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Issa seeks closer relationship between IGs, Congress

Too often Congress is left "in the dark" when it comes to inspector general investigations of agency misconduct, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote in a letter to 73 inspectors general. Issa said he wanted to "establish an understanding between Congress and the IG community" for more rapid reporting of agency misdeeds uncovered by their offices. In his letter, Issa asked the inspectors for more information about their reporting practices to Congress and whether any serious problems were ever not shared with lawmakers.

Tags: oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Jack Moore

Monday - 08/06/2012, 09:06pm EDT

House OKs bill allowing agencies to boot tax-delinquent feds

The House voted 263-116 to approve the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act and send it to the Senate. The measure would make those are who are seriously delinquent ineligible for federal employment, whether they're working for the government now or are applying for a job. The House will also vote on final passage of a bill Wednesday to curb misuse of government charge cards.

Tags: tax delinquent , Congress , TSP , pay and benefits , workforce , Senate confirmation , charge card abuse

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 11:46am EDT

Reid, Boehner announce stopgap spending deal

The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. The announcements by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP House Speaker John Boehner are aimed at averting any chance of a government shutdown this fall. The leaders said an official vote on the bill won't come until September.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Harry Reid , John Boehner , budget , stopgap funding , continuing resolution

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 04:56pm EDT

USPS: We will default on $5.5B payment due this week

The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink. With cash running perilously low, two legally required payments for future postal retirees' health benefits - $5.5 billion due Wednesday, and another $5.6 billion due in September - will be left unpaid, the mail agency said Monday.

Tags: budget , USPS , Congress , Senate , Patrick Donahoe , Esther Carey , Ruben Gomez

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:48pm EDT
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End of the world delayed?

Good news, bad news. The good news is that the end of the world in your case, maybe extended furloughs or even a layoff is likely to be extended. Things are currently scheduled to go boom early next January. But there are signs that Congress may delay the day of reckoning until March or April of 2013. Now your only worry is the Mayan calendar, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal News Radio , pay and benefits , workforce , sequestration , budget , Congress , Senate , supercommittee , Simpson-Bowles

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 02:00am EDT

Bill demanding details on sequestration heads to President's desk

Legislation forcing the White House to explain how the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration will affect individual agencies is now waiting for President Barack Obama's signature. The Senate unanimously approved the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 Wednesday, which requires the administration to detail within 30 days how the $1.2 trillion over 10 years in automatic cuts will be applied. The House passed its version of the bill last week in a 414-2 vote.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , OMB , sequestration , Paul Ryan , Patty Murray , John McCain , Sequestration Transparency Act , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 03:36pm EDT

GSA inspector probes $268K awards ceremony

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Congress

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 04:10pm EDT

House chairman: Leaks not likely from Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee chairman, speaking after a secret briefing from top defense officials on Thursday, said he did not believe the Pentagon was responsible for recent national security leaks.

Tags: DoD , Buck McKeon , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , John McCain , Eric Holder , leaks , national security , Leon Panetta

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 02:43pm EDT

House passes bill requiring White House to hand over sequestration details

The House handily approved a bipartisan bill requiring the Obama administration to provide more information about how automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, will be implemented starting in January. While the vote cut across party lines, lawmakers continue to disagree about ways to come up with alternatives.

Tags: OMB , budget , Congress , sequestration , Paul Ryan , Chris Van Hollen , Todd Young , Jeff Zients , defense industry , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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