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Mo Brooks

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.

Jason Chaffetz

Jason Chaffetz: Tech-savvy leader on the Hill

The Utah congressman is carving out space for himself as one of the key technology policy experts in the Republican caucus.

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Bill seeks limits on contractor executive reimbursements

A new bill would tie contractor salary reimbursements to the vice president's salary, a proposal that raises the ire of some contractor advocates.

Edward Snowden

Feds probe contractor that vetted Snowden

While the inquiry is unrelated to Snowden's clearance, 'background investigations have real consequences,' McCaskill says.

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Would capping contractor salary reimbursements make a difference?

GAO report says few small firms would be affected; industry warns the study relies on a 'minuscule' sample size.

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Congress demands progress on advanced ID cards

Twelve years after a presidential directive called for identification cards incorporating biometrics, federal efforts have lagged.

Dan Tangherlini at confirmation hearing

Senators press on reform at Tangherlini's confirmation hearing

Vote set for next week on acting GSA administrator's nomination to take the role permanently.

Obama and Tom Wheeler

FCC nominee avoids policy commitments at hearing

FCC chairman nominee urged to commit to reducing federal communications spectrum.

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Defense bill heightens supply-chain scrutiny

If the House-passed bill becomes law, DOD officials would have to look closely at contractor networks, with two specific manufacturers in the crosshairs.

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How far is too far in cyber defense?

The revelations of monitoring at the NSA are just part of the larger debate over appropriate measures against cyber attacks.

David Walker

Former GAO head seeks congressional OK for cost-cutting commission

David Walker, the leader of the Government Transformation Initiative, envisions a bipartisan commission to trim government waste and duplication.