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VA chief calls House budget proposal 'inadequate'

A House subcommittee's plan to cut the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs by more than $1.4 billion next year will "cause veterans to suffer," VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:00pm EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's tired of the negative talk about morale. He tells the House subcommittee on government operations, "One of the ways that you improve morale is to stop continually telling my workforce that you have lousy morale." He said a plan is underway and things are getting better. Still, Homeland Security sits atop the list of worst big agencies. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Jeh Johnson , DHS , morale , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:04am EDT
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Talks begin on Capitol Hill budget measure

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 03:12am EDT

Loren Duggan, Director of Legislative Analysis, Bloomberg

Perhaps you've noticed. Capitol Hill is buzzing. Congress seems poised to pass a major trade bill, and members are finding common ground on Medicare issues. But is Congress getting anything done with respect to cybersecurity, some major authorizations or the federal budget itself? Loren Duggan, the director of legislative analysis for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a preview of what's likely to come next.

Tags: Loren Duggan , Bloomberg , Medicare , Tom Temin

Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:06am EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

There's already an annual list of the best places to work in the government. Now Congress wants to start keeping closer track of the worst ones too. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is inviting employees to share their concerns through an anonymous email tip line. That'll help the committee keep tabs on employee satisfaction. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the new list.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:41am EDT
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Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.)

A Republican congressman yesterday introduced draft legislation to take the air traffic control system private. It would split the FAA in half, privatize the operational part and hand it over to the employees. The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), former chairman of the House Transportation Committee. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Mica admits this isn't his first attempt to change things.

Tags: John Mica , FAA , House , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:10am EDT
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Congress launches tip line for feds as it takes 'worst' agencies to task

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who oversees the House panel on government operations, says he wants to hear feds' work-related concerns. He created the email hotline after conducting a hearing entitled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," with three agencies that have struggled with employee morale.

Tags: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government , NARA , National Archives , DHS , David Ferriero , Chemical Safety Board , morale , employee satisfaction , Emily Kopp , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Mark Meadows , Gerry Connolly , Manny Ehrlich , Catherine Emerson , GAO , Robert Goldenkoff

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:07pm EDT

Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Tags: VA , acquisition , Sloan Gibson , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jared Serbu , Veterans Affairs Department , Denver , construction , buildings , Office of Construction and Facilities Management , Kiewit-Turner , Army Corps of Engineers

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
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