Congress

The House plans to take up whistleblower protections legislation

The bill would fill in gaps from previous whistleblower legislation, according to a coalition of advocacy groups.

Tackling the climate crisis on Capitol Hill

The senior counsel with the Select Committee on Climate Crisis, Samantha Medlock, speaks to our partner site's podcast about legislation and the environment.

Lawmakers are urging OPM to beef up feds’ fertility benefits

Democrats in both chambers of Congress bemoaned the abridged—and often expensive—coverage of treatments such as in vitro fertilization in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Lawmaker pushes for legislative branch employees to get same rights as other feds

Congress should hold itself to the same employer standards as the rest of government, House member says.

The race to be the next House Dem overseeing feds has begun

The outgoing oversight panel leader who lost her primary had an extensive legacy with federal management issues, but at least one new contender also has established credentials.

The Inflation Reduction Act will require the IRS to study free tax filing options

TurboTax maker Intuit has long blocked efforts to create free online tax filing for all, but this sweeping domestic policy bill provides $15 million to investigate how the IRS could implement such a program.

The DHS Inspector General's office is under scrutiny

Courtney Bublé joins our partner GovExec podcast to discuss the scandals surrounding DHS IG Joseph Cuffari.

Congress and investment in defense firms

The Project on Government Oversight's Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette and Nathan Siegel join partner site GovExec's podcast to discuss ethics, Congress and the Pentagon budget.

IRS hiring in the big climate bill

The Inflation Reduction Act is the topic on our partner site's podcast, with Eric Katz.

Senate panel works over bill to assure peaceful transfers of power

The Electoral Count Act has become a concern, since the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.

‘We need your help’: Election officials ask Congress to better address harassment ahead of midterms

Women make up the overwhelming majority of the election workforce, and many are facing threats in the wake of lies spread about the integrity of the 2020 election.

Senate passes bill to root out conflicts of interest in federal contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers. 

Senate Dems join push to block Schedule F

As Republican groups discuss plans to reinstitute the controversial plan to strip tens of thousands of federal workers of their civil service protections, congressional Democrats have renewed their efforts to block it.

'Independent state legislature doctrine' could end 200 years of progress, take power from the people

A doctrine embraced by some conservatives could be adopted by the Supreme Court. If they do, Americans’ political power will be dramatically limited.

A top Senate Democrat asks Defense watchdog to investigate more missing Jan. 6 texts

“I don’t know whether the failure to preserve these critical government texts from Jan. 6 is the result of bad faith, stunning incompetence, or outdated records management policies, but we must get to the bottom of it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Senators can't agree on agency funding levels

Republicans deride Democratic priorities in fiscal 2023 bills —with just two months until a shutdown. The lawmakers are failing to find agreement, even as Democrats hold back on some increases.

‘These people don’t care’: U.S. Senate GOP stalls veterans' burn pit bill

Bipartisan legislation would expand health care and benefits to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits during deployments.