least half, and more likely by three-quarters, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. It also makes for an arduous and overly complex hiring process for applicants from outside government.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:20am EDT

Anne Rung confirmed as OFPP administrator

The Senate approved Anne Rung's nomination by voice vote. Procurement experts say improving the acquisition workforce and addressing concerns with strategic sourcing are among her top priorities.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 05:00pm EDT

GOP bill would avert fed shutdown till Dec. 11

House GOP bill would avert federal shutdown till December, provide $88 million to combat Ebola

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 01:06am EDT

House postpones vote on short-term spending bill

House Republican leaders are postponing a vote on a short-term spending bill as they weigh President Barack Obama's request for the authority to train and equip Syrian rebels battling Islamic State militants.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:48pm EDT

IGs accuse agencies of stonewalling

Agencies are creating roadblocks for auditors, three inspectors general told Congress. The IGs cited specific examples at the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Safety Board and the Justice Department.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 12:36pm EDT

Rep. Cuellar pushing for agencies to link performance, budget

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said he put provisions in the fiscal 2015 spending bills that build upon the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act in linking agency metrics to its budget request. He also added a provision that requires agencies to set customer service standards.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 05:34am EDT
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House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority

House Republicans moved Tuesday to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:00pm EDT

Federal whistleblowers face 'best and worst' of times, expert says

Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project told a House subcommittee Tuesday that some agencies are circumventing the protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 06:09pm EDT

Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Nobody likes Congress, at least that's the conventional wisdom. One group of people especially peeved these days is technology executives. Many of those in Silicon Valley have opened their wallets to politicians. But they don't like the legislation, or lack of legislation, they're getting. Julian Hattem, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:08am EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The pressure to get a deal done to prevent another government shutdown is already on Congress as it comes back from summer recess today. It looks like they won't waste any time getting down to business. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On his blog "Hawkings Here" and on In Depth with Francis Rose, David said he's watching the continuing resolution negotiations and the richest members of Congress.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Dick Stieglitz, Former Director, McDonnell Douglas Corporation

For the next two weeks, the news media spotlight will focus on Congress and its plan to avoid another government shutdown at the end of September. But the bad publicity spotlight is always ready to zero in on bad news from your agency. Dick Stieglitz is former director of defense consulting for McDonnell Douglas. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a list of bad signs to watch out for that could potentially throw your agency into the bad publicity spotlight.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:54pm EDT
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