Federal News Countdown: Congressional clashes, buyouts

Friday - 9/23/2011, 4:50pm EDT

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Today's Federal News Countdown guests are:
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Larry Allen's stories
#3 OMB, GSA to reteach feds' printing behavior
From Federal Computer News:

Federal officials are nudging agencies to think broadly and conservatively before pressing the print button on their computers.

The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative program has awarded blanket purchase agreements to 11 companies with the hope that agencies will use the agreements to save money on printing along with managing the costs of scanning, copying and faxing documents.

#2 Obama proposes to slash executive pay for contractors under reimbursement contracts
From Washington Business Journal:

President Barack Obama proposed to Congress a plan that would cap reimbursement to federal contractors for executive pay, establishing a maximum that is equal to the pay of cabinet-level secretaries.

#1 Shutdown a Step Closer as Senate Kills House Bill
From New York Times:

The Senate voted Friday morning to reject the House's stopgap spending bill, less than twelve hours after the House's Republican leaders had forced it through on their second try.

Jason Miller's stories
#3 House subcommittee pushes forward GOP plan to repair USPS
From Federal News Radio:

Partisan bickering over what to do with more than 100,000 surplus postal employees overshadowed a House subcommittee's approval of a bill to overhaul the ailing Postal Service.

#2 Air Force to offer buyouts to 6,000 civilians
From Federal News Radio:

The Air Force will offer buyouts to thousands of its non-uniformed employees, the service announced Wednesday.

#1 Senate kills short-term continuing resolution
From Federal News Radio:

The threat of a Oct. 1 government shutdown is closer after the Senate rejected a short-term funding bill approved by the House earlier on Friday. The bill would keep government funded for six weeks beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.