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Eric Shinseki, Secretary, Veterans Affairs Department

Cash, drugs and science experiments are all part of VA's fiscal 2015 budget request.

Tags: Eric Shinseki , Veterans Affairs , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , budget , In Depth

Monday - 03/17/2014, 04:58pm EDT
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Senate bill would combine, eliminate 300-plus federal reports

Legislation newly introduced in the Senate proposes to scrap hundreds of unneeded, outdated or repetitive reports. The House, meanwhile, is marking up its own version of the bill.

Tags: Congress , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , GRPA Modernization Act , House , management , OMB , Government Reports Elimination Act

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 03:47pm EDT

Senate bill blocks background-check firms from reviewing own work

The Preventing Conflicts of Interest with Contractors Act would block the Office of Personnel Management from contracting with companies to perform final quality reviews if those same companies are also responsible for conducting initial investigations. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced in early February that, going forward, only federal employees would conduct final quality reviews. The new bill writes Archuleta's decision into law. Otherwise it could be reversed by a future OPM director.

Tags: Congress , Jon Tester , Claire McCaskill , Mark Begich , security clearances , background investigations , Katherine Archuleta , OPM , Jack Moore

Friday - 02/28/2014, 11:32am EST

Key Senate panel to probe federal pay, morale issues

The Senate subcommittee with oversight of the federal workforce will take up the issue of federal-employee compensation and sinking employee morale. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the subcommittee chairman, said at the National Treasury Employees Union's annual legislative conference that the hearing would focus, in part, on making sure federal pay stays competitive with the private sector.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , pay , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Congress , Jon Tester , sequestration , budget , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 06:39pm EST

Embattled DHS IG convinced Senate probe will clear his name

Charles Edwards, the Homeland Security Department's deputy inspector general and acting IG, calls recent allegations of nepotism and improper travel "baseless" and says he's convinced a Senate subcommittee investigation will clear his name. Speaking exclusively to the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Edwards said he has provided complete documentation to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight.

Tags: DHS , Charles Edwards , oversight , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Dan Epstein , Cause of Action , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 05:04pm EDT
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DoD nominees face scrutiny over Pentagon plan to shrink compensation costs

Just a day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed reductions in military end-strength and shrinking compensation costs as part of next year's budget plan, a slate of nominees to lead key offices at the Pentagon faced congressional scrutiny.

Tags: Congress , budget , Chuck Hagel , DoD budget , Robert Work , Mike McCord , DoD audit , LCS , John McCain , Carl Levin

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 03:29pm EST

Emergency zombie warnings make Coburn's list of federal cyber failures

Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) report on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure in the federal government examined more than 40 inspector general audits and revealed gaping holes in the security of agencies' systems.

Tags: Tom Coburn , technology , cybersecurity , hacking , oversight , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 10:44am EST

Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances

President Barack Obama signed the OPM IG Act into law this week. The law provides the agency's top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations of the security-clearance process.

Tags: OPM , oversight , background investigations , security clearances , Stephen Lynch , Darrell Issa , Jon Tester , Patrick McFarland , Congress , House , Jack Moore

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 04:14pm EST
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