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House Oversight FISMA bill envisions beefed-up OMB role

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unveiled a bill to overhaul a decade-old law detailing how federal agencies protect their computer networks from cybersecurity threats. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee, told Federal News Radio the Office of Management and Budget is better poised to be a "fair arbitrator" than the Homeland Security Department.

Tags: Congress , Senate , cybersecurity , FISMA , Darrell Issa , DHS , OMB , Joseph Lieberman , Elijah Cummings , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Susan Collins , John McCain

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 08:43pm EDT
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No pay freeze extension in Democrats' budget plan

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced "Making It in America," the Democratic budget proposal that calls for an end to the sequester while preserving the Medicare guarantee. Unlike the other proposals under consideration, this proposal does not call for an extension of the federal pay freeze or an increase in feds' contributions to their retirement funds.

Tags: Chris Van Hollen , budget , 2013 budget request , House Budget Committee , President Barack Obama , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 08:57am EDT

Lawmakers call TSA screeners ineffective, rude

House members of both parties on Monday teed off against the agency in charge of airport and port anti-terrorist screening, saying it uses ineffective tactics, wastes money on faulty equipment and treats travelers rudely.

Tags: TSA , DHS , Congress , Darrell Issa

Monday - 03/26/2012, 06:51pm EDT

Committee approves House budget plan

The House Budget Committee approved a Republican proposal that calls for shrinking U.S. deficits to $3.1 trillion over the coming decade. The budget bill also calls for a 10 percent reduction of the federal workforce, an extension of the federal pay freeze and an increase of federal employees' contributions to their pension plans.

Tags: budget , Congress , House Budget Committee , workforce , retirement , Paul Ryan , DoD , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 10:44am EDT

GOP Medicare plan borrows from and repeals Obama's

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the top GOP budget writer, borrowed the idea of insurance exchanges, a big pooled marketplace, from the health care law enacted in Massachusetts when GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was governor. Ryan wants to set one up for Medicare.

Tags: retirement , Medicare , Congressional Budget Office , budget , Paul Ryan , Congress , Medicaid

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 03:50am EDT

Analysis: GOP cuts will only be deeper compared to sequestration

Steve Bell, senior director of the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin that unless something dramatic happens the budget will have about $1 trillion for the next 10 years.

Tags: budget , Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , Federal Drive , sequestration , deficit , Congress , Paul Ryan

Monday - 03/19/2012, 11:26am EDT
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House GOP plans to protect DoD from more cuts

The budget proposal House Republicans are planning to unveil next week will include provisions that would rescue the Defense Department from further budget cuts.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , Paul Ryan , Leon Panetta , Federal Drive , Congress , budget

Friday - 03/16/2012, 09:51am EDT

Analysis: Incremental approach on cyber legislation more effective

Paul Rosenzweig, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and the former the deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Homeland Security Department, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss competing cybersecurity legislation in both the House and Senate.

Tags: Paul Rosenzweig , cybersecurity , Heritage Foundation , Mike Rogers , Senate , Congress , SECURE IT Act , In Depth

Friday - 03/09/2012, 05:56pm EST
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Analysis: House GOP battles to write budget bill it can live with

Bob Cusack, managing editor at The Hill newspaper, tells The Federal Drive with Tom Temin that House Republicans are at odds over their election-year budget.

Tags: Congress , Bob Cusack , The Hill , Federal Drive , budget

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 11:42am EST
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After defending federal cuts, lawmaker responds to angry email comments

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) is defending himself after responding to a op-ed piece in the Washington Post that claimed some members of Congress are attacking feds unfairly. Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive, which orignally posted Ross' remarks, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the developments.

Tags: Congress , workforce , Tom Shoop , GovExec , Jason Ullner , Dennis Ross

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 07:06pm EST
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