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6:21 pm, January 27, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The Obama Administration has two years to go two years with a Republican-led Congress. Some might assume not a lot will be done in these two years. "Oh contrare," says John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain further.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:30am EST
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David Hawkings, senior editor, Roll Call

Increased oversight will be a top priority for new Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He said oversight can change the federal government faster than legislation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described Chairman Grassley's plan for the Judiciary committee, and what other chairs might have in store for the agencies they oversee.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 05:04pm EST
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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), House Armed Services Committee

Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees are setting their hearing agendas for the 114th Congress. Both have new leaders, but many of the problems they'll deal with have been around for a long time. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces says carrying momentum into future Congresses could be one of the most important achievements of this Congress.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:46pm EST
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Independent assessment gives VA's cybersecurity positive mark

Mandiant issued a report finding the Veterans Affairs Department network domain controllers had no evidence of data theft, such as the loss of credentials, personal information or personal health information or VA sensitive information. But some congressional sources are skeptical of Mandiant's findings, calling it too narrow to be sure the network and veterans data is safe.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 03:35am EST
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No sequestration cuts in 2015, OMB says

A new report from OMB stated the discretionary spending budget caps for defense and non-defense categories matched or came in less than what's called for in the Budget Control Act.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 12:36pm EST

House bill would reduce SES pensions at VA

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA's bonus award system.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 07:46am EST

VA seeks Army Corps of Engineers' help after construction failures

VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won't be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:56am EST
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Fearless forecast

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will predict what's ahead for federal workers and retirees in 2015.
January 21, 2015

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 08:07pm EST
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Alex Ward, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

Almost all the pieces are in place to move some meaningful defense acquisition reform. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) are the new chairmen of the Armed Services committees in Congress, and they both have a body of work in that subject. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, are on board with an acquisition overhaul. And the likely nomination of Ash Carter as the new Defense Secretary puts the man behind the Better Buying Power concept at the top job of the Pentagon. Alex Ward is assistant director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the anticipation for reform is mostly just hype.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:22pm EST
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House bills slash federal workforce, start possible hiring freeze

A collection of new House bills aim to slash the federal workforce, let go of 120,000 civilian employees at the Pentagon and take back top secret security clearances for contractors in the intelligence community.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:13pm EST

Ash Carter may face 'rocky' confirmation hearing for Defense secretary

Despite bipartisan support and years of experience in the Defense Department, Ash Carter's confirmation hearing to be Defense secretary might not be smooth sailing.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:43am EST
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Questions and answers about the State of the Union address

Questions and answers about an almost annual Washington rite: the State of the Union address

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:50am EST

Beyond cyber, feds need to read between SOTU lines

President Barack Obama focused little on improving government management in his annual speech to Congress. Obama called on Congress to pass cyber legislation and said the administration will release a new report on surveillance and privacy safeguards.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:42am EST

New House Armed Services Committee chair vows DoD reform agenda, starting with acquisition

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says defense acquisition reform is an essential element of his agenda. But the approach will be slow and steady.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:48am EST
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5 goals from Obama's 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay?

Measuring 5 goals Obama laid out in his 2014 State of the Union address

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:38pm EST

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman, HASC, and Jim Talent, AEI

Sequestration, cyber attacks and terrorism are just a few of the concerns that top the list for the 114th Congress. In anticipation of tonight's State of the Union address, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a "congressional roadmap for rebuilding our nation's military" at 10 a.m. Former Sen. Jim Talent is an AEI senior fellow; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a sneak peak at the event.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:00am EST
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Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs

As is typical, Defense leaders are not sharing many details about next year's budget proposal prior to its expected February release. But the Air Force is making clear it's gearing up for another fight on BRAC and aircraft divestitures, and thinks it might win this time.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST
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Parents of terror defendant say they saw a change in him

Parents of Ohio terror defendant say they saw a change in him; 'I'm at peace with myself'

Friday - 01/16/2015, 07:50am EST

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced a bill this week that could have a significant impact on government employees. Instead of the usual, and sometimes forgotten, 1 percent pay increase, Connolly's bill proposes a 3.8 percent pay raise. The question now is will it ever pass? Soon after, federal employees began to speak out about the bill. Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share some of your comments.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 05:46am EST
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House votes to undo Obama immigration actions

GOP House votes to overturn Obama's immigration actions, expose many immigrants to deportation

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 02:22am EST
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