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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: Congress , Senate , Veterans Affairs , security clearance , OPM

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

DHS shutdown, furloughs dominate subcommittee hearing

A House subcommittee hosted a hearing Thursday to discuss emerging threats and technologies, but the topic that dominated conversation was whether the Homeland Security Department would be funded after Feb. 27.

Tags: House Homeland Security Committee , House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies , DHS , cybersecurity , budget , cromnibus , continuing resolution , Bennie Thompson , Secret Service , CBP , furloughs , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 06:12pm 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 , Congress , 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 , Congress , 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 , Congress ,

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 , Congress ,

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

IGs face obstacles, delays in accessing agency records

A trio of inspectors general told the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform today about obstacles they routinely encounter in obtaining records as part of their investigations into potential wrongdoing.

Tags: oversight , whistleblower , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act of 1978 , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , FBI , EPA , Arthur Elkins , CSB , Kathy Buller , Peace Corps , sexual assaults , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:23pm 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 , Congress , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:17pm 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 , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , In Depth

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:46pm EST
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House bill would reduce SES pensions at VA

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA's bonus award system.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , SES , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , veterans , Veterans Affairs , accountability , GAO , Hal Rogers , Sean McCalley

Friday - 01/23/2015, 07:46am EST
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