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Senate confirms Johnson as new DHS secretary

By a vote of 78 to 16, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the fourth secretary of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeh Johnson , DHS , Tom Carper , Ellen Kortesoja , people

Monday - 12/16/2013, 06:48pm EST

With budget agreement nearly a done deal, focus turns to appropriations

The bipartisan budget deal announced this week goes a long way toward clearing up the widespread budget uncertainty that has plagued federal agencies for the last two years. But it doesn't actually set individual agency funding for next year. That's the job of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the leaders of whom now must write an official spending bill that spell out exactly how much each agency gets to spend next year and on what. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chairman of the House committee, said Thursday he would begin work on an omnibus spending bill to fund agencies next year.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , Barbara Mikulski , Hal Rogers

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:30pm EST

Will new budget negotiations unravel the sequestration riddle?

For the first time since the government shutdown ended two weeks ago, House and Senate lawmakers are sitting down at the table to negotiate about the fiscal 2014 budget. At the top of the agenda will be what to do about the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration that have ensnared what remained of the traditional budget process this year. However, budget experts and insiders say sequestration is likely to stick around -- at least in some form -- and about the best agencies can hope for is a small-bore deal that grants them some greater flexibility in implementing the cuts, these experts said.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , sequestration , Stan Collender , Qorvis , Don Kettl , Sharon Parrott , Center on Budget and Policy Priorities , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 03:12pm EDT

Lawmakers in fed-heavy districts signal support for budget deal

Lawmakers in districts with large constituencies of federal employees are signaling their support for the bipartisan budget deal announced Tuesday even though it would require new federal workers to contribute a greater share of their paychecks to their retirement benefits. The alternatives -- another government shutdown or a second year of the steep across-the-board sequestration cuts -- would have been worse, they argue.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , Chris Van Hollen , Barbara Mikulski , Frank Wolf , Jim Moran , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 05:30pm EST

IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for budget increase

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore public trust in the agency following the recent uproar over revelations of purported political bias by IRS employees. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Koskinen also said he'd work to turn around the declining employee morale.

Tags: Senate Finance Committee , Max Baucus , Orrin Hatch , John Koskinen , IRS , IRS scandal , employee morale , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:02pm EST

Lawmakers plan bipartisan push on bill to help agencies offload unnecessary property

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), are jumpstarting a new effort to get both sides of the Capitol dome on board with a bill to make it easier for agencies to hang the "For Sale" sign outside their doors. Carper, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable with private-sector real-estate experts and former government officials Wednesday to discuss a new legislative path forward.

Tags: Congress , House , Tom Carper , Jason Chaffetz , GAO , Mark Goldstein , Kim Burke , Jones Lang LaSalle , David Winstead , John Simeon

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:26pm EST

Will budget committee target feds' retirement contributions?

Even as mystery surrounds the work of the House-Senate budget committee negotiating over fiscal 2014 funding levels and possible alternatives to devastating across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, there's consensus emerging about some of the potential bargaining chips the committee is likely to use. That includes requiring federal workers to contribute more of their salaries toward their pensions.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , sequestration , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement contributions , Stephen Lynch , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/02/2013, 06:00am EST
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