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Senate panel approves bill to make IGs stronger, more transparent

In addition to the IG Empowerment Act, the committee approved eight bipartisan bills, several of which run the gamut of federal management and workforce issues, from sick leave to car repairs.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , inspector general , Inspector General Empowerment Act , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , IG , legislation , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 02:06pm EST

Carter opens door to more DoD civilian job cuts

Ashton Carter, the new Defense secretary, told lawmakers this week that most of DoD's civilian workforce is performing mission-critical functions. But large budgets over the past decade have let the department do a lot of hiring without much thought toward cutting outdated positions, he said.

Tags: DoD , workforce , Congress , Sequestration , Ashton Carter , Deborah Lee James , Mark Welsh , House Appropriations Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:42am EST
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Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)

Congress is renewing its push for more oversight of a controversial agency. Two House members introduced the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Inspector General Act of 2015. It's a bipartisan effort, sponsored by Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio). The bill would create an independent Inspector General position at the CFPB. Stivers joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the bill.

Tags: Steve Stivers , Congress , House , CFPB , Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection , Tim Walz , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 09:31am EST
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2016 budget aims to 'arrest' deterioration in military facilities

Nearly a quarter of the military's facilities are rated as in "poor" condition; another 7 percent are failing. Officials say their 2016 budget would begin to dig out of billions of dollars in backlogged maintenance needs.

Tags: DoD , Facilities , Sequestration , Budget Control Act , Congress , John Conger , Miranda Ballentine , Katherine Hammack , Dennis McGinn , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 08:51am EST
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Bipartisan House bill challenges DoD travel cuts

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are fighting back against the Pentagon's cost-cutting plan for employees who travel for work.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Derek Kilmer , Walter Jones , NFFE , AFGE

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:24am EST

OMB turns up heat on agencies to implement smart ID cards for computer access

The OMB E-Gov Cyber unit will prioritize those agencies that have struggled to implement two-factor authentication for CyberStat reviews. Only 41 percent of federal civilian agencies are using HSPD-12 cards to log on to networks and computers.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , OMB , FISMA report , Congress , HSPD-12 , Trusted Internet Connections

Monday - 03/02/2015, 02:42pm EST

DHS issues shutdown guidance to its employees

While it's unclear whether Congress will approve another continuing resolution or full-year funding for the Homeland Security Department after this Friday, DHS has made plans in case of a lapse in funding.

Tags: DHS , Congress , shutdown , furloughs , budget , Michael OConnell

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:41pm EST

House backs bill to force VA execs to give back bonuses

The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , House

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:30am EST
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