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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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Stephen Warren Named Full-Time VA CIO

Stephen Warren, formerly acting chief information officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been promoted to the role on a full-time basis and named executive-in-charge for the VA’s agency’s information technology office, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes Warren has served as VA’s acting CIO and assistant secretary for …

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Katherine Archuleta Confirmed by Senate to Lead OPM

Katherine Archuleta, former national political director of Obama’s reelection campaign, was confirmed in a 62-35 Senate vote Wednesday as the Office of Personnel Management director, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Lisa Rein writes the confirmation represents the first recorded vote on an OPM director nominee in the agency’s 35-year history. …

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Beth Cobert Confirmed as OMB Deputy Director

Beth Cobert was confirmed as the next deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget by the Senate Wednesday night in a voice vote, Federal News Radio reports. Jason Miller writes the 29-year McKinsey and Co. veteran succeeds Jeffrey Zients, who resigned from the post in May and now serves as …

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