The House of Representatives will choose a new leader soon and one of the candidates has told members of a federal union he thinks they’re hard working they deserve raises and it’s time to stop demonizing them. He’s one of the Republican candidates for Speaker. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced his candidacy for Speaker on TV yesterday. David Hawkings, senior editor of CQ Roll Call, told In Depth with Francis Rose he’s watching how the Speaker’s race is unfolding and how it might affect the executive branch.
Sources from the House Oversight and Government Reform and the House Appropriations committees said Monday that a vote on a “clean” continuing resolution has not yet been scheduled for next week.
Army officials said Thursday that they would conduct what amounts to an about-face on a 2013 decision which turned over the management of the service’s childcare assistance program to the General Services Administration.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent three letters– one to OPM, one to DHS and one to one of OPM’s main technology contractors, Imperatis Corp., seeking answers to a variety of questions.
The Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general wrote a letter to acting Director Beth Cobert highlighting concerns about the lack of cooperation from the Donna Seymour’s office. Cobert and federal CIO Tony Scott continue to support Seymour’s efforts to improve OPM’s cybersecurity posture.
Whistleblowers told a House committee that managers at the Environmental Protection Agency turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual harassment for more than a decade.
Four powerful lawmakers want to know whether the Treasury Department will incorporate the Recovery Operations Center’s successful big-data tools into its DATA Act initiatives.
During the second hearing of the week, the Office of Personnel Management defended its hiring of Winvale and CSID despite continued questions about the $21 million contract. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) pressed OPM about the possibility of the second breach impacting 32 million current and former federal employees.
Second-term Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina lost his chairmanship of the Government Operations subcommittee, shortly after Speaker John Boehner expressed anger over rank-and-file Republicans voting against party-backed ”rules” that govern individual bills. Such votes traditionally divide along partisan lines and are seen as matters of party loyalty.
While the number of people in Congress calling for the OPM director to resign grows, the White House is voicing support for Katherine Archuleta. NTEU and NARFE have sent letters to OPM asking for more details on the second breach.