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Congress in no rush to cut mail delivery

October 26, 2009 Despite the U.S. Postal Service's persistent financial distress, Congress appears unlikely this year to approve the postmaster general's cost-cutting proposal to eliminate Saturday mail delivery. "There's no political will to do it right now," said Jerry Cerasale, a lobbyist for the Direct Marketing Association, a trade group of businesses and ...

Park Service finalizes policy limiting snowmobile access in Yellowstone

October 16, 2009 Three Wyoming lawmakers are anything but jolly after the National Park Service issued an order this week that limits some outdoor enthusiasts from dashing through the snow. The state's congressional delegation produced a flurry of frosty statements on Thursday after the park service finalized a two-year policy limiting snowmobile access ...

Barofsky cites Treasury 'failure' on bonuses

October 14, 2009 Millions of dollars in bonus payments to employees of insurance giant American International Group resulted from a "failure of management" by the Treasury Department, the top overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program told a congressional panel on Wednesday. Neil Barofsky, special inspector general for TARP, said the Federal Reserve ...

Cost of 2010 census remains elusive, officials tell panel

October 8, 2009 Overseers of the 2010 census said on Wednesday that it is almost impossible to determine the total cost of the decennial count. "At this point, it's just unknown" if the cost of the census will ultimately surpass the current estimate of $14.7 billion, Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser told ...

Lawmaker battles distrust of census

September 28, 2009 The top House Republican overseeing the 2010 census is enlisting his GOP colleagues in an effort to maximize participation in the decennial count by constituents who may be reluctant to disclose information to government officials. The effort of Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. -- and his message that completing a census ...

Schumer calls for review of voting machine sale

September 21, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The merger of the nation's two largest suppliers of electronic voting machines has election officials, good government groups and a U.S. senator asking the Justice Department to take a hard look at the rapidly contracting voting machine industry. Facing a sea of red ink after seven years in the voting ...

Postal Service reports loss, while Senate delays action on bill

August 5, 2009 The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday announced a loss of $2.4 billion in its third quarter, underscoring the financial woes of an agency already groaning under the weight of the recession. USPS reported a $1.6 billion decrease in revenue between April and June, and a total net loss of $4.7 ...

Postal unions seek White House help on pay, benefits

July 17, 2009 Four unions representing the nation's postal workers are pleading for a meeting with the White House to address possible funding shortfalls for workers' payroll and retiree health benefits, according to a letter obtained by CongressDaily. The presidents of the American Postal Workers Union, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, National Association ...

Stimulus watchdog defends Web contract

July 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government's chief overseer of economic stimulus spending is defending last week's award of an $18 million federal contract to a Maryland-based technology company to overhaul the Recovery.gov Web site, which allows the public to monitor the stimulus program. Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which ...

Ousted IG cited for behavior, absences from Washington

June 17, 2009 The White House informed Congress Tuesday night that federal officials requested a review of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin's conduct after a May 20, 2009, board meeting "at which Mr. Walpin was confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior that led the Board to question his capacity ...