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DHS Secretary Johnson: Fundamental change needed at the Secret Service

The Homeland Security Department released the executive summary of suggestions of an expert panel for how to reform the Secret Service. Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Secret Service is in need of some change. He also offers an update on his Unity of Effort initiative.

Tags: management , DHS , Jeh Johnson , cybersecurity , Secret Service , unity of effort , Congress , Jason Chaffetz , Elijah Cummings , Professional Services Council , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:07am EST
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IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , tax refund , budget , Congress , hiring freeze , Associated Press , overtime , workforce

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST

Senate passes retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

The Senate passed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks on Tuesday that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Tags: Congress , House , House Ways and Means Committe , Dave Camp , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jory Heckman , mass-transit benefit , tax breaks , budget , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 05:36am EST

Obama approves $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

President Barack Obama signed Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday, putting an official end to the last-minute negotiations for the fiscal year 2015 budget - at least for now.

Tags: House , Senate , Congress , budget , management , confirmation , appointments

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 06:46am EST

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with some new faces yet to be voted in for important oversights roles such as chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what federal employees should expect in 2015 - from senior executives to civil service reform.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , workforce , Congress

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:00am EST
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Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Tags: Carl Levin , National Defense Authorization Act , DoD , Senate , Congress , oversight , Tom Coburn , Wastebook , Senate Armed Service Committee , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mike Rogers , Tom Carper , Jeff Sessions , Debbie Stabenow , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Congress OKs Border Patrol overtime pay reform bill

The goal of S. 1691, or the 2014 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, is to address and streamline Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO), the extra pay agents receive when their work demands they remain on the job beyond scheduled hours.

Tags: administratively uncontrollable overtime , Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act , Congress , CBP , CBO

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:07pm EST
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