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Senate passes bill boosting payments to veterans

The Senate sent the White House a bill on Tuesday giving nearly 4 million veterans and survivors a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly benefit payments next year.

Tags: Department of Veterans Affairs , Congress , Mitch McConnell , Patty Murray

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 07:19pm EST

Changes coming to key congressional committees despite status-quo election

Following Tuesday's election, Democrats maintain control of the Senate and Republicans continue to hold sway in the House. Retirements, term limits and a few new lawmakers alter the leadership of some committees.

Tags: Congress , House , Tom Davis , Election 2012 , Claire McCaskill , Susan Collins , Jim Webb , Tim Kaine , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 07:24am EST

Virginia Senate candidate wants to pay feds for cost-cutting ideas

Former Virginia Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine offer contrasting ideas on issues affecting federal employees and contractors. In Maryland, former federal employee Dan Bongino is challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin for his seat. Bongino and Cardin hold similar views on a number of employee issues.

Tags: management , Congress , George Allen , Tim Kaine , Ben Cardin , Dan Bongino , Rob Sobhani , 2012 election , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:40pm EST

GOP lawmakers urge Obama to drop cyber executive order

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to not issue an executive order setting voluntary cybersecurity standards for private-sector operators of critical infrastructure.

Tags: Congress , House , cybersecurity , cybersecurity legislation , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Fred Upton , House Energy and Commerce Committee , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Cybersecurity Act of 2012 , CISPA , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:39pm EDT

Tracking the 2013 Budget

Congress has made quick work, so far, of the 12 annual bills setting agency spending for fiscal 2013. Over the past few months, the House Appropriations Committee has approved 10 of the bills, and the full House has OK'd five of them. The full Senate has approved no appropriations bill so far this year, however the committee has reported out eight bills.

Tags: budget , House , appropriations , House Appropriations Committee , Senate Appropriations Committee , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 02:52pm EDT

Six-month CR makes extension of fed pay freeze official

The six-month stopgap spending bill unveiled by the House Appropriations Committee this week officially continues the federal pay freeze until at least March. The continuing resolution, which runs through March 27, gives lawmakers more time to make appropriations for the coming year and staves off the threat of a government shutdown. When a broad CR was first announced last month, the full Congress had not yet approved any fiscal 2013 spending bills. President Barack Obama proposed last month a 0.5 percent pay raise that would only take effect once Congress passed a 2013 budget a de facto extension of the current two-year freeze. The CR makes the extension official.

Tags: Congress , budget , House , CR , Hal Rogers , Daniel Inouye , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 08:37pm EDT

Republican lawmakers call for ouster of VA official who approved conferences

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking member of the Senate committee, called on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to fire his chief of staff, John Gingrich after an inspector general report said he failed to ask the right questions before approving two training conferences. The conferences costs $6.1 million, with as much as $762,000 in questionable spending.

Tags: Congress , House , John Gingrich , Eric Shinseki , VA , oversight , Jeff Miller , Richard Burr , John Sepulveda

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 06:35pm EDT
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Is sequestration a paper tiger?

Stan Collender, a budget expert and partner at Qorvis Communications, said nobody should panic just yet about possible automatic, across-the- board cuts. They won't be enacted immediately, he told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris. And Congress could still wiggle out of them.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , supercommittee , management , Federal Drive , Qorvis Communications , Stan Collender , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , sequestration , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/18/2011, 09:41am EST
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House committees demand transparency, 'insight' into sequestration

Congress is demanding more answers about how $1.2 trillion in budget cuts set to take effect in January will be applied across the government. The House Budget Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill directing the Obama administration to provide Congress a report that provides specific details about how the spending cuts will affect federal agencies and programs. Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Committee formally requested that the head of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeff Zients, testify before the committee on the "mechanics and impact" of the automatic cuts.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , DoD , OMB , Jeff Zients , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , House Budget Committee , Paul Ryan , Chris Van Hollen , sequestration , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 09:40pm EDT

Senate Dems. call for service-contracting cap, but industry cries foul

A group of 26 Democratic senators wrote last week to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging the Pentagon to lift an "arbitrary" cap on DoD's civilian workforce, saying contractors hadn't been similarly affected by budget constraints. But the Professional Services Council, an industry group which represents many defense contractors, rebuts the charge that contractors haven't also felt the effects of the current fiscal climate.

Tags: Congress , DoD , acquisition , service contracting , PSC , Alan Chvotkin , Stan Soloway , Sherrod Brown , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 10:12pm EDT
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