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Federal Drive Show Blog - July 29, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jason Miller , Robert Levinson , Richard Aboulafia

Monday - 07/29/2013, 10:19am EDT

House committee moves forward on postal reform

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved major postal reform legislation Wednesday. The 22-17 party-line vote moves the 2013 Postal Reform Act, introduced by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), to the full House for consideration.

Tags: congress , House , USPS , postal reform , Elijah Cummings , John Tierney , Stephen Lynch

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 10:53pm EDT

Issa releases long-awaited postal reform legislation

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released long-anticipated legislation Friday aiming to reform the finances of the ailing U.S. Postal Service. Issa updated an earlier discussion draft of his bill with several proposals originally floated by Democrats.

Tags: congress , USPS , Tom Carper , postal reform , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jack Moore

Friday - 07/19/2013, 07:40pm EDT

Postal Service reform making significant progress in House

In the past few weeks, competing draft proposals have been circulating on Capitol Hill. But at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took a step toward compromise. Issa agreed to make changes to his draft plan, including adopting several measures proposed by Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in postal reform legislation he separately introduced Wednesday.

Tags: congress , House , oversight , USPS , postal reform , Pat Donahoe , Gerry Connolly , Elijah Cummings , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 09:01pm EDT

IRS severing ties with firm amid $500 million in questionable contracts

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it is seeking to cut its business relationship with a firm that may have had inside access to the agency's procurement decisions. Lawmakers also questioned agency decisions to award the company special status as veteran-owned and serving economically-disadvantaged areas.

Tags: contracting , congress , Strong Castle , SDVOSB , HUBZone , Tammy Duckworth , TIGTA , SBA , Jared Serbu , IRS

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Postal Service closing Capitol Hill post offices in 'symbolic' move

USPS issued final determinations Wednesday to close three Capitol Hill post offices by July 21, which is expected to save about $2 million over the next 10 years. That's only a drop in the bucket in the agency's stretched-thin budget, but top House Republicans on the Administration and Oversight and Government Reform Committees hailed the move for sending a strong message.

Tags: USPS , congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Candice Miller , Patrick Donahoe , post office closures , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 04:57pm EDT

House approves IT reform amendment to Defense bill

The first major IT reform bill in a decade has cleared the first of three hurdles to become law. The bill would empower CIOs by reducing the number of people with that title to one per agency, and give that person authority over the IT budget and personnel decisions.

Tags: technology , congress , Gerry Connolly , FITARA , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Defense Authorization Bill , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:53pm EDT
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