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Issa releases long-awaited postal reform legislation

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released long-anticipated legislation Friday aiming to reform the finances of the ailing U.S. Postal Service. Issa updated an earlier discussion draft of his bill with several proposals originally floated by Democrats.

Tags: Congress , USPS , Darrell Issa , Tom Carper , postal reform , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ,

Friday - 07/19/2013, 07:40pm EDT

GSA, Treasury officials decry House committee budget shortfalls

Top officials at the Treasury Department and the General Services Administration say budget cuts being considered by House lawmakers - and that have since adopted by the House Appropriations Committee - would erode their agencies' missions. In sharply divided vote mostly along partisan lines Wednesday, the committee approved the fiscal 2014 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , House Appropriations Committee , budget , IRS , GSA , Nani Coloretti , Dan Tangherlini , appropriations , sequestration ,

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 06:25pm EDT

Postal Service reform making significant progress in House

In the past few weeks, competing draft proposals have been circulating on Capitol Hill. But at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took a step toward compromise. Issa agreed to make changes to his draft plan, including adopting several measures proposed by Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in postal reform legislation he separately introduced Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , House , oversight , USPS , postal reform , Pat Donahoe , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Elijah Cummings ,

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 09:01pm EDT

Sequestration Q&A: Who are the DoD civilians exempted from furloughs?

Furloughs for some 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees kicked in last week.Still, about 15 percent of the civilian workforce is exempt from furloughs. In this Q&A, Pat Tamburrino, chief of staff to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, discusses federal furlough exemptions and DoD decision-making.

Tags: DoD , furloughs , sequestration , Pat Tamburrino , In Depth , Jared Serbu ,

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 02:12pm EDT
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Sequestration threatens public defender program with 'complete destruction'

Federal public defender offices have been slammed by across-the-board budget cuts so far this year. But as damaging as sequestration has been for the federal defender program this year, it faces virtual extinction if the cuts continue into next year, according to Michael Nachmanoff, the federal public defender for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Tags: sequestration , federal public defenders , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Michael Nachmanoff

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:22pm EDT
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OPM hopes cyber-job database will help agencies fill workforce gaps

As the cybersecurity workforce gets older and closer to retirement age, the Office of Personnel Management is trying to help agencies find new talent. It's creating a new database of cyber positions that it hopes will help agencies identify the cyber skill sets needed to meet their missions. The Obama administration has made reducing critical cyber workforce gaps one of its top "cross-agency" goals.

Tags: cybersecurity , workforce , hiring , OPM , Elaine Kaplan , CIO Council , CHCO Council , NICE ,

Friday - 07/12/2013, 04:24pm EDT

Will DoD's 2014 sequestration plan jolt Congress into action?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put the ball in Congress' court this week when he released details of how the Pentagon would manage billions of dollars in cuts if sequestration continues into fiscal 2014 and beyond. But, there's not yet anything close to a winning strategy in Congress to avert or replace the automatic budget cuts.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , DoD , sequestration , Chuck Hagel , Randy Forbes , Tim Kaine , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Services Committee ,

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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House subcommittee approves 24 percent cut to IRS budget

The embattled Internal Revenue Service faces a 24 percent cut to its budget next year, under a spending plan introduced by the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. The IRS funding was included in the committee's Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which also includes funding for the Treasury Department, the General Services Administration and the Executive Office of the President. The subcommittee is set to mark up the proposal Wednesday.

Tags: House , GSA , budget , appropriations , House Appropriations Committee , Hal Rogers , IRS , NTEU , Colleen Kelley ,

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 08:35pm EDT

DoD says it has legal authority to furlough working capital fund employees

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale says the Pentagon has the legal authority to furlough DoD civilians paid out of working-capital funds. Hale was responding to an earlier letter from Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), and more than two dozen other lawmakers, who wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month requesting the legal rationale for furloughing working-capital fund employees.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , working-capital fund , Robert Hale , Derek Kilmer , Chuck Hagel , furloughs ,

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 05:56pm EDT

Sequestration slowing OPM's efforts to clear retirement backlog

OPM processed just 8,683 claims last month about 2,800 fewer than it had initially expected to. That's the second month in a row OPM fell behind in processing monthly claims according to new OPM data. The agency was forced to eliminate overtime for employees in its Retirement Services operation at the end of April because of the automatic budget cuts.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog , sequestration ,

Friday - 07/05/2013, 01:53pm EDT
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