GAO: Agencies Must Do More To Cut $1 Billion Federal Phone Bill

May 21, 2015 7:18 PM Comments

Most federal agencies have not done enough to help cut down on the $1.2 billion a year the government pays for mobile phones and other wireless devices, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

House Presses Senate To Pass NSA Surveillance Changes As Deadline Nears

May 21, 2015 6:02 PM Comments

The White House and House leaders urged the Senate on Thursday to take up a bill that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of American phone records while preserving other surveillance powers set to expire June 1.

Postal Workers Union Protests Cutbacks, Poor Service

May 21, 2015 8:29 AM Comments

About 30 American Postal Workers Union members stood outside the Des Moines U.S. Postal Service office Wednesday afternoon huddled in hoodies, holding signs and waving to passing drivers.

DOJ Warns NSA Data Dragnet Program Could Lapse Amid Hill Impasse

May 20, 2015 7:33 PM Comments

Several controversial tools used by U.S. intelligence officials to combat terrorism, including the mass collection of Americans’ phone records, could lapse in a matter of days if Congress fails to renew the Patriot Act.

Pilot Who Landed Gyrocopter At US Capitol Indicted On 6 Charges

May 20, 2015 6:32 PM Comments

A Florida man who piloted a gyrocopter through miles of America’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol is now facing charges that carry up to 9 1/2 years in prison.

Democrats Reject Proposal to Cut Benefits for Injured Federal Workers

May 20, 2015 6:31 PM Comments

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on May 20 to review the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal that would cut workers’ compensation benefits for some federal workers who have been disabled due to job-related injuries. Democratic committee members rejected the proposal, claiming it would leave most workers considerably worse off than if they had not incurred the injury.

Hiring, Firing, Pay And Training — It All Needs Fixing, Says Panel

May 20, 2015 6:30 PM Comments

Federal workforce issues were front and center at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee hearing May 20, in which experts spoke to issues that leave cybersecurity and other critical positions understaffed or unfilled.

Fed Says June Rate Hike is Unlikely

May 20, 2015 4:58 PM Comments

The Fed’s committee expressed doubt that the economy could improve enough before its June meeting to justify a rate hike, according to minutes from its April meeting released Wednesday afternoon.

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