Barbara Mikulski

  • President to propose $1.4 billion new FBI building in 2017 budget

    The budget request comes as the General Services Administration announces Phase II for the FBI headquarters project.

  • Attorney General lays out price tag, plan to support Obama’s gun violence reform

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the Senate appropriations subcommittee on the plan to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the hiring of 200 special agents and investigators for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as the investment in the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network and National Firearms Act applications.

  • Sen. Barbara Mikulski: Omnibus bill delivers some budget certainty

    After many, many days of closed-door negotiations, we finally have an agreement on the 2016 budget. The deal heads to the floor today, and if it passes, it means no more continuing resolutions for the remainder of 2016 and some certainty on the pay and benefits front for federal employees. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is the senior democrat on the Senate appropriations committee and had a key role in negotiating the final deal. She talked with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Pay raise, transit benefits parity gives feds optimism for 2016

    The omnibus spending bill includes money for the FBI’s new headquarters, 10 years of credit monitoring services for OPM breach victims and much more for federal employees.

  • Fears rise over little-known cyber bill provision

    Section 209 of the Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act would give DHS emergency powers during a cyber attack on federal or contractor networks holding federal data. Some say the provision is too vague.

  • Senate follows House, White House in pushing for paid family leave for feds

    A new Senate bill could guarantee six weeks of paid leave for federal employees who become parents, and let them choose whether to take those six weeks separately or in one shot.

  • OMB warns against more budget belt tightening for OPM, IRS

    The Office of Management and Budget’s director urges Congress to reconsider the budget belt-tightening it has in store for the IRS, the Office of Personnel Management and federal IT.

  • Senate heads to recess with a cyber dud

    Despite overwhelming agreement that cybersecurity legislation is needed, Senate lawmakers couldn’t agree on how such a bill would look. Lawmakers did approve the nomination of Denise Turner Roth to be GSA administrator.

  • Rep. Hoyer sees path to lifetime protections for OPM breach victims

    UPDATED: Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) joins a growing list of Washington-area lawmakers who are looking at whether Congress could pay for the costs from the OPM breach under emergency appropriations.

  • Senators want DHS to have NSA-like defensive cyber powers

    A bipartisan group of six senators introduced the Federal Information Security Management Reform Act of 2015 to give DHS the clout it’s been lacking over the last five years and, in some respects, put it on par with the National Security Agency.