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Senate debates future of Postal Service

The Senate will take a procedural vote today to start debating on bipartisan legislation, S.1789.

Tags: USPS , Congress , Senate , pay and benefits , health plan , budget

Monday - 03/26/2012, 10:13am EDT

Lieberman puts reorg authority on 'bucket list'

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has sponsored legislation to revive the fast-track authority requested by President Barack Obama. Other senators, however, want more details before signing off on the plan that, in part, would allow the President to merge overlapping business- and trade-related agencies.

Tags: GAO , duplication , waste , Tom Coburn , Senate , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Susan Collins , Patricia Dalton , Danny Werfel , USTR , Emily Kopp , Barack Obama , management , government reorganizatio , workforce

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:11pm EDT

USPS supporter in Senate criticizes postmaster general

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a staunch USPS supporter, takes Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to task for pursuing a plan to close thousands of postal facilities in order to save $7.1 billion annually.

Tags: USPS , postal service , Susan Collins , Patrick Donahoe , Senate , Congress , Jason Miller , Tom Carper

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 07:27am EDT
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GOP cyber bill takes hands-off approach to industry

Eight Republican lawmakers on Thursday introduced an alternative to a comprehensive cybersecurity bill the Senate expects to vote on soon. GOP senators say their approach avoids additional bureaucracy and encourages information sharing.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , FISMA , John McCain , Lisa Murkowski , technology , DHS , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 03:54pm EST
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Senators clash over cybersecurity bill

Brendan Sasso, a staff writer covering technology for the Hill newspaper, said Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Kay Bailey Huchison (R-Texas) are criticizing the comprehensive bill for putting too much emphasis on regulations rather than promoting information sharing.

Tags: Brendan Sasso , The Hill , cybersecurity , Kay Bailey Huchison , John McCain , Susan Collins , technology , Federal Drive , Congress

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 11:25am EST
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Senate begins work on FISMA update

Lieberman said a congressional staff is reviewing draft legislative language of the comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, which includes an update to the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act. Sen. Reid promised to work on a cyber bill during the early part of the Senate session in 2012.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Howard Schmidt , Congress , Tom Carper , FISMA , Diane Watson , Harry Reid , Jason Miller , Homeland Security and Defense Business Council

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:59am EST

Senate bill would extend federal benefits to domestic partners

The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2011 was the logical next step after the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which banned gays from openly serving in the military, said committee chairman and bill co-sponsor Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) in a statement.

Tags: gay rights , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Congress , domestic partner

Friday - 11/18/2011, 04:18pm EST

Will next Pearl Harbor occur in cyberspace?

Reid adds cybersecurity to 2012 Senate agenda. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee leaders applaud importance placed on cybersecurity.

Tags: Harry Reid , Leon Panetta , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Internet

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 08:37am EST

Senate committee approves bipartisan Postal Service reform bill

A plan to cut the Postal Service's costs so it can stay in business has passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Relations Committee. Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote on the Senate floor as soon as possible, according to committee leaders.

Tags: USPS , Senate , Jon Tester , workforce , Tom Carper , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Coburn , FERS , budget , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 07:22pm EST
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