Derek Kilmer

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The bronze Statue of Freedom, by Thomas Crawford, is the crowning feature of the dome of the U.S. Capitol, shown ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

TSP changes, retirement help for former seasonal feds and other bills to watch

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wants the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to take on new fiduciary responsibilities, while a bipartisan pair in the…

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Cleaning up hazardous chemicals, unexploded munitions from military bases not likely to wrap up soon

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Committee to reform House is off to a running start in the 117th Congress

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(AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteFILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo dark clouds and heavy rain sweep over the U.S. Capitol in Washington. At least a government shutdown is off the table. But as lawmakers straggle back to Washington for an abbreviated pre-election session, hopes are fading for a pandemic relief bill, or much else. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House Modernization Committee issues last round of recommendations

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House Modernization Committee approves continuity of operations recommendations

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Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., left, speaks with Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)

Will the coronavirus be the push Congress needs to modernize long-standing inefficiencies?

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A workman walks through the empty corridors of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill as lawmakers negotiate on the emergency coronavirus response legislation, in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Modernization committee leaders weigh in on continuity of operations, reopening

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House IG tells committee to consider ‘tremendous opportunity’ to centralize IT services

The House inspector general told the committee negotiating larger purchases with a smaller number of vendors would allow members to leverage their buying…

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House Modernization Committee recommends bringing back Office of Technology Assessment

Congress stood up OTA in 1972 as a tech-focused watchdog to serve a complementary oversight role to the Government Accountability Office, but lawmakers…

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First look at new ideas to modernize Congress

In today’s Federal Newscast, the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress approved its first round of recommendations.

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