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House works on bills impacting federal agencies, workforce

With the partial government shutdown behind them, members of Congress are working on several bills that impact the federal workforce, including a resolution that supports ending the federal pay freeze and a bill that tackles the claims backlog at Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 02:41pm EDT

Both sides agree: No major budget deal foreseen

Both sides agree: No 'grand bargain' budget agreement in upcoming congressional negotiations

Sunday - 10/27/2013, 01:16am EDT

Issa bill would open FEHBP to all Americans, but at what cost?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a bill that would open up the federal health program to all Americans, but one federal employee union has come out to oppose it and benefits experts question how much it would cost.

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 03:51pm EDT
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HealthCare.gov contractors point fingers at CMS for site bottlenecks

The House Energy and Commerce Committee called representatives from four contractors including prime contractor CGI Federal to the committee to investigate the bumpy launch of the health care website. Contractors responsible for key parts of the website told lawmakers that the federal government was responsible for comprehensively testing the site and that a late decision to require logging into the system before browsing for insurance plans created bottlenecks that crippled the site.

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 03:35pm EDT

Rep. Issa adds tech companies to list of HealthCare.gov inquiries

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters to Verizon Enterprise Inc., Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Expedia asking if they are part of the administration's "tech surge" to fix the Affordable Care Act portal.

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 02:49pm EDT

House Republicans press OMB for details on its oversight of HealthCare.gov

In a letter to federal CIO Steve VanRoekel and federal CTO Todd Park, Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairmen want documents and information on whether the program went under a TechStat review and whether the White House made decisions that impacted the use of federal IT best practices.

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 01:29pm EDT

Obama lashes Republicans as government reopens

Government reopens after 16-day shutdown; Obama accuses Republicans of damaging US economy

Friday - 10/18/2013, 05:56pm EDT

Funding bill includes back pay for furloughed feds, clears way for potential January pay raise

The bill passed by Congress reopening the federal government after a two-week shutdown grants retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers and clears the way for all federal employees to receive a 1 percent pay raise in January. The continuing resolution, which funds government operations through Jan. 15, also grants agencies some spending flexibilities to avoid sequestration-related furloughs over the next few months.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 12:06pm EDT

Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid US default

Congress approves bill to avoid default, open government, ending 16-day stalemate

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 03:14am EDT

Short-term debt deal won't mask big barriers ahead

A short-term debt deal won't end fierce dynamics that killed past bids for a bigger accord

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 02:20am EDT

Congress passes deal to reopen government, bill heads to President Obama

The Senate and House both voted Wednesday night, passing a bill that reopens the government and funds agencies through Jan. 15, permits the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7, and provides back pay for federal employees furloughed during the 16-day government shutdown. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature, which he has said he will sign immediately.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:46pm EDT

Debt ceiling default 'uncharted territory' for federal workforce

Two weeks into a government shutdown that has hamstrung federal agencies and sent large sections of their employees home without pay, Congress is heading for another last-minute showdown this time over raising the government's borrowing authority, known as the debt ceiling.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 04:29pm EDT

House GOP floats a counter to Senate's debt idea

House Republicans unveiled a proposal that would give the Treasury authority to borrow normally through Feb. 7 and reopen the government with enough money to last until Jan. 15. The White House quickly rejected the plan.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 11:40am EDT

Shutdown deal in sight? Reid, McConnell optimistic

Closing in on shutdown and debt limit deal: Democrat Reid and Republican McConnell optimistic

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 03:34am EDT

Timeline: Congress' path to federal shutdown

Timeline of action on partial government shutdown, expiring federal borrowing authority

Monday - 10/14/2013, 05:10am EDT

GOP Lawmakers lambaste DoD over shutdown furloughs

Nearly all of the Defense Department's civilians are now working, despite the government shutdown. Many members of Congress believe none of those civilians should have been furloughed to begin with. DoD remains unsure how to address contractors under the Pay Our Military Act.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 04:07am EDT
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House offers short-term debt extension without reopening government

House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans would vote to extend the government's ability to borrow money for six weeks, but the partial government shutdown would continue.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 02:32pm EDT

House passes bill to pay 'essential' feds on time if shutdown continues

The House voted unanimously late Tuesday to pass the Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) Tuesday afternoon, ensures "essential" federal employees, who are working through the shutdown, are paid on time even if the government remains closed.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 03:25pm EDT

House approves backpay for furloughed feds

The House approved a bill to ensure furloughed federal workers receive backpay once the government shutdown ends. The vote on the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was 407-0. Twenty-five members didn't vote. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) had introduced a Senate version of the bill earlier this week.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 01:04pm EDT

Obama to Congress: No negotiations to reopen govt

In White House meeting, Obama tells lawmakers he still won't negotiate on funding government

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 10:30am EDT
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