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Suspended GSA commissioner created culture of silence on lavish spending

A former General Services Administration executive created a culture of lavish spending and fear among his employees who spoke up against him according to testimony in a House subcommittee hearing today.

Tags: GSA , House , Jeff Denham , Bob Peck , Martha Johnson , Stephen Leeds , Brian Miller

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 01:19pm EDT
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Open government advocates seek greater access to congressional data

Sunlight Foundation Policy Counsel Daniel Schuman is leading the campaign to improve the Library of Congress website that reports congressional data.

Tags: Daniel Schuman , Sunlight Foundation , Library of Congress , Open government , data scraping , Federal Drive , data management , technology , Michael OConnell

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:26am EDT
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Former GSA officials to appear before House committee, but not expected to say much

Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenas Jeff Neely, PBS region 9 commissioner, to appear. Along with Neely, PBS Deputy Commissioner David Foley and former Administrator Martha Johnson are on the witness list. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also is expected to hear from GSA Deputy Administrator Susan Brita, CFO Alison Doone and event planner Lisa Daniels.

Tags: management , GSA , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Senate Environment and Public Works Commitee , House , Senate , Jeff Neely , David Foley , Martha Johnson , Bob Peck , Susan Brita , John Mica , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , oversight , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/16/2012, 06:00am EDT

Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

Congress returns to session this week with a few short months to reach a budget resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and agree on how to avoid the automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade that will be triggered Jan. 2, 2013, under the Budget Control Act debt limit deal. But don't expect much to get accomplished before the election, say budget experts.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , Julie Tagen , NARFE , Beth Moten , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , pay and benefits , budget , Budget Control Act , sequestration , workforce , retirement , Robert Tobias , American University

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:10am EDT

Issa requests conference list from all agencies

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has broadened the scope of Congress' probe into the GSA conference scandal, requesting a list of all overnight conferences attended by more than 50 employees at 23 federal agencies and departments.

Tags: Shakeup at GSA , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , conference spending , Eric Holder , GSA

Friday - 04/13/2012, 04:13pm EDT

GPO showcases documents from 1912 Titanic investigation

Shortly after the Titanic sank 100 years ago, the Senate conducted an investigation into in the disaster. Transcripts of these hearings are available in libraries across the U.S.

Tags: GPO , Titanic , Mary Alice Baish , documents , Federal News Radio , Senate ,

Friday - 04/13/2012, 11:12am EDT
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McKeon presses Pentagon chief on US-Afghan pact

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee expressed serious concerns that the U.S.-Afghanistan deal giving Afghans authority over night raids could put Americans at greater risk and undercut intelligence gathering critical in the long war.

Tags: DoD , Leon Panetta , Howard McKeon , Afghanistan , DoD Report

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 07:45pm EDT

White House presses for stricter cyber rules for critical infrastructure

Information sharing is critical but insufficient, White House cyber chief says. Howard Schmidt said the federal government's responsibility is broader than its own systems and that is why any cyber bill needs stronger oversight of critical networks.

Tags: cybersecurity , FISMA , Howard Schmidt , Lisa Murkowski , Joe Lieberman , technology , DHS , Jared Serbu , Susan Collins , Georgetown University , Critical infrastructure

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 05:36am EDT
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