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New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Tags: House , Senate , Veterans Affairs , security clearance , OPM

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST

Bill targets pornography viewing on agency computers

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced a new bill to stop federal employees from using work computers to watch pornography.

Tags: Mark Meadows , cybersecurity , technology , House , pornography , EPA , Sean McCalley

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:32pm EST

Longer leases, improved space utilization key to big savings for GSA

With half of all federal leases in the D.C. region expiring in the next five years and a "buyers market" in real estate, the federal government faces a huge cost-saving opportunity. A House round table discussion examined how the General Services Administration could take advantage of this "perfect storm".

Tags: GSA , PBS , House , House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management , Lou Barletta , Darren Blue , Scott Homa , Jones Lang LaSalle , Michael Reidy , Savills Studley , federal buildings , Michael OConnell , Freezing the Footprint

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:48pm EST

VA secretary asks Iraq veteran congressman: 'What have you done?'

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Wednesday asked a Republican lawmaker who served in both Iraq wars, "What have you done?" as the two men sparred over huge cost overruns at a troubled Denver VA hospital.

Tags: Bob McDonald , Veterans Affairs , Mike Coffman , VA hospitals , Denver , House

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:53am EST

VA secretary asks Iraq war veteran: 'What have you done?'

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Wednesday asked a Republican lawmaker who served in both Iraq wars, "What have you done?" as the two men sparred over huge cost overruns at a troubled Denver VA hospital.

Tags: Bob McDonald , Mike Coffman , Veterans Affairs , VA hospitals , Denver , House

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:40am EST

30K furloughs imminent if Congress can't pass DHS spending bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he will have to furlough at least 30,000 employees if Congress doesn't pass a spending bill to cover DHS funding beyond Feb. 27.

Tags: DHS , budget , continuing resolution , Jeh Johnson , Chip Fulgram , Sean McCalley ,

Monday - 02/09/2015, 01:36pm EST

5 reasons AFGE is hopeful about the Republican Congress

"Those we can't sweet talk, we're going to work like hell to vote out of office," said AFGE President J. David Cox. But it may not get to that.

Tags: AFGE , J David Cox , unions , Rob Wittman , lobbying , Emily Kopp , labor unions

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:07pm EST

Work: DoD needs funding boost, but fixing readiness will take years

The military services say they've made some progress against the readiness levels they lost when sequestration first struck in 2013. The Pentagon's second- ranking official said Tuesday that momentum needs to be maintained, but DoD's challenges are as much about time as about money.

Tags: DoD , budget , Readiness , acquisition , Robert Work , AFCEA , management , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:17am EST
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