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Glance: Lawmakers seek end to draft registration

Glance: Lawmakers seek end to draft registration

Monday - 02/25/2013, 04:38pm EST

Boehner says US veterans' claims system is broken

House speaker says system for veterans' disability claims is broken, cites 'shameful' failures

Friday - 02/22/2013, 06:38pm EST

Work time spent on union activities at a 7-year high for feds

OPM issued its fiscal 2011 Official Time report. The data shows employees, on average, spent 2.82 hours on union-related work during official hours. The cost of official time also increased by almost 12 percent.

Monday - 02/18/2013, 05:11am EST
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House votes to extend pay freeze for fed workers

House votes to extend pay freeze for federal workers, White House opposes

Friday - 02/15/2013, 04:18pm EST

Cyber information sharing bill gets new life in House

Despite a veto threat a year ago, House proponents of a cyber information sharing bill say productive talks now are underway with the Obama administration. Reps. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger re-introduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) trying to address privacy and civil liberties concerns.

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 09:45am EST
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Pay freeze bill heading for House vote

The House Rules Committee voted to fast-track legislation extending the pay freeze for federal employees through the end of the fiscal year. Federal workers are now slated to get a 0.5 percent pay increase in March when a stopgap continuing resolution expired. However, the measure approved by the House Rules Committee, introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), would block that increase.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 09:04pm 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

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
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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

Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

The fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers.

Monday - 02/04/2013, 06:07am EST

Term limits, now

Thanks to congressional redistricting, many members of the House of Representatives have jobs for life if they choose to keep running for reelection. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders: Is it maybe time for term limits for everybody?

Friday - 02/01/2013, 02:00am EST

Congress sends bill to Obama averting govt default

Congress sent President Barack Obama drama-free legislation on Thursday raising the debt ceiling, averting a government default and putting off the next tax-and-spending clash between the White House and Republicans until later in the year.

Thursday - 01/31/2013, 06:33pm EST

Justice: Progress in Fast and Furious negotiations

The U.S. Justice Department reports progress in settlement talks over a lawsuit by a House committee to get records involving the bungled gun-tracking program known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 01:42pm EST

Lawmaker looks outside VA to fill mental care gap

Veterans who have trouble getting timely mental health care from Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics should also have access to thousands of health care providers who care for military personnel and their families, says the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 10:41am EST

Obama says he'll sign $50.5B Sandy aid bill soon

President Barack Obama said he'll sign a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk.

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 02:44am EST

Lawmakers call on President to fill widespread IG vacancies

House and Senate lawmakers have called on President Barack Obama to fill inspector general vacancies at six large agencies, including open spots at the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 07:43pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 24, 2013

Sally Claggett of the U.S. Forestry Services reports on efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. EEOC's Dexter Brooks wants to hear your thoughts on how the commission can better enforce anti-discrimination laws at federal agencies. Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) fills us in on how the government can triage dangers in cyberspace. Dr. Rebecca J. Johnson discusses a new approach to teaching ethics.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 10:17am EST

Air Force creating 'battle rhythm' to stop sexual assault

The Air Force said it has identified 59 victims at a basic training facility. Thirty-two instructors are among those who have been accused or convicted of committing sexual improprieties with trainees. Senior leaders say they must do more to stop the problem.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 06:38am EST
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VanRoekel dismisses need for IT reform, calls for more flexibility

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its first hearing on the steps needed to reform IT management across government. But federal CIO Steven VanRoekel said he has the authority needed to improve how agencies spend money on technology programs. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the committee's chairman, is developing legislation to update laws governing the management of IT.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 10:02am EST
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House postpones federal pay freeze vote

The House has postponed a vote on a bill to extend the federal pay freeze through the rest of 2013. In its place, the House is set to vote on a measure withholding congressional pay unless lawmakers pass a budget part of a broader deal to extend the debt limit.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 05:01pm EST
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