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GAO highlights two ways to fire poorly performing feds more easily

A new report finds longer probationary periods and better performance metrics can help address a long-standing complaint about terminating federal employees who are not meeting their job's requirements.

Tags: workforce , Congress , GAO , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , OPM , GEAR , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:14pm EDT

DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Tags: budget , DHS , Jeh Johnson , Congress , shutdown , John Boehner , Bennie Thompson , Jason Miller , workforce , Tom Ridge , Michael Chertoff

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST

IGs ask Congress to strengthen oversight tools

Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

Tags: oversight , OIG , inspector general , Inspector General Act , Congress , Senate , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , FBI , John Roth , DHS , CIGIE , Claire McCaskill , Steve Linick , State Department , SSA , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 03:58pm EST

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

The government should be smaller, the Postal Service's finances need to be addressed once and for all, and it may be time to rethink the civil service system. This is all according to Senator Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin Republican will replace Delaware Democrat Tom Carper as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in December. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Senator Johnson discussed his priorities.

Tags: USPS , Congress , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:20am EST
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Agencies should expect more aggressive oversight by GOP-controlled Congress

Experts from both sides of the aisle expect the Senate and House to coordinate investigations and hearings on executive branch programs. The budget and the confirmation processes also will become more difficult.

Tags: Congress , oversight , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Jason Chaffetz , Mike Turner , David Marin , The Podesta Group , Tevi Troy , Seth Harris , AFGE , J. David Cox , 2014 election , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:49am EST
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Former DHS IG placed on administrative leave following release of Senate report

In a report issued Thursday, the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, says Edwards altered or delayed reports to accommodate senior DHS officials, sought outside legal advice in violation of the laws governing agency IGs and failed to recuse himself form some audits despite concerns over conflicts of interest involving his wife, who was also employed by the agency.

Tags: DHS , DHS IG , Charles Edwards , Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight , oversight , Claire McCaskill , John Roth , Jack Moore

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 12:52pm EDT

NIST, DHS push for more engagement around cyber framework

Federal officials say they need help from Congress to ensure companies are protected under the law for sharing cyber information with the government. Officials also say building up the cyber workforce is a top concern.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cyber framework , workforce , DHS , NIST , industry , information sharing , Phyllis Schneck , John McCain , Lauren Larson

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Senator sues OPM over health care regulations

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has filed a lawsuit against Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, seeking to overturn an OPM regulation that allows lawmakers and their staffs to continue receiving government contribution toward their health insurance premiums. Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, lawmakers and their staffs were booted from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), under which the government typically kicks in about three-fourths of the cost of federal employees' premiums, and required to purchase health insurance on the federal exchange.

Tags: OPM , Affordable Care Act , FEHBP , Jim Sensenbrenner , Congress , Tom Coburn , Katherine Archuleta , benefits , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/06/2014, 02:56pm EST

Senators say embattled DHS IG slow to respond to requests for information

Two top senators on a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee say a delay by the acting inspector general of the Homeland Security in providing documentation is hindering the committee's investigation into allegations of nepotism and misuse of agency resources. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chair and ranking member, respectively, of the Financial and Contracting Oversight subcommittee, wrote to the Deputy IG Charles Edwards Wednesday pressing him to respond to their requests for information.

Tags: DHS , Charles Edwards , oversight , Claire McCaskill , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/01/2013, 04:52pm EDT

OMB management nominee offers peek into priorities, style

Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee laud Beth Cobert's private sector experience. But Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Senate leaders do not plan to debate or vote on any nominations during the shutdown.

Tags: management , Beth Cobert , OMB , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , management agenda , performance improvement , data driven results , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 07:38pm EDT
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