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Highlights of $1T-plus year-end spending bill

Tags: budget , management

Saturday - 12/17/2011, 04:17am EST

Congress' year-end to-do list

Before this weekend, Congress has three major to-do items on its agenda: the $1 trillion spending bill, the defense authorization bill and the payroll tax cut extension.

Tags: budget , House , Senate , payroll tax

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 02:43pm EST

Congress tries to put brakes on DoD's Mark Center move

Massive spending bill includes provisions that would cap parking at the controversial office site until DoD implements traffic mitigation measures recommended by the department's inspector general.

Tags: DoD , BRAC , BRAC Impact , James Moran , Mark Center , inspector general , Jared Serbu , Army

Friday - 12/16/2011, 12:14pm EST

Omnibus deal not end of agencies' budget worries

After seven short-term spending bills and three threats of a government shutdown this calendar year, Congress is ready to pass a spending deal with a Friday midnight deadline. But today's expected passage of an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2012, which started Oct. 1, is not the end of federal managers' budget worries.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , budget , Federal Drive , supercommittee , Bush tax cuts

Friday - 12/16/2011, 10:37am EST
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Your "ClusterFlux" GPS

According to some experts, the ancient Mayans played soccer with human heads. We know for a fact that politicians play chicken with paychecks as in your paycheck, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 12/16/2011, 02:00am EST

House bill reduces federal workforce to avoid defense cuts

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee introduced a bill that cuts 10 percent of the federal workforce to avoid the first year of automatic cuts to the Defense Department.

Tags: Buck McKeon , House , DoD , budget , sequestration , supercommittee , deficit reduction

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 08:56am EST
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Senate begins work on FISMA update

Lieberman said a congressional staff is reviewing draft legislative language of the comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, which includes an update to the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act. Sen. Reid promised to work on a cyber bill during the early part of the Senate session in 2012.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Joe Lieberman , Howard Schmidt , Tom Carper , FISMA , Diane Watson , Harry Reid , Jason Miller , Homeland Security and Defense Business Council

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:59am EST

Feds plan to shell out more money to get to work

Without Congressional action, the public transit benefit that many federal employees use to take the subway, bus or vanpool to work will decrease on Jan. 1 from $230 to $125 per month. Feds said, for the most part, they'll continue to use mass transit even if it costs them more to get to work.

Tags: mass transit benefit , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Ben Cardin , Barbara Mikulski , Matthew Magazu , Shannon Richardson , FEMA , Caroline Tiplin , Keith Eichenholz , HHS , Emily Kopp , telework , pay and benefits

Friday - 12/16/2011, 05:35am EST
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