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Sen. Coburn to put hold on OPM director nominee

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he wants an answer from Office of Personnel Management and the White House on how the Affordable Care Act will apply to lawmakers and their staff before moving forward with Katherine Archuleta's nomination to serve as OPM director.

Tags: workforce , people , OPM , Katherine Archuleta , John Thompson , Census , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 01:47pm 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 , Tom Carper , Alejandro Mayorkas , Janet Napolitano ,

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

Senators seek to eliminate 'official time' for federal employees

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to eliminate official time for federal employees. Official time is the paid time that employees spend on union work.

Tags: official time , workforce , Rob Portman , OPM , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:12pm EDT

Archuleta makes case to senators to be next OPM director

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members pressed Katherine Archuleta on her qualifications, how she will address the retirement claims backlog and on the use of official time. Archuleta appears headed down the path toward confirmation.

Tags: workforce , management , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , John Tester , Rob Portman , Katherine Archuleta , technology , official time , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 11:20am EDT
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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 Carper , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , decennial census , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 05:28am EDT
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Coburn calls out USDA, other agencies on wasteful spending

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sends another letter to another agency on ways to cut spending. This is the Senator's second letter in June; he wrote to the DOJ earlier this month.

Tags: sequestration , USDA , Cogan Schneier , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 06/24/2013, 05:53pm EDT
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In Depth Show Blog - June 21, 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: In Depth , Francis Rose , Tim McManus , Nicole Smith , Tom Leney , Guy Timberlake

Friday - 06/21/2013, 07:20pm 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 Carper , Claire McCaskill , System for Award Management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 05:26am EDT
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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 Carper , 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 Carper , Medicare , Melissa Dawkins

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