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4:37 am, September 17, 2014

Budget News

How the spending bill affects the federal workforce

After a month of negotiations, the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill this week funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. From federal pay and benefits to a further decline in the Internal Revenue Service's budget, read about three key takeaways of the bill.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:43pm EST

Spending bill grants 1 percent pay raise to blue-collar feds

The $1 trillion, 1,500-page spending bill unveilved Monday night ends the three-year pay freeze for blue-collar federal employees under the wage-grade system.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 08:33am EST

Rogers, Mikulski unveil $1 trillion spending bill

Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October. The bill includes an additional $85 billion for war spending in Afghanistan. Among other provisions, the bill awards federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise. The House is slated to vote on the measure Wednesday.

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 03:26am EST

GOP Senator: Budget cuts affect survivor benefits

Pentagon to GOP senator: Budget cuts for military retirees also affects survivor benefits

Monday - 01/13/2014, 04:40pm EST

House plans 3-day CR to extend deadline for budget talks

Republican leaders plan to pass a short-term funding bill this week to extend by three days the deadline for wrapping up a massive, $1 trillion-plus catch-all spending bill covering funding for the rest of the year. The short-term measure would give lawmakers until midnight next Saturday to pass the larger funding bill. The current stopgap funding bill expires at midnight on Wednesday.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 08:46am EST

Report: Budget, training cuts put IRS 'at risk'

In an annual report to Congress, the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, wrote that the IRS faces "unstable and chronic underfunding that puts at risk the IRS's ability to meet its current responsibilities, much less articulate and achieve the necessary transformation to an effective, modern tax agency."

Friday - 01/10/2014, 04:40pm EST

What's next for Congress in 2014?

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss what's ahead for Congress in 2014, and the potential impact of the contract compensation cap.
January 9, 2014

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 06:38pm EST
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Disabled veterans to be exempted from pension cuts

Spending bill likely to exempt disabled veterans from pension cuts

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 01:00pm EST

Army readiness problems will persist through 2020

Army's top uniformed official said the Ryan-Murray budget agreement is a partial remedy to the difficulties the Army has had in training and equipping its troops. But undoing the damage of sequestration will take at least another six years.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 04:11am EST
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Lawmakers put finishing touches on spending bill

Lawmakers put finishing touches on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 03:26am EST

Trends in global defense spending

Jack Midgley, a director in Deloitte's Global Defense Consulting practice will discuss the findings in the company's recent report on defense spending.
January 7, 2014

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 11:56pm EST
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A look back at 2013 and some projections for 2014 with Mike Causey

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about the big issues affecting feds in 2013 and what's ahead in the new year.
January 6, 2014

Monday - 01/06/2014, 04:48pm EST
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Issa bill would repeal military COLA cuts, allow USPS to move to 5-day delivery

A new bill would repeal reductions in military pensions approved by Congress late last month as part of the bipartisan budget deal and allow the U.S. Postal Service to reduce regular mail delivery to five days a week. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, introduced the legislation Dec. 19, shortly before Congress decamped for the holidays.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:10pm EST

Lawmakers enshrine Pentagon HQ cost-cutting into law

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has already set about implementing a plan to cut $1 billion from the Defense Department's budget by consolidating and reorganizing top Pentagon offices, but lawmakers want to hold his feet to the fire. The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress Dec. 19 enshrines DoD's ambitious cost-cutting and streamlining plan into law.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 01:11pm EST

Roberts renews call for court funding

Congress and the White House need to restore funding to the nation's federal courts to keep from undermining "the public's confidence in all three branches of government," Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday in his year-end report.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:30am EST

Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

Capping tough year, Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill addressing sexual assault

Saturday - 12/28/2013, 08:30am EST

BGOV roundtable

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts participate in a roundtable discussion of the budget deal, the Volker Rule, and Bitcoin.
December 26, 2013

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 04:13pm EST
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Fight over military pension cuts to continue

Cuts to military pensions in doubt, but future changes to troop pay, benefits likely

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 12:14am EST

Obama executive order makes 1% pay raise for feds a reality

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday approving the 1 percent pay raise for federal employees effective Jan. 1, 2014. This ends the three-year federal pay freeze.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 04:19pm EST

Investigating ideas for a better government

John Hudak and Phil Wallach with the Brookings Institution will discuss the top federal government issues in 2013, and what's ahead in the new year.
December 20, 2013

Friday - 12/20/2013, 09:23pm EST
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