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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.

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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.

Teri Takai

Is DOD foot-dragging on spectrum sharing?

CIO Teri Takai takes heat on the Hill from lawmakers who want the process of releasing radio spectrum to industry to move faster.

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Michael Seeds: Behind-the-scenes cyber advocate

The legislative director for Rep. Mac Thornberry, (R-Texas), has the job of helping call attention to the growing threats to government and private networks.

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House panel probes 'cozy relationship' between IRS official, contractor

The IRS's Gregory Roseman invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in the face of congressional questioning about work given to a business that claimed HUBZone status -- since revoked -- and service-disabled veteran-owned preference based on the owner's 1984 sports injury.

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Senate committee wants answers on energy saving delays

Contracts based on energy savings could aid the optimization of data centers, but the OMB put a hold on the first such effort was to begin, raising senator's concerns.

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Tester takes leadership role on federal efficiency

Montana's junior senator has taken the helm of a new subcommittee overseeing the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs.

Dan Tangherlini

Tangherlini nomination goes to full Senate

GSA's acting administrator has just one hurdle left before getting the job on a permanent basis.

Ron Wyden

Wyden: Medicare data should be more transparent

Wyden, Grassley re-introduce bipartisan bill to establish database for Medicare information.

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Bill would make 'taking the Fifth' a firing offense for feds

An Alabama congressman wants federal employees testifying before Congress to be required to answer questions or lose their jobs.

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VA reports inroads on claims backlog

As processing speed improves, official expresses confidence of meeting the effort's 2015 target.