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Latest postal reform bill includes USPS-only health plan

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee debated an updated version of postal reform legislation Wednesday that would allow the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to restructure its health benefits program. Included in the revised postal reform bill from Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is a proposal that would create a new postal-only health plan within the broader Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

Tags: USPS , postal reform , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Coburn , Pat Donahoe , pay and benefits , retirement

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 10:48am EST

Post conference scandals, agencies struggle to find balance

OMB reported agencies avoided spending $3 billion on travel and conferences in 2013 as compared to 2010. Senate lawmakers are concerned how to ensure agencies don't slide back into old habits of lavish spending on conferences.

Tags: management , Tom Coburn , Beth Cobert , Dan Tangherlini , Brian Miller , J. Russell George , John Tester , GSA , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , conference spending , Congress , oversight , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 04:09am EST
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DHS nominee seeks 'to hit the reset button' in embattled IG office

In his nomination hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday, John Roth, currently the director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations, said he aimed to turn around employee morale in the IG's office, which has been rocked by allegations of misconduct by the former acting head of the office. Roth, whose nomination has garnered near-universal support from both Republican and Democratic members of the committee.

Tags: DHS , oversight , Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Claire McCaskill , John Roth , Charles Edwards , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 03:02pm EST

Transition to Networx telecom contract cost $395M more than planned

The Government Accountability Office found in a new report that the 33-month delay in moving to GSA's Networx contract from FTS2001 caused agencies to spend more money and miss out on potential savings.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , GAO , telecommunications , Networx , NS2020 , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland Security and , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 12:50pm EST

DHS issues first-ever clean financial audit, but IG says more work needed

For the first time in its history, the Homeland Security Department turned in a clean financial audit. A new DHS inspector general report, however, says the department has "significant deficiencies" in its internal control over financial reporting.

Tags: DHS , financial management , Bennie Thompson , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , House Homeland Security Committee , inspector general , audit , Michael OConnell , KPMG

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 04:13pm EST
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Senate confirms Johnson as new DHS secretary

By a vote of 78 to 16, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the fourth secretary of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeh Johnson , DHS , Senate , Ellen Kortesoja , people

Monday - 12/16/2013, 06:48pm EST

Savings from reverse auctions not being maximized

As the use of reverse auctions continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office says agencies need more clear cut guidance to realize a maximum amount of savings.

Tags: GAO , OMB , OFPP , reverse auctions , acquisition , Contracting officers , contracts , FedBid , Army , DHS , VA , DOI , FAR , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commitee , small businesses , Ellen Kortesoja

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:23pm EST

Lawmakers plan bipartisan push on bill to help agencies offload unnecessary property

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), are jumpstarting a new effort to get both sides of the Capitol dome on board with a bill to make it easier for agencies to hang the "For Sale" sign outside their doors. Carper, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable with private-sector real-estate experts and former government officials Wednesday to discuss a new legislative path forward.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Jason Chaffetz , GAO , Mark Goldstein , Kim Burke , Jones Lang LaSalle , David Winstead , John Simeon

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:26pm EST

Rep. Connolly says momentum is building for IT procurement reforms

Sen. Jean Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced an amendment to the upper chamber's version of the Defense Authorization Act that closely mirrors the House's Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. The House passed its version in June. The White House still hasn't officially weighed in on FITARA.

Tags: Congress , OMB , technology , Gerry Connolly , Jean Shaheen , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , Defense Authorization Bill , HealthCare.gov , CIO authorities , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 04:11am EST
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UPDATED: What Jeh Johnson's nomination means for DHS

President Barack Obama nominated Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of the Homeland Security Department. He has no discernible experience working in the homeland security sector.

Tags: management , DHS , Jeh Johnson , White House , Barack Obama , Mike McCaul , Bennie Thompson , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/18/2013, 03:57am EDT
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