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Fortune telling for Philadelphia VA staff flagged in IG audit

Two senior Veterans Affairs officials in Philadelphia acted improperly when subordinates were charged money to attend a work-related party featuring psychic readings, resulting in personal profits for the spouse of one official, according to an audit released Thursday.

Tags: Veteran Affairs , Philadelphia , management , inspector general , Congress , Oversight

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 06:40pm EDT

For federal IT vendors, a lot to like in House, Senate Defense bills

House and Senate versions of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act include numerous acquisition reform provisions, including several that press DoD to embrace commercial technology.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Industry , Acquisition , ITAPS , Erica McCann , Pamela Walker , Trey Hodgkins , Defense Authorization bill , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:59am EDT
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Make a budget deal already!

Commentary: The solution to the sequester quandary is obvious, so Congress should just do its job so agencies can do theirs.

Tags: budget , Congress , commentary , Francis Rose

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 11:59am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

From the perspective of federal technology companies, there's a lot to like in this year's House and Senate defense authorization bills and not much to complain about. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, a leading industry group likes some of the acquisition reform provisions so much, it's urging that they be extended governmentwide.

Tags: Jared Serbu , House , Senate , Congress , DoD

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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Erik Wasson, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

What will your agency's budget look like next year? The picture is a little clearer now that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed outlines for all 12 annual spending bills. Like its House counterpart though, the plan has increases for some programs and cuts for others. Still, Congress is a long way from passing and reconciling everything required for the government to get a fresh start come Oct. 1. Bloomberg Government reporter Erik Wasson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the Senate outline and speculate on what comes next.

Tags: Erik Wasson , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Senate , budget , Congress

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:47am EDT
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Bob Tobias, Professor, American University

A Senate hearing last week on civil service reform drummed up little interest, and there was little movement toward any legislation. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.) said his subcommittee was in a "listening stage" now. Bob Tobias, professor within the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, said it shouldn't be so hard to gather members of Congress, the administration, agency and union leaders to talk about civil service reform. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, government has done it already.

Tags: Bob Tobias , American University , Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommitte , James Lankford , Congress , civil service reform , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Discretionary spending for civilian agencies dropped 7 percent next year over 2015 levels, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. But the committee's Democrats aren't happy about that. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose where Congress left some of its biggest appropriations negotiations before this week's recess.

Tags: David Hawkings , Roll Call , In Depth , Congress

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:36pm EDT
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USPS ready to replace aging delivery fleet

The Postal Service told a House panel Thursday that it's become too expensive to maintain its aging delivery fleet and it needs to purchase up to 180,000 new vehicles. USPS spends $4,200 annually on maintenance per vehicle to keep the fleet running.

Tags: Joseph Corbett , USPS , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , fleet maintenance , Mark Meadows , Gerry Connolly , Acquisition , House , Congress , Michael OConnell , Lori Rectanus , GAO

Friday - 05/22/2015, 09:50am EDT

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.)

Customer service at the Veterans Affairs Department has been a mixed bag lately. After the long weekend and the barbeque paraphernalia are cleaned up, area vets will have a chance to sit down with a caseworker and sort their affairs. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) will have those caseworkers on hand for a Constituent Services Workshop in Germantown. Vets can get help with all sorts of things. Rep. Delaney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more workshop details.

Tags: John Delaney , Congress , House , Veterans Affairs , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 05/22/2015, 08:53am EDT
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