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Civilian workforce faces brutal consequences under sequestration

Civilian agency payrolls would be most vulnerable under automatic budget cuts set to kick in on Jan. 2. A new AIA and George Mason University study claims 229,000 non-defense federal jobs would be eliminated.

Tags: sequestration , Budget Control Act , workforce , pay and benefits , Marion Blakey , Aerospace Industries Association , Stephen Fuller , George Mason University , Jeanne Shaheen , Kelly Ayotte , Gordon Adams , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 05:07am EDT
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Clock already ticking on automatic cuts

Roughly five months until across-the-board budget reductions, known as sequestration, are set to kick in, the Aerospace Industries Association unveiled a new report Tuesday that warned of jobs losses, billions in losses to the economy and a blow to wages from the $1.2 trillion, 10-year cuts in defense and domestic programs. The report comes amid a cacophony of election-year demands and partisan backbiting over how to avert the impending cuts that will only grow louder in the coming weeks. Lawmakers agree that it's imperative that Congress move swiftly before the November election to avert the cuts, but have offered wide variations on a solution.

Tags: Industry , budget , sequestration , Aerospace Industries Association , Marion Blakey , Jeanne Shaheen , Kelly Ayotte

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 05:15pm EDT

Federal produce-testing program spared _ for now

The nation's largest produce-safety testing program narrowly escaped closure thanks to a last-minute grudging reprieve from the Agriculture Department, and finding a permanent solution to keep tainted fruits and vegetables from reaching consumers could take an even bigger effort.

Tags: USDA , CDC , Rosa DeLauro , food safety

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 03:22am EDT

Pay raise, maybe. Pay cut, probably!

How can you get a pay raise and take a pay cut at the same time? Thanks to an election-year perfect storm, federal workers may be about to find out, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 02:00am EDT

DHS management failures threaten terrorism prevention, experts warn

Longstanding problems with integration put DHS' mission to protect the country at risk, former leaders and lawmakers said. Nine years after it was created, the department still struggles to make its many components and agencies work as one.

Tags: DHS , management , Richard Skinner , Susan Collins , Jane Harman , Thad Allen , Oversight , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Ruben Gomez

Friday - 07/13/2012, 03:36pm EDT
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DoD rescinds report length guideline

The Defense Department removed the 10-page limit after Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) called the department's latest report on China "skimpy."

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Buck McKeon , House , House Armed Services Committe

Friday - 07/13/2012, 09:02am EDT

You've got friends in high places, seriously ...

Do you have the feeling that all politicians hate you? Are you disappointed that the proposed federal pay raise will bring the average worker less than $400 a year? There may be light at the tunnel, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says whether its sunshine or a freight train is yet to be determined.

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

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 02:00am EST

Feds: Aggressive pitbulls or quaking chihuahuas

Now that government workers are under attack by politicians, how much clout do federal and postal workers have, and are they going to use it in November? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey searches for answers.

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

Friday - 02/03/2012, 02:00am EST

Feds on the road to nowhere

Congress is taking a new road, literally, in its drive to trim federal retirement benefits and force civil servants to kick in more to their pension plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. This time its the so-called highway bill ...

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

Friday - 02/10/2012, 02:00am EST
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