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GOP lawmakers question fairness of DoD pay and benefit cuts

Members of Congress complain that DoD's budget cuts don't do enough to trim civilian personnel spending.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Mike Coffman , Kelly Ayotte , Leon Panetta , Austin Scott , TRICARE , pay and benefits , workforce , FEHBP , OPM , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 05:12am EST
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Lack of movement in SES ranks hurting agencies

The Senior Executive Service was created to produce strong federal managers and leaders who would move within and across agencies, to help better meet the nation's needs. But three decades after the creation of the SES, nearly half of the more than 7,700 current members have stayed in the same position throughout their SES careers, according to a new report.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , McKinsey & Company , OPM , OMB , SES , management ,

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:00pm EST

USDA cracks down on food stamp fraud

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking a harder line on fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program.

Tags: Audrey Rowe , SNAP , USDA , Federal Drive , fraud , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 09:38am EST
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Analysis: Election-year politics likely to hamper congressional budget work

David Hawkings, the editor of the CQ-Roll Call Daily Briefing, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the congressional calendar, budget resolutions and the election-year politics that are sure to get in the way of lawmakers' work in passing agency budget.

Tags: House , Senate , budget , CQ Roll Call , David Hawkings , 2013 budget , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 02/27/2012, 08:09pm EST
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Pressure builds for civilian drone flights at home

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

Tags: DoD , drones , FAA ,

Sunday - 02/26/2012, 10:30pm EST

Senate cyber bill draws Republican ire over process

Jenn Scholtes, who covers homeland security for CQ-Roll Call, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the legislative wrangling over the Senate cybersecurity bill.

Tags: cybersecurity , Senate , John McCain , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jenn Scholtes

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 07:19pm EST
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Will insider-trading bill chill dialogue between contractors, government?

Talking to their federal customers is a critical part of a contractor's job. But under the STOCK Act short for Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge could make that more difficult. Trey Hodgkins, the senior vice president for National Security and Procurement Policy at TechAmerica, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the proposal.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , STOCK Act , Acquisition Reform Working Group , Tech America , Trey Hodgkins

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 06:08pm EST
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Obama signs payroll tax cut extension into law

The administration estimates that for a worker earning 50,000 a year, the tax holiday means $80 a month in extra take-home pay. For better-paid employees, the bonus could total $2,200 a year.

Tags: payroll tax , Barack Obama , pay and benefits , budget

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 09:18pm EST

Congressional offices receive mailed threats

Some congressional offices outside Washington and media organizations have received threatening letters containing a suspicious powdery substance that was tested and proved to be harmless, the FBI and the Senate's top law enforcement officer said Wednesday

Tags: Terrance Gainer , John Boehner , FBI

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 09:06pm EST

Your guide to the chamber of horrors

Thanks to the two-year pay freeze and two years of higher health premiums many federal workers today are taking home less money than they were in 2010, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Some alert feds are also curious as to whether Congress has plans to extend their pay freeze until 2013, 2014 or maybe even until 2015.

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

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 02:00am EST
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