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Senate passes highway bill, including 'phased retirements,' transit subsidy

The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway. The $109 billion measure, approved in a 74-22 vote, included a number of amendments affecting federal pay and benefits, including a provision to allows "phased retirements" for federal employees and an expansion of an expired mass-transit subsidy.

Tags: workforce , retirement , phased retirements , pay and benefits , transportation bill , Senate , pay freeze , mass transit benefit , NTEU , Max Baucus , Pat Roberts

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:32pm EDT

Report raises concerns for homeless female vets

Federal investigators expressed concerns Monday for the safety of some female veterans who rely on homeless shelters after inspections showed women housed in shelters approved only for men.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , DoD , inspector general , Senate ,

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 08:07am EDT

Senate rejects pay freeze amendment to transportation bill

The Senate has defeated an amendment to a transportation bill that would have extended the federal pay freeze through 2013. In a 57-41 vote, lawmakers rejected the amendment, introduced last week by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). The measure needed 60 votes to pass. Federal unions applauded the news.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , Senate , pay freeze , Pat Roberts , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , AFGE

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 05:19pm EDT

Analysis: DoD budget debate about U.S. world role

Lt. Gen. David Barno, a senior adviser and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a retired Army general, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss his testimony before the Senate Budget Committee about the Defense Department's 2013 budget request.

Tags: DoD , budget , Senate , David Barno , Senate Budget Committee , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 03/12/2012, 07:16pm EDT
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Analysis: Incremental approach on cyber legislation more effective

Paul Rosenzweig, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and the former the deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Homeland Security Department, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss competing cybersecurity legislation in both the House and Senate.

Tags: Paul Rosenzweig , cybersecurity , Heritage Foundation , Mike Rogers , House , Senate , SECURE IT Act , In Depth

Friday - 03/09/2012, 05:56pm EST
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Senate amendment lets retiring feds go part-time

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced an amendment to the Surface Transportation Bill that offers part-time employment to retiring feds. The Senate passed the amendment Thursday.

Tags: Max Baucus , Surface Transportation Bill , pay and benefits , retirement , Senate , NTEU , AFGE , Colleen Kelleher , Beth Moten , Daniel Akaka

Friday - 03/09/2012, 01:34pm EST

VA takes steps to prevent more cemetery errors

The Veterans Affairs Department told lawmakers Thursday that it's trying to prevent future errors by requiring contractors to keep headstones at gravesites undergoing renovations and by conducting daily inspections.

Tags: Veterans Affairs Department , Glenn Powers , DoD

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 05:35pm EST

Author compares current Senate to 'Great Senate' of '60s and '70s

Veteran Senate staffer authors book on the "great Senate" of the 1960s and 1970s. How does the current Senate compare to that revered body?

Tags: Ira Shapiro , Federal Drive , Senate ,

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 10:42am EST
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