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Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill

The bill sent for President Barack Obama's signature enables just over $100 billion to be spent on highway, mass transit and other transportation programs over the next two years, projects that would have expired Saturday without congressional action. Federal employees' retirement benefits are safe under the bill, which also allows retirement-eligible federal employees to choose partial retirement.

Tags: Barack Obama , Transportation , student loans , John Mica , Congress , House ,

Friday - 06/29/2012, 08:26pm EDT

Bill would make companies report data breaches sooner

Five Republican senators have introduced a bill that would require companies that store your personal information to report any security breaches to you as quickly as possible.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Technology , Federal Drive , Congress ,

Monday - 06/25/2012, 09:26am EDT

Wartime contracting reform bill reintroduced

Senators Claire McCaskill and Jim Webb gain bipartisan support on legislation designed to decrease wasteful spending. Some provisions in the bill regarding accountability have been strengthened.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Congress , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Claire McCaskill , James Webb , Esther Carey

Monday - 06/18/2012, 06:07pm EDT

Lieberman proposes special counsel for leaks probe

Sen. Joe Lieberman says there should be a special counsel to look into allegations that the administration has leaked information on a U.S.- Israeli cyber-warfare campaign against Iran's nuclear program and other classified activities.

Tags: Joe Lieberman , Eric Holder , DoJ , leaks , cybersecurity

Sunday - 06/17/2012, 05:15pm EDT

Panetta orders review of mental diagnoses

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday he has ordered all branches of the military to conduct an extensive review of mental health diagnoses amid criticism of how the services treat the men and women suffering the invisible wounds of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tags: Leon Panetta , DoD , PTSD , Afghanistan and Iraq , Congress

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 06:44pm EDT

Senate bill tries to break cyber overhaul impasse

The new bill from Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) change the Department of Homeland Security's control over cybersecurity standards in the private sector.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , Technology , Jon Kyl , Sheldon Whitehouse , Congress , Federal Drive , The Hill

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 08:06am EDT

Agencies sitting on $70B in unspent funds, report finds

A congressional report released today outlines $70 billion of unspent federal dollars that could have helped disaster victims, spurred highway construction and fund education programs.

Tags: Tom Coburn , Budget , financial management , Congress ,

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 09:30am EDT
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