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VA takes steps to prevent more cemetery errors

The Veterans Affairs Department told lawmakers Thursday that it's trying to prevent future errors by requiring contractors to keep headstones at gravesites undergoing renovations and by conducting daily inspections.

Tags: Veterans Affairs Department , Glenn Powers , DoD

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 05:35pm EST

Author compares current Senate to 'Great Senate' of '60s and '70s

Veteran Senate staffer authors book on the "great Senate" of the 1960s and 1970s. How does the current Senate compare to that revered body?

Tags: Ira Shapiro , Federal Drive , Senate ,

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 10:42am EST
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Analysis: House GOP battles to write budget bill it can live with

Bob Cusack, managing editor at The Hill newspaper, tells The Federal Drive with Tom Temin that House Republicans are at odds over their election-year budget.

Tags: House , Bob Cusack , The Hill , Federal Drive , budget

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 11:42am EST
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White House paints cyber attack picture for Hill

An interagency group of senior officials will brief Senate lawmakers today on what would be the response if the nation's critical infrastructure suffered a cyber attack. The meetings come as Senate lawmakers debate two cyber bills that try to address critical infrastructure protection.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Jason Miller , Senate , White House , technology , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 02:21pm EST

Analysis: Hatch Act modernization good for feds, better for locals

Debra Roth, a partner at Shaw, Bransford and Roth, said the Hatch Act Modernization of 2012 would widen the array of penalties for violating the law that governs political activities by government workers.

Tags: Debra Roth , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , Daniel Akaka , Elijah Cummings , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Federal Drive , workforce , OSC , MSPB , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 11:52am EST
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Senate committee seeks expert testimony on DoD budget

The Senate Budget Committee examined the FY 2013 budget request for the Defense Department Tuesday. Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said providing funding for national security is the "single most important responsibility" of lawmakers and the government. Three expert witnesses also testified.

Tags: Senate , Kent Conrad , DoD , budget , Senate Budget Committee , James Carafano , Brookings Institution , Heritage Foundation , David Barno , defense

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 05:02pm EST

Will cyber bills offer real solutions or slogans?

Jim Lewis, the director and senior fellow of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss competing cyber proposals.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Senate , Jim Lewis , In Depth , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 06:29pm EST
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Congress takes DoD to task over commitment to diversity

The military is laying the groundwork for a more diverse officer corps, officials told a congressional panel Tuesday. The Defense Department and military services have tackled most of the recommendations that a congressional commission made a year ago. But, recent hazing incidents suggest that the leaders' focus on diversity hasn't trickled down through the ranks.

Tags: DoD , diversity , workforce , Emily Kopp , Elijah Cummings , Military Leadership Diversity Commission , Lester Lyles , Judy Chu , Mike Applegate

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 03:21pm EST

After defending federal cuts, lawmaker responds to angry email comments

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) is defending himself after responding to a op-ed piece in the Washington Post that claimed some members of Congress are attacking feds unfairly. Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive, which orignally posted Ross' remarks, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the developments.

Tags: House , workforce , Tom Shoop , GovExec , Jason Ullner , Dennis Ross

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 07:06pm EST
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Highway bill fails to clear hurdle in Senate

The government's power to spend federal Highway Trust Fund money on transportation programs and to levy federal gas and diesel taxes that support the trust fund are due to expire March 31.

Tags: transportation bill , Harry Reid , John Boehner , Senate , House , Highway Trust Fund

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 05:26pm EST
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