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Issa's postal reform proposal OKs 5-day delivery, modifies prefunding

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a draft postal reform bill that supports ending Saturday mail delivery and would modify how the agency pre-funds retiree health-care payments that now threaten to sink the agency into financial insolvency. Congressional postal reform efforts have remained dormant so far this year, even as the Postal Service's financial outlook has worsened.

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

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 07:37pm EDT

Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Tags: technology , management , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Coburn , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Simon Szykman , Commerce , Frank Baitman , HHS , David Powner , GAO , CIO authorities , PortfolioStat , IT duplication , Commodity IT , Darrell Issa , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

Bill aims to slash Medicare waste and fraud

The Medicare program made $44 billion in improper payments in 2013. A bipartisan bill designed to prevent fraudsters from milking the system calls for contractors to increase accuracy and for beneficiaries to report fraud.

Tags: CMS , improper payments , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Coburn , Medicare , Melissa Dawkins

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 07:52pm EDT

Do Not Pay list lacks data as implementation nears

Senate lawmakers are promising to change the laws to let agencies have easier access to the Death Master File and other key databases. Starting June 1, agencies must check the Do Not Pay list before issuing any money.

Tags: management , financial management , Danny Werfel , OMB , Richard Gregg , Treasury , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , improper payments , SSA , Death Master File , information sharing , Marianna LaCanfora , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:49am EDT
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GAO: Faulty system lists rat-infested federal buildings in excellent condition

The administration has set steep goals in slashing the number of excess federal properties and the costs associated with operating them. But the main resource for tracking federal properties is plagued by unsound data collection efforts, inconsistent standards and inaccuracies, according to a new Government Accountability Office review.

Tags: Danny Werfel , GAO , real property , federal real property

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 09:54pm EDT

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
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