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Random audits would close gaps in security clearance process

The Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2013 requires the Office of Personnel Management to implement an enhanced security clearance system. Under the system, every security clearance gets two random audits over a five-year time period.

Tags: security clearance , OPM , Senate , Tom Carper , Claire McCaskill , Tom Coburn , Shefali Kapadia , oversight

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:00pm EDT

Senate bill would combine, eliminate 300-plus federal reports

Legislation newly introduced in the Senate proposes to scrap hundreds of unneeded, outdated or repetitive reports. The House, meanwhile, is marking up its own version of the bill.

Tags: Congress , Mark Warner , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , GRPA Modernization Act , House , Senate , management , OMB , Government Reports Elimination Act

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 03:47pm EDT

Senate bill calls for random background checks for clearance holders

Five senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing how the Office of Personnel Management handles the clearances of federal employees and contractors to access classified information. If enacted, the legislation would require OPM conduct random, automated reviews twice every five years of public records and databases for information about individuals with security clearances.

Tags: Senate , Susan Collins , OPM , Claire McCaskill , Heidi Heitkamp , security clearance , background checks , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:55pm EDT

Ayotte lifts hold on Air Force nominee

Sen. Kelly Ayotte has ended her hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for Air Force secretary, clearing the way for Senate confirmation of Deborah Lee James.

Tags: Senate , Deborah Lee James , Air Force , people , DoD

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 06:30pm EDT

Congress passes deal to reopen government, bill heads to President Obama

The Senate and House both voted Wednesday night, passing a bill that reopens the government and funds agencies through Jan. 15, permits the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7, and provides back pay for federal employees furloughed during the 16-day government shutdown. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature, which he has said he will sign immediately.

Tags: government shutdown , Senate , budget , House , furloughs , workforce

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:46pm EDT

Ayotte wants answers on A-10 cuts, blocks Air Force nominee

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) has put confirmation of Deborah Lee James on hold until she gets answers about possible cuts to the A-10 Thunderbolt attack fighter fleet.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , Air Force , DoD , people , Senate , Senate Armed Service Committee , A-10

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 01:46pm EDT

White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM

The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2014 budget called for consolidating or eliminating 116 of the government's 226 STEM initiatives and centralizing the coordination of STEM programs under just three agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The administration's STEM proposal is one of the government's first visible steps in reversing some of the duplication that riddles the federal landscape and which some lawmakers have seized on as examples of government waste.

Tags: Senate , Senate Budget Committee , Task Force on Government Performance , Mark Warner , OSTP , John Holdren , STEM , duplicative programs , Jack Moore

Friday - 05/17/2013, 01:45pm EDT
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DoD's BRAC wish hitting brick wall on Capitol Hill

The Pentagon insists it is paying to maintain much more military base infrastructure than it needs, and the problem will only get worse as the Defense Department shrinks due to budget reductions. Congress, however, remains unsympathetic.

Tags: DoD , Congress , BRAC , Jeanne Shaheen , Katherine Hammack , Kathleen Ferguson , John Conger , Jared Serbu , management , Senate Armed Service Committee

Monday - 05/06/2013, 05:30am EDT
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