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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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Lawmakers up in arms over report on Army payroll problems

The U.S. Army's $47 billion in annual military payroll accounts has caused major woes for some soldiers trying to collect their pay, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. As a result of the Army being unable to track and collect data on numerous pay errors including over payments, under payments, data entry errors and fraud, active duty soldiers are not receiving the correct compensation and this has a bipartisan team of lawmakers furious.

Tags: oversight , GAO , Army , DoD , payroll , Tom Coburn , Katie Howard

Friday - 12/14/2012, 03:17pm EST

Senate cyber bill is 'dead'

The upper chamber fails to move cyber bill out of starting blocks by receiving 60 votes to end cloture. Lawmakers couldn't get past their concerns over the requirement for regulations and DHS' oversight role.

Tags: technology , Congress , Harry Reid , Joseph Lieberman , Charles Grassley , cybersecurity , U.S. Chamber of Commerce , Susan Collins , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 05:55am EST
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USPS defaults a second time as legislation stalls

For the second time in as many months, the cash- strapped U.S. Postal Service says it will default on a required payment to fund future postal retirees' health benefits. The announcement comes after the agency similarly missed a $5.5 billion payment last month, and as longterm legislative solutions languish in Congress.

Tags: USPS , Congress , budget , postal default , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 04:33pm EDT

GAO: Feds lose $80M looking for Medicaid fraud

Private contractors received $102 million to review Medicaid fraud data, yet had only found about $20 million in overpayments since 2008, according to a new report by the federal government.

Tags: GAO , HHS , Ann Maxwell , Medicaid , Scott Brown , Federal Drive

Friday - 06/15/2012, 11:34am EDT
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GAO: Feds lose $80M looking for Medicaid fraud

Private contractors received $102 million to review Medicaid fraud data, yet had only found about $20 million in overpayments since 2008, according to a new report by the federal government.

Tags: Ann Maxwell , GAO , Medicaid , HHS , Scott Brown

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 07:28pm EDT
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