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Jeh Johnson Confirmed as DHS Secretary

The Senate voted 78-16 on Monday to confirm former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson as the next homeland security secretary, CNN reported Monday. Ted Barrett writes that Johnson will become the fourth person to lead the Department of Homeland Security after formerly serving as the Defense Department‘s top lawyer. Johnson was integral to …

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House Approves Budget Deal, Senate to Vote Next Week

The House voted 332-94 Thursday to approve a bipartisan budget deal that sets spending levels for the next two years and avoids the possibility of a government shutdown until October 2015, Reuters reported Friday. David Lawder and Richard Cowan write the proposed budget also increases spending on agencies and discretionary programs …

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Tim Kaine: New Budget Deal Offers Certainty to U.S. Armed Forces

Sen. Tim Kaine has expressed hope the U.S. military could keep $20 billion of its budget if a new proposal from the House and Senate budget committees passes into law, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes Kaine, member of both the armed services and budget conference committees, told …

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Pentagon Policy Bill Held Up in Senate Committee

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have moved to oppose the Defense Department spending bill as debates over legislative amendments continue, Defense News reported Sunday. John Bennett writes the National Defense Authorization Act mandates nearly $522 billion in base defense funding for fiscal 2014 and $80 billion for worldwide …

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Congress Proposes Bills to Promote Federal Mass Transit Use

Separate Senate and House bills have been filed that are meant to promote public transit use and ease parity between mass-transit and parking subsidies, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Jack Moore writes the federal government plans to reduce traffic congestion and employ environmentally responsible practices by asking federal employees to …

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Congress in Talks to Pass Small-Scale Budget Agreement

House Budget Committee head Representative Paul Ryan is in talks with Senator Patty Murray to finalize a small-scale budget agreement intended to lessen automatic spending decreases for 2014, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Charles Babington writes the Senate and House of Representatives aim to avoid another government shutdown with a …

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House Approves Open Federal Spending Data Bill

The House voted 388-1 Wednesday to approve a bill that promotes more transparency on digital federal spending data, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Joseph Marks writes the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act is set to be discussed on the Senate floor after that chamber’s panel gave its approval. Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif), House Oversight and Government Reform …

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Senate Panel Hears Testimony on Digital Currency

U.S. agency officials appeared before Senate Committee in Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing Monday to discuss the virtual currency known as Bitcoin, Bloomberg reported Monday. Max Raskin writes that Mythili Raman, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department‘s criminal unit, told lawmakers that the agency recognizes Bitcoin as a …

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CBO: IT Procurement Reform Bill Will Cost $145M

The Congressional Budget Office estimates a bill to amend laws regulating how the federal government acquires and manages information technology would cost nearly $145 billion to implement for fiscal years 2014 through 2018. That bill would use pay-as-you-go procedures for funding and agencies not affected by annual appropriations could feel …

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