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Senators: More transparency needed on geospatial data spending

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill they hope will increase transparency on geospatial data. The bill would require agencies to report how much they spend on such data, as part of annual budget submissions to the White House.

Tags: data , Geospatial , Mark Warner , Congress , Senate , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 11:41am EDT

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.

Tags: Justice Department , Attorney General , Loretta Lynch , Jeff Flake , Lindsey Graham , Eric Holder , Senate , Congress

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:26pm EST

IRS Commissioner pushes Congress for mass-transit decision

In a letter to leaders in the House and Senate tax commitees, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminded Congress of the importance to make a firm decision on whether to extend a mass-transit subsidy before November.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , transit subsidy , Ron Wyden , Congress , Dave Camp , Sander Levin , workforce , Jory Heckman , benefits

Friday - 10/10/2014, 11:36am EDT

SSA nominee seeks to mend labor-management fences

Carolyn Watts Colvin, the nominee to be Social Security Administration commissioner, vowed to Senate lawmakers to soothe turbulent relations between the agency and its labor unions. Colvin also said she plans to tackle troubled IT systems that still run COBOL.

Tags: SSA , Ron Wyden , Carolyn Watts Colvin , AFGE , COBOL , management , technology , Ariel Levin-Waldman , Congress

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:19am EDT
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Lawmakers fume over lost emails in IRS probe

The IRS said Lois Lerner's computer crashed in 2011, wiping out an untold number of emails that were being sought by congressional investigators. The investigators want to see all of Lerner's emails from 2009 to 2013 as part of their probe into the way agents handled applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups.

Tags: Congress , IRS , Darrell Issa , Dave Camp , oversight

Saturday - 06/14/2014, 03:20pm EDT

Vacancy at patent office 'untenable,' senator says

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the ranking member of the Finance Committee, is calling on President Barack Obama to nominate a permanent director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The top spot at the patent agency has remained vacant since former director David Kappos departed the agency in February 2013. In a letter to President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Hatch said the vacancy "hampers the agency's ability to influence policy and make long-term plans."

Tags: Congress , Senate , USPTO , David Kappos , Michelle Lee , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 01:44pm EDT

IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for budget increase

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore public trust in the agency following the recent uproar over revelations of purported political bias by IRS employees. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Koskinen also said he'd work to turn around the declining employee morale.

Tags: Senate , Senate Finance Committee , Max Baucus , John Koskinen , IRS , IRS scandal , employee morale , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:02pm EST

Fundraising from HHS secretary draws scrutiny

A fundraising push by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is drawing criticism from a key Senate Republican who questions whether she has a conflict of interest.

Tags: Kathleen Sebelius , HHS , Senate , Congress ,

Sunday - 05/12/2013, 09:58am EDT
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