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Senate committee passes bills on improper payments, whistleblower protections

The new bill, passed in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, would require more consistent reporting of improper payments by federal agencies.

Tags: budget , Congress , Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2011 , Tom Carper , Joe Lieberman , whistleblower protection , employee rotations , workforce , SES , management

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 02:45pm EDT

Proposed law creates more checks for feds' credit card purchases

Paul Singer, investigative editor at Roll Call, discusses the provisions of the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act.

Tags: Paul Singer , Roll Call , credit card , charge card abuse , In Depth , oversight , Congress , House , Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:33pm EDT
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Sens. McCain, McCaskill ask DoD to review ANC contracts

Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have asked the Defense Department to review its ANC contracts and to provide detailed reports on all contracts more than $20 million that went to small businesses in the last five years.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Claire McCaskill , John McCain , Alaska Native Corporations , contracting , acquisition , Congress , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 08:29am EDT

Va. may lead way toward constitutional amendment

Virginia may lead the way for a constitutional amendment aimed at overturning federal laws.

Tags: Bill Howell , Hank Silverberg , U.S. Constitution , Constitutional amendment , Congress , House , Gary Emerling

Sunday - 11/28/2010, 06:54pm EST

F-22 R.I.P.

The Senate voted to terminate further production of the Air Force's topline F-22 fighter jets Tuesday, giving President Barack Obama a major spending victory and siding with the Pentagon's desire for smaller jets better suited to 21st century wars. F-22 supporters complained the action would be a blow to long-term national defense - and cost thousands of jobs in the middle of the recession.

Tags: technology , pentagon , Air Force , Obama , F-22

Wednesday - 07/22/2009, 10:11am EDT

Drug Cartels getting away

Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating federal law enforcement agencies along the southwest border and those charged with weeding them out say they don't have the money to do it. According to the Associated Press, James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs, told a Senate homeland security subcommittee in Washington that only about one in 10 of the new hires for agency jobs are given polygraph tests, and of those, 60 percent are deemed unsuitable for employment.

Tags: technology , Pentagon and Beyond , U.S. Customs , Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs ,

Friday - 03/12/2010, 02:47pm EST

Presidential Helicopter

The Associated Press is reporting that an internal Navy document shows new plans to replace the president's fleet of helicopters will cost taxpayers more and take years longer to deliver than a recently scrapped contract. Rep. Maurice Hinchey said the Pentagon's plan to abandon aircraft built by Lockheed Martin Corp. and buy a new fleet with similar capabilities at a cost of up to $22 billion for delivery as late as in 2024 is "beyond illogical." He represents the district where the helicopters are made. The funding issue likely will boil over next week when House and Senate lawmakers meet to resolve differences over their respective defense spending bills.

Tags: technology , pentagon , President , Maurice Hinchey , Lockheed , Navy

Thursday - 10/08/2009, 10:53am EDT

FY 2010 Budget: A View from The Hill

Tags: budget , earmarks , Ben Cardin , omnibus

Thursday - 03/05/2009, 10:05am EST
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Tom Davis: Health care reform likely to create federal jobs

Former Rep. Tom Davis says health care reform means more federal jobs.

Tags: management , P&B , health care reform , Tom Davis , House ,

Wednesday - 12/30/2009, 01:36pm EST
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