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President's immigration plan pushes DHS to restructure personnel, tighten border security

Under President Obama's executive order on immigration, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a slew of memos outlining the agency's push to reform its personnel structure, review premium pay, and better secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tags: Barack Obama , Jeh Johnson , DHS , ICE , ICE ERO , OCHCO , OMB , OPM , personnel , workforce , pay and benefits , immigration , executive order , Coast Guard , Customs and Border Protection , Citizenship and Immigration Services , Jory Heckman

Friday - 11/21/2014, 08:33am EST

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

The government should be smaller, the Postal Service's finances need to be addressed once and for all, and it may be time to rethink the civil service system. This is all according to Senator Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin Republican will replace Delaware Democrat Tom Carper as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in December. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Senator Johnson discussed his priorities.

Tags: Ron Johnson , USPS , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:20am EST
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CMS claims cyber fixes in place for HealthCare.gov

Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on Nov. 14 that CMS fixed 22 technical recommendations before open enrollment began. The letter came on the cusp of yet another contentious hearing on the role of former White House CTO Todd Park in overseeing and developing the initially troubled portal.

Tags: technology , management , oversight , House Science and Technology Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , CMS , HHS , White House , Todd Park , Marilyn Tavenner , Scott Peters , Darrell Issa , Paul Broun , Eric Swalwell , Bill Johnson , cybersecurity , HealthCare.gov , Affordable Care Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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James Tuchschmidt, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced wait times for tens of thousands of veterans seeking health care. Part of the progress comes from the congressionally-mandated Veterans Choice program. It requires the VA to issue choice cards to vets so they can seek medical care from private providers with VA footing the bill. VA issued the first batch of cards this month. James Tuchschmidt, acting principal deputy undersecretary for health at the VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the rollout and the program.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Veterans Choice , James Tuchschmidt , healthcare , VA hospitals

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:30am EST
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Postal Service remains financially 'at-risk,' says GAO report

The USPS' ability to carry our its duties and remain financially self-sustaining continues to be at risk, according to a recently released GAO performance audit. Conducted over the past year, GAO's report found that the agency is projecting "unsustainable" losses through 2020.

Tags: USPS , GAO , workforce , workforce cuts , Darrell Issa , Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , POSTPlan , management , retirement , retirement benefits , pay and benefits

Friday - 11/14/2014, 03:39pm EST

Congress passes bills to reduce duplicative reports, improve access to public records

Wednesday was a productive day for Congress as the House sent two bills to President Barack Obama and a pair of critical DHS nominees head to the Senate floor.

Tags: Senate , House , duplicative reports , Darrell Issa , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , Elijah Cummings , Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Carper , Russell Deyo , DHS , public records , Sarah Saldana , Elise Garofalo

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 01:16pm EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Tags: GAO , Government Performance and Results Act , performance data , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Elijah Cummings , oversight , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Jory Heckman

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Tags: Emily Kopp , pay and benefits , budget , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
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