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Senate committee approves bipartisan Postal Service reform bill

A plan to cut the Postal Service's costs so it can stay in business has passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Relations Committee. Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote on the Senate floor as soon as possible, according to committee leaders.

Tags: USPS , Senate , Joe Lieberman , Jon Tester , workforce , Tom Carper , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , FERS , budget , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 07:22pm EST
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Lawmakers open to changes in military benefits

The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , supercommittee , TRICARE , Mark Warner , John McCain , Carl Levin , pay and benefits , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon

Saturday - 10/22/2011, 09:32am EDT

Coburn wants to know why USAspending.gov is delayed

Sen. Tom Coburn is pressing his former legislative partner on the implementation of the Federal Financial Accountability and Transparency Act.

Tags: contracting , Peter Orszag , OMB , USASpending.gov , FFATA

Monday - 03/23/2009, 03:59pm EDT

OMB's Zients stakes out acquisition reform plans

The deputy director for management tells lawmakers the government will save $40 billion over the next two years. Zients also wants agencies to grow the acquisition workforce by five percent over the next few years. Lawmakers express some reservations about OMB's plans.

Tags: contracting , Jeff Zients , Claire McCaskill , Susan Collins , OMB , OFPP , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs , Contracting Oversight , acquisition workforce , A-76 , Inherently governmental , insourcing

Thursday - 10/29/2009, 06:40am EDT
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Senate leaders to attempt a compromise as shutdown looms

Time for lawmakers to pass a continuing resolution is running short as the fiscal year ends Friday. The Senate rejected the House version of CR Friday, and will take up debate on its version Monday afternoon. In the meantime, cuts to GAO and the E-Government Fund are drawing ire from supporters.

Tags: technology , budget , Congress , House , Senate , Harry Reid , continuing resolution , shutdown , Joseph Lieberman , Dave McClure , GSA , GAO , OMB , E-Government Fund , Jason Miller , appropriations

Monday - 09/26/2011, 05:38am EDT
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GAO praises DoD audit plans, questions implementation

In reports and testimony to Congress, the Government Accountability Office finds DoD has built a credible plan to meet a Congressionally-mandated full financial audit by 2017. However, the audit agency is skeptical the military branches will be able to implement the plan in time.

Tags: DoD , management , financial management , Congress , Robert Hale , Jamie Morin , Gladys Commons , audit readiness , GAO , Asif Khan , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/19/2011, 05:13am 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 Carper , USPS , CSRS , FERS , pay and benefits

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

OPM Director John Berry wants end to Federal pay debate

His goal: to settle once and for all the question of whether federal employees are overpaid compared to the private sector.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , pay and benefits , John Berry , John Thune , OPM , BLS , Senior Executive Association , NAPA

Tuesday - 06/22/2010, 06:56pm EDT
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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 Carper , Claire McCaskill , Peter Budetti , lewis morris , one pi , health IT , Jory Heckman

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 05:58pm EDT
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