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Senators seek to eliminate 'official time' for federal employees

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to eliminate official time for federal employees. Official time is the paid time that employees spend on union work.

Tags: official time , Tom Coburn , workforce , Rob Portman , OPM ,

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:12pm EDT

DoD getting down to brass tacks with 2014 sequestration cuts

The military's two top ranking officers said in a Senate confirmation hearing that the department has been working on the plan for the past two weeks and should complete it by October.

Tags: Senate Armed Service Committee , Martin Dempsey , DoD , James Winnefeld , sequestration , workforce , budget , Chuck Hagel , Ashton Carter

Friday - 07/19/2013, 06:39am EDT

New rule requires larger focus on small business subcontractors

The Small Business Administration issued a final rule to implement the Small Business Jobs Act. It requires prime contractors to report when they do not pay small business contractors on time. Contracting officers also must oversee small business subcontractor performance more closely.

Tags: Small Business Jobs Act , SBA , contracting , industry , subcontracing

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 04:40pm EDT

House proposal gives VA's budget process a facelift

House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) introduced a bill to establish quadrennial reviews and a five-year plan for VA's budget. The bill also would designate a chief strategy officer to oversee budgetary planning.

Tags: Mike Michaud , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , VA , budget , management ,

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 08:15pm EDT

Military sex assault bill gains steam in Congress

The Military Justice Improvement Act would shift the decision to prosecute sexual assault cases from the chain of command to independent military lawyers. A recently released DoD IG report also recommends changes in the investigation process.

Tags: DoD , Kristen Gillibrand , Rand Paul , Ted Cruz , Carl Levin , Mazie Hirono , inspector general , Military Justice Improvement Act , sexual assault , Senate Armed Services Committee , management ,

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 04:28pm EDT

Gallup to pay millions to settle complaints of inflated contract prices

Polling and research firm Gallup will pay $10.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Procurement Integrity Act. The government alleged Gallup knowingly inflated contract prices.

Tags: Timothy Cannon , Michael Lindley , State Department , U.S. Mint , Justice Department , False Claims Act , Gallup , acquisition , FEMA , Ronald C. Machen Jr. , Stuart F. Delery , whistleblower

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:42pm EDT

New taskforce to help agencies use volunteers to meet goals

President Barack Obama announced a taskforce Monday to help agencies better utilize volunteers in achieving their missions. The Corporation for National and Community Service will lead the taskforce along with representatives from 18 federal agencies and organizations.

Tags: Barack Obama , CNCS , OPM , AmeriCorps , Wendy Spencer , management , workforce , volunteerism

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:51pm EDT

Hagel warns of possible DoD layoffs in 2014 if sequestration continues

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Congress that if spending caps continue under sequestration, marked cuts in DoD's budget would possibly lead to reductions in force. Hagel also said there could be severe cuts in operations and maintenance.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Chuck Hagel , Senate Armed Services Committee , Congress , furloughs ,

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:44pm EDT

Lerner case shows legal complications when federal workers are required to testify

House Republicans said IRS official Lois Lerner waived her right to remain silent by giving an opening statement in her hearing. Lerner still may testify before Congress with a variety of consequences.

Tags: Congress , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , IRS , Lois Lerner , John Mahoney , Tully Rinckey ,

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 03:49pm EDT
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OPM encouraging managers to prepare for post-DOMA benefit changes

The Supreme Court struck down parts of DOMA on June 26. Federal managers now must decide how to recognize legal same-sex marriages. Agencies also must update their enrollment systems to include same-sex spouses and their children.

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , DOMA , workforce , benefits , Bruce Elliot , Society for Human Resources Management ,

Monday - 07/08/2013, 07:41pm EDT
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