Joni Ernst

Congress returns in full, as the clock begins to run out once again

The House and Senate are both in session this week. But the House is only around for this week and next, before taking another two-week recess. That schedule…

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Small Business Administration (SBA) building

Better data, analysis gives SBA new optimism to recoup smaller COVID loans

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(Photo courtesy of April Gail Pilgrim, Army)A man teleworks from home

Telework leads to feds ‘phoning it in,’ says senator seeking IG assessment

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Jim Risch, Rob Portman, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst

Senate Republicans lead bill setting higher standard for SBA mentoring program

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, questions Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Alex Edelman/Pool via AP)

Sen. Ernst leads bills seeking higher standard for federal small business contracting goals

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Amy Braley Franck

New campaign asks service members to share stories to push sexual assault reforms farther

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(Erin Scott/The New York Times via AP, Pool)Chairman Sen. Gary Peters., D-Mich., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, to examine the January 6th attack on the Capitol. (Erin Scott/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Senators want to eliminate any conflicts of interest with government contractors

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(DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Simon, U.S. Army)U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Lawrence, right, places a temporary teal ribbon tattoo on a Soldier's hand at the Koele dining facility at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 2, 2014. The teal ribbon was the symbol of sexual assault survivors and awareness. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kelly Simon, U.S. Army/Released)

Senators concerned over DoD’s sexual assault overhaul timeline

It could take until 2030 for the Defense Department to implement all of the recommendations to improve sexual assault response.

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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, file photo, an American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington. A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Industry holds its breath on impact of Trump diversity training order

The executive order President Donald Trump signed last week to ban certain types of diversity training carries enormous potential penalties for federal…

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing examining issues facing prisons and jails during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)

Sen. Ernst: Telework ‘bolsters’ claim federal agencies don’t need DC headquarters

Large swaths of the federal workforce are still out on mandatory telework because of the coronavirus, but the government could save billions of dollars each year if agencies continued to embrace work-from-home options even after the pandemic.

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