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Congress clears way for DoD civilian workforce cuts

Congress has cleared the way for a $633 billion defense policy bill that includes mandated reductions to the Defense Department's civilian and contractor workforces. Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee, tasked with reconciling competing versions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, included in the final report the automatic workforce reductions that opponents say would result in about 36,000 job losses.

Tags: Senate , Congress , DoD , DoD civilian workforce , 2013 NDAA , contractor pay cap , PSC , AFGE , Stan Soloway , J. David Cox , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:56pm EST

Watchdog to examine EPA use of alias emails

A government watchdog is looking into Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson's use of alias email accounts to conduct official business.

Tags: Lisa Jackson , EPA , email , House Science Committee , Ralph Hall , Congress ,

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:06pm EST

House OKs DHS audit, lightens GAO load

The House this week approved a handful of bills aimed at improving federal financial management and oversight of government operations. Two of the bills one requiring the Homeland Security Department to pass a complete financial audit and the other lightening the mandatory caseload of the Government Accountability Office have already been passed by the Senate and head to the president's desk for his signature.

Tags: DHS , GAO , DHS audit , Senate , Congress , improper payments

Friday - 12/14/2012, 05:41pm EST

Committee leadership changes likely after election

The election Tuesday could bring with it a number of changes to the makeup and leadership of key congressional committees with oversight of the federal workforce and management. The changes to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and others are expected from retirements, committee term limits and a few close races.

Tags: 2012 election , Congress , Senate , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Joe Lieberman , Claire McCaskill , Tom Carper , Scott Brown , Carl Levin , John McCain , Appropriations Committee , Paul Ryan

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:14pm EST
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IRS struggling to tackle massive surge in identity theft

Faced with declining resources, the Internal Revenue Service has diverted resources from elsewhere inside the agency to try and head off skyrocketing cases of identity theft stemming from tax refunds.

Tags: IRS , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , TIGTA , GAO , National Taxpayer Advocate , J. Russell George , Gerry Connolly , Nina Olson , Beth Tucker , James White , technology , cybersecurity , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/30/2012, 06:16pm EST
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House GOP recommends new committee chairmen

Top House Republicans announced their recommendations Tuesday for the new Congress' committee chairmanships, an all-male list that includes returning Paul Ryan to the Budget panel and seven new faces to head other committees.

Tags: Congress , John Boehner , Paul Ryan , Mike McCaul , Bill Schuster

Tuesday - 11/27/2012, 07:27pm EST

Congress' first post-election task: Avoid fiscal cliff

Taking little time to celebrate, President Barack Obama is setting out to leverage his re-election into legislative success in an upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over taxes, deficits and the impending "fiscal cliff." House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are willing to consider some form of higher tax revenue as part of the solution - but only "under the right conditions."

Tags: Congress , John Boehner , Barack Obama , budget , Harry Reid

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 09:45am EST

Changes coming to key congressional committees despite status-quo election

Following Tuesday's election, Democrats maintain control of the Senate and Republicans continue to hold sway in the House. Retirements, term limits and a few new lawmakers alter the leadership of some committees.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Tom Davis , Election 2012 , Claire McCaskill , Susan Collins , Jim Webb , Tim Kaine , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 07:24am EST
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