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Author compares current Senate to 'Great Senate' of '60s and '70s

Veteran Senate staffer authors book on the "great Senate" of the 1960s and 1970s. How does the current Senate compare to that revered body?

Tags: Ira Shapiro , Federal Drive , Congress

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 10:42am EST
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White House paints cyber attack picture for Hill

An interagency group of senior officials will brief Senate lawmakers today on what would be the response if the nation's critical infrastructure suffered a cyber attack. The meetings come as Senate lawmakers debate two cyber bills that try to address critical infrastructure protection.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Jason Miller , White House , technology , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 02:21pm EST

Senate committee seeks expert testimony on DoD budget

The Senate Budget Committee examined the FY 2013 budget request for the Defense Department Tuesday. Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said providing funding for national security is the "single most important responsibility" of lawmakers and the government. Three expert witnesses also testified.

Tags: Congress , Kent Conrad , DoD , budget , Senate Budget Committee , James Carafano , Brookings Institution , Heritage Foundation , David Barno , Defense

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 05:02pm EST

Will cyber bills offer real solutions or slogans?

Jim Lewis, the director and senior fellow of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss competing cyber proposals.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Congress , Jim Lewis , In Depth , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 06:29pm EST
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Highway bill fails to clear hurdle in Senate

The government's power to spend federal Highway Trust Fund money on transportation programs and to levy federal gas and diesel taxes that support the trust fund are due to expire March 31.

Tags: transportation bill , Harry Reid , John Boehner , Congress , House , Highway Trust Fund

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 05:26pm EST

Bill aims to overhaul wartime contracting

New legislation aims to implement some recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Includes provisions that would automatically suspend contractors accused of wrongdoing in overseas contingency scenarios.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Commission on Waretime Contracting , acquistion , industry , contingency contracting , State Department , USAID , Claire McCaskill , James Webb , suspension and debarment , Past performance , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/02/2012, 05:09am EST
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Analysis: Competing bills offer different approaches to cybersecurity

Bob Dix, vice president for government affairs and critical infrastructure for Juniper Networks, joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the new cyber bill introduced by Senate Republicans.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , John McCain , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Congress , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive

Friday - 03/02/2012, 11:02am EST
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Senators introduce alternative cybersecurity bill

The lawmakers believe the legislation, called the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act or SECURE IT, would be more collaborative and less regulatory than the bill introduced in February.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive , Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell , Congress

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:57am EST

Bill addresses problems found by Wartime Contracting Commission

The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 will attempt to fix many of the problems discovered by the Wartime Contracting Commission.

Tags: Claire McCaskill , Jim Webb , DoD , DoD Update , Congress , contracting , workforce

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 08:47am EST

NTEU rallies on the Hill to energize feds, educate lawmakers

With a Capitol Hill rally Wednesday and a three-day legislative conference to follow, NTEU President Colleen Kelley discusses the union's priorities for the year ahead.

Tags: workforce , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , In Depth , Francis Rose , Congress , House ,

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:18pm EST
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