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House subcommittee pushes forward GOP plan to repair USPS

A House subcommittee markup of a bill to address the Postal Service's financial problems broke down along partisan lines. Democrats accused Republicans of using this legislation to weaken labor provisions. Republicans said Democrats would prefer bailing out the agency rather than making it sustainable. The bill now goes to the full House Oversight and Governmental Reforms Committee.

Tags: USPS , management , workforce , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Dennis Ross , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Barack Obama , FERS , budget , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:44am EDT
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Postal service needs big regulatory changes to survive, experts say

Congress, unions, new Postmaster General all agree current payment structure for retirees is killing chances of USPS survival.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , Patrick Donahoe , Tom Coburn , USPS , CSRS , FERS , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/06/2010, 05:01pm EST

Lawmakers: CMS should rely on states to fight fraud

States need to help CMS fight fraudulent claims, says Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Tags: HHS , Medicare , Medicaid , improper payments , fraud , fast act , Tom Coburn , Claire McCaskill , Peter Budetti , lewis morris , one pi , health IT , Jory Heckman

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 05:58pm EDT
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Senators want progress report on real property disposal efforts

Senators Tom Carper and Rob Portman requested information from agencies on the number of excess and underutilized properties they currently own. The senators expect a progress report by July 25.

Tags: federal asset management , management , Rob Portman , Senate , real property disposal , Courtney Thompson , Congress

Thursday - 07/07/2011, 05:33pm EDT

Transparency groups call for increased E-Gov funding

OMB Watch and 30 other open-gov groups are asking Congress to restore funding to the E-Government Fund.

Tags: Vivek Kundra , OMB , E-Government Fund , open government , Data.gov , IT Dashboard , USASpending.gov , Performance.gov , OMB Watch , technology , Gov 2.0

Monday - 06/13/2011, 01:56pm EDT

Budget cuts shutter two open gov sites, others impacted

OMB detailed its plans for using the $8 million E-Government Fund in a letter to Sen. Tom Carper. The administration will shut down two projects and reduce the functionalities of the others.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , OMB , GSA , E-Government Fund , open government , Data.gov , IT Dashboard , USASpending.gov , Performance.gov , FedSpace , Citizens Services Dashboard , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/24/2011, 02:37pm EDT

Senate committee finds few hurdles with cyber proposal

The White House's draft bill includes many similarities with the one sponsored by the Sens. Lieberman, Collins and Carper. The biggest issues are around the President's powers over the Internet during emergencies and whether there should be a Senate-confirmed cyber coordinator at DHS. Senate Majority Leader Reid is making comprehensive cyber legislation a priority this session.

Tags: technology , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Phil Reitinger , Harry Reid , Jason Chipman , DHS , DoJ , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , NCTC , cybersecurity , liability protections , critical infrastructure , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/23/2011, 07:49pm EDT
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USPS warns of default on retiree benefits

Without action from Congress, the U.S. Postal Service will default on its obligations to future retirees' health care accounts. Next up are payments to employees and vendors, the postmaster general told Congress Tuesday.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , management , USPS , FERS , CSRS , Pat Donahoe , Susan Collins , Mark Strong , National League of Postmasters , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 07:41am EDT
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Agency reorganization plan on track for June deadline

OMB's Jeff Zients told Senate lawmakers that his office has held 250 meetings to discuss agency reorganization ideas. Zients also said the lack of funding for e-government programs will slow the advancement of transparency websites.

Tags: reorganization , E-Government Fund , GPRA , Jeff Zients , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , technology , management , open government , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/11/2011, 03:48pm EDT
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