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Republican lawmakers call for ouster of VA official who approved conferences

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking member of the Senate committee, called on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to fire his chief of staff, John Gingrich after an inspector general report said he failed to ask the right questions before approving two training conferences. The conferences costs $6.1 million, with as much as $762,000 in questionable spending.

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 06:35pm EDT
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House committee: Security requests denied in Libya

Despite two explosions and dozens of other security threats, U.S. officials in Washington turned down repeated pleas from American diplomats in Libya to increase security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi where the U.S. ambassador was killed, Republican leaders of a House committee said Tuesday.

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 05:53pm EDT

Congress posts member financial data on Internet

House Speaker John Boehner bought stock in two health care companies this year, while third-ranking House Republican Kevin McCarthy bought and sold Apple stock within a few days. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bought two government bonds and sold two others.

Monday - 10/01/2012, 03:30pm EDT

President signs continuing resolution, extends pay freeze

President Barack Obama signed a continuing resolution Friday to fund government operations through March 27, 2013. The legislation represents a 0.6 percent across-the-board increase above fiscal 2012 levels. It also extends the federal pay freeze.

Monday - 10/01/2012, 05:51am EDT

House votes to expand whistleblower protections

The House voted Friday to significantly expand protections for federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse and make it easier to punish supervisors who try to retaliate against the whistleblowers.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 02:25pm EDT

President signs bill delaying STOCK Act provision

The House voted unanimously today to pass a Senate bill delaying implementation of sections of the STOCK Act that would require the posting of some federal employees' financial information on the Internet. The bill also requires a study of the effects of posting feds' financial disclosures online.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 12:08pm EDT

White House testing approach called for in draft cyber order

The Energy and Homeland Security departments are working with companies in the electricity sector to come up with a baseline set of cybersecurity standards. Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the framework is making a difference in how owners and operators secure their networks. But Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said without liability protections expansion of these efforts isn't likely.

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 05:33am EDT

House lawmakers push PBS reform bill through first hurdle

House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management approved the Public Buildings Reform Act. It includes reducing GSA's Public Buildings Service workforce to 2008 levels and freezing SES bonuses through 2014 across the entire agency.

Friday - 09/21/2012, 07:51am EDT
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Pentagon would avoid direct layoffs of civilians under sequestration

Robert Hale, the military's CFO, said reductions in force would cost more money than the Defense Department would save. But hiring a freeze and involuntary unpaid furloughs would be likely for civilians.

Friday - 09/21/2012, 07:25am EDT
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6-month spending bill clears Senate hurdle

A spending bill required to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month has cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:06pm EDT

Library of Congress unveils new website

Congress unveiled a new search engine Wednesday to help politicos, lobbyists, researchers, students and any other interested citizens find legislation working its way through the House and Senate to become new laws.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 12:32pm EDT

Air Force on track to meet 2014 financial deadline, official says

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requested that all of his department's agencies have their auditable financial statements to him by 2014.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 11:20am EDT

DoD, VA's health IT efforts grow out of leadership, necessity

The agencies soon will issue solicitations that will take them one step closer to deploying integrated electronic health records for service members, veterans and their families. The departments have been working on the project for years but have only recently begun to demonstrate tangible progress.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:35am EDT
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Pay and Benefits Tracker

Congress is turning to federal pay and benefits to find cost savings. To sort out all the proposals for you, Federal News Radio compiled a list of the bills that could affect your compensation. This list will be updated regularly with status changes and the addition of new bills.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 02:09am EDT

Six-month CR makes extension of fed pay freeze official

The six-month stopgap spending bill unveiled by the House Appropriations Committee this week officially continues the federal pay freeze until at least March. The continuing resolution, which runs through March 27, gives lawmakers more time to make appropriations for the coming year and staves off the threat of a government shutdown. When a broad CR was first announced last month, the full Congress had not yet approved any fiscal 2013 spending bills. President Barack Obama proposed last month a 0.5 percent pay raise that would only take effect once Congress passed a 2013 budget — a de facto extension of the current two-year freeze. The CR makes the extension official.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 08:37pm EDT

Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., this week with a packed agenda. Topping the list of priorities is hammering out final details of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year -- Sept. 30. Amid the election-year politicking, the list of unfinished business also includes legislation to restructure the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service and a cybersecurity bill that aims to safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure. Perhaps looming largest of all is what Congress plans to do about automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect Jan. 2. Failure to avert the cuts could send the country over a "fiscal cliff," budget experts warn.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 06:47pm EDT

White House misses deadline to deliver sequestration report, says plan coming next week

The White House plans to deliver a report to Congress late next week detailing how automatic, across-the-board cuts, set to take effect in January, will affect specific programs. The report is required under the Sequestration Transparency Act, which Congress overwhelmingly passed this summer and which the President signed on Aug. 7. The law directed the President to issue the detailed report within 30 days of signing it - a deadline that came this week and went unmet.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 03:19pm EDT

GSA expects $11M savings from travel, conference cuts

The General Services Administration projects it will save $11 million from April to September from reforms to employee travel and agency conferences. Since April, GSA canceled 47 conferences.

Wednesday - 08/29/2012, 08:56am EDT

Lawmaker says fed pay, benefits used as 'piggybank' in deficit reduction

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), whose district in the Washington, D.C., suburbs is home to many federal employees, said he understands the frustration voiced by federal unions about a de facto extension of the federal pay freeze. Sarbanes said too often lawmakers used federal pay and benefits as a "piggybank" in deficit- reduction efforts.

Monday - 08/27/2012, 07:08pm EDT
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VA paid $52K for 'Patton' conference training video

A 15-minute training video that cost $52,000 to make joins the examples of excessive spending at two Veterans Affairs' conferences last year with a total pricetag of $5 million.

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 09:45am EDT
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