Heidi Heitkamp

  • Senate bill calls for random background checks for clearance holders

    Five senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing how the Office of Personnel Management handles the clearances of federal employees and contractors to access classified information. If enacted, the legislation would require OPM conduct random, automated reviews twice every five years of public records and databases for information about individuals with security clearances.

  • These lucky feds are getting a 30 percent pay raise

    What would you do if your pay increased by 30 percent or more? A handful of federal employees in North Dakota and Montana’s booming oil region are about to find out with their next paychecks.

  • Bill cracks down on retirement fund embezzlement

    Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) will introduce the Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2015 Monday. Under the bill, attorneys would have authority to prosecute representatives and caretakers who steal funds from retirees.

  • Retirement fraud prevention bill passes Senate

    Sens. James Lankford’s (R-Okla.) and Heidi Heitkamp’s (D-N.D.) retirement fraud reduction bill made it through the Senate on Wednesday. The bill criminalizes misusing federal retirement funds as a felony.

  • Federal pay for hard-to-fill jobs becomes an issue in improving economy

    The 9-year struggle to fill federal jobs in North Dakota’s oil-boom towns offers a stark example to the rest of the government of just how hard it can be to keep federal workers when private employers beckon.

  • Ernst bill aims to keep agency programs on track

    A bill recently passed by the Senate aims to make agency management more accountable for programs that run over budget and behind schedule.

  • VA IG, OSC nominees pledge accountability, transparency, whistleblower protection

    The President’s picks for VA inspector general and special counsel at the Office of Special Counsel told lawmakers on Tuesday that they would work to provide protection for whistleblowers and transparency when dealing with congressional oversight and reform.

  • Lawmakers still searching for Postal Service life raft

    Democrats and Republicans both agree the Postal Service needs congressional help to better its budget, but getting there is a tougher problem.

  • Senators crack down on agencies’ real property consolidation

    A group of five senators introduced a bill that would add new incentives for agencies to sell or lease empty and under-used federal property. The Federal Property Management Reform Act also sets stricter requirements for keeping track of federal buildings.

  • What’s wrong with veterans preference? It depends who you ask

    Veterans and agency hiring managers have mixed thoughts on the success of the veterans preference program. But there is some consensus that current regulations are too confusing and complex for both veterans and agencies.