There is strong bipartisan in both the House and Senate for criminal justice reform that removes barriers to employment for people with a criminal record. Proponents of the legislation say it would help reduce recidivism and strengthen families.
The National Background Investigations Bureau said it's made some serious progress on the backlog of pending security clearances. It's down to 542,000 now. But as NBIB finishes more cases more quickly, that puts pressure other organizations with the federal personnel vetting enterprise. Federal News Network's Nicole Ogrysko joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the progress and the status of that pesky executive order that's supposed to move the security clearance program altogether.
President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to the federal retirement system are drawing criticism from some members of Congress. Hear this story and more in today's Federal Newscast. To listen to the Federal Newscast on your phone or mobile device, subscribe on PodcastOne or Apple Podcasts. The best listening experience on desktop can be found using Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
Gen. Paul Nakasone currently leads both organizations in a relationship that has existed since CYBERCOM was first created a decade ago. Asked whether he believed it was time to appoint separate leaders, Nakasone said recommendation is "classified".
Besides an $8.6 billion request for to complete his southern border wall, The administration has requested $72 million to fund the stronger enforcement of immigration laws and to reduce the nation's backlog of asylum cases.
In today's Federal Newscast, a group of nearly 40 senators are urging the appropriations committee to include back pay for federal contractors impacted by the last government shutdown, in an upcoming disaster relief package.
In today's Federal Newscast, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee want to hear from Acting Director Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, about what he's done to improve on an apparent failure of IHS to provide quality health care.