WASHINGTON — Congress gave overwhelming approval Thursday to a federal terrorism insurance program that lapsed at the end of last year despite warnings from commercial real estate and construction firms.
Insurance and real estate firms are scrambling to prepare for the expiration of a federal terrorism insurance program at the end of the month that supporters say is critical for construction projects and large buildings, such as utilities and sports stadiums.
WASHINGTON — A long standing and bipartisan effort to create a national park in Maryland and New York to honor abolitionist Harriet Tubman appears to be on the verge of congressional approval after it was tucked into a must-pass defense bill.
The officials who are responsible for safeguarding the nation's intelligence secrets are trying to figure out how to better vet millions of employees and contractors with security clearances, after auditors found that some of those workers owed more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in unpaid taxes.
When city or county firefighters have a family obligation pop up on a workday, their solution is familiar to most shift workers: They find a colleague willing to trade hours. But for the roughly 10,000 firefighters employed by the federal government, the ability to swap shifts is limited.
A pair of reports critical of military spending, from health care costs to Pentagon-ordered beef jerky production, are part of the latest round of scrutiny of the Defense Department's budget as the fiscal cliff approaches.
About 2,000 cases were dismissed last year because the claimant died, according to the agency. The claims process often spans years, as most people who apply for disability benefits are denied and then must appeal. The process can get bogged down by overcrowded dockets and the hunt for reams of required medical documentation that most patients don't have on hand or never had because they lack insurance.
Baltimore and other Maryland localities woulld be guaranteed millions of dollars in federal money for bicycle trails, scenic pull offs and street beautification projects as part of a massive, bipartisan transportation funding bill expected to pass as early as today in the U.S. Senate.