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Mikulski seeks two-year sequestration solution

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, took to the Senate floor this week calling on House-Senate budget negotiators to look at replacing the across-the-board sequestration cuts for at least two years.

Tags: Congress , budget , sequestration , Barbara Mikulski , Hal Rogers , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/08/2013, 12:23pm EST

In House-Senate budget talks, feds fear being familiar target

When House and Senate lawmakers kicked off formal budget negotiations this week for the first time since the government shutdown ended, both Republicans and Democrats said replacing sequestration, the blunt across-the-board budget cuts, with an alternative plan would be a top priority. The sticking point remains how to pay for it. Federal-employee unions and advocacy groups fear federal pay and benefits will once again be on the table.

Tags: sequestration , Congress , House , Patty Murray , Paul Ryan , pay and benefits , retirement contributions , Jessica Klement , NARFE , Jacque Simon , AFGE , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 12:51pm EDT

Senate approves Archuleta to head OPM

The 62-35 vote comes more than five months after President Barack Obama nominated the former Labor Department chief of staff and Obama reelection campaign official to serve as the next head of the agency.

Tags: Congress , people , Katherine Archuleta , OPM

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 06:56pm EDT

Senate bill calls for random background checks for clearance holders

Five senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing how the Office of Personnel Management handles the clearances of federal employees and contractors to access classified information. If enacted, the legislation would require OPM conduct random, automated reviews twice every five years of public records and databases for information about individuals with security clearances.

Tags: Susan Collins , OPM , Claire McCaskill , Kelly Ayotte , Heidi Heitkamp , security clearance , background checks , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:55pm EDT

Cobert takes her place as OMB's deputy director for management

Beth Cobert is on the job as the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate confirmed Cobert and 24 other nominees late Wednesday night.

Tags: Congress , OMB , Beth Cobert , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/18/2013, 05:27pm EDT
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