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3:09 pm, May 22, 2015

Congressional Spotlight

FBI land swap concerns dominate GSA budget hearing

The plan to swap the FBI's current building in downtown Washington for an as-yet-unnamed site in the metro region is causing consternation on Capitol Hill. Some members used a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to share their concerns with GSA's new leader, Denise Turner Roth.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 05:35pm EDT

House GOP budget calls for increase in feds' retirement contributions

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) released his $3.8 trillion budget plan, which includes language calling for an increase to federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans. All federal employees would pay 6.6 percent of their pay into their retirement plans. The bill also increases funding to the Defense Department's Overseas Contingency Operations fund, while keeping total DoD spending under sequestration caps.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:06pm EDT

Budget fight: Obama claims the upper hand over Congress

Budget fight: White House claims the upper hand over Congress as GOP struggles for unity

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 01:03pm EDT

House vets chairman: VA impeding congressional oversight

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday accused the inspector general and other officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs of withholding reports from his panel, despite pledges to be transparent.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:37pm EDT

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The 2016 budget is the star of a new video from Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee. He'll release the details of the budget the committee will start to mark up tomorrow morning. The Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), says his committee will start to mark up a budget soon too. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted what might happen next in the budget's evolution.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:14pm EDT
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5 things to know about Congress' budget debate

From caps to reconciliation, 5 things to know about Congress' budget debate

Monday - 03/16/2015, 12:08pm EDT

Cardin: Feds are not 'faceless, nameless bureaucrats'

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) pledged to showcase the work of federal employees during a town hall meeting at the Census Bureau. He also suggested that they brag a little about achievements that seem to go unnoticed on Capitol Hill.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 11:00am EDT

Congress' March Madness: Fed-focused bills might not make the Final Four

It's March Madness on Capitol Hill. In Depth host Francis Rose looks at four bills in Congress that are now vying for a shot at the Big Dance.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 07:36am EDT

Don't drink the proverbial Kool-Aid just yet!

Did you hear Congress was contemplating a 8.7 percent pay cut to federal employees earning more than $100,000 a year? Don't pack your bags just yet, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:00am EDT

Four bills that could affect your federal job, salary

The 114th Congress has introduced numerous bills, many of which directly target the federal workforce. Here are four recently introduced bills that, if they become law, could affect your job and paycheck.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 10:44am EDT

Army plans large reductions in service contract support

Cuts to service contracts are part of an Army-wide push to use soldiers and civilians for jobs that had been outsourced by necessity during wartime, officials said Wednesday.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:00am EDT
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Dodaro: GAO returns $100 for every $1 it's funded

The Government Accountability Office wants a 5.9 percent budget increase for FY 2016. Numbers from a new study by Deloitte show past funding of GAO has brought a good return on investment.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 05:18pm EDT
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The new Congress

Ken Gold, director of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, will give his thoughts on some of the issues that Congress will be addressing over the next few months.
March 9, 2015

Monday - 03/09/2015, 08:47pm EDT

GAO highlights two ways to fire poorly performing feds more easily

A new report finds longer probationary periods and better performance metrics can help address a long-standing complaint about terminating federal employees who are not meeting their job's requirements.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 05:14pm EDT

Hawkings: 'No excuse now' for GOP budget holdups

Now that the smoke is clear from the budget debate with the Homeland Security Department, Congress can look towards raising the debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises it can happen without the possibility of a shutdown. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained this and other deadlines approaching Capitol Hill over the next few weeks.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Tighter budgets lead to more cost overruns; Army wraps up listening tour ahead of force stru

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, could a new report finally explain which Pentagon policies tend to lead to cost and schedule growth, and which ones keep programs on track? Plus, why it seems unlikely that Congress will go along with DoD's latest request to close stateside military bases.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:35am EDT

Federal employees' groups denounce pension reform bill

"Un-American" was how the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association described a bill to calculate retirement benefits according to an employee's "high five." Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ariz.) sponsored the measure.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:38pm EST

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Federal officials routinely cite the fact that they're dealing with taxpayer dollars. Well, what if 90 percent of America didn't pay income tax? The Progressive Consumption Tax Act is a proposal to completely overhaul the tax system. By taxing purchases instead of income, it's designed to encourage savings. But what could the effect be on federal revenues? In the Congressional Spotlight on the Federal Drive, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) walked Tom Temin through his bill.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 09:47am EST
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VA calls for its own BRAC process to close outdated facilities

The Veterans Affairs Department says it is spending $24 million per year to maintain facility space it can't use. Some of the restrictions on closing them are political, some are local, so VA thinks it needs a BRAC of its own.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 04:32am EST
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Senate panel approves bill to make IGs stronger, more transparent

In addition to the IG Empowerment Act, the committee approved eight bipartisan bills, several of which run the gamut of federal management and workforce issues, from sick leave to car repairs.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 02:06pm EST
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