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Obama approves $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

President Barack Obama signed Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday, putting an official end to the last-minute negotiations for the fiscal year 2015 budget - at least for now.

Tags: House , Congress , budget , management , confirmation , appointments

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 06:46am EST

Senate gridlock forces Postal board into emergency committee

The Postal Service Board of Governors says it will keep working, even though it doesn't have enough members for a quorum.

Tags: USPS , Postal Service Board of Governors , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 11:13am EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The spending bill for the rest of fiscal 2015 -- except for the Homeland Security Department -- is on President Obama's desk, waiting for his signature. Congress was supposed to be gone by now; but, the Senate is still in session, and they may not leave for a while. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the confirmation parade the Senate is on.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , David Hawkings , Roll Call , cromnibus

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:46pm EST
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Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Tags: Carl Levin , National Defense Authorization Act , DoD , Congress , oversight , Tom Coburn , Wastebook , Senate Armed Service Committee , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mike Rogers , Tom Carper , Jeff Sessions , Debbie Stabenow , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is still attached to the 2015 Defense authorization bill the House passed and the Senate will debate this week. The latest version of FITARA looks a bit different than the original. Still, the new bill would hand civilian agency CIOs more authority, prioritize hiring of specialty IT experts and maximize use of data centers. Trey Hodgkins is Senior Vice President of Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, a division of the Information Technology Industry Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what we can expect from the compromise version of FITARA.

Tags: Trey Hodgkins , Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector , NDAA , Congress , House , FITARA , data centers , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:30am EST
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Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The big national defense authorization bill is moving through Congress. It passed the House yesterday, and the Senate is expected to take it up next week. In purely military spending terms, the bill is a mixed bag. Some programs and platforms get plus-ups, others get cuts. Todd Harrison is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He's been studying the bill, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the bill's winners and losers.

Tags: Todd Harrison , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , House , NDAA , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , budget

Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:58am EST
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Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

An amendment to the Freedom of Information Act appeared to sail through the Senate. The goal is to hold agencies more accountable for disclosing records and create a more uniform system for the public to file FOIA requests. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously. Sean Vitka, federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what the bill would do.

Tags: FOIA , Congress , records , disclosure , accountability , Senate Judiciary Committee , Sean Vitka , Sunlight Foundation , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:04am EST
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