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Issa bill would repeal military COLA cuts, allow USPS to move to 5-day delivery

A new bill would repeal reductions in military pensions approved by Congress late last month as part of the bipartisan budget deal and allow the U.S. Postal Service to reduce regular mail delivery to five days a week. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, introduced the legislation Dec. 19, shortly before Congress decamped for the holidays.

Tags: budget , military pensions , pay and benefits , retirement , USPS , five-day delivery , Pat Donahoe , postal reform

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:10pm EST

Issa subpoenas OPM documents on background checks

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has issued a subpoena for records from the Office of Personnel Management, seeking more details on the agency's process for conducting background investigations. OPM's Federal Investigative Services division, which conducts 90 percent of the federal government's background investigations, has come under intense scrutiny since it was revealed earlier this year that the same contractor -- United States Investigation Services (USIS) -- performed background checks of both National Security agency leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis.

Tags: OPM , Katherine Archuleta , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , background check , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/22/2013, 02:20pm EST

White House considering options after Issa subpoenaes federal CTO Park

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is compelling federal CTO Todd Park show up Wednesday for a hearing before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the IT oversight problems of the HealthCare.gov website.

Tags: technology , oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Todd Park , OSTP , Steven VanRoekel , Henry Chao , HHS , CMS , HealthCare.gov , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/11/2013, 12:47pm EST

Issa bill would open FEHBP to all Americans, but at what cost?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a bill that would open up the federal health program to all Americans, but one federal employee union has come out to oppose it and benefits experts question how much it would cost.

Tags: benefits , FEHBP , Walt Francis , Colleen Kelley , NTEU

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 03:51pm EDT
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Push for more federal data transparency gaining momentum on Capitol Hill

House leaders say the DATA Act has a good chance at becoming law this session. Support for the bill from the Senate and the White House seems to be increasing.

Tags: technology , Open government , data transparency , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Data Transparency Coalition , SEC , XBRL , DATA Act , Mark Warner , Eric Cantor , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/11/2013, 11:50am EDT
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Lawmakers question officials' use of personal, secret email accounts

Current and former Obama administration officials' use of personal email addresses and secret, secondary email accounts to conduct official business came under scrutiny Tuesday at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said her use of a secret account was to do her job more efficiently.

Tags: House , oversight , technology , Records management , NARA , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Elijah Cummings , Gary Gensler , Lisa Jackson , Andrew McLaughlin , David Ferriero , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 05:14pm EDT

State officials cleared in Benghazi security gaps

Four State Department officials have been cleared of security failures that led to an attack last year on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, authorities said Tuesday.

Tags: State Department , Benghazi , terror attacks , Congress , Eric Boswell , Charlene Lamb , Raymond Maxwell , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ,

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 01:38pm EDT

Pension, health care changes key to Senate postal reform plan

The Senate postal reform bill calls on the Office of Personnel Management to change the way it calculates how much the U.S. Postal Service must pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The change could result in a $6 billion surplus for the debt-burdened USPS.

Tags: Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , USPS , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , postal reform bill , Michael OConnell , workforce , retirement , pay and benefits

Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:19pm EDT

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
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