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  • Connolly Predicts Congressional Pressure on White House Tech Positions
    Posted in News on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur Congress will likely be putting bipartisan pressure on the White House to fill critical IT positions in Federal agencies and prioritize modernization efforts, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., predicted at the ServiceNow Town Hall on July 24. “We have worked so hard to try to elevate these issues in priority lists for senior management,” said Connolly. “If you have a White House that’s not even barely talking about this subject, it automatically starts to fall down again in the list of pri... Read more

  • Knight-Connolly Security Clearance Backlog Legislation Passes Oversight Committee
    Posted in News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Yesterday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee advanced the Securely Expediting Clearances through Reporting Transparency (SECRET) Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA) and Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), requires a quarterly report on the size of the security clearance investigation backlog and the average length of time it takes to carry out security clearance investigations. The information gathered on the average time for investigations to... Read more

  • Bill to expedite security clearances clears committee
    Posted in News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Chase Gunter The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 19 passed a bipartisan bill aimed at expediting the security clearance approval process. The Securely Expediting Clearance through Reporting Transparency (SECRET) Act, introduced by Reps. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), would require the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a quarterly report on the size of the security clearance backlog. The report also would include the average time to ... Read more

  • Connolly-King-Langevin Introduce Fair RETIRE Act
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today, Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Peter King (R-NY), and Jim Langevin (D-RI) introduced the First Responder Fair RETIRE Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure federal firefighters, law enforcement officials, Border Patrol officers, and other federal first responders qualify for full retirement benefits if they are injured on the job. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Susan Collins (R-ME). Given the hazardous nature the job re... Read more

  • FITARA Enhancement Act moves forward
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Ben Berliner Extensions for certain provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act moved closer to passage on July 19 with the House Oversight Committee's approval of the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017. The bill would extend or eliminate the "sunset" dates for requirements on data center consolidation, on transparency and risk management of major IT investments and on PortfolioStat reviews of IT programs and resources. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), the bill's author, told... Read more

  • House Oversight Passes FITARA Backup Plan
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Frank Konkel A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has a backup plan to extend provisions set to expire later this year under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee by voice vote cleared the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017, which would extend the sunset periods of three key requirements regarding data center consolidation, PortfolioStat reviews and the IT dashboard. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., authored the bill and has suppo... Read more

  • Tech Investments Key to Large-Scale Savings, Connolly Says
    Posted in News on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur If Federal agencies invest upfront in technologies to track fraud and improper payments, the government could end up saving enough money to pay back some of the national debt or stave off sequestration, according to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. “We can do something in the management end that would have big payoff, and technology will help us. It will catch the duplication, it will catch the redundancy, it will catch a lot of the errors. So we need an upfront investment in technology, b... Read more

  • Lawmaker to Trump’s Election Commission: Drop Your Voter Data Request
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Mohana Ravindranath A presidential commission investigating voter fraud could compromise voters’ personal information, says one lawmaker who is urging the panel to drop its request for that data. President Donald Trump established the panel in May via an executive order. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity aims to look into “vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting” such ... Read more

  • Reports: GSA canceling search for new FBI headquarters site
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Meredith Somers and Jared Serbu The long, long search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters is finally at its end. Not because the government has settled on one of the three sites in the running, but because the General Services Administration has decided to cancel the project altogether. GSA is expected to formally notify the three developers who had proposed different headquarters sites in the Washington, D.C. suburbs on Tuesday that it is ending the competition that each had ... Read more

  • Federal government cancels costly, decade-long search for a new FBI headquarters
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Jonathan O'Connell The federal government is canceling the search for a new FBI headquarters, according to officials familiar with the decision, putting a more than decade-long effort by the bureau to move out of the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building back at square one. The decision follows years of failed attempts by federal officials to persuade Congress to fully back a plan for a campus in the Washington suburbs paid for by trading away the Hoover Building to a real estate developer and put... Read more

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