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Senate bill aims to strengthen Freedom of Information Act

A Senate committee has approved legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.

Tags: Congress , FOIA , Freedom of Information Act , Office of Government Information Services , Chuck Grassley , John Cornyn , Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 07:00pm EST

Dems block action on DHS-Immigration bill

Senate Democrats have blocked action on legislation that provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security and rolls back President Barack Obama's steps to shelter millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. from deportation.

Tags: DHS , budget , immigration , Congress ,

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:50am EST

Obama budget to fix IRS' service woes, says commissioner

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen wants to get his agency to a point where Americans can make all their tax transactions online, and told the Senate Finance Committee that it needs funding close to what President Barack Obama has proposed.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , budget , Congress , Senate Finance Committee , Jory Heckman

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 12:26pm EST

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.

Tags: Justice Department , Attorney General , Loretta Lynch , Orrin Hatch , Jeff Flake , Lindsey Graham , Eric Holder , Congress

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:26pm EST

Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Tags: Loretta Lynch , Barack Obama , immigration , Attorney General , Justice Department , Eric Holder , John Cornyn , Chuck Grassley , Jeff Sessions , Ted Cruz , Congress ,

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:24am EST

Ash Carter may face 'rocky' confirmation hearing for Defense secretary

Despite bipartisan support and years of experience in the Defense Department, Ash Carter's confirmation hearing to be Defense secretary might not be smooth sailing.

Tags: Ashton Carter , DoD , Congress , John McCain , Nora Bensahel , Senate Armed Services Committee , people , American University , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:43am EST
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House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise

Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would give federal employees a 3.8 percent pay raise next year. Federal employees received 1 percent pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, after three years of pay freezes.

Tags: pay , Gerry Connolly , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Shefali Kapadia , Richard Thissen , NARFE , J. David Cox Sr. , AFGE , pay raise , workforce , NTEU , Federal-Postal Coalition , Ben Cardin , Brian Schatz , NFFE , House

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 09:31am EST

Digging through the new bills: Across-the-board cuts and more

We've gone through the first 400 bills in the new Congress to pull out those you'll want to watch, from a measure to kick political appointees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to three that embrace across-the-board spending cuts.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , DoD , Veterans Affairs , HealthCare.gov , OPM , IRS , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 11:15am EST

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

Tags: Congress , Barbara Boxer , retirement ,

Friday - 01/09/2015, 03:22am EST
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