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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

Issa releases long-awaited postal reform legislation

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released long-anticipated legislation Friday aiming to reform the finances of the ailing U.S. Postal Service. Issa updated an earlier discussion draft of his bill with several proposals originally floated by Democrats.

Tags: Congress , USPS , Darrell Issa , postal reform , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jack Moore

Friday - 07/19/2013, 07:40pm EDT

House again aims to merge E-Gov funding

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed the fiscal 2014 appropriations bill with a provision to merge the E-Government Fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund to create an Information and Engagement Fund for citizens. Appropriators also would cut the total request for the merged funds by about $15 million.

Tags: technology , House , budget , OMB , GSA , House Appropriations Committee , E-Government Fund , Center for Effective Government , Sunlight Foundation , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 07:14pm EDT

Census nominee promises to 'fundamentally change' the decennial count

John Thompson made his case to be the next head of the Census before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday. He said technology is the key to cutting costs and improving the count's accuracy.

Tags: technology , management , Census Bureau , John Thompson , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , decennial census , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 05:28am EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - June 24, 2013

On the Federal Drive 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: Ira Shapiro , Ron Sanders , Federal Drive

Monday - 06/24/2013, 09:57am EDT

Senators push Tangherlini for assurances GSA is improving

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members support Dan Tangherlini to be the permanent administrator of the General Services Administration. Lawmakers, however, wanted more answers about the troubled SAM program and the recent IG report on management interference of contract negotiations.

Tags: management , acquisition , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Tom Coburn , Claire McCaskill , System for Award Management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Issa's postal reform proposal OKs 5-day delivery, modifies prefunding

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a draft postal reform bill that supports ending Saturday mail delivery and would modify how the agency pre-funds retiree health-care payments that now threaten to sink the agency into financial insolvency. Congressional postal reform efforts have remained dormant so far this year, even as the Postal Service's financial outlook has worsened.

Tags: Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , USPS , postal reform , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 07:37pm EDT

Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Tags: technology , management , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Coburn , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Simon Szykman , Commerce , Frank Baitman , HHS , David Powner , GAO , CIO authorities , PortfolioStat , IT duplication , Commodity IT , Darrell Issa , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

Bill aims to slash Medicare waste and fraud

The Medicare program made $44 billion in improper payments in 2013. A bipartisan bill designed to prevent fraudsters from milking the system calls for contractors to increase accuracy and for beneficiaries to report fraud.

Tags: CMS , improper payments , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Coburn , Medicare , Melissa Dawkins

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 07:52pm EDT
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