Heidi Heitkamp

  • Concerned by TSA, Coast Guard budget cuts, senators push DHS nominee for answers

    Amid reports that the White House is planning budget cuts at the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the President’s border security and immigration policies, some senators are worried the Homeland Security Department will forget the lessons it’s learned about risk-based management. They asked Elaine Duke, the nominee to be the DHS deputy secretary, about her approach to future budgetary decisions.

  • Rollout of project management law promises responsible use of taxpayer dollars

    The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 would create a “culture of excellence,” promoting wise use of taxpayer dollars.

  • Senate committee kicks off series of hearings on civil service reform

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ federal workforce subcommittee said it’s on a fact-finding mission this year. Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.) said he wants to hear from federal managers about the existing authorities and processes that make their jobs more difficult.

  • Senate heaps praise on DHS nominee, urges Kelly to continue mgmt. reforms

    Gen. John Kelly, the President-elect’s pick to be the Homeland Security Department’s new secretary, said he recognizes DHS’ immense challenges and plans to study up on the previous administration’s attempts at management reform.

  • New proposals needed to break gov’t hiring status quo, Senate, agencies say

    With 31 percent of the federal workforce eligible to retire by September 2019, most agencies acknowledge they’re racing against the clock to recruit and hire the next generation of federal employees. But repeat, persistent challenges are preventing them from recruiting new, young talent, agency chief human capital officers say.

  • New bill gives agencies more options to hire new talent

    In today’s Top Federal headlines, a new bill gives agencies more options to hire new talent, and another major IT contract is stalled by protests.

  • 3 things you may have missed from Congress this week

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants to get a closer look at how many political appointees the Office of Personnel Management has converted to career employees over the past nine months.

  • 4 Senate bills to improve federal accountability, transparency

    The bills aim to improve coordination within and between agencies, further reduce duplicate efforts and improve availability of information on government grants and data.

  • Senators say SSA’s backlog reduction plan violates due process

    The Social Security Administration has a backlog of a million disability cases to process, but the leaders of a Senate oversight subcommittee say the agency’s plan to reduce the backlog raises too many red flags about due process.

  • 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.