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House subcommittee approves 24 percent cut to IRS budget

The embattled Internal Revenue Service faces a 24 percent cut to its budget next year, under a spending plan introduced by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. The IRS funding was included in the committee's Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which also includes funding for the Treasury Department, the General Services Administration and the Executive Office of the President. The subcommittee is set to mark up the proposal Wednesday.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 08:35pm EDT

Lerner case shows legal complications when federal workers are required to testify

House Republicans said IRS official Lois Lerner waived her right to remain silent by giving an opening statement in her hearing. Lerner still may testify before Congress with a variety of consequences.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 03:49pm EDT
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House committee, VA clash over requests for data

House committee uses website to chronicle what it describes as lack of transparency at VA

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 03:48pm EDT

House members push to let PTO offset sequester cuts

House members with constituents impacted by budget cuts to the Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Defense are taking steps to ease the effect of sequestration and furloughs.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 06:34pm EDT

Sequestration snarling 2014 budget process

The annual appropriations process is a complex and arduous Washington practice. But sequestration has snarled the process this year. As appropriators work to set agency funding, the House and the Senate disagree about how to account for the cuts in next year's spending plans.

Sunday - 07/07/2013, 09:48pm EDT

House panel pressing IRS figure to talk

House panel pressing IRS figure who refused to testify to return for more questions

Saturday - 06/29/2013, 12:20pm EDT

IRS severing ties with firm amid $500 million in questionable contracts

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it is seeking to cut its business relationship with a firm that may have had inside access to the agency's procurement decisions. Lawmakers also questioned agency decisions to award the company special status as veteran-owned and serving economically-disadvantaged areas.

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Hoyer pessimistic about 2014 budget road ahead

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said recently he believes there will be a continuing resolution for fiscal 2014. He said the inability for the parties to compromise is the key reason budget bills have not gone to conference.

Tuesday - 06/25/2013, 03:38pm EDT
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VA 'surge' closes out 97 percent of oldest disability claims

The Veterans Affairs Department made it a top priority earlier this year to handle all disability claims from veterans who've been waiting two years or longer. The department mostly succeeded in its two-month surge operation, but serious questions linger about the sustainability of the backlog elimination effort.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:30am EDT
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Postal Service closing Capitol Hill post offices in 'symbolic' move

USPS issued final determinations Wednesday to close three Capitol Hill post offices by July 21, which is expected to save about $2 million over the next 10 years. That's only a drop in the bucket in the agency's stretched-thin budget, but top House Republicans on the Administration and Oversight and Government Reform Committees hailed the move for sending a strong message.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 04:57pm EDT

As VA works to eliminate one backlog, one more might emerge

Under intense congressional and media pressure, VA has moved aggressively to eliminate its backlog of new claims for disability benefits. But veterans who appeal VA's decisions are still waiting years, on average.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 10:06am EDT
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BRAC-like commission proposed to hunt down government cost savings

A new commission, proposed by David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, would recommend ways to streamline government by removing duplication and extraneous spending from government agencies. Federal-employee unions criticized the proposal and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers expressed skepticism that such a proposal could gain congressional approval.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:47pm EDT
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House passes sweeping $638 billion defense bill

The House bill containing the provisions on sex-related crimes that the Obama administration supports as well as the detention policies that it vigorously opposes must be reconciled with a Senate version before heading to the president's desk.

Saturday - 06/15/2013, 09:30pm EDT

House approves IT reform amendment to Defense bill

The first major IT reform bill in a decade has cleared the first of three hurdles to become law. The bill would empower CIOs by reducing the number of people with that title to one per agency, and give that person authority over the IT budget and personnel decisions.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:53pm EDT

House lawmakers press VA for more details, assurances after cyber attacks

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and ranking member Michael Michaud (D-Maine) sent Secretary Eric Shinseki a letter asking for an explanation on why VA didn't tell the committee about multiple nation state attacks. The lawmakers call for VA to offer credit monitoring services to tens of millions of veterans.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 12:33pm EDT
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FBI director gets another House grilling

Mueller gets another grilling on major FBI probes in final appearance before House panel

Friday - 06/14/2013, 11:32am EDT

DoD maintains BRAC fight, despite opposition from Congress

Amid nearly unanimous congressional opposition, the Defense Department says it needs to stop operating military facilities it no longer wants or needs.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 06:09am EDT
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Lawmakers, industry press OFPP not to make strategic sourcing mandatory

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce is searching for answers about the potential impact on competition if the White House mandates the use of strategic sourcing contracts. Four industry associations provided little support for compulsory use, citing potential risks to the government and harm to vendors.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:35am EDT
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House OKs 2-year sentence for military sex assault

House backs mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in prison for sexual assault in the military

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:00am EDT

Issa's postal reform proposal OKs 5-day delivery, modifies prefunding

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a draft postal reform bill that supports ending Saturday mail delivery and would modify how the agency pre-funds retiree health-care payments that now threaten to sink the agency into financial insolvency. Congressional postal reform efforts have remained dormant so far this year, even as the Postal Service's financial outlook has worsened.

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 07:37pm EDT
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