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Rogers, Mikulski unveil $1 trillion spending bill

Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October. The bill includes an additional $85 billion for war spending in Afghanistan. Among other provisions, the bill awards federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise. The House is slated to vote on the measure Wednesday.

Tags: budget , government shutdown , Barbara Mikulski , Harold Rogers , Appropriations Committee

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 03:26am EST

Retirement ride: Will you be going 1st, 2nd or 3rd class?

Thanks to some surgical budget-cutting by Congress and the White House, Uncle Sam now has a three-tiered retirement plan: First-, second- and third-class where the service is the same but the price tag is higher for some than others.

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

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:00am EST

House plans 3-day CR to extend deadline for budget talks

Republican leaders plan to pass a short-term funding bill this week to extend by three days the deadline for wrapping up a massive, $1 trillion-plus catch-all spending bill covering funding for the rest of the year. The short-term measure would give lawmakers until midnight next Saturday to pass the larger funding bill. The current stopgap funding bill expires at midnight on Wednesday.

Tags: budget , appropriations , CR , Hal Rogers , House ,

Monday - 01/13/2014, 08:46am EST

What's next for Congress in 2014?

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss what's ahead for Congress in 2014, and the potential impact of the contract compensation cap.
January 9, 2014

Tags: acqusition , contracting , budget battle , budget 2014 , contract compensation cap , Allen Scott , Loren Duggan , Bloomberg Government , Capital Impact , Stacey OMara

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 06:38pm EST
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Coburn to Congress: Look in the mirror for the cause of waste

Sen. Tom Coburn told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday that Congress isn't doing its job and that's the root cause of much of the waste in government. Rep. Darrell Issa promised to work with Coburn and Sen. Tom Carper on legislation to reduce overlapping programs.

Tags: management , OMB , White House , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , GAO , program duplication , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Brandon Arnold , National Taxpayers Union , Chris Edwards , Cato Institute , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 05:49pm EST

Army readiness problems will persist through 2020

Army's top uniformed official said the Ryan-Murray budget agreement is a partial remedy to the difficulties the Army has had in training and equipping its troops. But undoing the damage of sequestration will take at least another six years.

Tags: management , workforce , DoD , Army , Ray Odierno , National Press Club , sequestration , budget , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 04:11am EST
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Lawmakers put finishing touches on spending bill

Tags: budget , management

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 03:26am EST

Senator sues OPM over health care regulations

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has filed a lawsuit against Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management, seeking to overturn an OPM regulation that allows lawmakers and their staffs to continue receiving government contribution toward their health insurance premiums. Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, lawmakers and their staffs were booted from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), under which the government typically kicks in about three-fourths of the cost of federal employees' premiums, and required to purchase health insurance on the federal exchange.

Tags: OPM , Affordable Care Act , Ron Johnson , FEHBP , Jim Sensenbrenner , Tom Coburn , Katherine Archuleta , benefits , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/06/2014, 02:56pm EST

Lawmakers enshrine Pentagon HQ cost-cutting into law

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has already set about implementing a plan to cut $1 billion from the Defense Department's budget by consolidating and reorganizing top Pentagon offices, but lawmakers want to hold his feet to the fire. The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress Dec. 19 enshrines DoD's ambitious cost-cutting and streamlining plan into law.

Tags: Chuck Hagel , DoD , budget , National Defense Authorization Act , Michael Donley , Jack Moore

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 01:11pm EST
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