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Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

Tags: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform , federal workforce , USPS

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Lawmakers, OPM seek facelift for aging GS system

There's growing consensus on Capitol Hill and from the Obama administration that the pay and personnel system used by the federal government since 1949 and infrequently updated is showing its age and due for a major facelift. Lawmakers probed the General Schedule system Tuesday during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census.

Tags: workforce , Congress , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Robert Goldenkoff , Katherine Archuleta , Pat Niehaus , Federal Managers Association , pay and benefits , GS system , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 06:11pm EDT

House panel debates merits of Senior Exec Service, comes down hard on VA

In examining the viability of the Senior Executive Service, House members called out the Veterans Affairs' compensation program, with a pledge to introduce another piece of legislation to take back bonuses. The Senior Executives Association relayed concerns that talent is fleeing senior executive positions.

Tags: VA , Veterans Affairs , SES , SEA , Stephen Lynch , Congress , House , pay and benefits , bonuses

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:08pm EDT

What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Tags: pay and benefits , USPS , House , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Stephen Lynch , Jeffrey Williamson , TRICARE

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

House votes to beef up OPM inspector general funding

The House gave a boost to the Office of Personnel Management inspector general's office Tuesday, voting to provide the agency's auditors with access to new funding to conduct investigations. In a unanimous vote, the House approved the bipartisan OPM IG Act, introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) and co-sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass). The Senate approved a nearly identical measure, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), in October.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , OPM , background investigations , Patrick McFarland , Stephen Lynch , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 05:49pm EST

House passes bills to halt bonuses, increase transparency of feds

The House passed the Stop Government Abuse Act Thursday by a vote of 239-176. The bill is part of a Republican legislative package aimed at slashing government waste and abuse.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , agencies , Lynn Jenkins , Eric Cantor , Jo Ann Emerson , Tom Coburn , James Renacci , Peter Roskam , Tom Price , oversight , Stop Government Abuse Week , Melissa Dawkins , IRS

Friday - 08/02/2013, 11:46am EDT

IG: 'Serious problems' with OPM's $2B revolving fund must be addressed

The Office of Personnel Management's inspector general says he needs $6 million to address "serious problems" with the agency's $2 billion revolving fund. Patrick McFarland told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that his current budget isn't nearly enough to root out waste, fraud and abuse across the revolving fund and other areas of OPM.

Tags: technology , management , OPM , Charles Grimes , Patrick McFarland , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Lacy Clay , HR services , HR line of business , Linda Brooks Rix , Avue Technologies , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 05:24am EDT
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Does GS system need an update? Lawmakers ask GAO to review federal pay scale

A trio of lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want the Government Accountability Office to examine whether the General Schedule system for federal employees needs an update. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), said the watchdog agency's review would aid the lawmakers in evaluating "the appropriateness of the General Schedule (GS) as a pay scale for today's workforce."

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , House , Senate , pay scale , GS system , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Monday - 04/22/2013, 04:44pm EDT

USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Michael Young , USDA , Hari Sastry , Commerce , FCC , David Robbins , Paul Gosar , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Matt Cartwright , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , reprogramming authorities

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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Postal Service reform finds new life on Capitol Hill

Real reform for the U.S. Postal Service may be gaining some steam in Congress. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), the new chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, tells Federal News Radio, House leadership sees room for compromise with Democrats when it comes to figuring out ways to get USPS back in the black. Farenthold supports the Postal Service's plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

Tags: Congress , House , USPS , postal reform , Dennis Ross , Gerry Connolly , Claire McCaskill , Patrick Donahoe , Stephen Lynch , Sean McCalley , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/19/2013, 05:15am EDT
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