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Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Tags: Loretta Lynch , Barack Obama , immigration , Attorney General , Justice Department , Eric Holder , John Cornyn , Chuck Grassley , Jeff Sessions , Ted Cruz , Senate

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:24am EST

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Veterans Affairs , House , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:17pm EST
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John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The Obama Administration has two years to go two years with a Republican-led Congress. Some might assume not a lot will be done in these two years. "Oh contrare," says John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain further.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Barack Obama , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:30am EST
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Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), House Armed Services Committee

Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees are setting their hearing agendas for the 114th Congress. Both have new leaders, but many of the problems they'll deal with have been around for a long time. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces says carrying momentum into future Congresses could be one of the most important achievements of this Congress.

Tags: Randy Forbes , House , House Armed Services Committee , In Depth

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:46pm EST
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Independent assessment gives VA's cybersecurity positive mark

Mandiant issued a report finding the Veterans Affairs Department network domain controllers had no evidence of data theft, such as the loss of credentials, personal information or personal health information or VA sensitive information. But some congressional sources are skeptical of Mandiant's findings, calling it too narrow to be sure the network and veterans data is safe.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , Steph Warren , Mandiant , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/26/2015, 03:35am EST
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House bills slash federal workforce, start possible hiring freeze

A collection of new House bills aim to slash the federal workforce, let go of 120,000 civilian employees at the Pentagon and take back top secret security clearances for contractors in the intelligence community.

Tags: workforce , workforce reductions , Cynthia Lummis , Ken Calvert , J. David Cox , AFGE , DoD , REDUCE Act , Chris Van Hollen , Sheila Jackson Lee , Disclose Act , Sean McCalley

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:13pm EST

No sequestration cuts in 2015, OMB says

A new report from OMB stated the discretionary spending budget caps for defense and non-defense categories matched or came in less than what's called for in the Budget Control Act.

Tags: budget , OMB , sequestration , discretionary spending , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/23/2015, 12:36pm EST

VA seeks Army Corps of Engineers' help after construction failures

VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won't be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Army Corps of Engineers , Veterans Health Administration , contracting , industry , Kiewit-Turner , Sloan Gibson , Lloyd Caldwell , House Veterans Affairs Committee , management , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:56am EST
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Gridlock and your pension package!

Is congressional gridlock really a bad thing? Maybe not if you're a federal employee or retiree, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: congressional gridlock , CSRS , FERS , COLA , Social Security , retirement , TSP , FERS supplement , federal pensions

Friday - 01/23/2015, 03:00am EST
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