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  1. Veterans Affairs acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies July 16 on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the state of VA health care in the wake of revelations of neglect and delayed medical visits. He is accompanied by Assistant Deputy Undersecretary For Health For Administrative Operations Philip Matkowsky. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets

    Lawmaker criticizes VA Medical Inspector for lax oversight.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  2. Lawmakers hope to get VA reform bill back on track

    Now that the price tag for the Veterans Affairs Department reform bill has been slashed by about $120 billion over three years, lawmakers are hopeful the legislation can move ahead quickly.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  3. Shaun Donovan was confirmed by the Senate as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget July 10. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Senate confirms Donovan as new OMB chief

    The Senate voted 75 to 22 to confirm former Housing and Urban Development secretary Shaun Donovan as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget July 10.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  4. Sen. Jon Tester wants to allow agencies to share information about job apllicants. Allison Shelley / Getty Images

    Bill would allow agencies to share applicant info

    Tester wants to remove legal barriers to information sharing.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  5. The Supreme Court has limited the president's power to make recess appointments and invalidated more than 100 National Labor Relations Board rulings in the process. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Supreme Court limits presidential recess appointments

    A pro forma Congressional session is all that is required to block such an appointment, court rules.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  6. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan is in line to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Shaun Donovan's OMB nomination advances in Senate

    The Secretary of HUD may follow Sylvia Burwell as OMB director.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  7. Sen. Jon Tester said VA's problems stem in part from poor IT management. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Senators point to poor IT management as contributor to VA scandal

    Falsified wait lists, for example, were possible because VA was using older systems, lawmaker charges.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  8. Roger Waldron, the president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, is disappointed in aspects of a rule regarding contractor compensation. File

    Compensation cap could cost contractors

    New cap on executive salary reimbursement is retroactive to 2011, leaving contractors liable for some expenses incurred over the past 18 months.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  9. Sen. Bernie Sanders is introducing a bill that would give the VA secretary power to fire senior executives, among other provisions intended to improve management of the troubled department. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Bill would let VA secretary fire execs, revamp hiring authority

    Charges of improper care and falsified waiting lists have led to inspector general investigations across dozens of hospitals and the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  10. Sen. Tom Carper wants to give DHS authority to hire cybe pros faster. Gannett Government Media Corp

    Bill would give DHS special hiring authority for cyber professionals

    The Department of Homeland Security would be given authority to pay cybersecurity professionals more and to hire them faster under legislation introduced May 20 by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

    • May. 20, 2014
  11. DoD Comptroller Robert Hale stressed the government shutdown, short-term continuing resolutions and repeated furloughs have hurt the department's efforts to be audit ready by the end of the fiscal year. Gannett Government Media Corp

    DoD falls behind on audit goals - again

    The Defense Department will miss a key deadline for improving its financial management, the Pentagon's comptroller told lawmakers.

    • May. 13, 2014
  12. The US Postal Service's improving financial condition is sparking debate on the degree of reform it needs. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    Improving Postal Service finances fuel debate over legislation

    The Postal Service continues to clash with outside groups over its improving financial situation arguing that it needs wide-ranging reform to rein in costs and invest in long-term improvements.

    • May. 9, 2014
  13. Lawmakers will try again to pass cybersecurity legislation. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Congress revives cyber legislation

    Lawmakers will take another stab at enabling information-sharing.

    • May. 2, 2014
  14. Federal employees who have engaged in misconduct should not receive bonuses, according to Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Allison Shelley / Getty Images

    Bill would ban bonuses for disciplined feds

    Lawmakers react to IRS IG report.

    • Apr. 30, 2014
  15. Rep. Darrell Issa spearheaded the DATA Act in the House. TIM SLOAN / AFP/Getty Images

    House passes amended DATA act

    Bill to increase transparency heads to President Obama for signature.

    • Apr. 28, 2014
  16. WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) speaks at a news conference July 25, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Sen. Tester appeared with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and a group of retired female service members to discuss '...the historic and bipartisan reforms approved by the Senate Armed Services committee to combat military sexual assaults.' (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images) Allison Shelley / Getty Images

    Senator: New OMB head should have federal background

    The next director of the Office of Management and Budget should possess a background in the federal workforce and in governmental oversight, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said in an April 24 letter to President Obama.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  17. Rep. Blake Farenthold wants feds who defy Congress to suffer consequences. Mike Morones/Federal Times

    Bill would withhold pay from feds held in contempt of Congress

    Any federal employee found in contempt of Congress would not be paid, under legislation introduced April 15 by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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