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Civil-liberties groups alarmed by cybersecurity bills

Several advocacy groups have raised major civil-liberties concerns about pending cybersecurity legislation, claiming the language may unfairly expose personal information and punish those who hide it.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Electronic Frontier Foundation , Center for Democracy and Technology , civil liberties , privacy

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 11:45am EDT

Rep. Mica: IG report is 'just the tip of the iceberg' of problems at GSA

The chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he will hold a hearing when Congress returns from recess on the scathing IG report and other shortcoming at GSA's Public Building Service. Scott Amey of POGO said the management failures at GSA show a systemic problem.

Tags: Management , oversight , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , John Mica , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , waste, fraud and abuse , Jason Miller ,

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:06am EDT
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Analysis: Increased financial reporting by federal execs under STOCK Act necessary

President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday prohibiting members of Congress, the President and thousands of federal workers from engaging in insider trading. Under the law, lawmakers and government employees will be required to report certain financial transactions within 45 days of the initial trade. Those reports which now are typically only available upon request will be made available on agency websites and, eventually, on searchable databases.

Tags: STOCK Act , Sean Moulton , OMB Watch , Francis Rose , In Depth , financial disclosure

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 02:24pm EDT
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Competing bills spell 'trouble' in upcoming session

Lawmakers should get their rest and relaxation now, because they've got lots to do when they get back from their recess. There will be hearings on federal conferences in the wake of the scandal at the General Services Administration, plus competing Postal Service, budget and cybersecurity bills. Federal News Radio asked Pete Kasperowicz at The Hill newspaper for his predictions.

Tags: Pete Kasperowicz , budget , appropriations bill

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 04:01pm EDT
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Government already in cybersecurity regulation business, report says

While Congress debates several new cybersecurity bills, a Congressional Research Service reports shows the government is already involved in regulating cybersecurity.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Congressional Research Service , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 09:50am EDT

IGs express concerns with Senate cyber bills

The legislative committee of the Council of the Inspectors General has weighed in on two Senate cybersecurity bills. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was introduced by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), introduced the SECURE IT act.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Senate , Peggy Gustafson , SBA

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:45pm EDT

Obama: House GOP budget would slash federal services

President Obama said the fiscal 2013 passed by the Republican-controlled House will cut into crucial federal services.

Tags: Barack Obama , Paul Ryan , budget , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 03:48pm EDT

Support grows for Domestic Partnership Benefits bill

Twenty senators all Democrats have signed on in support of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would extend health-care benefits to same-sex, domestic partners of federal employees.

Tags: Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate , domestic partner benefits , health care , Federal Drive , pay and benefits , Michael O

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 01:21pm EDT

Senator blocks Interior's Salazar from receiving pay bump

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on track for pay raise that would have brought his salary on par with other Cabinet secretaries, until Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) gave him a quota. Until Salazar each month approved six new deep-water permits to allow exploratory oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Vitter would block the raise.

Tags: Interior , Ken Salazar , David Vitter , Barbara Boxer , Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington , Senate ,

Saturday - 03/31/2012, 07:05pm EDT

House OKs GOP budget plan, including pay freeze extension, pension changes

After rejecting a bipartisan compromise and President Obama's budget Wednesday, the House prepares to vote on a Republican plan that calls for an extension of the federal pay freeze through 2015, increased federal retirement contributions and a reduction of the federal workforce by 10 percent.

Tags: budget , Paul Ryan , Chris Van Hollen , House , Senate , Barack Obama , retirement , pay freeze

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 09:19am EDT
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