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SEA calls on House lawmakers to further improve VA Accountability bill

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, explained her organization's concerns, saying Congress doesn't need to micromanage SES performance reviews at VA.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Congress launches tip line for feds as it takes 'worst' agencies to task

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who oversees the House panel on government operations, says he wants to hear feds' work-related concerns. He created the email hotline after conducting a hearing entitled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," with three agencies that have struggled with employee morale.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:07pm EDT

House lawmakers say they've lost confidence in DEA chief

House lawmakers say they've lost confidence in DEA chief amid allegations of sex parties

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 10:56am EDT

Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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Bipartisan cybersecurity bill expands information sharing network

The House Homeland Security Committee debated the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act in a markup session. It proposed a number of amendments that would add new roles for federal agencies and increase the federal information sharing network for cyber threats.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 03:46pm EDT

Investigator: VA whistleblower cases remain 'overwhelming'

Investigator: VA whistleblower complaints continue to pour in, a year after scandal

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:20am EDT

US Capitol lockdown lifted after man fatally shoots himself

Precautionary lockdown of US Capitol, visitors center lifted after man fatally shoots himself

Sunday - 04/12/2015, 08:22am EDT

Calls grow for the ouster of Commerce IG Todd Zinser

Three whistleblower groups have joined Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) in calling for the removal of the Commerce Department's top watchdog over alleged misconduct.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 11:39am EDT

Congressman Hurd flashes IT oversight muscle at DHS

In his new two-page bill, the Department of Homeland Security IT Duplication Reduction Act, Congressman Will Hurd is calling on the DHS chief information officer to reduce the number of IT systems used by the agency. This story is part of Federal News Radio's weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:37am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OFPP procurement reform; IT oversight at DHS; longtime execs retire

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller examines the unintended consequences of 1990s procurement reform and how OFPP plans to address them. Plus, multiple congressmen crack down on duplication issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Also in this edition, what's behind the retirement of a long-time CIO at Education and a procurement executive at Veterans Affairs?

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:15am EDT
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Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval

Senate pushes toward approval of conservative budget to erase red ink, cut trillions

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:16am EDT

Pay, pension and TSP 'take-aways' you didn't order

In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:00am EDT

Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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Committee sends bills on porn, FOIA, discrimination to full House

The House Oversight Committee says yes to bills banning porn at federal agencies and making it easier for the public to request and receive government records.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:50am EDT

House budget targets federal benefits, seeks smaller civilian workforce

The Fiscal Year 2016 budget the House passed Wednesday calls on federal employees to make greater contributions to their retirement plans, while altering the Thrift Savings Plan's G Fund. The budget also seeks to reduce the civilian workforce by 10 percent over the next 10 years through attrition.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 10:28am EDT

House puts 100,000 tax-delinquent feds on notice

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed two bills Wednesday - one that would fire tax-delinquent federal employees and another that prevents agencies from awarding contracts or grants to companies with tax debt. More than 100,000 employees in the federal workforce currently owe a total of $3.54 billion in federal taxes.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 01:58pm EDT

House unveils cyber bill and signals bipartisan compromise

House intelligence committee leaders unveiled a bipartisan cybersecurity bill Tuesday amid signs of broad agreement on long-sought legislation that would allow private companies to share with the government details of how they are hacked.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 02:40pm EDT

IG revokes decision on DoD's first clean audit

The Defense Department's inspector general has reversed its findings on the Marine Corps' 2012 schedule of budgetary activity, saying the clean opinion it first issued is no longer to be relied upon. The 2012 SBA had been the first successful financial audit for any of the military departments.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 10:18am EDT
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Thornberry's first bite at DoD reform seeks to boost acquisition workforce, cut its paperwork

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the acquisition proposals he will release on Wednesday are merely a discussion draft and he's actively seeking more input. Initial language would boost program managers' roles in the system and shave reporting requirements.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:52am EDT
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House Democrats release alternative budget plan

The Democrats' plan, introduced by House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, would further change the Budget Control Act to allow agencies more financial flexibility. Unlike the Republican plan to restore normalized funding to the Defense Department while continuing to scale back domestic programs, the Democrats want to restore funding for both defense and non-defense agencies.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:16pm EDT
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