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House News

House passes continuing resolution to fund agencies

The continuing resolution keeps government agencies open and funded until December 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

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

Rep. Issa slams Labor for frivolous spending on posters, mascots

In a letter sent to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Monday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) slams Labor's Office of Public Affairs for "frivolously" spending money on public relations contests, mascots and book clubs.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 09:31am EDT

Van Hollen: Feds need to watch budget, pension talk come September

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sat down with In Depth's Francis Rose to preview what Congress will be focusing on when they get back to work in September, namely the continuing resolution.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 03:49pm EDT
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Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

Congress is in recess, which means your pay and benefits won't change -- at least for the next month. But budget conversations in September (when Congress comes back) may mean you should keep your ears open again. Congressman Chris Van Hollen is ranking member of the House Budget Committee and Democratic representative of the 8th district of Maryland. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the most important issue you should watch is money (of course!).

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:48pm EDT
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OMB asked to address agency-IG quarrels

The Inspector General Act gives IGs authority to obtain any information necessary for their investigations, but some agencies are giving IGs a hard time with their requests. Members of Senate and House oversight committees are calling on Shaun Donovan, the recently confirmed director of the Office of Management and Budget, to address the issue.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 01:58pm EDT

Rep. Edwards proposes restoring lower retirement contributions for feds

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced a bill Thursday that would reduce the amount new federal employees must pay toward their government pensions. The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association support the legislation, which would repeal the last two increases in retirement contributions.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 03:34pm EDT

FMA lauds House bill to help veteran feds

The Federal Managers Association is supporting Tuesday's introduction of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced the bill that would give 104 hours of sick leave to first-year feds that qualify under Veterans Affairs Department.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 11:04am EDT

FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

As deadline looms, lawmakers reach $17B deal on VA health care

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 03:16am EDT

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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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

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
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