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Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Tags: Carl Levin , National Defense Authorization Act , DoD , Senate , Congress , oversight , Tom Coburn , Wastebook , Senate Armed Service Committee , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mike Rogers , Jeff Sessions , Debbie Stabenow , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

The government should be smaller, the Postal Service's finances need to be addressed once and for all, and it may be time to rethink the civil service system. This is all according to Senator Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin Republican will replace Delaware Democrat Tom Carper as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in December. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Senator Johnson discussed his priorities.

Tags: Ron Johnson , USPS , Congress , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:20am EST
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IG Report: Better acquisition monitoring needed at DHS

In his review of the Department of Homeland Security, the DHS inspector general says the agency needs better monitoring of catching duplicative programs and acquisition. An independent auditor also outlines some flaws at DHS.

Tags: DHS , OIG , oversight , acquisition , Acquisition management , Jory Heckman , management

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 11:30am EST

Congress passes bills to reduce duplicative reports, improve access to public records

Wednesday was a productive day for Congress as the House sent two bills to President Barack Obama and a pair of critical DHS nominees head to the Senate floor.

Tags: Congress , Senate , House , duplicative reports , Darrell Issa , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , Elijah Cummings , Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Russell Deyo , DHS , public records , Sarah Saldana , Elise Garofalo

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 01:16pm EST

GAO: Agencies not using performance data to decide policy, budget changes

In its new report, the Government Accountability Office found that agency managers aren't using performance data to objectively determine the success of programs before making changes to their policies or budget.

Tags: GAO , Government Performance and Results Act , performance data , Tom Coburn , Elijah Cummings , oversight , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Congress , Jory Heckman

Friday - 11/14/2014, 11:15am EST

White House now thinks smaller is better for cyber bills

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the administration believes getting cyber legislation through Congress on small pieces is more likely to be successful than in one comprehensive bill. Legislation to update FISMA, to improve information sharing and to expand the workforce all have garnered bi-partisan support.

Tags: Michael Daniel , technology , White House , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Frank Cilluffo , The Homeland Security Policy Institute , cybersecurity , workforce , training , Congress , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/10/2014, 04:19am EDT

Lawmakers debate future of DHS headquarters project

House Homeland Security Committee lawmakers and GAO highlighted funding shortfalls and a need to update plans. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs majority issued a report detailing why its research shows Congress should make the DHS headquarters consolidation project a priority.

Tags: management , DHS , Congress , oversight , GAO , GSA , Chris Cummiskey , real property , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:03am EDT

Anne Rung confirmed as OFPP administrator

The Senate approved Anne Rung's nomination by voice vote. Procurement experts say improving the acquisition workforce and addressing concerns with strategic sourcing are among her top priorities.

Tags: Anne Rung , OFPP , acquisition , Congress , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Roger Waldron , Coaltion for Government Procurement , Dan Gordon , strategic sourcing , acquisition workforce , training , Shaun Donovan , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Sam Graves , House Small Business Community , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 05:00pm EDT

OMB asked to address agency-IG quarrels

The Inspector General Act gives IGs authority to obtain any information necessary for their investigations, but some agencies are giving IGs a hard time with their requests. Members of Senate and House oversight committees are calling on Shaun Donovan, the recently confirmed director of the Office of Management and Budget, to address the issue.

Tags: inspector general , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Tom Coburn , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Shaun Donovan , Stephanie Wasko , oversight , information sharing

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 01:58pm EDT
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