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Senate committee makes quick work of real property, Hatch Act bills

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved six bills that would affect the day-to-day workings of the federal government.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ , Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , management , Government Accountability Office , Tom Carper , Susan Collins , AFGE , Esther Carey , Beth Moten

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 06:27am EDT

13 defense executives bemoan uncertainty of cuts

Defense industry executives criticize the impending sequestration, which they say would lead to the loss of more than 1 million defense-related jobs.

Tags: John McCain , DoD , sequestration , industry , Northrop Grumman , Boeing , Congress , Senate

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 09:02am EDT

White House group recommends digital form, less paperwork for presidential nominee

A White House working group recommended Senate and administration leaders design a core set of common questions and develop a single electronic "smart form," similar to tax-filing software, that appointees could use to complete the necessary forms.

Tags: management , presidential appointees , confirmation process , Congress , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Lisa Brown , OMB

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 04:03pm EST

Committee leadership changes likely after election

The election Tuesday could bring with it a number of changes to the makeup and leadership of key congressional committees with oversight of the federal workforce and management. The changes to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and others are expected from retirements, committee term limits and a few close races.

Tags: 2012 election , Congress , House , Senate , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Claire McCaskill , Tom Carper , Scott Brown , Carl Levin , John McCain , Appropriations Committee , Paul Ryan

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:14pm EST
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Homeland Security grant spending questioned

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Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 09:44pm EST

Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Tags: Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Senate , Congress , Daniel Akaka , Carl Levin , workforce , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

GSA praised for steps to reform culture, organization

Senate lawmakers and the agency's Inspector General say the strategy to reorganize the General Services Administration and make it more accountable is on the right track. Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said he will consolidate IT and HR across the agency, and reduce contracting fees charged by the Federal Acquisition Service.

Tags: management , acquisition , Dan Tangherlini , GSA , Susan Collins , Brian Miller , oversight , Shakeup at GSA , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , strategic sourcing , contracting fees , Competition in Contracting Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 06:33am EDT
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Obama may act to stop infrastructure cyberattacks

President Barack Obama may use his authority to issue orders compelling or encouraging private industry to meet minimum security standards to protect their computer networks from attacks by hackers or foreign governments, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Wednesday.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Barack Obama , John Brennan , Congress , industry

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 06:39pm EDT

Senate expected to vote on cybersecurity bill next week

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to bring a stalled cybersecurity bill up for a floor vote by the end of next week. Lawmakers are still haggling over the final details but the bill's sponsor, Sen. Joe Lieberman, believes he'll have enough votes to pass the revised bill that includes compromises lessening the impact for private industry.

Tags: Congress , Senate , cybersecurity , In Depth , Francis Rose , technology , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 05:00pm EDT
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