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Richard E. Cohen

Richard E. Cohen, an FCW contributing writer, has covered Capitol Hill for more than three decades and is the author of several books on Congress.
Workforce

What a Senate flip could mean for feds and IT

If Democrats take control of the Senate, it will mean big changes at key committees and could prove to be a big deal for federal workforce and IT issues.

Digital Government

Elections could upend IT leadership on Capitol Hill

As Democrats seek to expand their seats, a few notable lawmakers with IT and workforce policy chops could find themselves out of office when the 115th Congress convenes.

Workforce

Should feds take jail threats seriously?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned rank-and-file feds at NTIA of potential adverse legal consequences of participating in a government activity that he said is expressly banned by statute.

Congress averts shutdown with spending deal

Both chambers of Congress came to terms on some disputed spending deals, allowing votes to proceed on a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through Dec. 9.

Senate blocks vote on funding bill

Senate Democrats are pressing for funding for water cleanup in Flint, Mich. If no one blinks, another government shutdown could be in the offing.

Clock is ticking on possible shutdown

A familiar scenario looms as Congress moves to pass a short-term funding bill before the fiscal year draws to a close.

Earmarks by another name

Legislators have a new way of targeting spending that could bring benefits and burdens for agencies.

People

GAO: Q&A with Gene Dodaro

Richard Cohen recently sat down with Gene Dodaro to discuss his experiences in working with the GAO.

Coping with Congress

Lawmakers have given agencies long-term funding clarity for the first time in years. But the lack of budget drama could open the door to other conflicts.

EPA and Congress clash over regulatory authority

For Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, getting to know Capitol Hill has not been a pleasant experience.

People

Can Barbara Mikulski fix the appropriations process?

The Senate Appropriations chairwoman -- whose state is home to more than 100,000 federal employees -- could be agencies' best hope for a return to regular order.

People

Randy Forbes: Leading the fight for more military funding

Virginia Republican Randy Forbes argues that the Pentagon has absorbed far more than its share of budget cuts. But will his congressional colleagues listen?

Acquisition

Why the budget outlook is even worse than you think

Here are 8 reasons why Congress' efforts to fund the government are doomed to dysfunction.

People

Mark Warner: Pushing for performance

In a sharply divided Congress, the Senate's management guru gains ground in his nonpartisan approach to the government's fiscal and performance challenges.

Workforce

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.

People

In the Senate, a search for solutions

The new chairman of the Senate's key oversight committee is a welcome voice of reason as he seeks progress on complex budget and federal IT issues, including cybersecurity.

A road map for oversight to come

House details committees' planned reviews and investigations of the executive branch this Congress.

Congress spares feds from online disclosure

Repeal of part of the STOCK Act passes with no fanfare, little explanation.

Lies, damned lies and budget forecasts

The president's budget is a valuable guide to administration priorities, but agency executives should know better than to count on any one number.