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Issa says USPS sets 'dangerous precedent' on FERS

In a letter to the Office of Personnel Management, the head of the government's watchdog committee said the U.S. Postal Service's decision to halt contributions to employees' retirement fund sets a "dangerous precedent" for other cash-strapped agencies.

Tags: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , USPS , pay and benefits , retirement , Postal Service , budget

Tuesday - 06/28/2011, 08:08pm EDT

USPS: What's left to cut?

The Postal Service is looking for costs to cut even as Congress makes it spend more. Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman explains.

Tags: Federal Drive , USPS , policy , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 06/27/2011, 10:08am EDT
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White House reprioritizes online accountability

The websites for the Fiddlin' Foresters - the official U.S. Forest folk band - and one for desert tortoises are a couple of websites that could be on the chopping block in the White House efforts to cut wasteful spending.

Tags: Collaboration Center , Barack Obama , Jeff Zients , OMB , White House , accountability , websites , technology , Fiddlin' Foresters , Government Accountability and Transparency Board ,

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 12:15pm EDT

Issa proposes board to track federal spending

A new bill would establish a permanent, independent body to track federal spending and increase accountability, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Tags: Congress , House , management , financial management , transparency , oversight , Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Digital Accountability and Transparency Act , Federal Accountability and Spending Transparency , Ruben Gomez

Monday - 06/13/2011, 03:24pm EDT

D.C. mayor navigates unfamiliar territory on Hill

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has struggled so far to build relationships with the House's new Republican majority, which could make it difficult to accomplish his top priorities given Congress' ultimate say over the capital city's budget and laws.

Tags: Trey Gowdy , John Boehner , Vincent Gray , Tom Davis , Adrian Fenty , Anthony Williams , D.C. Council , Jack Evans , Eleanor Holmes Norton

Wednesday - 06/08/2011, 03:12pm EDT

Bill cuts fed workforce by 10 percent

Republican leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee introduced a bill to reduce the size of the federal government by 10 percent, codifying the deficit commission's recommendation. The legislation also would not let agencies hire contractors to replace federal workers unless there is a "financial advantage to the government."

Tags: pay and benefits , Jason Chaffetz , Dennis RossHouse Oversight and Government Reform C , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , workforce , Deficit Commission , Jason Miller , workforce reductions , Elijah Cummings , Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Throug , Congress

Monday - 06/06/2011, 03:41pm EDT

Issa blocks transparency bill

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will not consider a bill aimed at better federal government transparency, according to Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Tags: Elijah Cummings , transparency , Congress , Ruben Gomez

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 06:20pm EDT

House votes to block contractor disclosure

Three members of the House and four members of the Senate introduce companion pieces of legislation to head off the White House's draft executive order requiring contractors to disclose political contributions.

Tags: contracting , industry , Susan Collins , Mitch McConnell , Lamar Alexander , Rob Portman , Tom Cole , Sam Graves , White House , political contributions , executive order , PSC , Stan Soloway , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/27/2011, 07:53am EDT

Defense bill denies raises for poor performers

The House is expected to vote today on the bill, which will set spending levels and policy for the DoD in fiscal year 2012.

Tags: Defense Authorization Bill , DoD , budget , pay and benefits , pay for performance , Dennis Ross , Allen West , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 12:55pm EDT

Hearing offers little clarity to campaign disclosure proposal

Republican House lawmakers are frustrated and concerned over the draft Executive Order requiring contractors to make campaign contributions public. OFPP's Dan Gordon declines to answer specific questions about the proposal, but said transparency is key to ensuring trust in the procurement system.

Tags: contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , Sam Graves , Elijah Cummings , Nydia Velazquez , Tim Walberg , House Small Business Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , OFPP , White House , FEC , draft executive order , political contributions , Disclose Act , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/13/2011, 07:35am EDT
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