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3.3 percent pay raise: What are the odds?

In the past three years, federal workers have gotten one raise, valued at 1 percentage point. Now a 3.3 percent increase in 2015 could be in the cards, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what are the odds? Can you say slim-and-none?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , pay ,

Monday - 04/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

NASA fixing security holes in oversight of foreign nationals

Changes come in the wake of a NASA-commissioned report on the issue of foreign nationals' access to sensitive information. The study, which has not been released to the public, found the agency had failed to establish a central management structure for those workers' access to data and didn't impose consequences when its policies were violated.

Tags: NASA , cybersecurity , oversight , Frank Wolf , Richard Thornburgh , Bo Jiang , Jared Serbu

Monday - 04/14/2014, 03:56am EDT
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House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

Tags: House , Paul Ryan , budget

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 07:33pm EDT

Issa embraces White House plan for postal reform

The Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is starting over on postal reform legislation and taking as its template a surprising source — the White House's fiscal 2015 budget request. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told members of the committee and the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget that he intends to "embrace to the greatest extent possible" the entire slate of legislative proposals for overhauling the Postal Service included in the President's budget request.

Tags: House , USPS , Darrell Issa , OMB , Brian Deese , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 03:32pm EDT

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Hitting a July 4th deadline for your agency's budget bill is getting tighter because Congress isn't going to be around much between now and then. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the hearing and markup list is long this week.

Tags: David Hawkings , Roll Call , In Depth

Monday - 04/07/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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House to vote on bill making it easier to fire VA senior execs

The House will soon vote on a measure making it easier for the Veterans Affairs secretary to fire or demote senior career executives at the department, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a Capitol Hill briefing Thursday. The VA Management Accountability Act allows the VA secretary to remove or demote members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) based on their performance.

Tags: House , VA , SES , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , Jeff Miller , John Boehner , Marco Rubio , VA Management Accountability Act

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:19pm EDT

House lawmakers lose patience with VA, introduce prescriptive cyber bill

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) introduced the Veterans Information Security Improvement Act that would explicitly require VA to take steps to repair operational and procedure holes in its network and computer security processes.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jackie Walorski , Greg Wilshusen , GAO , VA cyber on the hot seat , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:23pm EDT
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For health care savings, DoD pursues use of ‘incentives'

The Pentagon's current proposals for wringing savings out of its health care system involve additional fees for beneficiaries, but also try to induce them to use less-costly treatment options.

Tags: DoD , TRICARE , healthcare , Jonathan Woodson , Thomas Travis , Matthew Nathan , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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Election-year politics, pay raises & health plans

Is your 2015 pay raise going to be 1 percent or 3.3 percent? Are federal workers going to stay in their own health plans or will they be forced to move into one of the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act? Read Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits ,

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 02:00am EDT

Army spends $500 million per year on vacant facilities

The Army is the first service to begin an analysis of its excess real estate after a Congressional prohibition against even studying the subject expired. Early results show up to a quarter of its stateside infrastructure isn't being used right now, and the Army will need even less as it shrinks in size.

Tags: DoD , BRAC , Army , John McHugh , John Campbell , Jared Serbu , workforce

Monday - 03/31/2014, 04:01am EDT
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