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Senate passes small business investment bill

Tags: Congress , small business , SEC

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 04:30pm EDT

Lieberman puts reorg authority on 'bucket list'

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has sponsored legislation to revive the fast-track authority requested by President Barack Obama. Other senators, however, want more details before signing off on the plan that, in part, would allow the President to merge overlapping business- and trade-related agencies.

Tags: GAO , duplication , waste , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Patricia Dalton , Danny Werfel , USTR , Emily Kopp , Barack Obama , management , government reorganizatio , workforce

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:11pm EDT

Senator's opposition kills BRAC request

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voiced her opposition Wednesday to the Defense Department's latest BRAC request, effectively killing the measure.

Tags: Claire McCaskill , Congress , Senate Armed Services Committee , BRAC , DoD , budget , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 11:47am EDT

MSPB, OSC already feeling brunt of budget reductions

Two small agencies with large responsibilities toward the federal workforce say they've trimmed all the fat from their budgets and will need more resources to keep up with increasing caseloads. Merit Systems Protection Board Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told a Senate subcommittee she worries about impending staff retirements as well. The Office of Special Counsel is also feeling pressure to do more with less.

Tags: MSPB , Office of Special Counsel , workforce , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Emily Kopp , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Carolyn Lerner , whistleblowers

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 06:00am EDT
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USPS supporter in Senate criticizes postmaster general

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a staunch USPS supporter, takes Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to task for pursuing a plan to close thousands of postal facilities in order to save $7.1 billion annually.

Tags: USPS , postal service , Susan Collins , Patrick Donahoe , Congress , Jason Miller , Joe Lieberman , Tom Carper

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 07:27am EDT
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GOP plan would open FEHBP to non-feds

Four senators introduced a bill that would add Medicare patients to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, as Medicare is gradually phased out. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association tells feds to be wary of the bill.

Tags: Rand Paul , retirement , Lindsey Graham , Jim DeMint , Mike Lee , FEHBP , NARFE , Joseph Beaudoin , Medicare , benefits , Michael OConnell , Congress ,

Friday - 03/16/2012, 10:50am EDT

Mobility in SES not always necessary

Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro spoke to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey about her agency's opposition to a bill that would require SESer to be more mobile.

Tags: SES , mobility , Federal Drive , Mike Causey , Michael OConnell , Senior Executive Association , Carol Bonosaro ,

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 09:35am EDT
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Senate passes highway bill, including 'phased retirements,' transit subsidy

The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway. The $109 billion measure, approved in a 74-22 vote, included a number of amendments affecting federal pay and benefits, including a provision to allows "phased retirements" for federal employees and an expansion of an expired mass-transit subsidy.

Tags: workforce , retirement , phased retirements , pay and benefits , transportation bill , Congress , pay freeze , mass transit benefit , NTEU , Max Baucus , Pat Roberts

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:32pm EDT

Senate committee review Energy's loan guarantee program

Andrew Restuccia, reporter for the Hill, gives an update on the debate.

Tags: Andrew Restuccia , The Hill , Energy , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 10:52am EDT
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