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  • Workforce
    man planning layoffs

    Either Congress reforms the civil service, or Trump does it his way, senator warns

    Workforce cuts through a freeze and attrition "may not be optimal," said Sen. James Lankford, and Congress can collaborate to find a better way. 02/09/2017

  • Congress
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    Senators hone in on Russia's cyber capabilities

    The U.S. lacks a complete understanding of Russian cyber capabilities and does not have a coherent policy to deter and defend against cyberattacks, according to witnesses and senators at a hearing. 02/09/2017

  • Modernization
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

    Senators quiz IGs on NextGen, FirstNet

    Senators on the Commerce Committee are looking to agency watchdogs for news and oversight of large IT infrastructure projects like FAA's NextGen and the Commerce Department's FirstNet. 02/08/2017

  • Congress
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)

    Oversight Dems renew bid for Trump lease info

    The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has tapped colleagues to assist his efforts to obtain unredacted info on the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. 02/08/2017

  • Records Management
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    Democrats seek answers on private email use at the White House

    Two senators have concerns that the Presidential Records Act may have been violated, and want clarifications from White House Counsel Donald McGahn. 02/07/2017

  • Privacy
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    House passes email privacy act, again

    For the second time in less than a year, the House has overwhelmingly passed an email privacy act. Last year, the bill died in the Senate, and supporters are urging senators to pass the bill this time. 02/07/2017

  • Oversight
    VA logo

    Congress presses VA to go commercial on IT

    The Department of Veterans Affairs must decide whether to keep and improve its home-grown Vista heath record system or move to a commercial provider. Legislators are growing tired of waiting for an answer. 02/07/2017

  • Homeland Security
    John Kelly, DHS Secretary

    DHS mulls password collection at borders

    Homeland Security Secretary tells House Committee that surrendering social media passwords to law enforcement is being considered as a condition of entry at border crossings. 02/07/2017

  • Defense
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    Thornberry focused on DOD innovation and acquisition reform

    Increasing the Defense Department budget and driving innovation and acquisition reform will be the priorities of the House Armed Services Committee this year, according to Chairman Mac Thornberry. 02/06/2017

  • Open Gov
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    Rep wants Congress to 'track changes'

    New York Republican Elise Stefanik is reintroducing a measure to make the online text of congressional bills reflect recent changes made during the legislative process. 02/03/2017

  • Oversight
    Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    Senators appeal to GSA watchdog on Trump hotel lease

    Two Senate Democrats turned to the General Services Administration's inspector general, asking the office to review President Trump's lease of the Old Post Office building in Washington. 02/03/2017

  • Transition
    Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)

    Trump's OMB pick advances amid concern from Democrats

    Two Senate committees advanced President Donald Trump's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget on party-line votes, as Democrats raised concerns about his fitness to serve in that role. 02/02/2017

  • Workforce
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    Security clearance process still slow, but more secure

    OPM's National Background Investigations Bureau has made significant progress in securing its systems and data, but the security clearance backlog persists, a House panel finds. 02/02/2017

  • Internet Governance
    Shutterstock image (by Jozsef Bagota): Global networks.

    Does the U.S. have new clout over the global internet?

    A former NTIA administrator told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that the handover of internet address book functions to an international group gives the administration new bargaining cred. 02/02/2017

  • Veterans Affairs
    David Shulkin USH VA

    Shulkin pledges no 'learning curve' as VA secretary

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee conducted a bipartisan hearing to elevate current VA Undersecretary for Health to lead the agency, while elsewhere in the legislative chamber, panels were at odds over other Trump cabinet picks. 02/01/2017

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