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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

Will DoD's 2014 sequestration plan jolt Congress into action?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put the ball in Congress' court this week when he released details of how the Pentagon would manage billions of dollars in cuts if sequestration continues into fiscal 2014 and beyond. But, there's not yet anything close to a winning strategy in Congress to avert or replace the automatic budget cuts.

Tags: Congress , Senate , DoD , sequestration , Chuck Hagel , Randy Forbes , Tim Kaine , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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House subcommittee approves 24 percent cut to IRS budget

The embattled Internal Revenue Service faces a 24 percent cut to its budget next year, under a spending plan introduced by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. The IRS funding was included in the committee's Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which also includes funding for the Treasury Department, the General Services Administration and the Executive Office of the President. The subcommittee is set to mark up the proposal Wednesday.

Tags: GSA , budget , appropriations , House Appropriations Committee , Hal Rogers , IRS , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 08:35pm EDT

Lerner case shows legal complications when federal workers are required to testify

House Republicans said IRS official Lois Lerner waived her right to remain silent by giving an opening statement in her hearing. Lerner still may testify before Congress with a variety of consequences.

Tags: Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , IRS , Lois Lerner , John Mahoney , Tully Rinckey , Cogan Schneier

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 03:49pm EDT
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