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USPS to offer buyouts to 21,000 postmasters

As part of a cost-savings plan designed to halt the closings of rural postal facilities, the U.S. Postal Service said it would offer $20,000 buyout incentive payments to 21,000 full-time postmasters.

Tags: USPS , buyouts , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , Senate , Darrell Issa , Patrick Donahoe

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 08:44pm EDT

Pray for political inertia

What if we elected a Congress that fought all the time, couldn't agree on anything and where Democrats could hardly stand to be in the same building as Republicans, and vice versa? Well, fortunately, for federal workers we may have done that, and it could save you from taking a major pay cut over the next five years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Feeral Report , Congress , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement contribution

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 02:00am EDT

Federal pension hike advances as part of House alternative to automatic cuts

A plan to avoid automatic cuts to discretionary federal spending, including the Defense Department's, advanced in the House, passing the budget committee and heading to the House floor for a vote later this week. Among the $300 billion in alternative cuts approved by the committee, in a 21-9 party-line vote, is a provision requiring federal employees to pay more for their retirement benefits.

Tags: Congress , budget , sequestration , Paul Ryan , pay and benefits , retirement , Jack Moore

Monday - 05/07/2012, 09:11pm EDT

Proposed cybersecurity funding less than DHS asked for

The Department of Homeland Security would receive 63 percent more money in fiscal 2013 under the bill. That would add roughly $300 million more dollars to the cyber budget, which is just $20 million shy of the agency's request.

Tags: Cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , DHS , Congress , House Appropriations Committee ,

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 07:38am EDT

Federal Drive interviews - May 8, 2012

Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA's plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.

Tags: federal drive , James Lankford , Congress , Veterans Affairs Department , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , FAR , Julian Sanchez , Cato Institute , Sonja Batten

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 09:53am EDT

Bill calls for 'duplication score' to cut wasteful programs

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has cosponsored two pieces of legislation that target duplication of government services, both in the legislative and executive branches.

Tags: James Lankford , Congress , federal drive , duplication , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 11:41am EDT
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Amendment aims to speed up ship building plan

The Armed Services committee Seapower chairman is tired of waiting for the Navy's ship building plan to come in.

Tags: Todd Akin , DoD , Navy , House Armed Services Committee , DoD Report , federal drive ,

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 08:39am EDT

New legislation seeks to prevent hazing in military

Congressmen introduce the Harry Lew Military Hazing Accountability and Prevention Act of 2012, a bill aimed at preventing hazing in the military services.

Tags: Elijah Cummings , Ben Cardin , Judy Chu , Mike Honda , Harry Lew , DoD , hazing , House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 06:24am EDT

White House promises veto of GOP spending bill

The White House on Monday vowed to veto a House spending bill for the Justice Department, NASA and several other agencies, charging its GOP authors with violating last summer's budget pact and cutting programs like legal aid to the poor too deeply.

Tags: Congress , Justice Department , NASA , budget , Barack Obama , John Boehner

Monday - 05/07/2012, 11:28pm EDT

Senators ask USPS to delay post office closings

The four sponsors of postal reform legislation in the Senate are asking the Postal Service to delay closing post offices and mail processing facilities until the new law is in place.

Tags: Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Scott Brown , Tom Carper , Darrell Issa , Patrick Donahoe , USPS , Senate , Congress , budget

Wednesday - 05/02/2012, 11:01am EDT
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