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USDA yanks Christmas tree fees after criticism

The White House said Wednesday it was reversing its decision to approve an industry-sponsored Christmas tree promotion program after conservatives accused the Agriculture Department of spoiling Christmas with a new tree tax.

Tags: USDA , christmas trees , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 06:08pm EST

Automatic cuts would 'hollow out the military'

Alexander Bolton of The Hill discusses the status of potential cuts to federal spending that supercommitte is considering.

Tags: DoD , budget , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , Alexander Bolton , The Hill , supercommittee

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 10:25am EST
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Analysis: National Guard has 'earned seat' at Joint Chiefs of Staff table

Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the former adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard, who now serves as the president of the National Guard Association of the United States joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss why the National Guard should be included in the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Senate is set to take up the issue this week.

Tags: Senate , Joint Chiefs of Staff , National Guard , Martin Dempsey , Federal Drive , Gus Hargett , NGAUS

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 12:17pm EST
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Holder: Fast and Furious errors won't be repeated

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday acknowledged serious mistakes in an arms-trafficking probe that allowed AK-47s and other weapons to leak into the black market, but he insisted the Justice Department was taking steps to ensure that never happens again.

Tags: Senate , Chuck Grassley , John Cornyn , Operation Fast and Furious , Eric Holder , DoJ , ATF , Darrell Issa , Chuck Schumer , Patrick Leahy

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 10:35pm EST

Supercommittee Tracker

Track recommendations on federal pay, benefits and retirement made to the supercommittee by top Congressional leaders and the White House.

Tags: supercommittee , management , budget , House , Senate , Elijah Cummings , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Barack Obama , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , pay and benefits , retirement , workforce , hiring , deficit , Jolie Lee , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/17/2011, 01:08pm EDT

Tuesday morning federal headlines - Nov. 8, 2011

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: veterans , Commerce Department , Interior Department , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 08:32am EST

Lawmakers say counterfeits flood Pentagon supply

he leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee say counterfeit electronic parts, mostly from China, are flooding the supply chain for the Pentagon.

Tags: Carl Levin , John McCain , Senate , DoD , counterfeit , industry , acquisition , China , Raytheon , L-3

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:25pm EST

Proposal to cut federal workforce raises concerns

Some call the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's approval of a 10 percent cut in the federal workforce is a political statement. Others worry it portends cuts in federal pay, benefits or jobs. Federal employees' groups have stepped up lobbying efforts.

Tags: Dennis Ross , Jim Cooper , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jessica Klement , FMA , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Throug , workforce , Robert Tobias , American University , Emily Kopp

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:29am EST
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Working canines honored on Capitol Hill

Dogs that worked in Iraq and helped at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, receive first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Tags: Michael Hingson , House Veterans Affairs Committee , House of Representatives , DoD , Sept. 11 terrorist attacks , Pentagon , DoD Report

Monday - 11/07/2011, 08:32am EST
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