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Monday federal headlines - November 11, 2013
Monday - 11/11/2013, 8:21am EST
The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.
- Sequestration and the federal budget will be Topic One when the House and
Senate resume work tomorrow. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairman of the Senate
Appropriations Committee, has called for a two-year deal to replace sequestration cuts. But
2014 could be hard enough. House Republicans and Senate Democrats are $91 billion
apart. They have different views on how to handle the second year of automatic
cuts called for by the Budget Control Act. The conference committee wants to
finish work by Dec. 13. The current continuing resolution expires Jan. 15.
(Federal News Radio)
- The latest survey of federal employees is out, and the picture isn't good. The
Office of Personnel Management has published results of its most recent annual
Viewpoint survey. For the second year in a row, employee satisfaction
has dropped. It now stands at 59 percent. Less that half of federal employees
feel they have enough resources to do their jobs effectively. More than 376,000
employees responded to the survey. (Federal News Radio)
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the federal government lost 12,000 jobs in October.
GovExec reports, furloughed federal employees did not affect the statistics. And
the shutdown merely delayed the release of the figures. The federal government has
lost 94,000 jobs in the past year. Sequestration and an increase in federal
retirements contribute to the reduction. In fiscal year 2014, the total workforce
will decrease further, from about 4.3 to 4.1 million employees. By 2015, many
House Republicans want to cut the federal workforce by 10 percent by using
attrition, meaning less employees replace those that leave the government
- Two rival trade groups representing federal contractors are headed to court.
TechAmerica is suing the
IT Industry Council and three of the four employees who left it and went to
ITI. TechAmerica is claiming breach of contract and the unlawful taking of
proprietary information. TechAmerica seeks $5 million in damages and court costs.
Plus, it wants an injunction preventing ITI from acting on the information it
received. (Federal News Radio)
- The Department of Homeland Security is getting heat from lawmakers about its
recent technology services contract. The Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for
Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE II) program is a seven-year, $22 billion contract.
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) are asking why DHS
awarded 15 relatively untested companies and ignored many of its top performing
companies in the current contract. One company, STG Inc., says DHS excluded them
from a post-award briefing. DHS faces several other protests regarding the EAGLE
II contract. (Federal News Radio)
- Amazon.com announced its partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver orders on Sundays, USA Today reports.
Amazon is the world's largest internet retailer. The new Amazon service started
yesterday in Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas and plans to expand in
2014. The company hopes that adding a Sunday delivery option will generate more
sales. The deal is a well-received new source of revenue for the Postal Service.
- In the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
directed U.S. Pacific Command to assist humanitarian efforts in the Philippines. The typhoon
affected six central islands and devastated the city of Tacloban. The Philippines
is one of five U.S. Allies in the Asia-Pacific region, a disaster-prone area known
as the Ring of Fire. DoD is working with USAID in order to help the country
recover. (Defense Department)
- Today we honor the nation's 22 million veterans. But what about the hundreds
of thousands of vets that were
discharged? A New York Times Op-Ed reveals that administrative discharges for
minor misconduct, along with dishonorable discharges make veterans ineligible for
the health care, employment, housing and education benefits offered by the
Veterans Affairs Department. Many times these offenses are the result of war-time
stress. Some think that Congress and our communities need to give more support to
this disadvantaged group and not let those that served fall between the cracks.
- Navy officials want to speed up the consolidation and closure of data centers,
and move military data to secure commercial hosts. Federal Times reports, a new
request for information discusses consolidating 12,000 servers. Last year the Navy
targeted one tenth that number of servers. The RFI calls for more than tripling
current plans to close 22 data centers. The Navy will hold an industry day Nov.
20, when it will have more details. The RFI says the only way the Navy brass
believe they can meet stringent I T budget goals is through use of commercial
technology and services. (Federal Times)