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Debate rages over USPS delivery changes

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced last month it would end Saturday delivery of first-class mail. But a new legal decision from the Government Accountability Office seemed to offer more questions than answers.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , Gerry Connolly , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 07:14pm EDT

Shutdown averted, pay freeze extended as Congress passes 2013 funding bill

The House voted today to approve a measure to fund federal agencies through the remainder of fiscal 2013. The bill averts a government shutdown but extends the freeze on federal employees' pay through the end of 2013. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Tags: 2013 budget , sequestration , Congress , House , Senate , Barbara Mikulski , pay freeze , appropriations , Jack Moore

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 01:09pm EDT

Postal Service reform finds new life on Capitol Hill

Real reform for the U.S. Postal Service may be gaining some steam in Congress. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), the new chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, tells Federal News Radio, House leadership sees room for compromise with Democrats when it comes to figuring out ways to get USPS back in the black. Farenthold supports the Postal Service's plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

Tags: Congress , House , postal reform , Blake Farenthold , Dennis Ross , Gerry Connolly , Claire McCaskill , Patrick Donahoe , Stephen Lynch , Sean McCalley , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/19/2013, 05:15am EDT
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House puts damper on USPS plan for 5-day delivery

The fiscal 2013 spending bill doesn't remove the requirement for the Postal Service to deliver first-class mail six days a week. Other provisions in the bill povide a boost in funding DHS cyber, DoD acquisition and VA IT spending.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , management , House Appropriations Committee , DHS , DoD , VA , cybersecurity

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 04:15pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 26, 2013

Kevin Brancato of Bloomberg Government talks about cuts Congress is facing from sequestration. Shawn McCarthy of IDC Government Insights discusses how much agencies are spending on cybersecurity. Attorney Debra Roth explains what rights employees have if they are singled out unfairly for furlough. Karen Heath of the USPS discusses how her office deciphers poor handwritten addresses. Peter Suber of the Harvard Open Access Project advocates for greater access to federally-funded research.

Tags: Kevin Brancato , Debra Roth , Shawn McCarthy , Karen Heath , Peter Suber , Harvard Open Access Project , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 09:05am EST

Postal Service fashion coming to a store near you?

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Feb. 19 it has inked a deal with the Cleveland-based Wahconah Group to launch an all-weather line of clothing. The clothing and accessories, to be branded with USPS trademarks, will be available at department and specialty stores beginning in 2014.

Tags: budget , Steven Mills , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/20/2013, 04:14pm EST

New data analytics tool gives Postal Service IG head start on cases

Bryan Jones, the director of the Counter Measures and Performance Evaluation (CAPE) team in the U.S. Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General, said the development of a dashboard to help investigators visualize data more easily helped overcome initial resistance to these kinds of tools.
February 14, 2013

Tags: Ask the CIO , Jason Miller , data analysis , USPSOIG , performance evaluation , technology , big data , Bryan Jones

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 10:17pm EST
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In Depth interviews - Feb. 14

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: Francis Rose , In Depth , sequestration , David Hendel ,

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 08:44pm EST

USPS makes case for ending Saturday delivery as postal reform push continues

The U.S. Postal Service's worsening financial situation led Postmaster General Pat Donahoe to announce last week the agency would end Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. But lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee were divided over Donahoe's announcement. The postmaster general told the committee during a hearing Wednesday the decision was necessary to save $2 billion a year and to begin shoring up the service's funding shortfalls.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , Saturday delivery , Mark Pryor , Pat Donahoe , Tom Carper , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 04:45pm EST
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