Senate confirmation

  • Megan Brown: Former DOJ counsel says Senate should confirm criminal division head nominee

    Megan Brown of Wiley Rein gave her take on why the Senate should confirm Brian Benczkowski as head of the Department of Justice’s criminal division.

  • Senate confirmations bring permanent leadership to OPM for first time in more than 2 years

    The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed both Jeff Pon and Michael Rigas to serve as director and deputy director for the Office of Personnel Management.

  • David Hawkings: Senate productivity amid FBI director search

    The Senate is now in its second week since the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and is still in a bind. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the likeliness that the chamber will be able to get things done regarding confirmations or any other business.

  • Senator says he won’t yet lift hold on Cobert’s confirmation

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said he’s continuing his hold on Beth Cobert’s nomination to be the Office of Personnel Management’s acting director, because he isn’t satisfied with the agency’s response to his concerns over an exemption for members of Congress in the Affordable Care Act.

  • Cobert clears first step in path toward Senate confirmation

    Though nominee Beth Cobert passed the first step in becoming the Office of Personnel Management’s permanent director, she could face problems as her nomination moves toward a full Senate vote. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he’s concerned by OPM’s lack of response to two congressional requests for information.

  • Senator threatens to hold up OPM director’s nomination

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is threatening to hold up Beth Cobert’s nomination to be the permanent director of the Office of Personnel Management. He wants more answers from OPM about a final rule the agency issued two years ago that grants members of Congress a special exemption in the Affordable Care Act.

  • In Depth interviews – August 14

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • In Depth interviews – August 2

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

  • House OKs bill allowing agencies to boot tax-delinquent feds

    The House voted 263-116 to approve the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act and send it to the Senate. The measure would make those are who are seriously delinquent ineligible for federal employment, whether they’re working for the government now or are applying for a job. The House will also vote on final passage of a bill Wednesday to curb misuse of government charge cards.

  • Cabinet Cabal

    Is the White House concentrating more and more power unto itself? That’s the question FederalNewsRadio commentator Lurita Doan is raising in this week’s “Leadership Matters”.