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Thursday morning federal headlines - Sept. 27, 2012

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. Today's news includes a memo telling Defense workers they can read, but they can't discuss or share the contents of a new tell-all about the mission that killed Osama bin Laden and the ACLU is suing the federal government to find out why it collects vehicle license plate numbers.

Tags: Federal Drive , newscast , headlines , GSA , Osama bin Laden , Myanmar , Washington monument , FOIA , cybersecurity , workforce issues ,

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 09:55am EDT

Sequestration and health care

Host Mike Causey will discuss the potential impact of sequestration with Janet Kopenhaver from Federally Employed Women, and Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly from the Federal Times.
September 26, 2012

Tags: pay and benefits , sequestration , Janet Kopenhaver , Federally Employed Women , Stephen Losey , Sean Reilly , Federal Times , health care premiums , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 09/26/2012, 09:24pm EDT
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Retirement, sequestration, and more

NARFE Director of Benefit Services David Snell and Steve Watkins and Sean Reilly of the Federal Times will talk about issues that could affect your retirement.
September 19, 2012

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , sequestration , Obama Impact , Emily Kopp , David Snell , NARFE , Federal Times , Steve Watkins , Sean Reilly , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 06:47pm EDT
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Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., this week with a packed agenda. Topping the list of priorities is hammering out final details of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year -- Sept. 30. Amid the election-year politicking, the list of unfinished business also includes legislation to restructure the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service and a cybersecurity bill that aims to safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure. Perhaps looming largest of all is what Congress plans to do about automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect Jan. 2. Failure to avert the cuts could send the country over a "fiscal cliff," budget experts warn.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , sequestration , John Boehner , Harry Reid , CR , postal reform , cybersecurity , Susan Collins , Jolie Lee , Amanda Iacone , Jack Moore

Monday - 09/10/2012, 06:47pm EDT

USPS offers early outs to 3,300 workers

To avoid lay-offs, this week the mail agency offered early retirements to more than 3,300 employees who will retire Dec. 31, 2012.

Tags: workforce , budget , retirement , Pat Donahoe , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 08:59am EDT

GOP platform takes aim at federal workforce

The Republican Party officially unveiled national party platform Tuesday, revealing its plan to downsize the federal workforce, trim federal benefits and privatize airport screeners. The party's platform calls for a reduction in the federal workforce by at least 10 percent through attrition, says federal pay and benefits should be aligned with the private sector and calls for reforms to the U.S. Postal Service.

Tags: pay and benefits , TSA , workforce cuts , Mitt Romney , Paul Ryan , GOP platform , J. David Cox , AFGE , workforce

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 05:20pm EDT

Postal regulators OK shorter post office hours

Postal regulators agreed with a Postal Service plan to cut the window hours at 13,000 post offices. Operating hours will be cut to six, four or even two hours per weekday at these locations.

Tags: Postal Regulatory Commission , post office , Jolie Lee , budget , consolidation

Friday - 08/24/2012, 01:13pm EDT

Sequestration, the Ryan budget, and more

Host Mike Causey moderates a roundtable discussion of sequestration, postal service buyouts, and more.
August 15, 2012

Tags: pay and benefits , sequestration , Paul Ryan , budget battle , NARFE , Joseph Beaudoin , Steve Watkins , Sean Reilly , Federal Times , buyouts , early retirements , Social Security , TSA , OPM backlog , Mike Causey , Your Turn with Mike Causey

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 06:56pm EDT
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'Crisis of confidence' as USPS posts $5.2 billion quarterly loss

The Postal Service lost $5.2 billion in the third quarter of this year, bringing its year-to-date tally of red ink to $11.6 billion for the first nine months of 2012. The USPS chief financial officer said the organization's liquid assets are running perilously low. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe faults an "inflexible" business model and urged action by Congress.

Tags: pensions , retirement , pay and benefits , Patrick Donahoe , Steven Masse , Thurgood Marshall, Jr. , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/10/2012, 05:36am EDT
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In Depth interviews - August 9

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , contractors , defense contractors , TechAmerica , National Association of Letter Carriers , Francis Rose , Greg Keeley , Timothy O , Mike Causey , cybersecurity

Thursday - 08/09/2012, 05:56pm EDT
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