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Senators take OPM to task over long wait for pensions

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy for tackling its backlog of 62,000 retirement applications. But, after 25 years of hearing such promises, lawmakers are skeptical. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Subcommittee on Oversight brought agency director John Berry to Capitol Hill to explain why this strategy is different.

Tags: OPM , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , technology , Senate , John Berry , Mark Warner , Daniel Akaka , GAO , Valerie Melvin , Patrick McFarland , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 01:51pm EST
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Committee chair promises to spike new BRAC requests

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says he'll kill any request coming from the Pentagon for a new round of base closures.

Tags: Buck McKeon , Martin Dempsey , House Armed Services Committee , DoD , DoD Update , Federal Drive , House , BRAC

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 08:56am EST

House approves federal pay freeze through 2013

The House voted Wednesday to freeze federal pay, including lawmakers' own, through 2013. The vote, 309-117, came just hours after a contentious floor debate on the legislation.

Tags: House , pay and benefits , Sean Duffy

Wednesday - 02/01/2012, 09:20pm EST
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Analysis: Federal pay freeze vote to put pressure on payroll tax extension talks

The vote today in the House on another year of the federal pay freeze is meant to send a message to the conferees who are meeting on the payroll tax cut extension, says a reporter with The Hill newspaper.

Tags: Pete Kasperowicz , The Hill , pay and benefits , pay freeze , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 02/01/2012, 11:09am EST
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OMB gives more details on agency consolidation plan

President Barack Obama will send Congress a bill in the coming weeks to reinstate the president's authority to consolidate agencies, said Lisa Brown, the Office of Management and Budget executive leading the government reform effort. She said the bill would require proposals to "reduce the number of agencies or save costs."

Tags: government reorganization , Lisa Brown , OMB , Commerce , SBA , small business , Emily Kopp , trade

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 08:20pm EST
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Union renews call for extending mass-transit tax benefit

The National Treasury Employees Union has renewed its call for Congress to renew an expansions of a mass-transit subsidy that expired at the end of last year. The union said it supports passage either through a stand-alone bill or through a package of nearly 70 temporary tax breaks, known as extenders.

Tags: Senate , pay and benefits , mass transit benefit , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Senate Finance Committee

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 10:13pm EST

House to vote on federal pay freeze extension

The House is scheduled to vote on a bill on Wednesday to extend the civilian federal pay freeze another year through 2013.

Tags: House , Sean Duffy , pay and benefits , pay freeze , pay debate

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 08:36am EST

Obama wants small-business bill this year

Tags: Barack Obama , White House , tax ,

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 06:49pm EST
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