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GOP senators seek special counsel to probe leaks

Republican senators on Tuesday welcomed a move by the director of national intelligence to snuff out leaks of classified information but insisted that a special counsel is needed to investigate the Obama administration and recent disclosures.

Tags: ODNI , intelligence leaks , James Clapper , Eric Holder , John Cornyn , John McCain , Justice Department

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 01:09pm EDT

Bill would make companies report data breaches sooner

Five Republican senators have introduced a bill that would require companies that store your personal information to report any security breaches to you as quickly as possible.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive , Senate

Monday - 06/25/2012, 09:26am EDT

Senators frustrated by FAA nominee's lack of specifics about delayed safety provisions

Acting administrator Michael Huerta had few answers for members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee concerning the FAA's lack of progress on pilot training and safety regulations. Huerta said the final directive is expected to be out by October 2013. He also said the NextGen system is making progress and establishing important baselines.

Tags: Management , FAA , Michael Huerta , Keith BieryGolick , Jared Serbu , NextGen , Air Transportation System , John Rockefeller , Frank Lautenberg , Senate Commerce , Science and Transportation Commi , whistleblower , OSC

Monday - 06/25/2012, 05:48am EDT
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NIH director voices concerns about sequestration

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on Health shared concern about effects of potential sequestration on the agency, specifically in the area of funding grants.

Tags: NIH , House Energy and Commerce Committee , sequestration , NCATS , Esther Carey , Francis Collins

Friday - 06/22/2012, 08:01pm EDT

OMB: Contingency operations subject to sequestration

The Office of Management and Budget has reiterated to lawmakers that the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration will apply to wartime funding. In a June 15 letter, to Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote that the Budget Control Act allowed no "flexibility" to exempt Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), from sequestration.

Tags: House , OCO , contingency operations , Buck McKeon , Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , Mike Rogers , sequestration , budget , Jeff Zients , OMB , Jack Moore

Friday - 06/22/2012, 06:21pm EDT

House intel chairman suggests U.S., Israel not behind cyber attacks on Iran

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said he'd be "very careful" about assigning blame for the attacks on Iran's nuclear program. Half of what's been reported in the media on the matter is untrue, he said.

Tags: Mike Rogers , cybersecurity , technology , Bloomberg , Center for Security Policy , Stuxnet , Flame , House Intelligence Committee , cyber attack

Friday - 06/22/2012, 05:32am EDT

House committee remains mum on federal pay raises

The Financial Services and General Government spending bill seeks to cut $2 billion from the president's request. The bill says nothing about granting feds a pay raise in 2013. The House committee follows the lead of Senate appropriators, which also remained silent on the issue.

Tags: budget , Management , pay and benefits , OMB , SEC , IRS , GSA , House Appropriations Committee , Senate Appropriations Committee , Jo Ann Emerson , Norman Dicks , Ruben Gomez , pay raise

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 05:43am EDT
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Millionaires tighten (money) belts

Members of Congress, nervous about the economy and the upcoming November elections, have volunteered to tighten their own money belts. But in the process they may have turned thousands of top-paid federal workers into identify-theft targets, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce , Management , SEA , STOCK Act

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 02:00am EDT

Analysis: DoD needs to slice budget with or without sequestration

Benjamin Friedman, a CATO Institute research fellow, said sequestration prevents intelligent spending cuts, but that doesn't necessarily mean DoD lacks room to make smarter ones.

Tags: sequestration , budget , DoD , best practices , Budget Control Act , Benjamin Friedman , Keith BieryGolick , Cato Institute , In Depth

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 05:15am EDT
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