Congress

  • Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

    Stop us if you’ve heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week’s Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

  • Deadline near, deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate

    By DAVID ESPO and ERICA WERNER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the agency without immigration-related…

  • Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The Secretary of Homeland Security and two of his predecessors are calling on lawmakers to remove the politics from the debate over funding the department. Jeh Johnson, the current DHS secretary, and Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, DHS leaders under former President George W. Bush, berated the decision of Congress to tie DHS funding to the immigration debate. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest with impending partial DHS shutdown and what it will mean to agency employees and contractors.

  • Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay

    In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency’s 30,000 furloughed employees.

  • DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by ‘absurd’ budget conversation

    A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President’s desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn’t shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn’t pass a bill, Johnson said.

  • In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

    By DAVID ESPO and ERICA WERNER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by…

  • DHS on the brink of partial shutdown: Lessons from those who were there

    Former DHS leaders say you don’t need a shutdown to harm the department. The threat of a partial shutdown is enough to lower employees’ morale and slow down progress.

  • Ann Dunkin named CIO at EPA

    Ann Dunkin has been named chief information officer at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her first day on the job was Monday, Feb. 23. Dunkin previously served as senior adviser to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

  • IGs ask Congress to strengthen oversight tools

    Four inspectors general tell the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee they need legislative help in order to help them effectively oversee federal agencies.

  • David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    Friday is deadline day for the Homeland Security Department. Sen. Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) will try/tried for the fourth time today to introduce the House’s bill to fund DHS. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what to watch for next in the DHS showdown.