The Defense Department is giving Congress its suggestions for the 2018 defense authorization bill. The proposal gives service members a 2.1 percent pay raise.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) blasted a recent opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which urges executive branches to respond only to inquires from congressional committee chairman. Some Cabinet-level secretaries have said they would not abide by the OLC policy.
Three prominent Republican lawmakers wrote to White House General Counsel Donald McGahn, asking that the Trump administration clear up any confusion that new agency communications directives may caused among federal employees about their whistleblower protection rights.
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.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) outlined their concerns with the Veterans Affairs Department in a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Meanwhile, current VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Congress has been the biggest barrier to true transformation at the VA.
The Senate had a busy weekend, passing five major pieces of legislation that will impact veterans, inspectors general, FBI whistleblowers and others before the close of the 114th Congress.
Three recent bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that address issues of administrative leave, Defense acquisition, and federal real property.
After thoroughly reviewing the bill, Jeff Neal says it is a good piece of legislation that he hopes to see passed and signed by the President.
A new bill from Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) defines the term “administrative leave” and creates new categories of leave for employees awaiting the results of an agency investigation.
The Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency is urging lawmakers to pass legislation restoring access to records and information for federal inspectors general.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) wants more specifics from the Department of Homeland Security on 88 cases of extended paid administrative leave.
A Senate committee has approved legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.
Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
Increased oversight will be a top priority for new Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He said oversight can change the federal government faster than legislation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described Chairman Grassley’s plan for the Judiciary committee, and what other chairs might have in store for the agencies they oversee.
Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they were seeking answers from the Obama administration about federal law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology that sweeps up basic cellphone data.