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Bill averts shutdown, funds some agencies at 2012 levels

A government shutdown was averted Thursday when Congress approved a compromise spending bill. The bill funds the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Transportation, HUD, Justice, and some smaller agencies through the end of the fiscal year. The rest of the government will operate on another short-term continuing resolution, which will expire Dec. 16.

Tags: Federal Drive , budget , Senate , Congress , appropriations , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/18/2011, 08:05am EST

'Minibus' Congressional appropriations by the numbers

The House and the Senate voted to approve appropriations bills for Agriculture; Commmerce, Justice and Science agencies; and the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. Taken together this is the "minibus."

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , appropriations

Friday - 11/18/2011, 06:21am EST

Congress hops aboard the minibus

Congress crafted a partial measure to fund some agencies through fiscal year 2012 and extend a continuing resolution for others. Erik Wasson of The Hill acknowledges that the current budget process has been the most complicated he's seen.

Tags: Erik Wasson , The Hill , supercommittee , Congress , Senate , OMB , Jack Lew , John McCain , budget 2012 , Michael OConnell , DoD

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 01:30pm EST
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Details about supercommittee cuts remain elusive

With a week until the deficit panel's deadline, Bill Frenzel, a guest scholar of economic studies at the Brookings Institution, said details about what will be cut and by how much remain up in the air. "At the point, we don't know where any of these axes are going to fall," he said.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , supercommittee , Bill Frenzel , Brookings Institution , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 12:05pm EST
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House expected to pass bill to help unemployed vets

The Associated Press reports that the House is expected to overwhelming support a bill that would help unemployed vets and government contractors. The Senate has already passed the bill.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive , Congress ,

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 08:48am EST

OPM to hire CTO to handle USAJobs, retirement system

The Office of Personnel Management faces a House subcommittee today to answer questions about its handling of the USAJobs relaunch.

Tags: OPM , USAJobs , technology , workforce , hiring , Emily Kopp , Patrick McFarland , Valerie Melvin , Patrick Manzo , John Berry , Stephen Lynch , Dennis Ross , Connie Mack , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Monster Government Solutions , cybersecuirty

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 01:11pm EST
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Key senator says another FAA shutdown possible

Another shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is possible because lawmakers haven't resolved a labor issue that's holding up passage of a long-term funding bill for the agency, a key senator said Monday.

Tags: FAA , Jay Rockefeller , John Mica , budget , Congress , Senate

Monday - 11/14/2011, 07:49pm EST

Next two weeks crucial for agency budgets

Steve Bell, the senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to provide an update into how the supercommittee is coming along and what it all means for the federal budget and federal employees.

Tags: Bipartisan Policy Center , Steve Bell , budget , Congress , supercommittee , Senate , continuing resolution

Monday - 11/14/2011, 07:19am EST
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House bill targets fraud and abuse in Medicare

Reps. John Carney (D-Del.) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) introduced a bill today that aims to fight waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Tags: John Carney , Peter Roskam , Medicare , Medicaid , fraud , Tom Coburn , Tom Carper , Congress , Senate , budget

Friday - 11/11/2011, 02:47pm EST

Smoke-free federal buildings bill closes smoking loophole

A new bill, introduced by Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) would ban smoking in and near all federal buildings, closing a loophole that exempted many federal buildings from a 2008 directive banning smoking. Previous anti-smoking directives applied only to buildings under GSA's custody.

Tags: Congress , Susan Davis , GSA , smoking ban , federal buildings

Friday - 11/11/2011, 08:23am EST
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