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Sen. Collins tries to curb workers' comp abuses

Postal workers have been collecting workers' comp after retirement. A bill introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) would put an end to it.

Tags: pay and benefits , USPS , FECA , workers' compensation , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ , John Buckner

Thursday - 02/03/2011, 04:11pm EST

CRS opens door for vendor reporting of political spending

A new report found the courts have given presidents wide authority over federal contracting. But CRS finds plenty of examples where executive orders have violated existing law. The CRS study comes as the Senate passes an amendment in the defense authorization bill to prohibit DoD from collecting vendor information on political contributions.

Tags: industry , Rob Portman , CRS , executive order , political contributions , contracting , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/21/2011, 03:12pm EDT

House votes to block contractor disclosure

Three members of the House and four members of the Senate introduce companion pieces of legislation to head off the White House's draft executive order requiring contractors to disclose political contributions.

Tags: contracting , industry , Mitch McConnell , Lamar Alexander , Rob Portman , Darrell Issa , Tom Cole , Sam Graves , White House , political contributions , executive order , PSC , Stan Soloway , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/27/2011, 07:53am EDT

Senator: White House cyber plan could expose vulnerabilities

One senator says the White House's new cyber policy plan could be a roadmap for an enemy attack.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , White House , In Depth , Federal Computer Week

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 04:20pm EDT

Cybersecurity 'road map' for enemies?

A key senator has cautioned that part of a White House plan to strengthen cybersecurity at commercial networks by disclosing audits of security practices could expose vulnerable targets in major parts of the U.S. infrastructure such as power grids.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , White House , security

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 08:30am EDT

Senate committee finds few hurdles with cyber proposal

The White House's draft bill includes many similarities with the one sponsored by the Sens. Lieberman, Collins and Carper. The biggest issues are around the President's powers over the Internet during emergencies and whether there should be a Senate-confirmed cyber coordinator at DHS. Senate Majority Leader Reid is making comprehensive cyber legislation a priority this session.

Tags: technology , Joseph Lieberman , Tom Carper , Phil Reitinger , Harry Reid , Jason Chipman , DHS , DoJ , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , NCTC , cybersecurity , liability protections , critical infrastructure , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/23/2011, 07:49pm EDT
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USPS warns of default on retiree benefits

Without action from Congress, the U.S. Postal Service will default on its obligations to future retirees' health care accounts. Next up are payments to employees and vendors, the postmaster general told Congress Tuesday.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , management , USPS , FERS , CSRS , Tom Carper , Pat Donahoe , Mark Strong , National League of Postmasters , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 07:41am EDT
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White House draft bill expands DHS cyber responsibilities

Federal News Radio viewed a copy of the proposal that would codify DHS's role in overseeing civilian agency networks. The draft legislation would expand DHS's authorities to those that are similar to what DoD already has around cyber. It also would include new roles around acquisition, personnel and FISMA implementation.

Tags: technology , management , Joseph Lieberman , Tom Carper , DHS , DoD , White House , cybersecurity , FISMA , direct hirer authority , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 06:08pm EDT
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Bill to reduce Senate-confirmed positions advances

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to legislation Wednesday that would take roughly 200 presidential appointees out of the Senate confirmation process. The vast number of Senate-confirmable positions has become unwieldy for the upper chamber, and has deterred too many qualified candidates from accepting executive branch appointments, committee leaders said.

Tags: management , Congress , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Joseph Lieberman , Rob Portman , Tom Coburn , Senate-confirmed positions , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 07:07am EDT
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