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Senate confirms Bryson to head Commerce Department

The Senate voted Thursday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of former utility executive John Bryson to head the Commerce Department, easily overcoming conservatives' objections that his pro-environmental views made him unsuited for the job.

Tags: DoC , John Bryson , Congress , people

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 08:22pm EDT

Senate confirms Higginbottom as OMB deputy director

The final vote was 64-36 for the former Obama policy director.

Tags: Heather Higginbottom , OMB , budget , people , management , Jacob Lew , Barack Obama , Congress

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 05:59pm EDT

DoD reassures Congress it is fixing contingency contracting

Senior defense leaders told Congress they've already made huge steps toward implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Former members of the panel say DoD still has a lot of work to do.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Dov Zakheim , Katherine Schinasi , Claire McCaskill , Frank Kendall , Brooks Bash , acqusition , management , Jared Serbu , Iraq , Afghanistan

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 05:29am EDT
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House, Senate cyber plans have much in common

James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says the strategies of the chambers differ but the policies are actually similar.

Tags: James Lewis , Center for Strategic and International Studies , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth , Congress , House ,

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:57pm EDT
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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
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