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DOD, VA officials defend progress in rare joint hearing

Lawmakers remain skeptical of agencies' work on shared electronic health records.

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China-sourcing rules for IT reappear in appropriations

House appropriators are looking to continue restrictions on sourcing IT products made by companies with links to the Chinese government.

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Senate bill would increase oversight of clearance process

A bipartisan group of senators is looking to increase the power of OPM's IG to probe suspect security clearance operatives and contractors.


Legislation would cut feds' travel expenses with videoconferencing

Congressman urges all of government to learn from certain agencies' recent success stories.

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Hagel warns senators of 2014 budget dangers

Defense secretary says Pentagon, private sector alike would suffer if sequester cuts are not reversed.

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House panel tries shame strategy on VA

Frustrated with unfulfilled requests for information, Veterans Affairs Committee creates a website to list them.


Twitter for disaster responders

FEMA tells Congress how the agency is building social media into response planning.

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Deconstructing the contractor compensation debate

Agencies have been reimbursing companies for executive compensation since the Clinton administration. What started as an effort to persuade contractors to stick with the federal market during a time of private-sector economic boom has continued and the cap on the amount paid has risen inexorably, leading to an increasingly loud clamor for reform.

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Issa lobbies for data act

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee tries to build a broader constituency for his bipartisan open data legislation.

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Counting heads: CRS tallies unfilled presidential appointments

Half a year into his second term, President Obama has not nominated candidates for many positions, and some he has put forward have not been confirmed, research shows.

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Tangherlini confirmed to lead GSA

Senate also confirms two OMB nominees.


NIST readies new standards for biometric ID cards

Technical guidance for iris recognition -- something lawmakers have demanded for more than a year -- to be released in July.