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Senate News

Coburn calls for partial federal job freeze as sequestration nears

The Republican senator from Oklahoma is asking the Office of Management and Budget to require agencies to stop hiring for certain positions. Instead, he would like that funding put towards mission critical jobs that could be affected by sequestration cuts. Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, found 10 jobs listed on that he believes could be frozen. He says this would give agencies $1.4 million to spend on positions like border security officers and TSA screeners.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 03:03pm EST

Senate panel plans Tuesday vote on Lew nomination

Senate committee plans Tuesday vote on Jack Lew, Obama's nominee to be treasury secretary

Monday - 02/25/2013, 09:56am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 25, 2013

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is concerned new regulations may make whistleblowers even more reluctant to report tax fraud to the IRS. OMB Controller Danny Werfel says $85 billion in cuts under sequestration would hurt every state. Maj. Gen. Brett Williams says the U.S. Cyber Command is trying to figure how to normalize operations alongside air, land and sea capabilities. Lynn Singleton, director of environmental services at Lockheed Martin, talks about helping agencies move their email to the cloud. Dr. Milton Corn explains why The National Library of Medicine is monitoring social media.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 09:34am EST

Hagel's GOP foes signal vote should go on

Hagel's GOP opponents say vote on his Pentagon nomination should go ahead despite concerns

Tuesday - 02/19/2013, 01:14pm EST

Obama attempting to change face of the judiciary

Obama wants to change the face of the federal judiciary, if nominees can get past the Senate

Friday - 02/15/2013, 04:30pm EST

NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg says he will retire

US Senate's oldest member, NJ's Frank Lautenberg, 89, says he'll retire when his term ends

Friday - 02/15/2013, 12:04pm EST

Democrats to unveil bill to replace budget cuts

Senate Democrats to unveil bill to replace automatic budget cuts

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 06:10pm EST

OMB to Congress: Sequestration impact 'real,' but furloughs not immediate

Obama administration officials are painting a bleak picture of how federal agencies would fare under sequestration, the automatic budget cuts slated to go into effect in two weeks. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony from several Obama administration officials about the consequences of the cuts, which are set to take effect March 1. However, Danny Werfel, controller of the Office of Management and Budget, emphasized to the committee that employee furloughs would not be immediate.

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 05:50pm EST

USPS makes case for ending Saturday delivery as postal reform push continues

The U.S. Postal Service's worsening financial situation led Postmaster General Pat Donahoe to announce last week the agency would end Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. But lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee were divided over Donahoe's announcement. The postmaster general told the committee during a hearing Wednesday the decision was necessary to save $2 billion a year and to begin shoring up the service's funding shortfalls.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 04:45pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 13, 2013

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) talks about his plans as the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Greg Kutz of TIGTA discusses new progress being made by the IRS in recruitment and hiring. Jennifer Martinez, staff writer at The Hill newspaper, discusses the new Executive Order on cybersecurity. Don Kettl of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy offers insight on the State of the Union speech.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 09:01am EST

Military issues dire warnings of readiness crisis, decries political gridlock

Among the warnings the military's top uniformed officers delivered to the Senate Tuesday: Half of Marine Corps units will fall below readiness standards by the end of the year, the Army will have to curtail training for 80 percent of its ground forces and shipyards are already becoming short-staffed because of DoD's hiring freeze.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 06:02am EST

Top officers issue urgent warning over budget cuts

US military's top leaders says looming spending cuts may leave troops unprepared for combat

Tuesday - 02/12/2013, 07:14pm EST

Senate Democrats craft bill to avert budget cuts

Senate Democrats craft bill to avert automatic budget cuts to Pentagon, domestic programs

Monday - 02/11/2013, 08:38pm EST

Senate panel to vote Tuesday on Hagel nomination

Senate committee to vote Tuesday on Hagel nomination as Dem chairman rejects GOP demands

Monday - 02/11/2013, 08:20pm EST

Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans

CIA nominee Brennan defends drone strikes, says he doesn't know if waterboarding is effective

Friday - 02/08/2013, 04:04am EST

Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

Defense secretary warns military readiness crisis coming if automatic budget cuts are allowed

Friday - 02/08/2013, 04:04am EST

Senate panel postpones vote on Hagel nomination

Senate panel postpones vote on Hagel nomination amid Republican calls for more information

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 11:04am EST

GOP sequestration plan calls for reducing federal workforce

Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have proposed an alternative to the automatic budget cuts set to go into effect next month that includes reducing the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 04:40pm EST

Obama to visit Israel in first visit as president

President Barack Obama plans to visit Israel in the spring, marking his first visit to the nation since becoming president.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 01:15pm EST

Senate passes bill to improve embassy security

By voice vote, the Senate passed the bipartisan measure that would give the department the authority to use surplus funds that are no longer needed in Iraq, where the United States has scaled back operations. The bill now goes to the House.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 07:49am EST
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