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Bob Tobias, Professor, American University

A Senate hearing last week on civil service reform drummed up little interest, and there was little movement toward any legislation. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.) said his subcommittee was in a "listening stage" now. Bob Tobias, professor within the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, said it shouldn't be so hard to gather members of Congress, the administration, agency and union leaders to talk about civil service reform. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, government has done it already.

Tags: Bob Tobias , American University , Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommitte , Congress , civil service reform , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
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Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

More transparency is the goal of two bills the Senate will consider. One deals with the information federal agencies release when they reach settlement agreements. The other one requires details on costs and performance for federal programs. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the concept behind the bill on settlements first.

Tags: Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , In Depth

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:19pm EDT
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Census begins stretch run vowing not to make same mistakes

GAO warns the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that the bureau needs to simplify its IT plans for the 2020 count. Census to finalize operational plan by September detailing technology and processes for the decennial population calculation.

Tags: Technology , Oversight , Congress , Census Bureau , Commerce Department , John Thompson , GAO , Carol Cha , Robert Goldenkoff , Decennial Census , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Mobile computing , Cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:32am EDT
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Fixing the SES: 'This used to be an honor. Now it's a joke.'

Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

Tags: SES , Emily Kopp , Ron Sanders , Steve Shih , David Bray , Bill Valdez , Congress , accountability , Vanderbilt University , David Lewis , Barbara Sisson , Jason Chaffetz , Fixing the SES , special report , Danny Werfel , survey , Tim Walberg , OPM , exclusive

Monday - 02/09/2015, 05:00am EST

3 takeaways from HealthCare.gov cyber hearing

HHS and CMS cyber officials tell House lawmakers the Affordable Care Act portal is meeting or exceeding industry best practices for information assurance.

Tags: Frank Baitman , Steve VanRoekel , Todd Park , Henry Chao , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Kevin Charest , Barack Obama , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , HealthCare.gov , Technology , Health IT , Congress , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , FITARA

Friday - 01/17/2014, 03:22pm EST

CMS, IRS promise to meet cybersecurity requirements to protect Affordable Care Act data

While leaders at CMS said the hub connecting personal information stored in the health insurance marketplace to multiple agencies will be ready by the Oct. 1 deadline, legislators are concerned with how well CMS is securing individuals' personal information from cyber threats.

Tags: Technology , health care , ACA , Cybersecurity , Marilyn Tavenner , CMS , GAO , Danny Werfel , IRS , Henry Chao , Jackie Speier , Diane Black , Melissa Dawkins

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 08:31pm EDT

CBO: House bill requiring detailed program inventories will cost $100M

A House bill designed to reduce government redundancy by requiring agencies to provide detailed reports about the programs they operate will cost about $100 million for agencies to implement, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act, introduced by Rep. James Lankford, would required agencies to publicly post detailed information about each of the program they operate, including costs and the number of employee dedicated to them.

Tags: budget , Duplication , CBO , Taxpayers Right To Know Act , Tom Coburn

Friday - 07/06/2012, 04:56pm EDT

Mica to take over new Government Operations subcommittee

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is consolidating two subcommittees that oversee major agency functions, such as procurement and technology, into a new panel. No news yet on who will be the ranking members.

Tags: Congress , Oversight , John Mica , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Financial management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 03:33pm EST

Column: Finding answers to a better trained acquisition workforce

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the acquisition workforce is most important to improving how the government buys goods and services. He said with 55 percent of the current workforce eligible to retire by 2018, agencies and Congress have to work together to figure out how best to train and equip these employees to be successful.

Tags: Congress , House , Acquisition , acquisition workforce , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:56am EDT

Federal Drive interviews - May 8, 2012

Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA's plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.

Tags: Federal Drive , Congress , House , Veterans Affairs Department , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , FAR , Julian Sanchez , Cato Institute , Sonja Batten

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 09:53am EDT
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