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Does GS system need an update? Lawmakers ask GAO to review federal pay scale

A trio of lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want the Government Accountability Office to examine whether the General Schedule system for federal employees needs an update. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), said the watchdog agency's review would aid the lawmakers in evaluating "the appropriateness of the General Schedule (GS) as a pay scale for today's workforce."

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , House , Senate , pay scale , GS system , Elijah Cummings , Blake Farenthold , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Monday - 04/22/2013, 04:44pm EDT

House approves FISMA modernization bill, two other cyber bills

An update to the Federal Information Security Management Act and the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013 passed through the House Tuesday night. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act also passed, but faces a veto threat because of concerns over data protection.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Congress , Gerry Connolly , White House , FISMA , information sharing , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 05:23am EDT

FEHBP modernization plan receives cautious optimism from Hill

The Office of Personnel Management told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the 50-year-old law creating the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) has hurt its ability to keep the FEHBP up-to-date. The agency estimates billions in savings over the next decade should Congress approve the White House's proposals in the 2014 budget request.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , OPM , John Foley , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Blue Cross Blue Shield , United Healthcare , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Tim Walberg , Jason Miller , FEHBP

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 07:54pm EDT
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Postal Service backs down on ending Saturday mail

The U.S. Postal Service has reversed its decision to end Saturday mail delivery service, saying Congress gave it no choice when it passed a 2013 appropriations bill last month that continued a ban on five-day delivery.

Tags: USPS , Congress , House , budget , mail delivery , Tom Carper

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:04pm EDT

PRC to analyze impact of changing Saturday mail delivery

The U.S. Postal Service continues to insist changes are necessary to help deal with budget woes in the face of congressional resistance. The Postal Service also is accelerating the closure of 53 mail processing plants.

Tags: Congress , management , budget , PRC , Gerry Connolly , Tom Coburn , Larry Frum

Monday - 04/01/2013, 06:04pm EDT

Debate rages over USPS delivery changes

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced last month it would end Saturday delivery of first-class mail. But a new legal decision from the Government Accountability Office seemed to offer more questions than answers.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , USPS , Tom Coburn , Gerry Connolly , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 07:14pm EDT

Issa's IT reform bill moves through committee, concerns still remain

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) with little debate and no amendments. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the bill's author and chairman of the committee, said the provisions to give CIOs more budget control and the IT project and program management improvements will have a big impact on how agencies spend money on technology.

Tags: technology , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , acquisition , industry , Mike Hettinger , Software and Information Industry Association , TechAmerica , IT reform , project management , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , open source , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 05:28am EDT
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USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Michael Young , USDA , Hari Sastry , Commerce , FCC , David Robbins , Paul Gosar , Blake Farenthold , Elijah Cummings , Matt Cartwright , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , reprogramming authorities

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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