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House votes to outspend White House on spy bill

The House voted to give the intelligence community a few billion dollars more Thursday than the White House wanted for next year's budget _ a price tag that covers the range of intelligence needs from the CIA to the high-tech satellites that spied on Osama bin Laden's compound.

The White House registered its objection before the vote, but did not threaten to veto the bill, which the House passed 386-28.

Tags: intelligence , House , budget , NSA

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 06:11pm EDT

DoD lectures Congress on budget 'rules of the game'

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter said for every dollar lawmakers add to the military's budget or for every program they continue that the Pentagon wants to cancel, it requires cuts elsewhere. He also called sequestration irrational and said DoD is not planning for it.

Tags: DoD , budget , acquisition , TRICARE , Ashton Carter , American Enterprise Institute , Mackenzie Eaglen , sequestration , industry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 05:18am EDT
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Schmidt leaving government in a much different cyber place

In an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, White House Cyber Czar Howard Schmidt said a majority of the senior leaders in government understand the importance of securing agency, contractor and critical infrastructure systems. He said among his office's biggest accomplishments is moving the day-to-day cyber authority of federal civilian networks to DHS. Michael Daniel will replace Schmidt, whose last day is in early June.

Tags: technology , Howard Schmidt , people , White House , Michael Daniel , cybersecurity , CyberStat , Cyberscope , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 05:28am EDT
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House OKs FDA bill to increase inspections, fees

The Food and Drug Administration would have more power to catch tainted pharmaceuticals manufactured overseas before they enter the U.S. market under legislation passed Wednesday by House lawmakers.

Tags: FDA , USDA , House , Federal Drive

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 07:49am EDT

White House issues veto threat on veterans bill

The White House is warning that President Barack Obama will veto a widely popular House spending bill for veterans' programs and construction projects at military bases.

Tags: President Barack Obama , House , veterans , budget , DoD , Veterans Affairs

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 05:52pm EDT

White House, DHS, Commerce release cyber 'code of conduct'

The Industry Botnet Group coordinated by the White House Cybersecurity Office and the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security has posted nine principles, including coordination of cyber responsibilities across sectors and reporting lessons learned.

Tags: Howard Schmidt , White House , DHS , Janet Napolitano , Commerce , NIST , botnet , cybersecurity , technology , Patrick Gallagher

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 04:40pm EDT

Senators cancel reductions to Air National Guard, cut DoD civilians

Senate panel rejects Air Force's proposed decreases to National Guard aircraft and personnel, orders cutbacks in DoD civilian and contractor personnel and imposes contractor salary caps.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Senate , Senate Armed Service Committee , National Defense Authorization Act , Air Force , Air National Guard , National Guard , Carl Levin , John McCain , Pat Leahy , Harry Wyatt , TRICARE , pay and benefits , workforce , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/25/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews -- May 25

The federal government now faces a fork in the road with regards to IT investment. George DelPrete, leader of Grant Thornton's federal government information technology, offers his insight. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) talks about legislation he introduced to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) was one of the sponsors of a bill to help military families facing foreclosure.

Tags: Federal Drive , Gerry Connolly , Elijah Cummings , George DelPrete , Grant Thornton , technology , information technology

Friday - 05/25/2012, 09:15am EDT

All cyber bills center on government control, report says

A Heritage Foundation report said of all the cybersecurity bills before Congress right now, the most important issue is the government would regulate activities in both the public and private sector.

Tags: cybersecurity , cybersecurity udpate , Federal Drive , technology ,

Friday - 05/25/2012, 08:52am EDT

US companies eye trade threats

On this edition of the Capital Impact show, BGOV Trade Analysts Caitlin Webber and Ken Monahan evaluate trade tensions facing the U.S. Plus, Congressional Analysts Melissa Avstreih and Loren Duggan look at legislation to reduce or eliminate duties on imported goods.

Tags: Bloomberg Government , Loren Duggan , Caitlin Webber , Allen Scott , Melissa Avstreih , Ken Monahan , trade ,

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 06:21am EDT
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