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Senate bill aims to speed up elimination of excess federal properties

Bipartisan legislation in the Senate aims to streamline the elimination of excess federal properties by setting up a council within agencies and the Office of Management and Budget and creating government-wide property disposal goals.

Tags: excess property , Rob Portman , Tom Coburn , Mark Pryor , Mark Begich , Congress , House , Senate , Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act , OMB

Monday - 03/12/2012, 09:42am EDT

Senate committee makes quick work of real property, Hatch Act bills

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved six bills that would affect the day-to-day workings of the federal government.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ , Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , management , Government Accountability Office , Susan Collins , Joe Lieberman , AFGE , Esther Carey , Beth Moten

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 06:27am EDT

Postal Service backs down on ending Saturday mail

The U.S. Postal Service has reversed its decision to end Saturday mail delivery service, saying Congress gave it no choice when it passed a 2013 appropriations bill last month that continued a ban on five-day delivery.

Tags: USPS , Congress , House , budget , mail delivery , Darrell Issa ,

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 02:04pm EDT

Agency cybersecurity deficiencies remain as attacks reach all-time high

Federal agencies reported more than 48,000 cyber attacks in 2012 and continue to struggle to defend their networks, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Senators are now renewing their push for comprehensive cyber legislation, which would include an update to FISMA.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , FISMA , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Tom Coburn , DHS , Janet Napolitano , cyber executive order , OMB , Jason Miller , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co

Friday - 03/08/2013, 10:06am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 13, 2013

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) talks about his plans as the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Greg Kutz of TIGTA discusses new progress being made by the IRS in recruitment and hiring. Jennifer Martinez, staff writer at The Hill newspaper, discusses the new Executive Order on cybersecurity. Don Kettl of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy offers insight on the State of the Union speech.

Tags: Congress , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Greg Kutz , TIGTA , IRS , Jennifer Martinez , The Hill , cybersecurity , Barack Obama , State of the Union , Don Kettl , University of Maryland , Federal Drive , DoD , DoD Report , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 09:01am EST

USPS makes case for ending Saturday delivery as postal reform push continues

The U.S. Postal Service's worsening financial situation led Postmaster General Pat Donahoe to announce last week the agency would end Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. But lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee were divided over Donahoe's announcement. The postmaster general told the committee during a hearing Wednesday the decision was necessary to save $2 billion a year and to begin shoring up the service's funding shortfalls.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , USPS , Saturday delivery , Mark Pryor , Pat Donahoe , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 04:45pm EST

Lawmakers call on President to fill widespread IG vacancies

House and Senate lawmakers have called on President Barack Obama to fill inspector general vacancies at six large agencies, including open spots at the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , oversight , Tom Coburn , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings

Friday - 01/25/2013, 07:43pm EST

Lawmakers 'committed' to postal reform in new Congress

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said they were committed to working together to pass postal reform legislation in the new Congress. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe renewed his call for congressional action, saying the agency faces an "unsustainable" financial path.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , USPS , postal reform bill , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jack Moore

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 06:06pm EST

Senate votes to require DHS clean audit by 2013

The Homeland Security Department would be required to conduct and pass a full financial audit under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate on Wednesday. The DART Act requires the agency, long characterized by the Government Accountability Office as being at high-risk for waste and abuse, to reach a clean audit opinion by 2013.

Tags: Congress , Senate , financial management , DHS , DART Act , Scott Brown , Ron Johnson , oversight , Jack Moore

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 06:49pm EST

Committee leadership changes likely after election

The election Tuesday could bring with it a number of changes to the makeup and leadership of key congressional committees with oversight of the federal workforce and management. The changes to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and others are expected from retirements, committee term limits and a few close races.

Tags: 2012 election , Congress , House , Senate , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Joe Lieberman , Claire McCaskill , Scott Brown , Carl Levin , John McCain , Appropriations Committee , Paul Ryan

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:14pm EST
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