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Why a do-nothing Congress is good news for feds

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers - and retirees - these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Congress , House , Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Senate confirms Julian Castro as HUD secretary

The Senate easily confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Tags: Julian Castro , HUD , people

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 05:30pm EDT

Senate report: Billions of dollars at risk from shaky Pentagon IT programs

A new bipartisan report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations called the Air Force's now-canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System "one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement by the DoD in recent memory." But the failure of ECSS may not be an aberration, the report suggested. Other enterprise-resource planning programs in the department are at risk of falling victim to the same fate.

Tags: DoD , technology , Air Force , John McCain , Jack Moore , Carol Cha , acquisition

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:27am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: FedRAMP compliance results months away, OMB's word of the year: Effectiveness

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Tags: FedRAMP , OMB , Steve VanRoekel , Beth Cobert , Lisa Schlosser , PortfolioStat , management , IT , Jennifer Kerber , David Walker , Katie Lewin , GSA , Sonny Hasmi , Casey Coleman , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 06/06/2014, 03:51pm EDT

Senate panel OKs $47B DHS budget

The bill boosts the administration's request for the Customs Service and Border Patrol for initial handling of unaccompanied immigrant children arriving on the southern border by $77 million.

Tags: budget , DHS , Customs and Border Patrol

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has cleared his first hurdle on the way to becoming director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee gave him the nod, even though some members weren't thrilled with his answers to their questions. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to recap the drama, and share details on everything else the busy committee did yesterday that could impact federal agencies. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Shaun Donovan , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators are proposing legislation to give federal chief information officers more control over information technology investments. A draft bill would let CIOs have budget authority and approval over all IT contracts. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will offer up this version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act today at a meeting of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the draft copy of the bill. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , FITARA , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Senate report: VA's scheduling problems are a symptom of malpractice epidemic

Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) investigation into Veterans Affairs hospitals reveals widespread manipulation, criminal activity and poor management.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , management , oversight , Congress , Tom Coburn , Robert Gates , Sloan Gibson , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:13am EDT

Senate bill to fire VA SESers could further overwhelm MSPB

Legislation in the Senate would allow the Veterans Affairs secretary to dismiss members of the Senior Executive Service on the grounds of performance, and that could mean more appeal cases for the already-swamped Merit Systems Protection Board.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , SES , MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Federal Drive , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 11:13am EDT
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