Bill tracker: Proposals affecting fed pay, benefits and more

Thursday - 3/24/2011, 1:27pm EDT

Several bills making their way through Congress take aim at federal employees' pay and benefits as a way to tighten the government's budget belt. Feds already face a two-year pay freeze. A couple of the proposals would extend that freeze beyond 2012.

This page will be regularly updated. Check back for status changes and the addition of new bills.
(Last updated on Dec. 15.)

Impact on feds Description Bill/Sponsor(s) Status
CUTS FEDERAL WORKFORCE BY 10 PERCENT Cuts workforce through attrition to avoid defense spending cuts.
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Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.)
Introduced on Dec. 14, 2011.
PAY FREEZE, CUT WORKFORCE BY 15 PERCENT Extends pay freeze, including bonuses, through 2014.
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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Aug. 2, 2011.
PAY FREEZE, CUT WORKFORCE BY 10 PERCENT Extends pay freeze through 2015 and cuts workforce. S.1931
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
Rejected by Senate on Dec. 1
FEDERAL WORKERS COMP REFORM Streamlines claims process. Covers injuries sustained in a terrorist attack as a "war-risk hazard."
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Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.)
Passed House and referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Nov. 30, 2011.
BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX COUPLES Extends benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Nov. 18, 2011.
FAST-TRACKS PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS Eliminates Senate approval for some high-level federal positions.
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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Held at desk on July 1, 2011.
CUT WORKFORCE BY 10 PERCENT Limit the number of employees starting in fiscal 2015 to 90 percent of the total as of Sept. 30, 2011.
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
Referred to House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy on June 20, 2011.
HIRING FREEZE Freeze hiring across the government until the deficit has been eliminated. Freeze exempts USPS, law enforcement and transitional positions.
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Rep. Thomas Marino (R.-Penn.)
Referred to House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy on May 13, 2011.

- Extends the federal pay freeze for another year, through fiscal year 2013. This means your pay would remain at fiscal year 2010 levels through Sept. 30, 2013.
- Cuts federal workforce by 10 percent no later than October 1, 2020.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
Referred to to House Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity on March 23, 2011.
FURLOUGH Requires federal employees to take two weeks of mandatory, unpaid furlough during fiscal year 2012.
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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
Referred to House Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law on Feb. 14, 2011.


- Cuts federal workforce by 15 percent.
- Freezes federal pay through fiscal year 2015.
- Freezes non-discretionary spending at 2008 levels through fiscal year 2021.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)
House bill referred to Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises on March 23, 2011. Senate bill referred to Committee on Finance on Jan. 25, 2011.
PENSION CUTS Ends defined benefits pension portion for new hires starting in 2013. The Thrift Savings Plan and retirement benefits will not be affected by this bill.
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Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Referred to Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on May 9, 2011.
SPENDING CUTS Cuts spending by $500 billion in fiscal year 2011. Among the agencies that would see appropriations cuts under this bill are Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Energy, National Institutes of Health and more. Some programs would be entirely defunded, including the Government Printing Office, all Department of Education programs, except the Pell grant program, and all Department of Housing and Urban Development programs, except veteran housing programs. S.162
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Introduced to Senate on Jan. 25, 2011
REMOVAL OF DOD RAISES FOR BAD PERFORMANCE Restricts the payout of annual adjustment and locality pay for civilian DoD employees performing "unsatisfactory work." West says the bill would generate approximately $21 million in savings while increasing productivity in the workforce. "As employees become more satisfactory in future years, the savings would be approximately $80 million through FY16," according to West's website. H.R.1248
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.)
Referred to HouseCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform on March 29, 2011.
IMPROVE VETERANS' JOB TRAINING Gives grants to nonprofits that offer veteran job training. Makes the Transition Assistance Program mandatory for military personnel becoming civilians. H.R.1941
Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.),
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
House committee hearings held on July 15, 2011. Report filed to Senate VA Committee on July 18, 2011.
1.6 PERCENT MILITARY PAY RAISE Provides a 1.6 percent increase in military basic pay. Prohibits TRICARE Prime fee increases for one year, according to the House Armed Services Committee. H.R.1540
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.)
Referred to Senate committee on June 6, 2011.