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USPS plans for workforce cuts as Senate expected to take up reform bill

This week the Senate is expected to take up legislation to reform the Postal Service. The bill could close post offices, end Saturday deliveries and return funds the Postal Service as pre-paid for retiree health benefits. USPS already has started considering how it would operate with a slimmed-down workforce.

Tags: USPS , Tony Vegliante , pay and benefits , workforce , budget , Congress , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 10:05am EDT
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Former GSA officials to appear before House committee, but not expected to say much

Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenas Jeff Neely, PBS region 9 commissioner, to appear. Along with Neely, PBS Deputy Commissioner David Foley and former Administrator Martha Johnson are on the witness list. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also is expected to hear from GSA Deputy Administrator Susan Brita, CFO Alison Doone and event planner Lisa Daniels.

Tags: management , GSA , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Senate Environment and Public Works Commitee , Congress , House , Jeff Neely , David Foley , Martha Johnson , Bob Peck , Susan Brita , John Mica , Brian Miller , Shakeup at GSA , oversight , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/16/2012, 06:00am EDT

GPO showcases documents from 1912 Titanic investigation

Shortly after the Titanic sank 100 years ago, the Senate conducted an investigation into in the disaster. Transcripts of these hearings are available in libraries across the U.S.

Tags: GPO , Titanic , Mary Alice Baish , documents , Federal News Radio , Congress

Friday - 04/13/2012, 11:12am EDT
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IGs express concerns with Senate cyber bills

The legislative committee of the Council of the Inspectors General has weighed in on two Senate cybersecurity bills. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was introduced by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), introduced the SECURE IT act.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Congress , Peggy Gustafson , SBA

Monday - 04/02/2012, 05:45pm EDT

Support grows for Domestic Partnership Benefits bill

Twenty senators all Democrats have signed on in support of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would extend health-care benefits to same-sex, domestic partners of federal employees.

Tags: Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Congress , domestic partner benefits , health care , Federal Drive , pay and benefits , Michael O

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 01:21pm EDT

Senator blocks Interior's Salazar from receiving pay bump

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on track for pay raise that would have brought his salary on par with other Cabinet secretaries, until Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) gave him a quota. Until Salazar each month approved six new deep-water permits to allow exploratory oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Vitter would block the raise.

Tags: Interior , Ken Salazar , David Vitter , Barbara Boxer , Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington , Congress

Saturday - 03/31/2012, 07:05pm EDT

House OKs GOP budget plan, including pay freeze extension, pension changes

After rejecting a bipartisan compromise and President Obama's budget Wednesday, the House prepares to vote on a Republican plan that calls for an extension of the federal pay freeze through 2015, increased federal retirement contributions and a reduction of the federal workforce by 10 percent.

Tags: budget , Paul Ryan , Chris Van Hollen , Congress , House , Barack Obama , retirement , pay freeze

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 09:19am EDT

Senate bill seeks to reform Senior Executive Service

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) introduced the Senior Executive Reform Act, which would link the General Schedule with the pay system for senior executives and let senior executives include their performance bonuses in their retirement calculation.

Tags: Daniel Akaka , SES , Senior Executives Assocation , Carol Bonosaro , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Congress , retirement , workforce , management , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Friday - 03/30/2012, 12:25pm EDT
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Senate confirms key positions in Commerce, HUD, DHS

The Senate confirmed the positions on Thursday, clearing a backlog of nominees by the Obama administration.

Tags: confirmation , DHS , Commerce , HUD , Margaret Ann Sherry , Maurice Jones , Rebecca Blank

Friday - 03/30/2012, 11:44am EDT

Senate committee backs 2 nominees for Fed's board

A Senate committee on Thursday approved President Barack Obama's two nominations to fill vacancies on the Federal Reserve's board. But prospects for a quick confirmation in the full Senate are uncertain.

Tags: Federal Reserve , Jeremy Stein , Ben Bernanke , David Vitter , Congress ,

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:52pm EDT
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