Just hours after the conclusion of James Mattis’ confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of Defense, a broad bipartisan majority of 81 senators voted Thursday to make an exception from the seven-year cooling off period for military officers and allow him to become the department’s top civilian leader.
Congress’ two defense policy committees were set to meet Thursday to consider whether retired Gen. James Mattis should be the next secretary of Defense, something both houses of Congress will have to approve since his confirmation would require the suspension of a federal law that demands military officers be out of uniform for seven years before they become the military’s civilian boss.
The Office of Personnel Management has been busy in recent weeks, releasing a series of new memos as reminders to any political appointees and senior officials who plan to leave or join government during the presidential transition.
The State and Defense departments showed the most improvement when it comes to providing publication information in understandable language.
The 115th Congress is coming fast out of the starting blocks. Plans for this week include no less than nine hearings on nominations for the Trump administration in addition to repealing the Affordable Care Act. It’s already passed some bills changing the lives off federal employees. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for the latest.
The Commission on Cybersecurity for the 45th President detailed 250 recommendations, including creating a specific cybersecurity agency within DHS and a new independent unit of auditors to stress test agency networks.
A package of oversight bills was voted out of the House during the early days of the 115th Congress. Some of the bills are similar to previous legislation that didn’t make it out of the last session. The bills include more access to information for government watchdogs, as well as protections for whistleblowers.
The first order of business for the 115th Congress will be conducting confirmation hearings for some of Trump’s nominees and addressing the repeal of Obamacare.
The Air Force is selecting its biggest class ever to participate in the Career Intermission Program.
The 114th Congress left a lot of unfinished business. Besides straightening out budget priorities with the new Trump administration, the 115th will have a lot of policy changes to deal with. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings provides a look ahead on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Current Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson’s vision of “unity” will carry into the new administration, as Congress officially codified several of his priorities in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. DHS will have a new strategic planning and policy office, as well as several joint task forces to coordinate activity across the department’s 22 components.
The 2017 defense authorization bill increases the amount DoD workers get for leaving their jobs by $15,000. The bill, signed into law by President Obama on Friday, provides up to $40,000 in retirement incentives for eligible civilian employees.
A new bill signed into law by President Barack Obama should provide some relief to FBI whistleblowers, who could only report wrongdoing to a certain group of senior officials at the agency.
Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote to Congress this week, asking that it begin work immediately to repeal cuts to the agency’s award and incentive spending. Congress cut VA’s performance bonus budget by about 20 percent next year to cover opioid-addiction treatment programs for veterans.
The FAR Council and lawmakers are updating federal procurement regulations to address long-standing concerns about veterans, prompt payment and privacy training.