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Feds have sacrificed enough, federal groups tell supercommittee

Postal workers and federal employees groups are urging the "supercommittee" to reject President Barack Obama's proposed increase in employee retirement contributions and support his cap on contractors' salaries. The Federal-Postal Coalition also wants lawmakers to preserve Saturday mail delivery, despite USPS' wishes.

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 06:02pm EDT

Congress to extend deadline for Postal Service debt

The Postal Service would get seven more weeks to pay a $5.5 billion debt to the Treasury under the continuing resolution passed Monday by the Senate. A House version includes the same provision. The bill is due on Friday.

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 07:25pm EDT

Storage Efficiency

"Data volumes are exploding. Budgets are shrinking. Join this discussion and learn how federal agencies are storing more, yet spending less on storage. If you need to cut your IT budget, doesn't it make sense to start with one of your biggest line items? Tune in as our panelists present real examples that show how agencies are containing large volumes while capturing savings—with storage that's faster, easier to manage, and more secure. Find out the keys to storage efficiency: buying less hardware, eliminating redundant data, streamlining backup/recovery, avoiding network or bandwidth upgrades, and reducing everyday operating costs."

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 12:30pm EDT
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McCain brings House GOP USPS reform plan to Senate

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation in the Senate to overhaul the struggling Postal Service. It mirrors the GOP plan approved by a House subcommittee Wednesday. It would let an independent watchdog to seize control of the agency's finances if it were more than 30 days late in paying its bills.

Friday - 09/23/2011, 07:01pm EDT

House subcommittee pushes forward GOP plan to repair USPS

A House subcommittee markup of a bill to address the Postal Service's financial problems broke down along partisan lines. Democrats accused Republicans of using this legislation to weaken labor provisions. Republicans said Democrats would prefer bailing out the agency rather than making it sustainable. The bill now goes to the full House Oversight and Governmental Reforms Committee.

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:44am EDT
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What's next for the U.S. Postal Service?

Federal Times Editor Steve Watkins and senior writer Sean Reilly will talk about the future of the U.S. postal service, and NARFE legislative director Daniel Adcock will discuss the changes that Congress wants to make to your retirement benefits.
September 21, 2011

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 10:12pm EDT
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House lawmakers to square off over plans to fix USPS

A House subcommittee will markup legislation Wednesday to address the Postal Service's financial problems. President Obama unveiled his reform proposal earlier this week. Postal Service officials say, if enacted, it would give them the breathing room they need to make major network changes.

Tuesday - 09/20/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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Rep. Connolly shares outlook on Congressional stalemate

Virginia Democratic Re. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) joined the Federal Drive to discuss the latest on the debate over the continuing resolution and the future of the Postal Service.

Friday - 09/16/2011, 09:48am EDT
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House CR extends funding through Nov. 18

The short-term spending bill will keep government funded through midnight Nov. 18.

Thursday - 09/15/2011, 12:54pm EDT

Tuesday morning federal headlines - Sept. 13

On today's Federal Drive: some agencies have netted extra cash from governmentwide acquisition contracts and furloughed FAA workers won't receive back pay under the latest House FAA funding reauthorization.

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 08:08am EDT

Lonely Fed ISO Good News

If you are looking for good news you've come to the wrong place, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It seems that while Congress and the White House say that creating jobs is the nation's top priority, the second largest federal agency hopes to shed a third of its workforce and 70,000 federal contractors were sent on unpaid furloughs this year.

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 02:01am EDT

Bill gives USPS 90-day extension to make FERS payment

A bill introduced in the House would give the Postal Service a 90-day extension to the Sept. 30 deadline to make a $5.5 billion pre-payment to its retiree health benefit fund.

Monday - 09/12/2011, 04:27pm EDT

GAO: Congress must act fast to stave off USPS bankruptcy

If the Postal Service were a business, it would be facing the equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. USPS lost $20 billion in last five years, and it is on track to lose more than $6 billion this year. GAO evaluates the state of the Postal Service and what needs to be done in the short-term by Congress.

Monday - 09/12/2011, 02:08pm EDT
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Carper urges Obama to save the Postal Service

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama to act now to save the cash-strapped Postal Service. The administration said it would propose reforms in the $1.5 trillion deficit reduction package it sends to Congress.

Friday - 09/09/2011, 05:49pm EDT
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Postal Reform: Lobster or Road Kill?

Is the proposed reform of the US Postal Service the equivalent of dining on lobster or road kill, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey ponders. The battle is heating up and each side is warning that the end is near ...

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 02:01am EDT

Postal Service warns Senate of dire finances

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned senators that the Postal Service would stop delivering mail by next August unless Congress authorizes sweeping changes. After paying October's bills, Donahoe said the agency would have a week's worth of cash left. Meanwhile, the White House said it would propose reforms soon.

Wednesday - 09/07/2011, 10:00am EDT
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Wednesday morning federal headlines Sept. 7

On today's Federal Drive, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has asked Congress for more flexibility in its finances to stave off an impending default and the chief designer of the General Services Administration's Networx telecommunications program announced he'll leave early next year.

Wednesday - 09/07/2011, 08:36am EDT

Tuesday morning federal headlines Sept. 6

On today's Federal Drive: Veterans Affairs announced it will release its open-source EHR code, SSA announces new rules on banned visitors and the USPS prepares to testify about its dire financial straits.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 08:30am EDT

Senate to focus on Postal Service's dire straits

Ahead of a Senate hearing Tuesday on the Postal Service's financial woes, the National Association of Postal Supervisors is urging senators to change the USPS' payment schedule for retiree health care. The union said it would oppose the elimination of Saturday delivery and other legislative proposals.

Thursday - 09/01/2011, 06:03pm EDT

Tuesday morning federal headlines - August 30

On today's Federal Drive: The deadline to transition to GSA's Networx telecommunications contract is approaching, an assessment of DHS 10 years after 9/11 and a preview of upcoming legislative battles as Congress prepares to return from recess.

Tuesday - 08/30/2011, 08:11am EDT
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