Michael Posner

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Prison Industries could face competition for federal business

April 24, 2002 The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to end the long-standing monopoly for federal prisons selling products to the federal government. The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1577, would allow private companies to compete with Federal Prison Industries (FPI), whose trade name is Unicor. FPI is a division of the Bureau of Prisons...

FAA chief says agency will review security of charter flights

April 16, 2002 The Federal Aviation Administration will consider screening passengers and providing new security for privately chartered airline flights, FAA Administrator Jane Garvey told a Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday. Garvey, who is leaving her post this August after five years, told Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., she will take up requests for...

House committee votes to abolish immigration agency

April 10, 2002 The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to replace the beleaguered Immigration and Naturalization Service with two new Justice Department bureaus. The often-feuding panel joined in an unusual show of bipartisanship by voting 32-2 to approve H.R. 3231, abolishing the agency whose longtime administrative and enforcement problems were underscored by the...

House committee approves executive exchange bill

March 21, 2002 The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would set up exchange programs allowing executives to move for training between the federal government and private industry. The bill (H.R. 3925) is designed to help meet a threatened shortage of information technology officials in the federal government. The government is...

House subcommittee approves tough cybercrime measure

February 27, 2002 Continuing a congressional crackdown on cybercrime in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee voted Tuesday to strengthen laws and toughen penalties against terrorists, hackers and other Internet intruders. But privacy advocates charged that the legislation, H.R. 3482, would create a "huge loophole" that...

Coast Guard seeks budget boost for port security

December 6, 2001 Securing the nation's ports has been a major focus of the Coast Guard since Sept. 11, and will continue to be for years to come, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. James Loy told Congress Thursday. The service plans to devote a quarter of its resources to homeland security over the next...

Committee to agencies: We want your paperwork

August 7, 2001 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted last week to require that a number of agencies continue sending reports to Congress despite a paperwork reduction law that tried to hold down the deluge of agency reports. The committee approved by voice vote the bill (H.R. 1042), which passed the House on...

Panel votes to raise retirement age for federal firefighters

August 6, 2001 The mandatory retirement age for federal firefighters would go from 55 to 57 in a bill approved Thursday by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill (S. 271), approved by a voice vote, would put the mandatory retirement age in line with federal law enforcement officers. The Forest Service and...

Franchise fund programs get another year in Senate bill

August 6, 2001 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted another year's extension to federal franchise fund pilot programs. The move would extend the programs until Oct. 1, 2002. The reauthorization (S. 1198), which was approved by voice vote, would continue the programs first authorized under the Government Management Reform Act of 1994. Franchise...

Panel votes to let Patent office keep fees

June 18, 2001 In a move to cut down on a big backlog of applications, a House Judiciary subcommittee voted Thursday to earmark to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office all of the patent and trademark applicant fees it collects. The Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property approved a measure (H.R....

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