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Lawmakers take on legislative process in fight against duplicative programs

Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don't overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.

Tags: budget , oversight , Congress , Senate , Tom Coburn , Gary Peters , Cory Gardner , duplication , GAO , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/29/2013, 06:31pm EDT

Bill gives FAA authority to move funds, prevent furloughs

The House is expected to quickly pass a bill the Senate approved last night that would end furloughs for air traffic controllers. The legislation gives the Federal Aviation Administration the authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts flush with funds into other programs. This would would help to prevent reductions in operations and staffing through the end of fiscal year 2013.

Tags: FAA , Congress , sequestration , furloughs

Friday - 04/26/2013, 06:22am EDT

Budget battle: 3 plans on the table, what now?

Tags: budget battle , budget , Congress , Senate

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 02:00pm EDT

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 , Senate , pay scale , GS system , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Blake Farenthold , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

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

Postal Service's 'broken business model' under fire but solutions scarce

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday that the Postal Service is operating under a "broken business model." But cost-saving efforts, such as ending Saturday delivery and modifying a multibillion dollar requirement to prefund future retirees health care costs, garnered little agreement among lawmakers.

Tags: USPS , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Frederic Rolando , NALC , Pat Donahoe , Gene Dodaro , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 07:50pm EDT

Congress repeals STOCK Act reporting requirements for senior execs

Congress approved a bill Friday to eliminate expanded financial-disclosure reporting requirements for Senior Executive Service members, just days before the new requirements were to go into effect. Both the House and Senate approved the measure by unanimous consent. The expanded reporting requirements were set to go into effect Monday.

Tags: financial disclosure , SES , SEA , Sunlight Foundation , STOCK Act , Congress , Senate , Jack Moore , workforce , management

Friday - 04/12/2013, 03:18pm EDT

Mica: 'Mismanagement of assets is shameful'

Congressman John Mica says his top priority as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations is to cut agency waste, fraud and abuse beyond just the low hanging fruit. Mica's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Rise of the Money People.

Tags: John Mica , Congress , duplicative programs , real property , Financial management , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Rise of the Money People

Friday - 04/12/2013, 04:21am EDT
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