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House passes 2013 funding for Commerce, Justice

The House approved the first spending bill for 2013, setting operating budgets for the Commerce and Justice Departments and for science-related agencies, such as NASA.

Tags: House , budget , House Appropriations Committee , Commerce , Justice , FBI , NIST , Census , NOAA

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 07:50pm EDT

House OKs bill increasing feds' retirement contributions

The GOP-controlled House passed legislation Thursday requiring federal workers to contribute more toward their retirement. The Sequester Replacement Act of 2012 proposed gradually increasing federal employees' pension contributions by 5 percent over five years as an alternative to sequestration.

Tags: House , Paul Ryan , budget , sequestration , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement contribution

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:32pm EDT

Analysis: In sequester, managers should start planning for workforce reductions

Budget analyst Steve Bell says there is "no chance" Congress will be able to pass a plan to avoid sequestration the automatic, across-the-board cuts that would go into effect Jan. 2, 2013, as part of last summer's deficit deal.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , budget , sequestration ,

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 10:26am EDT
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McCain again makes his case to increase DoD's cyber role

The Arizona senator sent the third in a series of letters to Gen. Keith Alexander trying to explain why DoD, not DHS, should be in charge of defending critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. He said the administration's approach would create another layer of bureaucracy and slow down responses to threats.

Tags: technology , John McCain , Keith Alexander , cybersecurity , information sharing , DoD , Jason Miller , Cybersecurity Update

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:56am EDT

General briefs committee on F-22 safety fixes

A top Air Force General outlined steps taken to make sure jet pilots don't black out. Two whistleblower pilots recently said the F-22 oxygen delivery system was faulty, causing a condition known as hypoxia.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , F-22 , Federal Drive , Air Force , Janet Wolfenbarger , Senate Armed Services Committee ,

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 09:52am EDT

Jordan makes his case for being next OFPP administrator

Joe Jordan told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he would focus on three priorities if confirmed. He also backed away somewhat from the administration's stance on a cap on executive compensation. Jordan received support from the committee, and a vote on his nomination could come as early as next week.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , management , Joe Jordan , OFPP , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Dan Gordon , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 06:00pm EDT
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White House threatens veto of GOP budget bill

The White House says President Barack Obama would veto a Republican budget bill that swaps cuts to domestic programs like food stamps for cuts scheduled to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies alike in January.

Tags: Barack Obama , veto , budget

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 08:05pm EDT

Congressional committee considers criminal referral for TSA

House staff report suggests TSA delayed, misled congressional investigators about contents of Texas warehouse that holds security screening equipment.

Tags: DHS , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Darrell Issa , David Nicholson , Jared Serbu , acquisition , contracting , oversight

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:20am EDT
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