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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

Senators call for GSA chief to look at PBS structure

In a letter to Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, a bipartisan group of senators called for an evaluation of the structure of GSA's Public Buildings Service, tying it to the wasteful spending of the Las Vegas scandal.

Tags: PBS , Public Buildings Service , GSA , Shakeup at GSA , Congress , Dan Tangherlini , Tom Coburn , Mark Pryor , Rob Portman

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 02:49pm EDT

Senators ask USPS to delay post office closings

The four sponsors of postal reform legislation in the Senate are asking the Postal Service to delay closing post offices and mail processing facilities until the new law is in place.

Tags: Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Scott Brown , Darrell Issa , Patrick Donahoe , USPS , House , Senate , Congress , budget

Wednesday - 05/02/2012, 11:01am EDT

Senate OKs postal amendments to limit conference spending, stave off closures

In a marathon series of votes Tuesday, the Senate considered more than a dozen amendments to a postal reform bill, approving a provision to limit all federal agencies' spending on conferences, but voting down an amendment expanding the federal workers' compensation program. Lawmakers also rejected an amendment that would have required retirement-eligible USPS employees to retire without a buyout payment. The Senate will resume voting on amendments Wednesday at 2 p.m. before voting on a final version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act.

Tags: Senate , budget , Congress , USPS , Tom Coburn , conference spending , Susan Collins , Joe Lieberman , Scott Brown , Daniel Akaka , FECA , NTEU

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 10:11pm EDT

Legislative changes needed to make bigger dent in improper payments

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the computer matching provisions in the Privacy Act make it harder for agencies to share information that would make stopping or finding waste, fraud and abuse easier. Senate lawmakers agreed they need to update the law to protect information but reduce the complexities.

Tags: management , financial management , Danny Werfel , Tom Coburn , OMB , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , GAO , HHS , CMS , Recovery audits , improper payments , waste, fraud and abuse , IRS , SSA , Tax delinquent contractors , industry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 05:21am EDT
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