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Two year budget possibility considered

A significant reform of the federal budget process could be exchanged for raising the nation's debt ceiling. The Hill's Bob Cusack has the latest details.

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

Wednesday - 06/08/2011, 10:31am EDT
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Grassley: DoD IG makes progress, but not enough

Sen. Chuck Grassley, issuing his second report on the status of the Defense Department's inspector general, said there are "positive trends" in the office he has previously criticized but he and his staff still give the IGs work a "D minus."

Tags: DoD , management , auditing , Chuck Grassley , Gordon Heddell , inspector general , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 06/07/2011, 07:36am EDT
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The Downside of a Circular Firing Squad

The current congressional debate on how best to punish federal slackers reminds Senior Correspondent Mike Causey why circular firing squads almost never work as intended.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , pay debate , management

Tuesday - 06/07/2011, 04:00am EDT

Bill cuts fed workforce by 10 percent

Republican leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee introduced a bill to reduce the size of the federal government by 10 percent, codifying the deficit commission's recommendation. The legislation also would not let agencies hire contractors to replace federal workers unless there is a "financial advantage to the government."

Tags: pay and benefits , Darrell Issa , Jason Chaffetz , Dennis RossHouse Oversight and Government Reform C , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , workforce , Deficit Commission , Jason Miller , workforce reductions , Elijah Cummings , Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Throug ,

Monday - 06/06/2011, 03:41pm EDT

OMB urging regulatory reform plans for small agencies

The Office of Management and Budget has gotten preliminary plans for regulatory reform from 30 executive branch agencies after President Obama's January executive order calling for a review of unneeded or unjustified regulations. The White House also is encouraging independent federal agencies to submit their own plans, but OMB has gotten just a single page back so far.

Tags: management , regulatory reform , White House , OMB , OIRA , EPA , HHS , Cass Sunstein , Heritage Foundation , James Gatusso , SBA , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/06/2011, 06:55am EDT
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IRS head apologizes to ID theft victims

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service offered a public apology Thursday to taxpayers who have had their names and social security numbers used to claim fraudulent refunds. The IRS is working to strengthen its internal controls to prevent it from issuing such refunds in the future.

Tags: management , IRS , GAO , Douglas Shulman , Jim White , Edolphus Towns , identity theft , information security , Jared Serbu

Friday - 06/03/2011, 08:29am EDT
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IT is DHS's next challenge for better intel sharing

Homeland Security officials told Congress Wednesday they have made major strides in sharing intelligence information as a matter of policy and practice. DHS also is exploring the possibility of a departmentwide intelligence doctrine. Non-interoperable IT systems, however, remain a major obstacle.

Tags: DHS , management , information sharing , technology , Caryn Wagner , House Homeland Security , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 06/02/2011, 07:28am EDT
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Retirement threats - separating fact from fiction

FMA's Jessica Klement discusses the biggest legislative threat to federal employees' pensions.
June 1, 2011(Encore presentation June 29, 2011)

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Jessica Klement , FMA , Your Turn , Mike Causey , budget , defined pension , FERS

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 12:56pm EDT
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Debt limit hike denied?

Republicans invited to a White House meeting with President Barack Obama on the troubling national debt are trying to build up pressure for trillions in spending cuts in exchange for any increase in the government's ability to borrow. We get an update from The Hill's Josiah Ryan.

Tags: Federal Drive , debt limit , The Hill , Josiah Ryan , budget

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 10:31am EDT
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Lawmakers mull new cyber powers for FERC

The House is preparing to once again take up legislation that would grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new authority to order private electrical grid operators to take emergency action in the event of a cyber attack or a new vulnerability. The power would extend to bulk electric systems and parts of the grid that supply electricity to Defense infrastructure that is critical to national security.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DoD , critical infrastructure , FERC , National Electric Reliability Corporation , White House , Energy and Commerce Committee , Paul Stockton , Joseph McClelland , Franklin Kramer , Stuxnet , Barry Lawson , National Rural Electric Cooperative Association , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 07:07am EDT
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