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House committees demand transparency, 'insight' into sequestration

Congress is demanding more answers about how $1.2 trillion in budget cuts set to take effect in January will be applied across the government. The House Budget Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill directing the Obama administration to provide Congress a report that provides specific details about how the spending cuts will affect federal agencies and programs. Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Committee formally requested that the head of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeff Zients, testify before the committee on the "mechanics and impact" of the automatic cuts.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , DoD , OMB , Jeff Zients , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , House Budget Committee , Paul Ryan , Chris Van Hollen , sequestration , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 09:40pm EDT

Senate Dems. call for service-contracting cap, but industry cries foul

A group of 26 Democratic senators wrote last week to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging the Pentagon to lift an "arbitrary" cap on DoD's civilian workforce, saying contractors hadn't been similarly affected by budget constraints. But the Professional Services Council, an industry group which represents many defense contractors, rebuts the charge that contractors haven't also felt the effects of the current fiscal climate.

Tags: Congress , DoD , acquisition , service contracting , PSC , Alan Chvotkin , Stan Soloway , Sherrod Brown , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 10:12pm EDT
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2012 Defense bill amendment capping contractor pay advances

An amendment to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill, passed by the Senate last week, caps taxpayer-funded compensation for all contracting employees at $400,000. Senate sponsors of the measure say the measure is designed to head off burgeoning defense contractor salaries. Federal employee unions have applauded the bill, but it has drawn the ire of industry groups. The Senate version of the defense bill, which contains controversial provisions dealing with military detainees, must still be reconciled with a House version before becoming law.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Barbara Boxer , Chuck Grassley , Jay Rockefeller , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Congress , AFGE , John Gage , Acquisition Reform Working Group , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/05/2011, 05:25pm EST

Senate expands whistleblower protections for feds

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday expanding protections for federal whistleblowers. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, authored and introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on the federal workforce, updates a 1989 law protecting government whistleblowers.

Tags: Congress , House , management , whistleblowers , whistleblower protection , whistleblower bill , Akaka , Darrell Issa , Susan Collins , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:24pm EDT

Collins wants to know why VA conference planners received bonuses

In an Oct. 9 letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinskei, Sen. Susan Collins requested the agency disclose whether employees responsible for planning the two conferences held in Orlando, Fla., last summer, also worked on other conferences. In addition, Collins said she wants to know how much conference planners earned in bonuses and other awards for their work.

Tags: Congress , oversight , Susan Collins , VA , Eric Shinseki , conference spending , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 07:09pm EDT

Committees set for slate of hearings on GSA spending

Current and former officials at the General Services Administration will face a gauntlet of congressional hearings this week, following reports of excessive spending on a 2010 regional training conference and other programs. In an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose, former Virginia Congressman and Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tom Davis shared his insights and what to look for during the hearings.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , In Depth , Francis Rose , Tom Davis , House , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Deloitte , Jack Moore

Sunday - 04/15/2012, 09:16pm EDT
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Where's Fido? VA may prevent funding for PTSD service dogs

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to not follow through on a directive that will go into effect on Friday that would prevent funding for service dogs to help veterans with mental disabilities.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Charles Schumer , Congress , PTSD , TBI , service dogs , veterans , Michael OConnell , benefits

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 09:00am EDT

Shrinking GAO budget concerns employees, oversight advocates

The Government Accountability Office issues hundreds of reports each year detailing billions of dollars in cost-savings. Its role is considered essential to the congressional oversight process. But last year, Congress cut the agency's budget.

Tags: GAO , GAO Employees Union , budget , Congress , Gene Dodaro , John Palguta , Ron La Due Lake , Partnership for Public Service , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/09/2012, 05:00am EDT
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Senators call for bipartisan push to prevent sequestration

Six senators sent a letter to their Senate leaders asking for a bipartisan effort to end the threat of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts due to take effect in January.

Tags: sequestration , budget , recession , Leon Panetta , Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell , deficit reduction , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 09/25/2012, 08:13am EDT
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