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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 , Chuck Grassley , Jay Rockefeller , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Congress , Senate , AFGE , John Gage , Acquisition Reform Working Group , Jack Moore

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

Top nuclear regulator denies he has targeted women

The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says allegations that he mistreats women are, in his words, `'categorically untrue."

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko says he has "the utmost respect" for men and women at the nuclear agency, which oversees safety at the nation's 104 commercial reactors.

Tags: Gregory Jaczko , NRC , William Magwood , George Apostolakis , Kristine Svinicki , William Ostendorff , Congress ,

Friday - 04/20/2012, 05:06pm EDT

Senator blocks Interior's Salazar from receiving pay bump

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on track for pay raise that would have brought his salary on par with other Cabinet secretaries, until Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) gave him a quota. Until Salazar each month approved six new deep-water permits to allow exploratory oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Vitter would block the raise.

Tags: Interior , Ken Salazar , David Vitter , Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington , Senate , Congress

Saturday - 03/31/2012, 07:05pm EDT

Senate bill revisits contractor pay cap

The bill (S.2198), introduced Thursday by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), would cap contractors' pay at $400,000 and apply that cap to all contract employees not just top executives.

Tags: Chuck Grassley , contractor , pay cap , DoD , OMB , Congress , Jolie Lee

Friday - 03/16/2012, 05:18pm EDT

How common are government trademarks?

A group of 14 senators is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to seek a trademark for the phrase, GI Bill. But just how common are government trademarks? We ask Deborah Cohn, commissioner for trademarks at the Patent and Trademark Office.

Tags: Deborah Cohn , USPTO , trademark , Tom Harkin ,

Friday - 03/09/2012, 05:01pm EST
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Amendment to defense authorizations would cap contractor pay

An amendment to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill would cap taxpayer-funded contractor compensation at $400,000. Under current executive compensation limits set in 1998, contractors can charge up to $693,951 for the salaries of their top five executives.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Senate , Chuck Grassley , industry , Congress , supercommittee

Monday - 11/21/2011, 08:20am EST

Lawmakers tell supercommittee to cap contractor salaries

The proposal by three members of Congress would reduce the amount contractor employees can earn from government work. Currently, the limit is about $694,000 and applies only to companies' top five executives.

Tags: joint select committee on deficit reduction , contracting , industry , Paul Tonko , Chuck Grassley , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 06:57pm EDT

Talk of shutdown heats up Hill

A top aide to Nancy Pelosi told Democratic staffers that a shutdown is likely. The comments came after House Speaker John Boehner rejected any extension of the current spending levels.

Tags: shutdown , continuing resolution , budget , Congress , Jim Moran , Nancy Pelosi , John Boehner , Jerry Hartz

Friday - 02/18/2011, 03:01pm EST
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