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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Two appropriations bills come to the floor of the House of Representatives this week. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says it's the earliest budget bills have been on the floor since 1974. Congress is free to focus all of its attention on passing 2016 budget plans for your agency. But plans to pass them might run into a political stonewall. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he described potential strategies for both sides of the aisle during the budget negotiations.

Tags: David Hawkings , Roll Call , House , budget , In Depth

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:15pm EDT
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We need to address 'deep, systemic problems' to improve federal workforce morale

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) wants to improve working conditions for federal workers by dealing with poorly performing employees more quickly. He said most federal workers are committed, hard-working people, but long-standing challenges are hampering employee success need to be addressed.

Tags: Mark Meadows , House , workforce , firing , worst places to work , EPA , OPM , DHS , National Archives , Jason Chaffetz , Elijah Cummings , commentary

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:46am EDT

New Congress 'worst places to work' hotline: right idea, wrong question

Republican leadership in Congress needs a makeover of the way it oversees the executive branch if it expects different results, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Tags: Francis Rose , Mark Meadows , Oversight , IRS , NIH , Secret Service , VA

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:26am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The House made it two-for-two this week by passing another cyber information-sharing bill. Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. They also approved the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. With the passage by the House, and at least initial support from the White House, these two bills are closer to becoming law than any previous attempts to improve public-private cyber information sharing. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details and analysis.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , cybersecurity ,

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:04am EDT
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IRS should get spending in order before asking for larger budget, House says

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report taking issue with IRS management on matters previously raised by the Republican leadership in Congress -- tax-delinquent federal employees, paying bonuses to agency employees and use of official time during the workday.

Tags: IRS , budget , workforce , management , House , Paul Ryan , John Koskinen

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 10:04am EDT

Hope springs eternal for cyber laws after House approval

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act and the Protecting Cyber Networks Act this week. These are the first cybersecurity information sharing bills with broad support in more than five years.

Tags: cybersecurity , Technology , House , information sharing , Mike McCaul , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Trend Micro , Tom Kellermann , DHS , ODNI , NCCIC , CTIIC , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 12:38pm EDT

Census begins stretch run vowing not to make same mistakes

GAO warns the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that the bureau needs to simplify its IT plans for the 2020 count. Census to finalize operational plan by September detailing technology and processes for the decennial population calculation.

Tags: Technology , Oversight , Census Bureau , Commerce Department , John Thompson , GAO , Carol Cha , Robert Goldenkoff , James Lankford , Decennial Census , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Mobile computing , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:32am EDT
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