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Senate gets down to business, including NextGen implementation

January 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With its preliminary organization done and the House out of session, the Senate gets down to something resembling regular business this week by taking up a long-stalled FAA reauthorization bill. The two-year bill sets FAA policy on issues like adoption of its "NextGen" satellite-based air traffic control system, and authorizes ...

CREW preempts Issa by posting responses to his letter

January 31, 2011 In a shot at House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a watchdog group Monday beat his panel to the punch by posting industry responses to Issa's requests for information on federal regulations that they claim impede hiring. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has ...

Senate to take up FAA reauthorization measure

January 31, 2011 With its preliminary organization done and the House out of session, the Senate gets down to something resembling regular business this week by taking up a long-stalled Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The two-year bill sets FAA policy on issues like adoption of its "NextGen" satellite-based air traffic control system, ...

Senate eyes cut in executive-branch jobs requiring Hill confirmation

January 27, 2011 Senate leaders will push to cut by about one-third the number of executive positions that need Senate confirmation, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said on Thursday. Leadership aides said that the deal would reduce by 400 the number of "Senate-confirmed" positions in the government, now numbered at about 1,400. According ...

Former USDA chief disputes Hatch Act report

January 26, 2011 Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., on Tuesday disputed a federal watchdog agency's finding that his travel to appearances with embattled congressional candidates in 2006 while serving as Agriculture secretary violated a law regarding political activity by federal officials. Johanns cited "inaccuracies" in the report issued by the Office of Special Counsel, ...

Tit-for-tat on House oversight panel appears to be the norm

January 25, 2011 It's only the beginning of the year, but there already appears to be no love lost between House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Cummings and Issa are interacting mainly through a series of public letters, and the latest exchange occurred ...

Report on Bush-era Hatch Act violations could lead to Obama probes

January 25, 2011 A report by a federal watchdog agency finding that officials in the administration of George W. Bush systematically broke a law against improper political activity in 2006 might intensify questions about the current administration's dispatching of officials to aid endangered Democrats in the last cycle. The Office of Special Counsel, ...

Congress passes Defense authorization bill

December 22, 2010 This story has been updated. Congress Wednesday passed a Defense authorization bill that was stripped of all provisions considered controversial to allow quick passage. The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent Wednesday morning. The House, which had to vote again on the measure because the Senate altered it, followed ...

Afghanistan envoy Holbrooke dies

December 14, 2010 Richard Holbrooke, a veteran U.S. diplomat whose long career included brokering the Dayton Peace Accords among warring factions in Bosnia in 1995 and serving as the nation's top envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, has died. Holbrooke, 69, died Monday evening after emergency surgery at George Washington University Hospital to repair ...

Senate backers of ‘don’t ask’ repeal to pursue new tactic

December 10, 2010 After Senate Democrats on Thursday failed, 57-40, to overcome a Republican filibuster of a defense policy bill that would repeal the 1993 ban of openly homosexual men and women from military service, senators from both parties unveiled what may be their 11th-hour bid to end the ban. They said they ...