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Congressional Spotlight

Correction: Budget Battle story

Correction: Budget Battle story

Friday - 12/13/2013, 01:39pm EST

Is the budget deal the final word on contractor compensation?

Tucked away inside the bipartisan budget deal announced with much fanfare this week is a proposal limiting the maximum level contractors can charge the government to pay the salaries of their top executives to nearly half of what it is currently. But it may not be the final word on the issue on the sticky issue of contractor compensation. the budget deal's proposed changes to taxpayer-funded contractor salaries are competing with another piece of bipartisan legislation currently before Congress. The annual Defense Authorization Act seeks to lower the compensation limit but by far less than the budget deal.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 11:03am EST

Health care sign-ups pick up but may not close gap

Crunch time: Health care sign-ups picked up in November but still far short as deadline nears

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 05:56pm EST

DHS issues first-ever clean financial audit, but IG says more work needed

For the first time in its history, the Homeland Security Department turned in a clean financial audit. A new DHS inspector general report, however, says the department has "significant deficiencies" in its internal control over financial reporting.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 04:13pm EST
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Budget deal offers stability to Pentagon spending

Budget deal trims pensions for working-age military retires, offers Pentagon budget stability

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 01:48pm EST

New estimate says budget deal raises deficit $41B

Congressional analysis estimates budget deal would increase deficit by $41.4B in 2014-15

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 01:18pm EST

Key support for budget deal; deficits would rise

No shutdowns: Republicans, seeking stability, back budget deal though it means higher deficits

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 03:20am EST

Budget deal: Feds dodge a bullet...

Congress went after federal workers and retirees with a meat ax. But instead the new budget agreement is more of a kick in the shins for feds who have yet to be hired, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 02:00am EST

VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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Lawmakers in fed-heavy districts signal support for budget deal

Lawmakers in districts with large constituencies of federal employees are signaling their support for the bipartisan budget deal announced Tuesday even though it would require new federal workers to contribute a greater share of their paychecks to their retirement benefits. The alternatives -- another government shutdown or a second year of the steep across-the-board sequestration cuts -- would have been worse, they argue.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 05:30pm EST

Under budget deal squeeze, will future feds opt out of TSP?

If the proposed budget deal becomes law, new federal workers will see a total of 10.6 percent of their salaries automatically withheld from their paychecks to cover their retirement benefits. That could lead to them contributing less or not at all to their voluntary Thrift Savings Plan accounts, experts said.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 03:26pm EST

Defense authorization bill leaves out reforms to federal IT acquisition

The annual policy legislation also doesn't merge the DoD CIO and deputy chief management officer.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 02:10pm EST

How the budget deal will impact current and future feds

Newly hired federal workers will be required to contribute more toward their pensions and some military retirees will see smaller cost-of-living adjustments under a budget deal announced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) Tuesday evening. The budget deal, which sets funding levels for the next two years, eases some of the bite of the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration. The pact restores about $63 billion to agency spending through the end of fiscal 2015, split about evenly between Defense and civilian agencies.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:08am EST

Pentagon's cost savings proposals lost to compromise of authorization bill

Congress is poised, for the first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, to miss its deadline to pass the one policy bill that's been considered "must-pass" legislation under administrations of both parties. But the measure's only chance of success also torpedoes Pentagon proposals for cutting DoD's internal cost growth. Military personnel would receive a 1 percent pay raise next year.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:02am EST
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Bipartisan negotiators reach modest budget pact

Lawmakers reach budget pact restoring $63B in automatic spending cuts, avoiding gov't shutdown

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 03:24am EST

IRS nominee on track for approval despite acrimony

IRS nominee on track for confirmation despite acrimony among Senate Democrats, Republicans

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 05:45pm EST

Dems clear way for Senate OK of Obama housing pick

Using newly eased filibuster procedures, Dems clear way for Senate OK of Obama housing pick

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 04:20pm EST

Associations press House to change cyber supply chain law

More than a dozen industry technology and business groups are asking the House to adopt language in the Senate's Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill that would focus on risk when buying technology products and services from companies that have connections to China.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:22pm EST

Dempsey presses Congress to act on defense bill

Nation's top military leader, Congress' defense leaders insist lawmakers act this year

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 06:52am EST

Lawmakers to budget committee: Don't throw feds under the bus

Lawmakers, who face a self-imposed Friday deadline to come up with a fiscal 2014 budget plan, appear to be making progress toward a limited deal that would stave off another shutdown and give agencies the certainty of funding for the remainder of the year.But lawmakers with districts surrounding Washington, D.C. are preemptively speaking out against any proposal that, in their words, would "throw federal employees under the bus." Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), says that too often in the past federal employees' pay and benefits have "been used as pawns in budget negotiations."

Monday - 12/09/2013, 02:15pm EST
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