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Report challenges Commerce program aimed at small manufacturers

June 7, 2004 Underfunding and restrictive funding formulas impede the success of a Commerce Department program aimed at providing technical and business assistance to small manufacturers, according to a new report. Members of the National Academy of Public Administration who authored the report said Monday that federal underfunding and restrictive funding formulas impede ...

House subcommittees approve Homeland Security, Interior budget measures

June 3, 2004 The Homeland Security Department would receive $308 million less than President Bush requested under a $30.8 billion fiscal 2005 spending bill approved Thursday by the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. "Our allocation is not what it should be," said Homeland Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky. But Rogers said the ...

Senate committee passes postal overhaul legislation

June 2, 2004 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill to overhaul the Postal Service for the first time in three decades, giving the agency greater rate-setting flexibility and the ability to respond to market forces more like a private business. In a 17-0 vote, the committee approved the bill ...

Senate panel to mark up postal legislation next week

May 26, 2004 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up postal overhaul legislation next Wednesday, a panel spokeswoman said Wednesday. The bill was formally introduced last week by Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., and already has attracted a number of bipartisan co-sponsors, including Governmental Affairs ranking ...

House panel votes to require reviews of federal programs

May 20, 2004 The decade-old Government Performance and Results Act could be amended to include a requirement for program reviews, under legislation approved Wednesday by a House Government Reform subcommittee. The Efficiency and Financial Management Subcommittee approved the measure (H.R. 3826) -- sponsored by Subcommittee Chairman Todd Platts of Pennsylvania -- on a ...

Panel passes bill to increase benefits and hiring incentives

May 19, 2004 A House Government Reform subcommittee Tuesday passed a bill that would allow the federal government to increase benefits and hiring incentives in an effort to better attract high-quality workers. The Subcommittee on Civil Service and Agency Organization voted by voice vote to approve a substitute amendment to a bill (S. ...

Officials pledge to make headway against airport delays

May 18, 2004 As air traffic returns to pre-Sept 11, 2001, levels this summer, the Federal Aviation Administration will be hard pressed to ease delays at airports, according to a GAO study released Tuesday. Delays at the busiest airports averaged 45-65 minutes last summer, and traffic is expected to increase at those facilities ...

Postal unions raise concerns about Senate reform bill

May 18, 2004 With Senate Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, likely to introduce legislation overhauling the Postal Service Wednesday, mailers and labor representatives will be keeping an eye on a few key provisions not included in the postal bill passed last week by the House Government Reform Committee. A discussion draft of ...

Paperwork reduction plan progresses

May 13, 2004 Aiming to reduce federal regulatory paperwork, the House Government Reform Committee voted Wednesday to require the Office of Management and Budget to devote more effort to identify ways to simplify federal forms. The committee approved the measure (H.R. 2432) by voice vote over the objections of minority committee members who ...

Postal Service overhaul clears first hurdle

May 13, 2004 The Postal Service could be restructured for the first time in more than 30 years, under legislation approved Wednesday by the House Government Reform Committee. In a 40-0 vote, the panel approved the bill (H.R. 4341), which would grant the Postal Service more flexibility to change its rates and manage ...