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Answers to your retirement questions

David Snell, NARFE's director of retirement services, will answer you retirement questions, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on the latest news on Capitol Hill.
March 25, 2015

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , David Snell , NARFE , Federal Times , Andy Medici , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:35pm EDT

Thornberry's first bite at DoD reform seeks to boost acquisition workforce, cut its paperwork

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the acquisition proposals he will release on Wednesday are merely a discussion draft and he's actively seeking more input. Initial language would boost program managers' roles in the system and shave reporting requirements.

Tags: DoD , Mac Thornberry , Acquisition , acquisition reform , Center for Strategic & International Studies , House Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:52am EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A fake building is in the spotlight as a possible measure of how the Administration's budget request is going. The reception to the request could indicate how much Republicans want to cooperate with the White House. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call and author of the Hawkings Here blog, writes a column Monday titled, "Why the GOP Will Likely Attack the Potemkin White House." On In Depth with Francis Rose, David revealed the fake building and why you should pay attention to it.

Tags: In Depth , David Hawkings , 2016 budget ,

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:46pm EDT
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House Democrats release alternative budget plan

The Democrats' plan, introduced by House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, would further change the Budget Control Act to allow agencies more financial flexibility. Unlike the Republican plan to restore normalized funding to the Defense Department while continuing to scale back domestic programs, the Democrats want to restore funding for both defense and non-defense agencies.

Tags: budget , Chris Van Hollen , House Budget Committee , pay raise , sequestration , Sean McCalley

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:16pm EDT

Reverse auctions draw strong criticism on Capitol Hill

Reverse auctions are overused, underregulated and might be a monopoly, according to recent testimony on Capitol Hill.

Tags: House Small Business Committee , House , reverse auctions , GAO , Dan Gordon , OFPP , FAR , FedBid , Joe Jordan , Steve Chabot , Sean McCalley

Friday - 03/20/2015, 06:20pm EDT

Congress seeking answers in Secret Service incident

Lawmakers say the Secret Service won't let them hear from four employees who witnessed an episode outside the White House in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area without authorization.

Tags: House , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , Secret Service

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:20am EDT

Rep. Chabot takes new approach to increasing small business contracting

A new bill from the House Small Business Committee chairman would require SBA to develop a new methodology to measure how effective agencies are in ensuring small firms receive prime and subcontracts awards.

Tags: Acquisition , contracting , Industry , small business , House Small Business Committee , Steve Chabot , SBA , reverse auctions , contract bundling , small business contracting goals , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:36pm EDT

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.)

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C) proposed a bill that would cut federal employee pay by 8.7 percent if the employee makes over $100,000 a year. Uniformed military personnel are exempt. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rice tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he chose the percentage cut he chose and why he wants to cut federal pay in the first place.

Tags: Tom Rice , Congressional Spotlight , House , pay , In Depth

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:03pm EDT
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GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Tags: budget , management , House , Senate , FERS , retirement , pay raise , Mike Enzi , DoD , GAO , High Risk List , Michael OConnell

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT
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