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Unions, watchdog groups renew call for capping 'exorbitant' contractor salaries

A collection of federal unions and watchdogs groups wrote to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee urging support for a law capping taxpayer-funded contracting compensation costs at $230, 700 the maximum salary earned by the highest-paid federal employees.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , contractor pay cap , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , NTEU , POGO , Carl Levin , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 06:05pm EDT

VA gears up to standardize ratings for exceptional employees

The Veterans Affairs Department's National Cemetery Administration is testing the new employee appraisal system, called GEAR, to better define and measure employee performance. The Coast Guard also is preparing a pilot of the approached designed by the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations.

Tags: workforce , management , OPM , VA , Coast Guard , Tim Curry , Curt Odom , Veronica Wales , SEIU/NAGE , Mark Bailey , Demetrios Stroubakis , GEAR pilot , The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations , employee performance appraisals , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 05:10am EDT
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Reps. John Yarmuth, Jan Schakowsky discuss job creation on "Inside Government" - October 12th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Reps. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., address job creation ahead of Election Day. D.C. Labor FilmFest Director Chris Garlock and National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare Government Relations and Policy Director Dan Adcock also appear.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Chris Garlock , John Yarmuth , Dan Adcock , Jan Schakowsky

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 05:03pm EDT
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2012 Defense bill amendment capping contractor pay advances

An amendment to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill, passed by the Senate last week, caps taxpayer-funded compensation for all contracting employees at $400,000. Senate sponsors of the measure say the measure is designed to head off burgeoning defense contractor salaries. Federal employee unions have applauded the bill, but it has drawn the ire of industry groups. The Senate version of the defense bill, which contains controversial provisions dealing with military detainees, must still be reconciled with a House version before becoming law.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Barbara Boxer , Chuck Grassley , Jay Rockefeller , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Congress , Senate , John Gage , Acquisition Reform Working Group , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/05/2011, 05:25pm EST

Congressional roundtable addresses state of the middle class, public service - September 28th, 2012 and October 5th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" a congressional roundtable featuring Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Reps. Brad Miller of North Carolina, Tim Ryan of Ohio and Judy Chu of California discusses the state of middle class America and the public service sector. Former Obama White House communications advisor Corey Ealons also appears.

Tags: Brad Miller , Tim Ryan , Judy Chu , Sheldon Whitehouse , Corey Ealons , workforce ,

Wednesday - 09/26/2012, 05:09pm EDT
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Romney's private-sector approach to government includes realigning pay, downsizing workforce

It's no secret Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney envisions broad changes to the federal government and its workforce. In campaign speeches, Romney has spoken of aligning federal pay with that of the private sector and reducing the federal workforce through attrition. But federal unions say Romney's comments and proposals should give feds pause. This story is part of Federal News Radio's special, week-long multimedia report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Mitt Romney , pay and benefits , Paul Ryan , pay freeze , Obama Impact , J. David Cox , NFFE , William Dougan , workforce , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 03:59pm EDT

AFGE responds to GAO report on federal prison overcrowding - September 21st, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel discusses a new GAO report about the impact of overcrowding in federal prisons. Also, more coverage from the Democratic National Convention with AFGE National President J. David Cox, Save the Children SVP Mark Shriver and former Clinton White House spokesman Bob Weiner.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Dale Deshotel , J. David Cox , Mark Shriver , Bob Weiner

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 04:46pm EDT
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Unions, associations detail priorities for 2013 and beyond

Federal News Radio asked seven different unions, organizations and government groups for their priorities in the upcoming administration. Their responses are part of the series, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , Obama Impact , CGP , NARFE , NFFE , NTEU , PSC , Senior Executives Assocation

Friday - 09/21/2012, 04:00am EDT

Highlights from Republican, Democratic national conventions on "Inside Government" - September 14th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" attendees of the Republican and Democratic national conventions discuss ways to rebuild the middle class and connect with voters. Featured Republican guests include Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Featured Democratic guests include Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, Rep. Paul Tonko of New York and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Saxby Chambliss , Geraldo Rivera , Antonio Villaraigosa , Bob Buckhorn , Mike Huckabee , Artur Davis , Dan Daub , Mike McMullen , Haley Barbour , Dan Malloy , Paul Tonko , Jeanne Shaheen

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 12:49am EDT
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AFGE members speak out against federal budget cuts - September 7th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Social Security Administration Council 220 President Witold Skwierczynski and Department of Housing and Urban Development Council 222 Executive Vice President Carolyn Federoff discuss the consequences of federal budget cuts. Former AFGE President Bobby Harnage also appears.

Tags: Witold Skwierczynski , Carolyn Federoff , Bobby Harnage , workforce ,

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 03:05pm EDT
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