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OPM final rule: Lawmakers, staff eligible for gov't contribution in exchanges

The Office of Personnel Management has made it official: Lawmakers and their staff members are required to purchase health insurance from one of the Affordable Care Act's health-insurance exchanges --but the government will still contribute toward their premiums. OPM issued the final rule, which goes into effect immediately, Wednesday.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 04:47pm EDT

Your fault! No shutdown end; Dems, GOP trade blame

No shutdown end in sight: Democrats, Republicans trade blame as parks, museums, offices close

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 03:12am EDT

Senate clears bill to pay military in shutdown

Senate clears bill to pay military in case of shutdown

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 10:20am EDT

Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

First shutdown in 17 years: Senate and House rejected each other's plans as deadline neared

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 03:33am EDT

Government shutdown: 4 things feds should know

For thousands of federal employees who head to work today, it won't be to execute their agencies' missions, but to shut down their computers, fill out a timesheet and, in some cases, hand over their BlackBerry smartphones. Here are four things feds should know as they prepare for the first government shutdown in more than 17 years.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Congress: The Wizards of Oooze

If they ever make a movie or TV sitcom about Congress, they might consider calling it something like "The Wizards of Oooze". And nobody knows why better than feds on the brink of the cliff, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Who'll blink? Dems, GOP in shutdown stare down

With less than 48 hours to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, Republicans trade blame

Monday - 09/30/2013, 03:38am EDT

Top Senate Dem: House GOP Obamacare plan won't fly

Top Senate Democrat says his chamber will reject House GOP plans to delay, change Obamacare

Sunday - 09/29/2013, 12:28pm EDT

Shutdown looming: Weekend showdown at the Capitol

Shutdown drama: Senate votes to avert it, but duel with House extending into the weekend

Saturday - 09/28/2013, 03:58am EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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
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