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Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. But the vote was a lot closer than it usually is. The chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies oversees the release of that bill every year. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) is chairman of the subcommittee right now. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the spending level in the bill isn't a cut for the VA.

Tags: Charlie Dent , Veterans Affairs , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

The federal government is taking two steps forward on ways to strengthen cyber networks for both the public and private sector. The House of Representatives passed two bills to strengthen information sharing in the private sector. The Office of Management and Budget is asking for public input on ways to overhaul the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. Chris Smith is vice president of technology for AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked progress on the recent push to improve the cyber systems inside and out of your agency.

Tags: Chris Smith , AT&T Government Solutions , OMB , FITARA , In Depth

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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Non-binding budget plan omits retirement contribution hike

Republican leaders in the House and Senate passed a compromise bill that seeks significant cuts to agency operating budgets, while boosting Defense spending. Absent from the non-binding plan is mention of an increase in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Tags: budget , Senate , retirement , sequestration , Greg Stanford , Federal Managers Association , Jason Briefel , Shaw Bransford Roth , Michael OConnell

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:43pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , Congress , Federal Drive , In Depth

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Two appropriations bills come to the floor of the House of Representatives this week. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says it's the earliest budget bills have been on the floor since 1974. Congress is free to focus all of its attention on passing 2016 budget plans for your agency. But plans to pass them might run into a political stonewall. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he described potential strategies for both sides of the aisle during the budget negotiations.

Tags: David Hawkings , Roll Call , Congress , budget , In Depth

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:15pm EDT
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Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

Two new bills on cybersecurity and information sharing are through the House of Representatives. One of them deals with liability protections that's been a sore spot for private sector companies. Karen Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former Administrator of E-government at the Office of Management and Budget. She submitted comments on one of the bills, and described them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Karen Evans , U.S. Cyber Challenge , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:09pm EDT
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We need to address 'deep, systemic problems' to improve federal workforce morale

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) wants to improve working conditions for federal workers by dealing with poorly performing employees more quickly. He said most federal workers are committed, hard-working people, but long-standing challenges are hampering employee success need to be addressed.

Tags: Mark Meadows , Congress , workforce , firing , worst places to work , EPA , OPM , DHS , National Archives , Jason Chaffetz , Elijah Cummings , commentary

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:46am EDT

IRS should get spending in order before asking for larger budget, House says

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report taking issue with IRS management on matters previously raised by the Republican leadership in Congress -- tax-delinquent federal employees, paying bonuses to agency employees and use of official time during the workday.

Tags: IRS , budget , workforce , management , Congress , Paul Ryan , John Koskinen

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 10:04am EDT

Hope springs eternal for cyber laws after House approval

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act and the Protecting Cyber Networks Act this week. These are the first cybersecurity information sharing bills with broad support in more than five years.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , information sharing , Congress , Mike McCaul , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Trend Micro , Tom Kellermann , DHS , ODNI , NCCIC , CTIIC , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 12:38pm EDT
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