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Bill to probe FOIA delays clears Senate Judiciary

April 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would set up a commission to explore why tens of thousands of requests for government information get sidetracked. Co-sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the bill was approved and sent to the ...

Veterans push for fixes to health care overhaul

April 6, 2010 Organizations representing the nation's military veterans are keeping up pressure on Congress to prevent the landmark healthcare law from shortchanging veterans and other military personnel. The lobbying comes despite assurances from the Obama administration and key lawmakers that the law protects military personnel and veterans. But the Veterans of Foreign ...

Census chief defends Super Bowl commercial

February 24, 2010 Census Bureau Director Robert Groves on Tuesday strongly defended a $2.5 million commercial aired during the Super Bowl this month that was criticized by Republicans and others who questioned its usefulness. Groves told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Federal Financial Management Subcommittee that the ad will pay off ...

Momentum builds for Postal Service relief

August 13, 2009 Congress might be prepared to offer the U.S. Postal Service a partial bailout by giving the mail service a $2 billion infusion from a special health benefits fund set aside for future retirees. Under a 2006 law, the Postal Service is required to pay at least $5.4 billion annually into ...

GAO: Costs of Coast Guard modernization to soar by $2 billion

July 7, 2009 The Government Accountability Office estimated Tuesday the cost of the long-delayed Coast Guard Deepwater ship and aircraft construction program would rise again, jumping $2.1 billion from the $24.2 billion forecast two years ago. Stephen Caldwell, director of GAO's Homeland Security and Justice Issues department, told the Senate Commerce Oceans, Atmosphere, ...

Senate panel clears $32.1B Interior bill

June 23, 2009 Working speedily, the Senate Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee approved on Tuesday a $32.1 billion fiscal 2010 spending bill for land, water and firefighting improvements that is 16 percent higher than this fiscal year's spending levels. Senate Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., pushed through the bill on a voice vote. ...

Energy secretary is surprised by nuclear disclosure

June 3, 2009 Energy Secretary Steven Chu conceded on Wednesday he was caught off guard by the unauthorized dissemination of "highly confidential" documents showing the whereabouts of stockpiles of nuclear weapons and fuel. At a House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Chu acknowledged that he learned about Monday's release of "highly confidential ...

Postmaster defends compensation, wants help on deficits

March 25, 2009 Postmaster General John Potter deflected criticism Wednesday over his compensation package at a time when the nation's mail service is running billion-dollar deficits. At a House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia Subcommittee hearing, Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., asked Potter to justify his ...

Postmaster General to face Congress over compensation

March 23, 2009 With the U.S. Postal Service headed for its third year with a multibillion-dollar deficit, Postmaster General John Potter will face tough questioning on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to explain the red ink as well as his compensation package. As last week's outrage over the American International Group executive bonus fiasco ...

Energy Department revises cost estimate for Yucca Mountain project

July 15, 2008 The Energy Department Tuesday put the cost of a long-standing plan to build a controversial nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada at more than $90 billion. The figure is the first official estimate of the controversial project since 2001 when the cost of storing nuclear waste on the ...