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Lawmakers put finishing touches on spending bill

Lawmakers put finishing touches on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 03:26am EST

Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve. Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who is stepping down after serving as chairman for eight years dominated by the Great Recession and the Fed's efforts to combat it.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 03:20am EST

Will OPM allow flexible-spending rollovers?

Under federal "use it or lose it" rules, any unspent money employees set aside last year to pay for out-of-pocket health costs, such as prescriptions or co-pays, is forfeited at the end of the year. But a group of senators from states surrounding the Washington, D.C., area, wants to change that. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) wrote to Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, requesting the agency implement new regulations that would allow federal employees to roll over as much as $500 in unused funds from year to year.

Monday - 12/30/2013, 01:06pm EST

Capitol's historic dome set for 2-year renovation

Cracked and rain-damaged, Capitol's historic dome is set for 2-year, $60 million renovation

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 07:10pm EST

Obama executive order makes 1% pay raise for feds a reality

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday approving the 1 percent pay raise for federal employees effective Jan. 1, 2014. This ends the three-year federal pay freeze.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 04:19pm EST

Congress OKs new IRS chief, ends turbulent year

A cross Congress ends its year by approving new IRS chief, but with other battles unabated

Saturday - 12/21/2013, 11:00pm EST

Senate confirms Mayorkas to Homeland Security Dept

Senate confirms Mayorkas to No. 2 at Homeland Security Department

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:20pm EST

Senate OKs defense bill, sends measure to Obama

Senate OKs defense bill cracking down on sexual assaults in military, measure heads to Obama

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:32am EST

Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

Bipartisan deal aimed at ending budget showdowns clears Congress; Obama's signature next

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 03:58am EST

Year-end agreement: Budget heads to final passage

Holiday spirit: Congress is finally getting along, heading for budget agreement at year-end

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 03:02am EST

Senate confirms new homeland security secretary

Senate confirms new homeland security secretary, takes up more nominations

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 12:00pm EST

Senate confirms Johnson as new DHS secretary

By a vote of 78 to 16, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the fourth secretary of Homeland Security.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 06:48pm EST

What a waste -- Sen. Coburn releases annual survey of wasteful government spending

From super soldiers to stay-at-home feds, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) identified 100 programs that have generated almost $30 billion in wasteful spending by the federal government in 2013.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 05:11pm EST

Prospects for budget legislation solid in Senate

Senate sets vote next week on budget legislation; passage expected

Sunday - 12/15/2013, 05:42pm EST

With budget agreement nearly a done deal, focus turns to appropriations

The bipartisan budget deal announced this week goes a long way toward clearing up the widespread budget uncertainty that has plagued federal agencies for the last two years. But it doesn't actually set individual agency funding for next year. That's the job of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the leaders of whom now must write an official spending bill that spell out exactly how much each agency gets to spend next year and on what. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chairman of the House committee, said Thursday he would begin work on an omnibus spending bill to fund agencies next year.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:30pm EST

Lawmakers in fed-heavy districts signal support for budget deal

Lawmakers in districts with large constituencies of federal employees are signaling their support for the bipartisan budget deal announced Tuesday even though it would require new federal workers to contribute a greater share of their paychecks to their retirement benefits. The alternatives -- another government shutdown or a second year of the steep across-the-board sequestration cuts -- would have been worse, they argue.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 05:30pm EST

Senate panel approves Obama's pick for DHS No. 2

Senate panel approves Obama's pick for Homeland Security No. 2 official, despite investigation

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 03:28pm EST

Under budget deal squeeze, will future feds opt out of TSP?

If the proposed budget deal becomes law, new federal workers will see a total of 10.6 percent of their salaries automatically withheld from their paychecks to cover their retirement benefits. That could lead to them contributing less or not at all to their voluntary Thrift Savings Plan accounts, experts said.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 03:26pm EST

Pentagon's cost savings proposals lost to compromise of authorization bill

Congress is poised, for the first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, to miss its deadline to pass the one policy bill that's been considered "must-pass" legislation under administrations of both parties. But the measure's only chance of success also torpedoes Pentagon proposals for cutting DoD's internal cost growth. Military personnel would receive a 1 percent pay raise next year.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:02am EST
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IRS nominee on track for approval despite acrimony

IRS nominee on track for confirmation despite acrimony among Senate Democrats, Republicans

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 05:45pm EST
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