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Downsize Government: Congress First

What would happen if Congress became a part-time institution? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says maybe it's already happened.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , downsizing ,

Thursday - 03/17/2011, 04:00am EDT

Dueling testimony on TRICARE fees

Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel are studying the Defense Department's proposal to increase fees for working-age retirees who use the military's TRICARE health insurance benefit. The panel heard, in separate hearings, from DoD officials defending the increase, and retiree groups who fear it is a "camel's nose under the tent."

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , TRICARE , health care , Robert Gates , Stan Strobridge , Rick Jones , Niki Tsongas , Joe Wilson , National Association of Uniformed Services , Military Officers Association of America , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 03:50pm EDT
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White House urges privacy bill of rights for Internet

The White House is asking Congress to pass a privacy bill of rights for the Internet. The legislation is aimed at protecting Americans from intrusive data gathering.

Tags: Wall Street Journal , privacy bill of rights , Internet , technology , Cybersecurity Update , Barack Obama , White House , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 02:00pm EDT

In pay debate, call for General Schedule restructuring

The Partnership for Public Service's Max Stier argues for a restructuring of the General Schedule, a key issue in the debate over federal employee pay.

Tags: pay debate , budget , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , pay and benefits , general schedule , restructuring , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 05:00pm EDT
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Sen. Warner: budget is tip of the debt spear

The "Gang of Six" is a bipartisan group of senators who've decided to try and craft their own compromise budget plan. Sen. Mark Warner leads the gang and joins us with details.

Tags: Federal Drive , budget , continuing resolution , Gang of Six , Mark Warner , leadership

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 10:31am EDT
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House passes 3-week spending bill

The newest stopgap funding measure would cut spending by $6 billion. The current proposal would be the sixth short-term spending bill this year alone as Congress has failed to reach a compromise on a longer-term budget solution.

Tags: budget , continuing resolution , shutdown , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 08:00am EDT

AFGE pulls out of NSPS talks

The American Federation of Government Employees said Tuesday it will no longer participate in discussions related to the future status of DoD employees who had been part of the soon-to-be-terminated National Security Personnel System. The labor organization said "union-busting" activities by the Air Force were the reason for its decision.

Tags: pay and benefits , DoD , NSPS , AFGE , John Gage , Air Force , pay-for-performance , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:40am EDT

Continuing resolutions may become a way of life

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been debating a short-term funding plan for weeks but are still far apart. Looking to avert a government shutdown this week, Congress is expected to approve a three-week stopgap measure this week to buy more time for negotiations on a longer-term bill, which may never come. The Hill's Erik Wasson explains why the CRs could continue until FY 2012.

Tags: Federal Drive , budget , shutdown , continuing resolution , Erik Wasson , Suzanne Kubota , FY 2011 budget

Monday - 03/14/2011, 09:28am EDT
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Another short-term bill to fund gov to April 8?

Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown explains what's next in the budget battle.

Tags: Carrie Budoff Brown , Politico , budget , Dorobek Insider

Friday - 03/11/2011, 04:35pm EST
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Agencies still sharing after WikiLeaks

Fears that the leak of thousands of State Department memos to the website WikiLeaks would reverse progress on interagency sharing of national security information have not materialized, officials testified Thursday. Agencies have responded by recognizing the need to protect data rather than by hoarding it, they said.

Tags: DoD , technology , information sharing , State Department , Director of National Intelligence , James Clapper , Teri Takai , Corin Stone , Patrick Kennedy , WikiLeaks , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , identity management , secure identity cards , CACs , public key infrastructure , SIPRNet , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/11/2011, 07:19am EST
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