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House votes down attempt to restart tech think tank

When the House votes Thursday to approve fiscal 2015 budgets for a slew of legislative-branch agencies, lawmakers will get a chance to resurrect the small technology agency that once provided Congress with expert technological and scientific advice. A floor amendment from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) would siphon off about $2.5 million from the House historic buildings fund to provide start-up funding for a reboot of the Office of Technology Assessment

Tags: Rush Holt , Congress , OTA , technology , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:48pm EDT

Pat Niehaus, National President, Federal Managers Association

The Government Accountability Office will take a close look at the morale of federal government employees. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) ask for a full review of federal workforce trends from the GAO. And the Office of Personnel Management will soon have a better idea of feds' job satisfaction. It's sending the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey later this month. Pat Niehaus, national president of the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose a solution for your agency's morale problems is coming from the inside.

Tags: Pat Niehaus , FMA , GAO , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:00pm EDT
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House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

Tags: Congress , Paul Ryan , budget

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 07:33pm EDT

Rep. David Price (D-N.C.)

Personnel costs take up a larger share of Customs and Border Protection's budget than ever before. More than 70 percent of the agency's Fiscal 2015 budget request will go to compensation. Some members of Congress are worried those rising costs will crowd out CBP's ability to deliver high-priority IT projects and fulfill its mission. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem CBP has is two-fold.

Tags: David Price , Congressional Spotlight , In Depth , CBP

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:22pm EDT
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Issa embraces White House plan for postal reform

The Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is starting over on postal reform legislation and taking as its template a surprising source the White House's fiscal 2015 budget request. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told members of the committee and the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget that he intends to "embrace to the greatest extent possible" the entire slate of legislative proposals for overhauling the Postal Service included in the President's budget request.

Tags: Congress , USPS , Darrell Issa , OMB , Brian Deese , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 03:32pm EDT

House to vote on bill making it easier to fire VA senior execs

The House will soon vote on a measure making it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior career executives at the department, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday. The VA Management Accountability Act allows the VA secretary to remove or demote members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) based on their performance.

Tags: Congress , VA , SES , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , Jeff Miller , John Boehner , Marco Rubio , VA Management Accountability Act

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:19pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs Committee members are no longer asking the Veterans Affairs Department to improve their cybersecurity. They want to tell them how to do it. A new bill introduced Wednesday would be among the most perspective cyber bills that any agency has seen in almost a decade. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller was a guest on In Depth with Francis Rose. In Depth with details on the bill and reaction to it. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Veteran Affairs , Jason Miller , In Depth , cyber

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:03pm EDT
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House budget seeks to up feds' retirement contributions

The budget blueprint unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Tuesday includes a handful of proposals affecting the federal workforce that Ryan and House Republicans have championed in the past. Among them, the recommendation that federal employees contribute more of their salary toward their pensions and a proposal to shrink the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

Tags: pay and benefits , budget , retirement , retirement contributions , Paul Ryan , House Budget Committee , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 12:54pm EDT
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