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What feds should know about the 114th Congress

Tuesday marks the first day of the 114th Congress, which mostly serves as a day of ceremony for freshman members. But once the fanfare is over, experts on the Hill say Republicans and Democrats will get right back to settling some old scores left over from 2014.

Tags: Congress , Don Kettl , Erik Wasson , Jason Chaffetz , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , Jory Heckman , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , DHS , budget

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 12:17pm EST

Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, USMC retired, Punaro Group

The 114th Congress convenes next week, and the budget moves they should make early on are clear to a number of defense experts. One of them is retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, the chief executive officer of the Punaro Group. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose why dealing with the sequester, the debt and the deficit should be the top priority.

Tags: Arnold Punaro , Punaro Group , USMC , Congress , budget , In Depth , Top 3 for 2015

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:30pm EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

A budget resolution early in 2015 is a top priority for the incoming 114th Congress. Republican leaders have already said they're interested in passing some federal workforce reforms. Jessica Klement is legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said she's worried about the possibility of a budget reconciliation, and what that could mean for federal employee benefits in the future. In her Top 3 for 15, she says she's keeping a closer eye on federal workforce policy reforms coming from the new Congress.

Tags: NARFE , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jessica Klement , Top 3 for 2015 , retirement , budget

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:29pm EST

Kevin Plexico, Vice President of Information Solutions, Deltek

Federal budgets may not be growing much, but contractors can still make a good living. They're looking at $122 billion in the top 10 prime contracting opportunities from civilian agencies this year. According to Deltek, that's more than double the number from last year. Kevin Plexico is the vice president of information solutions at Deltek. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on civilian contracting opportunities in 2015.

Tags: Kevin Plexico , Deltek , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , budget , contracting

Monday - 01/05/2015, 10:58am EST
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Our readers' favorite stories of 2014

Even without all the fireworks caused by furloughs and the government shutdown that occurred in 2013, Federal News Radio readers found plenty to intrigue them in 2014. Read our 10 most-read stories for 2014.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , budget , management , Veterans Affairs , IRS , OPM , Naval History and Heritage Command , Capitol Dome , Medicare , COLA , retirement

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 11:56am EST

Koskinen: IRS faces tough FY 2015 with budget, workforce woes

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency is between a rock and a hard place in finding thanks to budget cuts.

Tags: John Koskinen , IRS , performance pay , pay and benefits , budget , Francis Rose , In Depth , workforce , hiring freeze

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 11:41am EST
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John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Today, 13,000 fewer employees work for the Internal Revenue Service than in 2010. The agency's budget is also down about 10 percent since then. John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, says his agency is facing major financial and staffing challenges. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his plans to keep the IRS running.

Tags: John Koskinen , IRS , Francis Rose , In Depth , budget , management , workforce

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:37pm EST
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Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Tags: NDAA , Buck McKeon , John McCain , DoD , pay and benefits , Barack Obama , Air Force , budget , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST

Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

President Obama signed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks into law that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Tags: Congress , House , House Ways and Means Committe , Dave Camp , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jory Heckman , mass-transit benefit , tax breaks , budget , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:39am EST

IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , tax refund , budget , Congress , hiring freeze , Associated Press , overtime , workforce

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST
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