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Senators call for probe into veteran-owned contracting

Three senators are calling for a Government Accountability Office investigation to ensure federal contracts are actually going to businesses owned by veterans and service-disabled vets.

Tags: Patty Murray , Claire McCaskill , Maria Cantwell , VA , SBA , veteran-owned business , contracting , acquisition , Small Business Act

Monday - 11/07/2011, 07:32pm EST

Top GOP senators press Pentagon on specific cuts

Top Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee are pressing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to spell out the "devastating effects" to the military if a special bipartisan panel fails to produce a deficit-cutting plan and nearly $1 trillion in defense cuts kick in.

Tags: DoD , John McCain , Lindsey Graham , Leon Panetta , Congress , budget , supercommittee , Senate Armed Services Committee

Friday - 11/04/2011, 04:37pm EDT

DHS faces subpoena from House judiciary chairman

ouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith issued a subpoena Friday to force the Department of Homeland Security to turn over records about illegal immigrants identified but not detained or removed by federal authorities

Tags: Congress , illegal immigration , House Judiciary Committee , Lamar Smith

Friday - 11/04/2011, 05:33pm EDT

Agriculture appropriations first to go to conference committee

The conference committee is the first step in reconciling the House version of the appropriations bill with the Senate's.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , USDA , appropriations , continuing resolution , Steny Hoyer

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 09:45am EDT

Senators' USPS plan cuts staff, refunds FERS overpayments

Senators announced a bipartisan plan Wednesday to help keep the financially ailing Postal Service solvent while offering incentives to trim its workforce.

Tags: Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , USPS , workforce , pay and benefits , FERS , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 05:56pm EDT
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Cuts to federal pay may hurt public services, CBO warns supercommittee

A rare public hearing of the supercommittee suggests members aren't close to developing a plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the federal deficit over 10 years. Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf warned them that cuts to discretionary funding, including feds' pay, would not solve the problem.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , supercommittee , CBO , budget , House , Patty Murray , Jeb Hensarling , Doug Elmendorf , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 07:54am EDT
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Improper payments reform bill to see ROI

The bill builds on a series proposals on improper payments, said Linda Springer, former OMB comptroller.

Tags: improper payments , OMB , Linda Springer , financial management , contracting , In Depth

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 04:23pm EDT
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Lawmakers open to changes in military benefits

The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Tags: Congress , House , supercommittee , TRICARE , Tom Coburn , Mark Warner , John McCain , Carl Levin , pay and benefits , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon

Saturday - 10/22/2011, 09:32am EDT

WH threatens veto of contractor tax repeal over offsets

The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would repeal the 3 percent tax withholding on government contractors because of the spending cuts attached to the legislation. The Senate version of the bill would cut $30 billion in government spending to pay for repealing the tax, which the White House says is too much.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Congress , House , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/21/2011, 10:17am EDT
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