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OMB directs agencies to stop most discretionary bonuses under sequestration

The administration issued new guidance late Wednesday detailing specific steps agencies should take as sequestration now is one-day away. Danny Werfel, OMB's controller, told agency leaders to place "increased scrutiny" around several personnel issues, including new hires, training, travel and conferences.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:55am EST

Sequestration treadmill picking up steam across DoD

The automatic budget cuts set to occur under sequestration will go into effect as a matter of law on Friday. But their full impact won't be felt until late this spring, long after lawmakers encounter the next budget showdown.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:27am EST
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IT reform bill needs to 'beef up' people section, experts say

Rep. Darrell Issa plans to formally introduce the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act before the end of March. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its second hearing on the draft bill. Current and former federal officials say the bill should place a stronger emphasis on project management and workforce issues.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:02am EST

As budget cuts loom, is government shutdown next?

With budget cuts imminent, Congress turning to avoiding government shutdown in less than month

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 02:56am EST

House committee worried DoD, VA 'moving the goal posts' on e-health records

A House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the decision by the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments to scale back plans for a joint integrated electronic-health records systems dredged up longstanding issues with the two departments' EHR efforts.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 04:47pm EST

House Democrat to offer bill ending automatic cuts

Rep. Smith to propose bill to end automatic budget cuts while also trimming federal spending

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 09:48am EST

Military leaders say Congress must stop sequester

Military leaders say automatic budget cuts will undercut ability to confront global threats

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 07:20pm EST

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
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