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Agency watchdogs seek more independence, budget boost

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says agency inspectors general are increasingly facing obstacles in their efforts to uncover waste and misconduct. The top watchdogs at both the Justice Department and the Peace Corps told lawmakers they've faced resistance from their agencies at times in turning over records in recent years. Lawmakers also expressed concern about the impact of across-the-board budget cuts on the operations agency IG operations.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 05:21pm EST

Senate extends short-term CR; House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 01:32pm EST

Virginia Rep. Moran to retire at the end of his term

A staunch defender of federal employee issues will leave after 23 years in the House of Representatives.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 10:22am EST

House votes to beef up OPM inspector general funding

The House gave a boost to the Office of Personnel Management inspector general's office Tuesday, voting to provide the agency's auditors with access to new funding to conduct investigations. In a unanimous vote, the House approved the bipartisan OPM IG Act, introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass). The Senate approved a nearly identical measure, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in October.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 05:49pm EST

How the spending bill affects the federal workforce

After a month of negotiations, the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill this week funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. From federal pay and benefits to a further decline in the Internal Revenue Service's budget, read about three key takeaways of the bill.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:43pm EST

Duncan calls for 'reality check' on DHS headquarters project

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, released a majority staff report that questioned the planning and future efficacy of the Homeland Security Department consolidating its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths campus in D.C.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:22pm EST

Rogers, Mikulski unveil $1 trillion spending bill

Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October. The bill includes an additional $85 billion for war spending in Afghanistan. Among other provisions, the bill awards federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise. The House is slated to vote on the measure Wednesday.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 03:26am EST

House plans 3-day CR to extend deadline for budget talks

Republican leaders plan to pass a short-term funding bill this week to extend by three days the deadline for wrapping up a massive, $1 trillion-plus catch-all spending bill covering funding for the rest of the year. The short-term measure would give lawmakers until midnight next Saturday to pass the larger funding bill. The current stopgap funding bill expires at midnight on Wednesday.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 08:46am EST

Lawmakers put finishing touches on spending bill

Lawmakers put finishing touches on $1.1 trillion spending bill

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

Issa bill would repeal military COLA cuts, allow USPS to move to 5-day delivery

A new bill would repeal reductions in military pensions approved by Congress late last month as part of the bipartisan budget deal and allow the U.S. Postal Service to reduce regular mail delivery to five days a week. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, introduced the legislation Dec. 19, shortly before Congress decamped for the holidays.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:10pm 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

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

Correction: Budget Battle story

Correction: Budget Battle story

Friday - 12/13/2013, 01:39pm EST

Health care sign-ups pick up but may not close gap

Crunch time: Health care sign-ups picked up in November but still far short as deadline nears

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 05:56pm EST

VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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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

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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Lawmakers plan bipartisan push on bill to help agencies offload unnecessary property

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), are jumpstarting a new effort to get both sides of the Capitol dome on board with a bill to make it easier for agencies to hang the "For Sale" sign outside their doors. Carper, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable with private-sector real-estate experts and former government officials Wednesday to discuss a new legislative path forward.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:26pm EST
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