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Does GS system need an update? Lawmakers ask GAO to review federal pay scale

A trio of lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want the Government Accountability Office to examine whether the General Schedule system for federal employees needs an update. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), said the watchdog agency's review would aid the lawmakers in evaluating "the appropriateness of the General Schedule (GS) as a pay scale for today's workforce."

Monday - 04/22/2013, 04:44pm EDT

House passes pro-business cybersecurity bill

Pro-business cybersecurity bill sails through House again, but without clear path ahead

Friday - 04/19/2013, 06:10am EDT

Postal Service's 'broken business model' under fire but solutions scarce

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday that the Postal Service is operating under a "broken business model." But cost-saving efforts, such as ending Saturday delivery and modifying a multibillion dollar requirement to prefund future retirees health care costs, garnered little agreement among lawmakers.

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 07:50pm 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

House passes GOP bill to halt Labor Board action

House Republicans approve measure halting Labor Board action, despite Obama veto threat

Friday - 04/12/2013, 02:52pm EDT

Mica: 'Mismanagement of assets is shameful'

Congressman John Mica says his top priority as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations is to cut agency waste, fraud and abuse beyond just the low hanging fruit. Mica's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Rise of the Money People.

Friday - 04/12/2013, 04:21am EDT

FEHBP modernization plan receives cautious optimism from Hill

The Office of Personnel Management told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the 50-year-old law creating the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) has hurt its ability to keep the FEHBP up-to-date. The agency estimates billions in savings over the next decade should Congress approve the White House's proposals in the 2014 budget request.

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 07:54pm EDT
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House committee approves pro-business cyber bill

House panel approves pro-business cybersecurity bill over protests by civil liberties groups

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 02:16pm 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

House revives cyber bill that privacy groups hate

The House Intelligence Committee is trying to revive legislation that would let industry and the federal government swap information on the latest cyber threats.

Monday - 04/08/2013, 07:20pm EDT

Shinseki says VA on target for ending backlog

Shinseki maintains 2015 goal for ending disability claims woes even as backlog worsens

Monday - 03/25/2013, 12:06pm EDT

New bill could curtail FEHBP prescription drug costs

The FEHBP Drug Integrity, Transparency and Cost Savings Act would give OPM more oversight of contracts and pricing methods. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) said the bill would save the government billions.

Friday - 03/22/2013, 04:17pm 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

Budget battle and the economy

On this week's Bloomberg Government Capital Impact show, analysts will compare the House and Senate budget proposals, and discuss sequestration's impact on the economy.
March 21, 2013

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 07:02pm EDT
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House passes GOP budget plan promising deep cuts

GOP-dominated House passes budget plan promising slashing cuts, balance in 10 years

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 03:22pm EDT

Doubts remain over VA's ability to end huge disability claims backlog

VA officials still insist the 630,000 disability claims waiting to be processed will be eliminated by 2015. But so far, numbers are headed in the wrong direction and House Veterans Affairs Committee members are losing patience.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 06:31am EDT
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House Oversight Committee passes 12 bills affecting agency management

Including the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday passed 12 bills focusing on a variety of agency management issues.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 05:50am EDT

Issa's IT reform bill moves through committee, concerns still remain

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) with little debate and no amendments. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the bill's author and chairman of the committee, said the provisions to give CIOs more budget control and the IT project and program management improvements will have a big impact on how agencies spend money on technology.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 05:28am EDT
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Senate approves huge 2013 spending bill, averting shutdown

Senate votes to avert government shutdown, lock in $85 billion in cuts _ with some flexibility

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 02:43am EDT
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