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CBO: House bill requiring detailed program inventories will cost $100M

A House bill designed to reduce government redundancy by requiring agencies to provide detailed reports about the programs they operate will cost about $100 million for agencies to implement, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. The Taxpayers Right to Know Act, introduced by Rep. James Lankford, would required agencies to publicly post detailed information about each of the program they operate, including costs and the number of employee dedicated to them.

Tags: James Lankford , budget , duplication , CBO , Taxpayers Right To Know Act ,

Friday - 07/06/2012, 04:56pm EDT

OPM provision defines how Congress, staff receive health benefits in 2014

Congress and some congressional staff members will no longer be eligible for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, when The Affordable Care Act goes in to effect in January. OPM explains what that means.

Tags: Affordable Care Act , benefits , health benefits , Congress , workforce , management , Katherine Archuleta , OPM ,

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 04:07pm EDT

Pension, health care changes key to Senate postal reform plan

The Senate postal reform bill calls on the Office of Personnel Management to change the way it calculates how much the U.S. Postal Service must pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System. The change could result in a $6 billion surplus for the debt-burdened USPS.

Tags: Tom Carper , USPS , Senate , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , postal reform bill , Darrell Issa , Michael OConnell , workforce , retirement , pay and benefits

Friday - 08/02/2013, 08:19pm EDT

Hold on OPM nominee likely short lived

The White House says the Office of Personnel Management will issue the final rule on how the Affordable Care Act would apply to lawmakers and their staffs on Oct. 1. The Senate confirms the former OPM Director John Berry to be ambassador to Australia, the Census director, the CFO at Commerce and the Navy's comptroller and assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment.

Tags: people , Congress , OPM , Katherine Archuleta , Affordable Care Act , John Thompson , Census Bureau , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/02/2013, 02:27pm EDT

House passes bills to halt bonuses, increase transparency of feds

The House passed the Stop Government Abuse Act Thursday by a vote of 239-176. The bill is part of a Republican legislative package aimed at slashing government waste and abuse.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , agencies , Lynn Jenkins , Eric Cantor , Jo Ann Emerson , Blake Farenthold , James Renacci , Peter Roskam , Tom Price , oversight , Stop Government Abuse Week , Melissa Dawkins , IRS

Friday - 08/02/2013, 11:46am EDT

Sen. Coburn to put hold on OPM director nominee

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he wants an answer from Office of Personnel Management and the White House on how the Affordable Care Act will apply to lawmakers and their staff before moving forward with Katherine Archuleta's nomination to serve as OPM director.

Tags: workforce , people , OPM , Katherine Archuleta , John Thompson , Census , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 01:47pm EDT
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DHS nominee Mayorkas defends integrity, offers plans to improve employee morale

Despite being under investigation, Alejandro Mayorkas testified today on becoming the next deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas said that claims he exercised undue influence on cases in his agency, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, are false.

Tags: DHS , Congress , Senate , oversight , USCIS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Alejandro Mayorkas , Janet Napolitano ,

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:01pm EDT

Senators seek to eliminate 'official time' for federal employees

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to eliminate official time for federal employees. Official time is the paid time that employees spend on union work.

Tags: official time , workforce , Rob Portman , OPM , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:12pm EDT

Archuleta makes case to senators to be next OPM director

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members pressed Katherine Archuleta on her qualifications, how she will address the retirement claims backlog and on the use of official time. Archuleta appears headed down the path toward confirmation.

Tags: workforce , management , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , John Tester , Rob Portman , Katherine Archuleta , technology , official time , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 11:20am EDT
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Census nominee promises to 'fundamentally change' the decennial count

John Thompson made his case to be the next head of the Census before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday. He said technology is the key to cutting costs and improving the count's accuracy.

Tags: technology , management , Census Bureau , John Thompson , Tom Carper , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , decennial census , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 05:28am EDT
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