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  1. Demonstrators hold a vigil July 31, 2013, for family members who were being held in a detention facility in Eloy, Ariz. Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic

    Report: ICE faulted for freeing detainees in 2013

    Poor planning, lack of communication cited in IG report.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  2. Sen. Bernie Sanders sponsored legislation to make it easier to fire VA executives. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Congress passes VA bill making it easier to fire senior execs

    Sanders legislation also caps bonuses at $360M.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  3.  KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes DHS cyber bills

    The trio of bills would strengthen partnerships, increase resources.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. House, Senate appear to have deal on VA care

    Top lawmakers appear to have reached a deal on a bipartisan bill that would allow veterans to seek private care if they face long wait lines at Veterans Affairs' facilities.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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