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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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Issa blocks transparency bill

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will not consider a bill aimed at better federal government transparency, according to Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Tags: Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , transparency , Ruben Gomez

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 06:20pm EDT

House defense bill passes with slight pay, TRICARE increases

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed the House on a 322-96 vote. The bill determines defense spending levels and policy.

Tags: DoD , National Defense Authorization Act , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , budget , pay and benefits , TRICARE

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 05:51pm EDT

Possible cyber policy abuse worries Congress

Some of the White House's cyber proposals are getting a cool reception on the Hill.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity policy ,

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 09:30am EDT

Improper payment oversight improves

Obama administration officials told Congress agencies are taking a more aggressive stance than ever in their efforts to cut improper payments. The White House has set a goal of reducing such payments by $50 billion by next fiscal year.

Tags: management , OMB , USDA , improper payments , Danny Werfel , Richard Gregg , Calvin Scovel , Jacob Lew , Treasury Department , Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 07:53am EDT
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