President Barack Obama's pick head the Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore trust in the agency after allegations of political bias, urge Congress to provide more funding for operations and improve declining employee morale. John Koskinen, a former Freddie Mac chairman, told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday he'd talk to front-line employees to figure out how to make the agency run better.
Americans believe that the United States isn't the global superpower it used to be, a Dec. 3 Pew survey says. For the first time innearly 40 years of surveys, a majority says the United States plays a less important and powerful role as a world leader than it did a decade ago.
Federal contractor executives got a raise Wednesday when the Office of Federal Procurement Policy announced increased the pay cap by $190,000. Pryor to the bump, allowable costs for contractor executives were set at $763,029. That number hadn't changed since 2011. But OFPP says it's not happy about the raise and it was forced into it.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker vowed Thursday to work to expand American exports and get more government data into the hands of entrepreneurs, in a speech outlining the department's priorities.
The nominee to fill the vacancy atop the Homeland Security Department said his immediate priority as secretary would be to help fill other key positions throughout the department.
President Obama directed agencies to make it easier for local jurisdictions to face the effects of climate change by directing them to scour their policies for barriers that discourage investments into national resilience or even increase the vulnerability of natural or man-made systems.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded to a Senate Panel Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchange enrollment numbers for the first month will be very low. The numbers have yet to be released, but Sebelius said they would be released next week and include both Medicaid and health plan numbers in the new exchanges. "We are still at the beginning of a six month open enrollment which ends at the end of March," she said. "And there's plenty of time to sign up for the new plan."
Administration officials laid out a plan to bolster the government's role in recruiting foreign investing by coordinating the effort on the federal level, in a Wednesday evening call to reporters. States and cities have been responsible for luring business from abroad, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling told reporters.
Administration officials laid out a plan to bolster the government's role in recruiting foreign investing by coordinating the effort on the federal level, in a Wednesday evening call to reporters.
The surveillance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone by the National Security Agency has led to an uproar in Germany. Already, Der Spiegel reported, politicians in Germany have begun to consider a push to revoke a pact with the United States that allows U.S. Internet companies to store European customer data.