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Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Federal officials routinely cite the fact that they're dealing with taxpayer dollars. Well, what if 90 percent of America didn't pay income tax? The Progressive Consumption Tax Act is a proposal to completely overhaul the tax system. By taxing purchases instead of income, it's designed to encourage savings. But what could the effect be on federal revenues? In the Congressional Spotlight on the Federal Drive, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) walked Tom Temin through his bill.

Tags: Ben Cardin , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Congress , income tax , Progressive Consumption Tax Act

Friday - 03/06/2015, 09:47am EST
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Senate panel approves bill to make IGs stronger, more transparent

In addition to the IG Empowerment Act, the committee approved eight bipartisan bills, several of which run the gamut of federal management and workforce issues, from sick leave to car repairs.

Tags: Congress , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , inspector general , Inspector General Empowerment Act , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , IG , legislation , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 02:06pm EST

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Two pieces of legislation to repair the security clearance process are now one piece. Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and several of his colleagues are combining the Security Clearance Accountability Reform and Enhancement Act and the Preventing Conflicts of Interest Act. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one bill will solve both problems.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:23pm EST
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Earth to House GOP: Messing with DHS ain't governing

The only solution that will demonstrate House Republican leaders are serious about governing is to put a fully-funded DHS bill on the floor right away, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Tags: Francis Rose , Congress , DHS , Tom Ridge , Michael Chertoff , In Depth , House , budget , John Boehner , Mitch McConnell

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:34am EST

Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 2013. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

Tags: Chris Cummiskey , DHS , budget , shutdown , In Depth

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:12pm EST
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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 Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , FBI , John Roth , DHS , CIGIE , Ron Johnson , Claire McCaskill , Steve Linick , State Department , SSA , Michael OConnell

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

New and noteworthy on Capitol Hill: A week in review

A brief look at the latest happenings in Congress this week

Tags: Congress , House , Veterans Affairs , security clearance , OPM

Friday - 02/13/2015, 12:39pm EST
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