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  1. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell vowed to 'root out and prosecute corruption,' including within federal law enforcement. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    Homeland Security IG sentenced for obstructing investigations

    Mishandled investigations and cover-up led to cases with national security importance being dropped.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  2. The House narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    House approves $554B for Pentagon

    The House on Thursday narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill, but only after shouting on the floor, the changing of votes and arm-twisting behind closed doors.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  3. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was a principle author of the 2015 NDAA and lent his name to the bill's full title, along with Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25). Allison Shelley/Getty Images

    What the NDAA means for feds

    The defense spending bill includes a number of policy changes for civilian agencies.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  4. Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Mikulski said the bill found a compromise without 'capitulation on prinicple.' Mark Makela/Getty Images

    Funding bill passes House, shutdown still looms

    Senate given two days to debate $1 trillion spending bill.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  5. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid anticipates weekend work for the Senate to complete its legislative agenda. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Deadline looms for spending deal

    A government shutdown is possible, but lawmakers appear willing to approve a stopgap measure to buy more time.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  6. Sen. Tom Coburn said the Senate will not adopt a pending National Defense Authorization Act by unanimous consent. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Congress eyes overtime as session draws to close

    Coburn will delay a vote on the NDAA, while the Senate contemplates weekend work

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  7. Congress is working to finish the 2015 NDAA and send it to President Obama for his signature. Alan Lessig / Military Times

    15 things to know about the NDAA

    A crash course on the most relevant parts for federal employees.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  8. Republicans, angry about President Obama's executive action on immigration, propose to fund DHS only until Spring. Shown: Border Patrol agents detain an undocumented immigrant near Falfurrias, Texas. John Moore / Getty Images

    Immigration dispute prompts Republicans to propose limited DHS funding

    A bill that is now in development would fund most of government through 2015, Homeland Security only until Spring.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  9. The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 Dec.4, legislation that would affect everything from CIO operations to agency rehiring of federal retirees. STAFF / AFP/Getty Images

    House passes sweeping Defense authorization bill

    Legislation reforms CIO authority, contracting processes and retiree hiring.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  10. Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., were pleased with the version of FITARA included in the 2015 NDAA. U.S. House of Representatives

    Lawmakers strike deal on sweeping IT reform bill

    FITARA included in DoD authorization

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  11. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the DATA Act can transform how agencies manage their programs. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Lawmakers press agencies to meet DATA Act goals

    Congress vows continued focus on meeting implementation deadlines as agencies report progress.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  12. Compromise Defense authorization bill rejects 2017 BRAC round

    The latest National Defense Authorization Act legislation unveiled Dec. 2 rejects the Defense Department's request for a round of base closures in 2017.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  13. A big year coming for Federal Times

    A new FederalTimes.com is about to debut, and still more changes lie ahead.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  14. Groups urge Senate action on agency nominees

    The Senate must vote on as many nominees for agency positions as possible before the end of the year, a coalition of labor, government and public interest groups said in a Dec. 1 letter.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  15. Hundreds of thousands of feds can join multimillion shutdown lawsuit

    Plaintiffs seeking financial damages against the government.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  16. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., wants to create a data commission to help boost the effectiveness of federal programs. Rob Curtis/Staff / Times New Service

    Bill would create data commission to boost agency effectiveness

    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., want data clearinghouse.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  17. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the non-disclosure agreements that contractor KBR makes its employees sign could chill whistleblowing activities. Mike Morones/Army Times

    Lawmakers say KBR non-disclosure agreements stop whistle blowers

    A non-disclosure agreement that contractor KBR has made its employees sign might violate whistleblower protection and false claims laws and prevent its employees from reporting wrongdoing, a group of lawmakers wrote in letter Nov. 20.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  18. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Left), R-Utah, will be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee while Mac Thornberry, R- Texas, will head the Armed Services Committee. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chaffetz, Thornberry to head House oversight and armed services committees

    The new leaders will replace Reps. Darrell Issa and Howard McKeon, respectively.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  19. The Patent and Trademark Office has been embroiled in allegations that some of its employees were paid for work they did not do. PAUL J.RICHARDS / AFP/Getty Images

    The PTO must crack down on telework abusers, lawmakers say

    Inspector general says other telework abuse investigations are ongoing.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
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