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DoD's budget reprogramming won't help with sequestration

Pentagon says it will use its limited budget flexibility to compensate for unexpected war costs, not to blunt sequestration. Services continue to warn Congress about how budget cuts are impacting readiness.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:14am EDT
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Senate committee wants to know DoD's 2014 sequestration plan

The top lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee have called on the Defense Department to detail how it will cut billions more from its budget if sequestration continues into next year. In a letter dated May 2, Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee, asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to provide a "package of reductions" to the department's proposed 2014 budget.

Tuesday - 05/07/2013, 04:35pm EDT

Lawmakers take on legislative process in fight against duplicative programs

Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don't overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.

Monday - 04/29/2013, 06:31pm EDT

WH: Anthony Foxx in line for transportation post

WH: Obama to pick Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for transportation secretary

Monday - 04/29/2013, 12:02pm EDT

Controllers to return after Congress ends FAA furloughs

Air traffic controllers are heading back to work. Congress acts to end airport delays after week of complaints about delays caused by furloughs.

Saturday - 04/27/2013, 01:20pm EDT

Bill gives FAA authority to move funds, prevent furloughs

The House is expected to quickly pass a bill the Senate approved last night that would end furloughs for air traffic controllers. The legislation gives the Federal Aviation Administration the authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts flush with funds into other programs. This would would help to prevent reductions in operations and staffing through the end of fiscal year 2013.

Friday - 04/26/2013, 06:22am EDT

Budget battle: 3 plans on the table, what now?

Budget battle guide: What's next now that everybody's put a budget on the table?

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 02:00pm EDT

Senate Democrats put off vote on Labor nominee

After Republicans raise concerns, Senate Democrats postpone vote on Labor secretary nominee

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 07:28am EDT

Retiring senator faces a $4.8 million decision

Sen. Max Baucus' decision not to run for re-election in 2014 leaves the Montana Democrat with more than $4.8 million in campaign money -- and no campaign to spend it on.

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 08:50pm EDT

Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind

Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind, willingness to work with business, labor to create jobs

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 02:26pm EDT

Report: US footing greater bill for overseas bases

Report: US paying more for overseas bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea despite troop shifts

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 04:10am EDT

Police said to have suspect in mind in ricin case

Senator: Police have suspect in mind in mailing to Miss senator that tests positive for ricin

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 12:14pm EDT

2014 budget takes center stage on Capitol Hill

With the release of the White House's 2014 budget proposal last week, budget season on Capitol Hill is in full swing. But while Congress will be debating the merits of the President's budget plan via a flurry of congressional hearings this week, the permanent director's chair at the Office of Management and Budget remains vacant.

Monday - 04/15/2013, 08:25pm EDT

Congress repeals STOCK Act reporting requirements for senior execs

Congress approved a bill Friday to eliminate expanded financial-disclosure reporting requirements for Senior Executive Service members, just days before the new requirements were to go into effect. Both the House and Senate approved the measure by unanimous consent. The expanded reporting requirements were set to go into effect Monday.

Friday - 04/12/2013, 03:18pm EDT

Senate endorses Sally Jewell for interior chief

Senate approves REI chief Sally Jewell for interior secretary

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 11:30pm EDT

Agency collaboration key to saving money

As the new chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce and government efficiency, Sen. Jon Tester says he will work to improve government services by pushing for better inter-agency collaboration and smarter investments that produce results.

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 06:58pm EDT

Postal Service backs down on ending Saturday mail

The U.S. Postal Service has reversed its decision to end Saturday mail delivery service, saying Congress gave it no choice when it passed a 2013 appropriations bill last month that continued a ban on five-day delivery.

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:04pm EDT

Senate confirms White to head SEC

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Mary Jo White's nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, making her the first former prosecutor to lead the federal agency that oversees Wall Street.

Monday - 04/08/2013, 06:26pm EDT

Coburn calls on OPM to fire feds 'paid to do nothing'

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has written to Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, saying the office should take steps to offload federal workers and contractors who don't show up for work, aren't performing official duties or "are simply not working at all." In the letter, Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said doing so could prevent the need to furlough critical employees under sequestration.

Friday - 03/29/2013, 03:04pm EDT

Debate rages over USPS delivery changes

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced last month it would end Saturday delivery of first-class mail. But a new legal decision from the Government Accountability Office seemed to offer more questions than answers.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 07:14pm EDT
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