Sherrod Brown

Congressional Staff, Congress

After a summer break, Congress has a lot on its plate this fall

The House and Senate appropriations packages are far from the only priority for Congress this fall — and many of the other to-do items have direct impacts…

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Getty Images/iStockphoto/marcnormanInternal Revenue Service sign with a traffic signal in the foreground indicating a red light.

IRS plans pivot to, lets users create online accounts without facial recognition

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telework, coronavirus

Citing ‘unnecessarily complex’ coronavirus guidance, senators seek more assurances from OPM

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Jon Tester

Senators ask for IG review of VA’s implementation of accountability act

Senate Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and three other senators are asking the VA inspector general to review the department’s implementation…

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Bill would pluck ‘low hanging fruit’ from federal real property portfolio

Public-private leasing and compiling a comprehensive database of government facilities are part of a handful of bills aimed at managing federal real property.

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Amelia Brust/Federal News NetworkFederal Acquisition, GSA

Senate Dems. call for service-contracting cap, but industry cries foul

A group of 26 Democratic senators wrote last week to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging the Pentagon to lift an “arbitrary” cap on DoD’s civilian workforce, saying contractors hadn’t been similarly affected by budget constraints. But the Professional Services Council, an industry group which represents many defense contractors, rebuts the charge that contractors haven’t also felt the effects of the current fiscal climate.

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