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  • Connolly Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging SCOTUS to Provide Live Audio for Oral Arguments on Partisan Redistricting
    Posted in News on September 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology, Criminal Justice Reform

    Today, Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Judge Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts urging the Supreme Court to provide a live audio recording of the upcoming partisan redistricting case, Gill v. Whitford. Connolly and Poe are coauthors of the Cameras in the Court Act, legislation which would require the Supreme Court to televise open proceedings. The Cameras in the Court Act was introduced in January. “This case will impa... Read more

  • Senators propose extension of FITARA data center initiative
    Posted in News on September 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Derek B. Johnson Legislation introduced in the Senate Sept. 26 would extend the data center consolidation provisions of the 2014 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act by two years. The bill was introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) with Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) as cosponsors. "The program has been effective, and the government should continue to support programs that modernize technology in the government," a Capitol Hill source ... Read more

  • House FITARA Enhancement Act receives a clean CBO score
    Posted in News on September 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier The Congressional Budget Office released a cost estimate for the House version of the FITARA Enhancement Act on Friday, concluding that “there would be no significant additional cost or savings to continue those efforts under H.R. 3243.” The FITARA Enhancement Act, first introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., July 14, would amend the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act of 2015 to extend deadlines on some provisions that are set to expire. “Specifical... Read more

  • But Their Emails: Republicans React to Their Own Email Scandal
    Posted in News on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Matt Laslo Now that fellow Republicans – and not Hillary Clinton – are in the hot seat, many in the GOP are whistling a different tune. Across the Capitol this week, there were heated debates over using private email accounts for official government work, skirting federal transparency laws and accusations of partisan hypocrisy were heard, in what many see as an unwelcome rerun of the debate over Hillary Clinton's use of a private server. But unlike the last episode, when the GOP showed uniformi... Read more

  • Can Congress put evidence-based policymaking into practice?
    Posted in News on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Ben Berliner A bipartisan commission chartered by Congress recently delivered recommendations on using agency data to develop ways to evaluate the success or failure of federal programs. The final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, released Sept. 6, calls on Congress to support the better use of government data by establishing a National Secure Data Service to house confidential but essential program data. It also calls for creating the position of agency chief evaluation ... Read more

  • Connolly – Walorski Introduce the Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act
    Posted in News on September 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and Jackie R. Walorski (R-IN) have introduced the Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure federal firefighters are eligible for the same full and fair retirement benefits as their state and local counterparts. Every day, more than 15,000 federal firefighters put their lives at risk to protect our nation’s most critical assets – including the families, homes, and infrastructure on military installations across the country. Yet... Read more

  • Connolly Statement on GAO Data Center Optimization Report
    Posted in News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on GAO’s Data Center Optimization report released yesterday, which found that agencies are not planning to meet their data center consolidation goals required by FITARA. In the report, GAO recommends that Congress consider extending the time frame for the data center consolidation and optimization provisions of FITARA. “It is disappointing but not surpri... Read more

  • Fewer than 1/4 agencies will meet data center consolidation goals
    Posted in News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Joe Uchill Fewer than one in four agencies are on track to meet federally mandated data center efficiency, cost and security goals by the end of the program to update them, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report, released Wednesday, said 17 of the 22 agencies are not planning to meet their Office of Management and Budget target by the end of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) in October, 2018. FITARA aims to consolidate and optimiz... Read more

  • Most agencies running behind on OMB’s Data Center Optimization Initiative
    Posted in News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Tajha Chappellet-lanier Most of the federal agencies required to participate in recent federal data center optimizations efforts do not plan to meet mandated targets by the end of fiscal 2018, a new Government Accountability Office report finds. Of the 24 agencies required to meet the Office of Management and Budget’s Data Center Optimization Initiative targets by the Sept. 30, 2018, deadline, 17 reported they’re not likely to do so. The report assesses agency progress across five OMB targets: ... Read more

  • GSA's inspector general evaluating Trump Hotel lease
    Posted in News on August 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Meredith Somers The General Services Administration’s Office of Inspector General is reviewing the lease between the agency and the Trump organization. “GSA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is evaluating GSA’s management and administration of the ground lease for the Old Post Office Building,” a GSA spokesperson said in an Aug. 29 email to Federal News Radio.. “GSA welcomes the oversight of the OIG and will continue to work with it on its evaluation.” In a statement from Rep. Gerry Connolly,... Read more

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