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Agencies end 9-year small business contracting drought

For the first time since 2005, the government awarded at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. The Small Business Administration reported Friday small firms received $83 billion out of a possible $355 billion in 2013.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Small business goals , SBA , Maria Contreras-Sweet , John Shoraka , Sam Graves , House Small Business Committee , Jason Miller

Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:54am EDT
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Senators propose 3.3 percent federal pay hike to start in 2015

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act Friday, calling for a 3.3 percent pay increase for federal employees for calendar year 2015. Federal employee union leaders praised the proposal, which would raise feds' pay more than the 1 percent President Barack Obama introduced in his 2015 budget proposal. The bill is similar to one introduced in March by House Democrats.

Tags: Brian Schatz , FAIR Act , Senate , pay increase , pay , Pay & Benefits , budget , J. David Cox Sr. , Joseph Beaudoin , NTEU , AFGE , NARFE , Colleen Kelley , Federal Postal Coalition , Bruce Moyer

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:07pm EDT

In Depth Show Blog - Feb. 12, 2014

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Bill Lynn , Dennis McCarthy , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 05:56pm EST

Will OPM allow flexible-spending rollovers?

Under federal "use it or lose it" rules, any unspent money employees set aside last year to pay for out-of-pocket health costs, such as prescriptions or co-pays, is forfeited at the end of the year. But a group of senators from states surrounding the Washington, D.C., area, wants to change that. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) wrote to Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, requesting the agency implement new regulations that would allow federal employees to roll over as much as $500 in unused funds from year to year.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , OPM , FSA , FSAFEDS , Barbara Mikulski , Tim Kaine , Mark Warner , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/30/2013, 01:06pm 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."

Tags: Frank Wolf , Barbara Mikulski , Congress , budget , retirement , workforce , pay and benefits , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/09/2013, 02:15pm EST
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Funding bill includes back pay for furloughed feds, clears way for potential January pay raise

The bill passed by Congress reopening the federal government after a two-week shutdown grants retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers and clears the way for all federal employees to receive a 1 percent pay raise in January. The continuing resolution, which funds government operations through Jan. 15, also grants agencies some spending flexibilities to avoid sequestration-related furloughs over the next few months.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Barbara Mikulski , furloughs , retroactive , budget , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 12:06pm EDT

Memorable interviews from 2012 featured this week on "Inside Government" - January 4, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" the program revisits several memorable interviews from 2012. Guests include Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and Donna Christensen, D- Virgin Islands, and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D- Ohio, who participated in a congressional roundtable on health care reform. Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rebuild the Dream President and Co-founder Van Jones also appear.

Tags: AFGE , Inside Government , workforce , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Donna Christensen , Dennis Kucinich , Tim Kaine , Van Jones ,

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 05:37pm EST
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Senate's defense bill cuts civilian workforce, caps contractor salaries

The Senate approved a $631 billion annual defense policy Tuesday that would require the Defense Department to reduce its civilian workforce by 5 percent over the next five years and impose a strict cap on government-funded contractor salaries. With the White House threatening to veto the Senate version its current form, the bill now heads to a House-Senate conference committee where differences between the two chambers' bill will be hammered out.

Tags: DoD , 2013 NDAA , Senate , Congress , civilian workforce , contractor pay cap , Joe Manchin , Carl Levin , John McCain , Claire McCaskill

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 05:37pm EST

Senate moves forward with plan to reduce DoD civilian workforce

The Senate moved forward with a plan to require the Defense Department to reduce its civilian workforce by 5 percent over the next five years, after a measure striking that provision was defeated in a vote Friday. Earlier this week, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which would lift a mandated 5 percent reduction to DoD's civilian and contractor workforces over five years. But in a 53-41 vote, Cardin's amendment was defeated.

Tags: Senate , DoD , workforce , 2013 NDAA , John McCain , civilian workforce , Carl Levin , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/30/2012, 02:50pm EST

White House threatens to veto Senate Defense bill

The White House is threatening to veto the $631 billion annual Defense bill the Senate is debating this week unless Congress makes changes. The administration took issue with a number of provisions included in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill, which Senate leaders hope to vote on by the end of the week.

Tags: DoD , 2013 NDAA , Congress , Senate , John McCain , OMB , veto threat , Jack Moore

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 05:49pm EST
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