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House bill targets US passport backlog

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Lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation on Thursday that would require the Biden administration to submit a plan to eliminate the massive U.S. passport backlog. The Passport Backlog Elimination Act was introduced by Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly (Va.) and Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) and GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Tim Burchett (Tenn.). The bill focuses on staffing shortages at the State D...

NATO's sin of omission

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By Rep. Gerry Connolly In Catholicism, one commits a sin of omission when failing to do that which is required. The sin of omission hanging over the June 14 summit with NATO Heads of State and Government is a potential failure by allies to recognize the existential threat posed by the global march of autocracy, which is quickening its step by the day. The alliance stands at a critical juncture. As...

Chairman Connolly Urges OPM to Continue Prioritizing Health and Safety of Federal Workers and Contractors

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Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter urging Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan to continue placing the health and safety of our dedicated federal and contractor personnel at the forefront of any discussions regarding how and when to bring employees back to their physical worksites. “I understa...

Biden inherited a USPS crisis. Here’s how Democrats want to fix it.

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By Jacob Bogage, Kevin Schaul The nation’s mail service is slower and more erratic than it’s been in generations, via the confluence of an abrupt reorganization and pandemic-era anomalies that has fueled demands for reform and fundamentally different ideas on how to achieve it. On one side is Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who, with the backing of the U.S. Postal Service’s governing board, is exp...

GAO Report Slams Trump Administration Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Joe Davidson (Washington Post) -- A government watchdog study from a generally staid audit agency amounts to a wide-reaching condemnation of President Donald Trump's botched response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 346-page Government Accountability Office document, much longer than most, outlines broad Trump administration failures so alarming that the normally circumspect auditors pronounced...

Trump Went to War With His Own Government. Biden Now Has to Repair It.

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By Joe Davidson The end of Donald Trump's presidency can be summed up in two words by federal employee advocates: Good riddance. As Joe Biden enters the White House and Trump exits, disgraced by two impeachments, differences in their approach to the federal workforce are evident in their campaign rhetoric. Trump's view was framed by his 2016 campaign declaration to "drain the swamp," an insult man...

The fight for empowerment: Women in the Middle East and North Africa

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By Rep. Gerry Connolly Gender equality, women’s rights, and women’s empowerment are fundamental to our cultural identity, national security, and economic prosperity. Countless Americans have fought hard to make sure of that. However, progress on gender equality and women and girls’ rights ha been uneven around the globe, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The data speak...

The Postmaster General just backed down, but Democrats must keep up pressure

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Opinion by Greg Sargent Because the crush of President Trump’s corruption and wrongdoing has been so relentless, it often can seem like media scrutiny and congressional oversight have been reduced to nothing more than dead letters. But in the case of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service, the scrutiny might actually be having a real impact: The U.S. Posta...

Beware the Ides of August: This year it’s the postal service

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Chad Pergram Beware the “Ides of August.” That’s what we often write in this space when the eighth month on the Gregorian calendar comes round. Shakespeare warned “Beware the Ides of March” in Julius Caesar. But anyone who’s ever spent any time on Capitol Hill knows “Beware the Ides of August.” August is the most volatile month of the 12. And sure enough, the Ides of August – Aug. 15th - disrupte...

Federal Watchdog Finds Trump Administration’s Continued Efforts to Dismantle OPM are ‘Fiscally Irresponsible’

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Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, issued the following statement about the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Inspector General (IG) report finding that the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to dismantle OPM are “fiscally irresponsible” and place additional burdens on both the agency and American taxpayers. “This Administration cont...

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