Jon Tester

  • Senate committee approves bipartisan Postal Service reform bill

    A plan to cut the Postal Service’s costs so it can stay in business has passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Relations Committee. Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote on the Senate floor as soon as possible, according to committee leaders.

  • Senate committee approves OFPP nominee, four other bills

    The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee moves the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations, the Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting and two other pieces of legislation to the floor for a full vote.

  • Agency collaboration key to saving money

    As the new chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce and government efficiency, Sen. Jon Tester says he will work to improve government services by pushing for better inter-agency collaboration and smarter investments that produce results.

  • Federal Drive Interviews — April 12, 2013

    Stephen Goss, chief actuary for the Social Security Administration, talks about how actuaries can help federal agencies improve financial planning. Dr. Matthew Harris of the University of Maryland – University College discusses a new study on IG offices across the country. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) talks about disposing of federal properties. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) talks about a new report on government efficiency.

  • Federal Drive Show Blog – July 22, 2013

    On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

  • Tester aims to strengthen OPM’s oversight of security clearance process

    Legislators want to strengthen OPM’s ability to oversee the security clearance process to thwart under-qualified candidates from obtaining and keeping security clearances.

  • Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

    Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people obtained his security clearance. In a Sept. 18 letter, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), requested the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general look into what type of clearance the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, held as well as what federal agency conducted his background investigation.

  • In Depth Show Blog – February 7, 2014

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

  • Congress eyeing legislative fix for security clearances

    President Barack Obama signed the OPM IG Act into law this week. The law provides the agency’s top watchdog with an additional source of funding to conduct audits and investigations of the security-clearance process.

  • Key Senate panel to probe federal pay, morale issues

    The Senate subcommittee with oversight of the federal workforce will take up the issue of federal-employee compensation and sinking employee morale. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the subcommittee chairman, said at the National Treasury Employees Union’s annual legislative conference that the hearing would focus, in part, on making sure federal pay stays competitive with the private sector.