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UPDATED: What Jeh Johnson's nomination means for DHS

President Barack Obama nominated Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department. He has no discernible experience working in the homeland security sector.

Tags: management , DHS , Jeh Johnson , White House , Barack Obama , Mike McCaul , Bennie Thompson , jason miller

Friday - 10/18/2013, 03:57am EDT

OMB management nominee offers peek into priorities, style

Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee laud Beth Cobert's private sector experience. But Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Senate leaders do not plan to debate or vote on any nominations during the shutdown.

Tags: management , Beth Cobert , OMB , Tom Coburn , Ron Johnson , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , management agenda , performance improvement , data driven results , jason miller

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 07:38pm EDT
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Postmaster says Senate bill a good start to postal overhaul

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says a Senate bill aiming to overhaul the Postal Service's financial structure by providing the agency more flexibility to price its products is a good first step. Donahoe has been calling on Congress to approve comprehensive postal reform for much of the last two years. In that time, the cash-strapped agency has posted losses of $20 billion and defaulted on more than $11 billion in payments to prefund retiree health care costs. USPS is set to default on a $5.6 billion payment due Sept. 30 payment, Donahoe said.

Tags: USPS , postal reform , Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Patrick Donahoe , Ruth Goldway , Tom Coburn , Clint Guffey , APWU , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 06:00pm EDT

Congress' to-do list crowded with budget headaches

Congress returns to work today with a crowded agenda and little time. Lawmakers must come to agreement on 2014 funding before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 or risk a government shutdown. Also on the agenda: coming up with an alternative to the automatic spending constraints known as sequestration and negotiating a raise in the government's borrowing limit. There are also other measures affecting federal employees that remain to be worked out, including legislation to overhaul the cash-strapped Postal Service and a potential 1 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers.

Tags: Congress , budget , House , Senate , appropriations , sequestration , Philip Joyce , Romina Boccia , Heritage Foundation , Jessica Klement , NARFE , continuing resolution , debt limit , pay raise , postal reform , Gerry Connolly , workforce

Friday - 09/06/2013, 06:50pm EDT

Next front in fight against improper payments? Stopping payments to dead people

Senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have opened a new legislative salvo in the fight against improper payments: helping agencies stop payments to dead people. The new legislation, introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee would allow all federal agencies to access basic death data maintained by the Social Security Administration and require they use it to curb improper payments

Tags: oversight , mangement , improper payments , Congress , Senate , Tom Coburn , Death Master File , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Friday - 08/30/2013, 03:10pm EDT
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In Depth Show Blog - August 29, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: David Barno , John Teeter , In Depth

Friday - 08/30/2013, 02:16pm EDT

Pension, health care changes key to Senate postal reform plan

The Senate postal reform bill calls on the Office of Personnel Management to change the way it calculates how much the U.S. Postal Service must pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The change could result in a $6 billion surplus for the debt-burdened USPS.

Tags: Tom Coburn , USPS , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , postal reform bill , Darrell Issa , Michael OConnell , workforce , retirement , pay and benefits

Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:19pm EDT

Senate committee introduces bill to mark up real property legislation

Senate committee members introduced the Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act of 2013 to address the management of federal real property. The government is the largest owner of property in the country, owning more than 1 million properties.

Tags: Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , real property , Cogan Schneier , Congress , GAO , GSA

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:28am EDT

VanRoekel signals tepid support for Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel offered the administration's first public comment since the major IT reform bill passed the House as part of the 2014 Defense Authorization bill. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) offered a blunt warning to the White House if it does not support the legislation.

Tags: technology , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Gerry Connolly , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , IT reform , FITARA , jason miller

Friday - 07/26/2013, 05:44am EDT
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DHS nominee Mayorkas defends integrity, offers plans to improve employee morale

Despite being under investigation, Alejandro Mayorkas testified today on becoming the next deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas said that claims he exercised undue influence on cases in his agency, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, are false.

Tags: DHS , Congress , Senate , oversight , USCIS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Alejandro Mayorkas , Janet Napolitano , Tom Coburn

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:01pm EDT
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