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11:24 pm, February 26, 2015

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House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans eye new approach to avoid Homeland Security partial shutdown

Updated 05 minutes, 28 seconds ago

Budget constraints set to fix IRS having opposite effect, experts say

The strict budget constraints placed on the Internal Revenue Service are crippling efforts to conduct the most basic levels of public service, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 05:38pm EST

Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 2013. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am EST
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Deadline near, deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate

Senate on track to fund Homeland Security without immigration limit; House uncertain

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:14am EST

Pension tax, federal pay raise, and more

Greg Stanford and Katie Maddocks with the Federal Managers Association join host Mike Causey to discuss a proposed pay raise for feds, and Andy Medici with the Federal Times gives us an update on pending legislation in Congress that will affect federal workers.
February 25, 2015

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:11pm EST
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Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency's 30,000 furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:48pm EST

DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST

DHS shutdown twofer: Burning money and morale at the same time

Former DHS chief human capital officer Jeff Neal talks about the real costs behind shutting down an agency.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:01pm EST

VA seeks budget help to beat back backlog of disability claims appeals

The Veterans Affairs Department is requesting $20 million in fiscal 2016 to move its appeals processes from a mix of paper and electronic processes to only electronic. The additional funding is part of VA's $4.13 billion IT request to Congress.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:58am EST

In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

With partial shutdown looming, Republicans offer to vote on Homeland Security funding

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:22am EST

DHS on the brink of partial shutdown: Lessons from those who were there

Former DHS leaders say you don't need a shutdown to harm the department. The threat of a partial shutdown is enough to lower employees' morale and slow down progress.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:54pm EST
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IRS: Your chances of getting audited lowest in a decade

Budget cuts forced the IRS to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday. And the number of audits could be even lower this year.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:40pm EST

IRS struggles to handle fraudulent tax returns under smaller budget

The IRS is in a bind to be both fast and accurate with this season's tax returns, and awards billions in fraudulent claims as a result. That's a problem that will only get worse unless Congress raises IRS' budget to allow for new hires, according to the National Treasury Employees Union.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 12:09pm EST

GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

McConnell proposes immigration vote to try to resolve impasse over Homeland Security funds

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:20am EST

Tax savings now and during the year

Tax and estate planning attorney Tom O'Rourke joins host Bob Leins to answer your questions about tax shelters, the TSP, the Roth TSP, and the Section 529 plan.
February 23, 2015

Monday - 02/23/2015, 05:53pm EST
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD plans sequestration impacts report; LPTA review is not an LPTA review

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Pentagon draws a clearer picture of sequestration for Congress and an update to an earlier DoD Reporter's Notebook item on the Pentagon embarking on a new review of the department's use of lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) contract awards.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 03:56am EST

Federal legislative roundtable discussion

Jason Briefel hosts a roundtable discussion of the top federal issues, including DHS funding and the federal employee pay raise.
February 20, 2015

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:22pm EST
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DHS cyber programs to ‘grind to a halt' if 2015 funding lapses

Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD), said the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) and Einstein 3A programs would be "gravely" affected if Congress doesn't pass DHS funding bill by Feb. 28.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 01:00pm EST

DoD must pay for quality, not quantity, to tackle rising health costs

An independent report cites a "fee-for-service" model as a main driver in DoD's rising medical costs, and urges the department to value outcomes over volume in upcoming TRICARE procurement.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:17am EST
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