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Homeland Security urged to increase focus on railroads

March 16, 2004 Following last week's train bombings in Spain, two Republicans have called on Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to balance his department's focus on air and seaport security with an increased emphasis on protecting the nation's railroads. In a letter sent Friday to Ridge, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Rep. Michael ...

Senate panel continues review of postal overhaul recommendations

March 9, 2004 Congress must include an inflation-based rate cap in its overhaul of the Postal Service, some of the nation's largest mailers testified Tuesday before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Ann Moore, chairwoman of Time Inc., said Congress must put in place a rate cap system keyed to inflation to limit "out-of-control ...

House panel votes to strengthen SEC in fighting investor fraud

February 26, 2004 The House Financial Services Committee Wednesday approved a bill giving the Securities and Exchange Commission more enforcement power and greater ability to obtain restitution for defrauded investors. The committee approved the Securities Fraud Deterrence and Investor Restitution Act (H.R. 2179) by a voice vote. But the bill did not include ...

OPM backs postal payment of workers' military retirement benefits

February 25, 2004 A Bush administration official Tuesday challenged some of the changes called for by the President's Commission on the Postal Service, while postal union representatives questioned the need for any large-scale change. Testifying before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Office of Personnel Management Deputy Director Dan Blair said he disagrees with ...

Senate chair criticizes Bush's proposed first responder cuts

February 24, 2004 Calling aspects of the White House budget for the Homeland Security Department "shortsighted," Senate Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Monday she will press for more funding while her committee continues its focus on overseeing homeland security activities. In an interview with National Journal Group publications, Collins said homeland ...

Postal Service users, competitors weigh in on changes

February 12, 2004 Calling for greater rate-setting flexibility and increased outsourcing for the U.S. Postal Service, representatives of the postal service's largest customers and its largest competitors met Wednesday with postal reform legislators and congressional leaders. The CEOs of the nation's top postal users, including Time, Inc., Pitney Bowes and R.R. Donnelly, and ...

Panel weighs expanded collective bargaining at Postal Service

February 5, 2004 A debate over collective bargaining was at the center Wednesday of a Senate Governmental Affairs hearing on workforce issues in the United States Postal Service. The hearing was the Senate committee's third since the President's Commission on the Postal Service released a report in August suggesting changes for the mail ...

House, Senate government oversight panels ready 2004 agendas

December 16, 2003 The House Government Reform and the Senate Governmental Affairs committees will continue to focus on homeland security and federal technology in 2004, sources said this week, as well as such topics as "diploma mills" and voting representation in the District of Columbia. A House Government Reform aide said Government Reform ...

Study says federal bioterrorism spending not preparing states

December 11, 2003 Despite nearly $2 billion of federal bioterrorism funding to states over the past two years, states are largely unprepared for a major public health emergency, according to a report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health. The yearlong study outlines 10 criteria, including state funding levels and infrastructure readiness, ...

FAA agreement breaks privatization stalemate

November 24, 2003 After months of a stalemate over whether the government should be allowed to privatize air traffic control workers, the Senate Friday approved the conference report on the $60 billion FAA reauthorization. The White House accepted senators' call for a one-year moratorium on privatization of any air traffic jobs, and lawmakers ...