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Congress' to-do list crowded with budget headaches

Congress returns to work today with a crowded agenda and little time. Lawmakers must come to agreement on 2014 funding before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 or risk a government shutdown. Also on the agenda: coming up with an alternative to the automatic spending constraints known as sequestration and negotiating a raise in the government's borrowing limit. There are also other measures affecting federal employees that remain to be worked out, including legislation to overhaul the cash-strapped Postal Service and a potential 1 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers.

Tags: Congress , budget , Senate , appropriations , sequestration , Philip Joyce , Romina Boccia , Heritage Foundation , Jessica Klement , NARFE , continuing resolution , debt limit , pay raise , postal reform , Tom Carper , Gerry Connolly , workforce

Friday - 09/06/2013, 06:50pm EDT

Connolly: Budget uncertainty has 'insidious impact' on feds, contractors

A bevy of issues has piled up on lawmakers' to-do list, including fiscal 2014 funding and a pay raise for federal employees. But they don't have much time to act. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), whose district includes many federal employees and contractors, tells Federal News Radio the climate of uncertainty is having a negative impact on both groups.

Tags: budget , Congress , Gerry Connolly , pay freeze , workforce , In Depth , sequestration , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 02:34pm EDT
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Coast Guard further streamlines maritime domain awareness data

The Coast Guard decided to implement Ozone Widget Framework architecture into its existing WatchKeeper systems to improve communication and data transfer between the Coast Guard and its partners.

Tags: Congress , U.S. Coast Guard , Mark Butt , technology , Stephen Caldwell , GAO , Duncan Hunter , Janice Hahn , Melissa Dawkins

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:06pm 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 , USPS , postal reform , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , John Tierney , Stephen Lynch

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

House considers cuts to NSA surveillance programs

The Rules Committee voted late Monday to allow the House to begin voting on NSA amendments. The amendments cut funds for surveillance programs and impose limits on their operations.

Tags: Congress , NSA

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 01:20am EDT

GSA, Treasury officials decry House committee budget shortfalls

Top officials at the Treasury Department and the General Services Administration say budget cuts being considered by House lawmakers - and that have since adopted by the House Appropriations Committee - would erode their agencies' missions. In sharply divided vote mostly along partisan lines Wednesday, the committee approved the fiscal 2014 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.

Tags: Congress , Senate , House Appropriations Committee , budget , IRS , GSA , Nani Coloretti , Dan Tangherlini , appropriations , sequestration , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 06:25pm 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 , oversight , USPS , postal reform , Pat Donahoe , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Elijah Cummings , Jack Moore

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

House again aims to merge E-Gov funding

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed the fiscal 2014 appropriations bill with a provision to merge the E-Government Fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund to create an Information and Engagement Fund for citizens. Appropriators also would cut the total request for the merged funds by about $15 million.

Tags: technology , budget , OMB , GSA , House Appropriations Committee , E-Government Fund , Tom Carper , Center for Effective Government , Sunlight Foundation , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 07:14pm EDT
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