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Bill Tracker 2013: Proposals affecting fed pay, benefits and more

There's been no shortage of legislation introduced this year affecting the federal workforce. Federal News Radio's Bill Tracker follows the bills that would affect federal pay and benefits, the size of the workforce and more.

Monday - 09/09/2013, 03:57pm EDT

Congress' to-do list crowded with budget headaches

Congress returns to work today with a crowded agenda and little time. Lawmakers must come to agreement on 2014 funding before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 or risk a government shutdown. Also on the agenda: coming up with an alternative to the automatic spending constraints known as sequestration and negotiating a raise in the government's borrowing limit. There are also other measures affecting federal employees that remain to be worked out, including legislation to overhaul the cash-strapped Postal Service and a potential 1 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers.

Friday - 09/06/2013, 06:50pm EDT

Connolly: Budget uncertainty has 'insidious impact' on feds, contractors

A bevy of issues has piled up on lawmakers' to-do list, including fiscal 2014 funding and a pay raise for federal employees. But they don't have much time to act. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), whose district includes many federal employees and contractors, tells Federal News Radio the climate of uncertainty is having a negative impact on both groups.

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 02:34pm EDT
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State officials cleared in Benghazi security gaps

Four State Department officials have been cleared of security failures that led to an attack last year on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, authorities said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 01:38pm EDT

Obama signs bill easing airport screening for vets

Obama signs bill to ease airport screening for wounded or disabled troops and vets

Saturday - 08/10/2013, 10:40pm EDT

Serious doubts remain about VA's ability to secure veterans' data

A recent briefing between the House Veterans Affairs Committee, VA IT executives and DHS ended with the lead majority staff member walking out before the meeting ended. The rising tensions between the House Veterans Affairs committee's majority and VA come as a report surfaced showing veterans are at a higher risk of identity theft than the average citizen.

Wednesday - 08/07/2013, 08:32pm EDT
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House passes bills to halt bonuses, increase transparency of feds

The House passed the Stop Government Abuse Act Thursday by a vote of 239-176. The bill is part of a Republican legislative package aimed at slashing government waste and abuse.

Friday - 08/02/2013, 11:46am EDT

Rep. Barletta wants new rules for SESers under investigation

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is sponsoring a bill that would impact the federal workforce as well as a bill to restrict the growth of federal real estate. Barletta is the chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 02:19pm EDT
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House wants to beef up agency customer service

Legislation aimed at improving response times and customer service across government agencies passed the House Wednesday.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 07:48am EDT

Coast Guard further streamlines maritime domain awareness data

The Coast Guard decided to implement Ozone Widget Framework architecture into its existing WatchKeeper systems to improve communication and data transfer between the Coast Guard and its partners.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 06:06pm EDT

Tricky obstacles ahead to averting shutdown

Health care funding, more spending cuts are obstacles to averting government shutdown in fall

Sunday - 07/28/2013, 09:40am EDT

VanRoekel signals tepid support for Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel offered the administration's first public comment since the major IT reform bill passed the House as part of the 2014 Defense Authorization bill. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) offered a blunt warning to the White House if it does not support the legislation.

Friday - 07/26/2013, 05:44am EDT
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DoE restructures management offices to cut waste, improve security

The Department of Energy detailed to House lawmakers Wednesday its plans to create a new undersecretary for management and performance and expand its undersecretary of science office.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 06:03am EDT

House passes DoD spending bill, prohibits furloughs in 2014

DoD officials briefed House Armed Services members about 2013 furloughs and are figuring out whether they can reduce the number of days employees have to take without pay.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:31am EDT

House committee moves forward on postal reform

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved major postal reform legislation Wednesday. The 22-17 party-line vote moves the 2013 Postal Reform Act, introduced by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), to the full House for consideration.

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 10:53pm EDT

GSA, lawmakers favor innovative approach to dispose of federal property

A roundtable sponsored by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee explored how public-private partnerships could work to get rid of federal property more quickly.

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 05:28am EDT

House considers cuts to NSA surveillance programs

The Rules Committee voted late Monday to allow the House to begin voting on NSA amendments. The amendments cut funds for surveillance programs and impose limits on their operations.

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 01:20am EDT

Issa releases long-awaited postal reform legislation

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released long-anticipated legislation Friday aiming to reform the finances of the ailing U.S. Postal Service. Issa updated an earlier discussion draft of his bill with several proposals originally floated by Democrats.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 07:40pm EDT

Bills aim to fix construction contracting potholes for small businesses

House Small Business Committee members introduce two bills to ban reverse auctions in many cases and mandate a two-step process to evaluate design and build procurements.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 01:04pm EDT

Lawmakers target government waste and inefficiency in slew of new bills

Eighty-one members of Congress introduced a nine-bill package addressing everything from strategic sourcing to cutting federal employee travel to improving energy use of federal buildings.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 11:45am EDT
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