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Van Hollen: Federal employees not scapegoats

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said he's disappointed in the supercommittee's failure to reach a deal, and he called the looming automatic cuts launched by the sequester "draconian." If the deepest cuts are enacted about 8 to 9 percent in cuts to annual agency budgets feds should prepare for the worst, he said.

Tags: Chris Van Hollen , supercommittee , budget , sequestration , House , Senate , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 01:26pm EST
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House passes bill modifying FECA

The House has approved bipartisan legislation reforming the Federal Employees Compensation Act. The bill streamlines the claims process and expands benefits.

Tags: House , FECA , pay and benefits , workers

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 08:48pm EST

Senate wants new legal deadline for DoD audits

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told DoD he wants it to be ready for a partial audit by 2014. The Senate this week is considering taking that goal and making it law.

Tags: DoD , management , financial management , Senate , Robert Hale , audit readiness , JoAnn Boutelle , Deloitte , Kelly Ayotte , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 11:04am EST
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Omnibus lumbers forward despite potential political pitfalls

Alexander Bolton of The Hill newspaper calls Senate Majority Leader Reid's omnibus package as "only way to get these appropriations bills passed."

Tags: Alexander Bolton , Harry Reid , John Boehner , House , Senate , budget , appropriations , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 11:27am EST
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Passage of NASA budget proves Congress capable of tough decisions

Future investments in science and technology projects may be at stake if Congress doesn't reduce the federal deficit, Maryland lawmakers said at a townhall at NASA's Goddard Space Center. Nonetheless, the center emerged a winner in 2012 budget negotiations, with full funding for its James Webb Space Telescope.

Tags: NASA , budget , Goddard Space Center , James Webb Space Telescope , Barbara Mikulski , supercommittee , Steny Hoyer , Emily Kopp , Donna Edwards , pay and benefits

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 08:11pm EST
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House bill to create public safety broadband network

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2011, emergency responders found they could not communicate with each other. A decade later, that problem persists.

Tags: Henry Waxman , Anna Eshoo , D-block , FCC , broadband network , public safety , first responders , technology , House , Sept. 11

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 09:54am EST

House votes to ease airport screening for troops

he bill, approved 404-0, would give the Homeland Security Department six months to devise a preference system for the Armed Forces.

Tags: DoD , TSA , Chip Cravaak , DHS , House ,

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 07:37pm EST

Do you have 'Sequestration Anxiety?'

Furloughs, layoffs, more buyouts and shrinking pay and benefits. Those have all heightened the awareness of "Sequestration Anxiety," Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine, said in an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Tom Shoop , Government Executive , In Depth , Francis Rose , budget , supercommittee , sequestration

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 07:02pm EST
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Gov't aircraft operations often lack FAA oversight

Tags: NTSB , Transportation , FAA ,

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 03:10pm EST
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