Republicans unemployment fraud bill passes House, gets Senate version

The bill’s passage in the House fell one day after the indictment of one of its cosponsors – Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) – for unemployment fraud.

Bipartisan group looks to fix 'hopelessly obsolete' classification system

Legislation is aimed at reducing over-classification and improving the handling of secrets.

Tech subcommittee chairwoman plans MGT Act rewrite

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) said at a hearing that the congressionally-mandated revolving fund for tech upgrades is "a tool that needs sharpening."

Biden will veto Republican-led clawback of unemployment funding, White House says

The Office of Management and Budget says that the president would veto a Republican proposal to rescind American Rescue Plan Act funding for unemployment if passed by Congress.

New bill would add disclosure requirements for AI in political ads

A new bill from Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) comes shortly after the Republican National Committee released a new ad using generative artificial intelligence.

DHS R&D arm to drive climate change response under new bill

The Science and Technology Directorate would take a leading role in climate change resilience research under a new bill.

VA's health record 'reset' has budget fallout

Secretary Denis McDonough told Senate appropriators on Wednesday that the "reset" of the massive electronic health record replacement project likely means tweaks to the agency's budget request.

House Democrats bring back customer experience bill targeting student loan, passport updates

A bill reintroduced Tuesday aims to codify parts of the White House’s 2021 executive order on making government services more user-friendly.

GSA makes a case for on Capitol Hill following scathing report

General Services Administration officials addressed allegations that the agency misrepresented identity proofing standards of at a hearing Wednesday, as lawmakers pondered the potential for fraudsters in the system.

Another Democrat joins chorus of concerns about CBP’s mobile app

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is the latest to express concerns about CBP's mobile application and its role in the asylum process. 

Senators try again to advance software license bill

Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) have brought back the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act with a few new changes after the proposal came up short last fall.

House Republicans offer proposal to claw back unemployment modernization funding

A Tuesday markup in the House Ways and Means Committee featured partisan sparing over a proposal to pull back Labor Department funding from the American Rescue Plan Act for unemployment modernization.

Lawmakers clash during hearing about unemployment insurance fraud

While House members pointed fingers over fraudulent payouts from pandemic-era programs, watchdogs offered recommendations for action, including new tech and data-sharing tools.

House Dem pushes back on bill to cancel VA's $20B-plus software refresh

Rep. Mark Takano, now ranking member on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, doesn't want to cancel the Electronic Health Records Modernization program without a ready alternative – and VistA doesn't count.

Hoyer takes up post as top Dem on key approps subcommittee

After decades in House leadership, Hoyer is taking up a supporting role on a congressional panel with a strong focus on government tech, management and the workforce. 

Oversight Chairman Comer: ‘We’re two years behind in oversight’

Meanwhile, Democrats say Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the incoming chairman of the newly renamed House Oversight and Accountability Committee, is hypocritical and partisan.

House lawmakers want VA's $20 billion-plus electronic health record program to improve or else

Senior Republicans on the House Veterans Affairs Committee are backing legislation to end the troubled program to replace the Department of Veterans Affairs' homegrown electronic health record system with commercial software from Oracle-Cerner -- unless the program can hit performance targets and satisfy top hospital officials.