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2:05 am, July 13, 2014

Congressional Spotlight

Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs

A government shutdown could furlough 800,000 federal employees. The shutdown could hit as early as Tuesday if a bitterly divided Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:12am EDT

No compromise: Government on brink of a shutdown?

Government shutdown in sight? House GOP nixes stopgap bill if it fails to defund Obamacare

Friday - 09/27/2013, 03:34am EDT

Football vs. Congress: When in doubt, punt

In politics, as in football, sometimes the best move is to punt. And even if you are not a sports fan or political junkie consider what Congress and the Washington football team have in common: So far this season both are losers. The difference is the football team is bound to win one while Congress keeps failing to score and punting, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

USPS says overhauling health benefits key to postal reform

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service says it can return to being profitable and begin to pay down its debt if Congress gives it the authority to overhaul its health benefits structure. Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday that launching a postal-specific health care plan would help save the agency $8 billion annually through 2016.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 05:45pm EDT

Postmaster: Money woes behind rate hike request

Postmaster says given money woes, his agency had no choice but to ask for price increase

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 04:56pm EDT

Ayotte wants answers on A-10 cuts, blocks Air Force nominee

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) has put confirmation of Deborah Lee James on hold until she gets answers about possible cuts to the A-10 Thunderbolt attack fighter fleet.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 01:46pm EDT

US borrowing authority to be exhausted by Oct. 17

US borrowing authority to be exhausted by Oct. 17, Treasury says

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 04:10am EDT

Anti-shutdown bill advances; big fight still looms

Shutdown showdown looms: Unanimous Senate vote masks deep disagreements over health care law

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 03:06am EDT

McCaskill wants more oversight of SES bonuses

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wants to know whether many of the federal government's Senior Executive Service members are deserving of the bonus payments they receive. McCaskill, who chairs a Senate subcommittee on financial and contracting oversight, wrote to the head of the Government Accountability Office, asking the watchdog agency to investigate whether bonuses paid to SES employees involved in contract management are effective tools in reducing costs or improving contract performance.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 06:53pm EDT

Senate clears hurdle on stopgap spending bill

Senate clears hurdle on spending bill to avert government shutdown

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 05:30pm EDT

Phased retirement, potential shutdown, and USPS

This week's guests on the Your Turn radio program include Bob Braunstein, an expert on the upcoming phased retirement option, and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly with the latest on the possible shutdown.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 03:13pm EDT
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Coburn asks for details on year-end spending spree

OMB Director Sylvia Burwell received a letter from Sen. Tom Coburn earlier this month asking for the facts and figures on how agencies are spending acquisition funds in the fourth quarter.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:31am EDT

Increase in fed pension contributions part of GOP debt ceiling deal

A leading set of proposals comes from a House GOP leadership office and was circulating on Washington's K Street lobbying corridor on Monday. It includes a plan to increase pension contributions of federal civilian workers by up to 5 percentage points and lowering the federal match accordingly, which could help defray the deficit by up to $84 billion over a decade.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 01:20am EDT

GOP House: Keep government open, hit 'Obamacare'

Collision course: Republican House votes to keep the government open _ if 'Obamacare' crippled

Saturday - 09/21/2013, 11:02pm EDT

DHS continuous monitoring program faces legislative, budget challenges

Suzanne Spaulding, the nominee to be the deputy undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told Senate lawmakers DHS had to reduce the number of federal devices that will be covered by the CDM program because of budget shortfalls.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 07:34pm EDT

Here's the truth: The government doesn't shut down

The truth: Government won't shut down _ but default could delay benefit checks, troops' wages

Friday - 09/20/2013, 05:30pm EDT

Postmaster says Senate bill a good start to postal overhaul

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says a Senate bill aiming to overhaul the Postal Service's financial structure by providing the agency more flexibility to price its products is a good first step. Donahoe has been calling on Congress to approve comprehensive postal reform for much of the last two years. In that time, the cash-strapped agency has posted losses of $20 billion and defaulted on more than $11 billion in payments to prefund retiree health care costs. USPS is set to default on a $5.6 billion payment due Sept. 30 payment, Donahoe said.

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 06:00pm EDT

Hagel, Dempsey discuss Washington Navy Yard shooting

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey discuss the Navy Yard shooting. Hagel says he's employing a broad communication strategy and conducting multiple security reviews.

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 08:30pm EDT
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Senators seek probe into how Navy shooter got clearance

Key senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking answers into how the contractor employee responsible for the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people obtained his security clearance. In a Sept. 18 letter, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), requested the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general look into what type of clearance the shooter, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, held as well as what federal agency conducted his background investigation.

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 04:20pm EDT

House to vote on budget bill defunding health law

Boehner: House to vote this week on government funding bill that defunds health care law

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 03:20pm EDT
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