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New feds' pension contributions increase under payroll tax cut deal

Federal pension contributions would increase under a compromise deal to extend a payroll tax cut and pay for jobless benefits through 2012.

Tags: budget , payroll tax cut , Congress , pay and benefits , pension , Chris Van Hollen , Max Baucus , David Camp

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 01:42pm EST

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) addresses the dangers of cutting public services - February 17th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) appears along with AFGE National President John Gage from the union's annual Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference in Washington, D.C. Cardin discusses the danger of cutting public services while Gage addresses the AFGE's 2012 legislative priorities. AFGE Department of Defense Local 2516 President Paul Ferris and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Wade Henderson also appear.

Tags: AFGE , workforce , Wade Henderson , Paul Ferris , John Gage ,

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 05:53pm EST
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Senators ask OMB to intervene in retirement backlog

A new letter, signed by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calls on the Office of Management and Budget to take on the "urgent matter" of processing federal retirements. The letter comes a week after a Senate subcommittee hearing in which the Office of Personnel Management was taken to task for its handling of the longstanding backlog.

Tags: workforce , retirement , OPM , Mark Warner , Barbara Mikulski , OMB , Jeffrey Zients , John Berry , Congress , Senate , retirement backlog

Monday - 02/06/2012, 07:06pm EST

Feds plan to shell out more money to get to work

Without Congressional action, the public transit benefit that many federal employees use to take the subway, bus or vanpool to work will decrease on Jan. 1 from $230 to $125 per month. Feds said, for the most part, they'll continue to use mass transit even if it costs them more to get to work.

Tags: mass transit benefit , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Congress , Barbara Mikulski , Matthew Magazu , Shannon Richardson , FEMA , Caroline Tiplin , Keith Eichenholz , HHS , Emily Kopp , telework , pay and benefits

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:35am EST
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Democratic lawmakers trying to beat back another federal pay freeze

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , John Boehner , Gerry Connolly , Chris Van Hollen , NTEU , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , John Gage , pay freeze , NARFE , Julie Tagen , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 05:40am EST
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Senators call for mass-transit benefit extension

A group of 22 senators has called on the Senate Finance Committee to take up extending a mass-transit commuter tax benefit, which expires at the end of the year. The mass-transit benefit is set to be cut nearly in half from $230 a month to $120 starting next year, barring action by Congress.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , House , Senate , NTEU , mass-transit benefit , Barbara Mikulski , Senate Finance Committee

Monday - 12/12/2011, 02:36pm EST

Sen. Cardin hopeful omnibus will pass by deadline

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin said most of the issues have been resolved between Democrats and Republicans concerning the omnibus bill that will fund agencies through the 2012 fiscal year. However, policy riders introduced by the House GOP may still derail the legislation.

Tags: omnibus , budget , appropriations , Congress , Senate , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 10:27am EST
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Maryland congressional delegation's influence slightly wanes in new Congress

When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in last year's election, it appeared the Maryland congressional delegation may have lost power and influence.

Tags: Congress , Al Wynn , John Sarbanes , Steny Hoyer , Chris Van Hollen , Susan Turnbull , Elijah Cummings , Andy Harris , Frank Kratovil

Friday - 01/21/2011, 02:00am EST

Members of Congress will get security suggestions

A House Democratic leader says he thinks lawmakers will be taking precautions when meeting with the public in the wake of a congresswoman's shooting in Arizona.

Tags: Gabrielle Giffords , Roscoe Bartlett , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Arizon shooting , security , Congress , U.S. Capitol Police , Tom Davis

Sunday - 01/09/2011, 10:30am EST
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