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As Congress nears deal, feds prep for shutdown just in case

As the clock ticks closer toward Dec. 16 when the seventh continuing resolution funding government operations this year is set to expire speculation about a partial government shutdown has begun swirling.

Tags: House , Senate , budget , government shutdown , appropriations , payroll tax cut , OMB , OPM

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:57pm EST

Short-term bill more likely before Friday budget deadline

With less than three days to reach a budget deal, lawmakers are more likely now to pass a short-term spending measure rather than a $1 trillion omnibus bill for the rest of the fiscal year, which started Oct. 1. The Hill's Erik Wasson has an update on the budget talks.

Tags: Erik Wasson , The Hill , budget , management , House , Senate , continuing resolution , omnibus , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:00am EST
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'Vitriol' toward feds is undeserved

Jessica Klement, director of government affairs at the Federal Managers Association, updates Your Turn with Mike Causey on the latest legislative proposals that impact federal employees' pay and benefits.

Tags: pay and benefits , Jessica Klement , Federal Managers Association , Your Turn , Mike Causey ,

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 03:06pm EST
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Where are you on the S-list?

Thanks to the behavior of Congress, federal workers no longer top the national S (for super) list of "Most Loathed Professions." But you are definitely on it, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , budget , workforce

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 02:00am EST

Congress throws up roadblock to Army enterprise email

House and Senate negotiators who hammered out an agreement for the 2012 defense authorization bill added language that puts the brakes on the Army's transition to an enterprise email effort. The language adds several requirements the Army and DoD must meet before moving forward with the project.

Tags: DoD , House , Senate , Army , John McHugh , Jared Serbu , DISA , cloud computing

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 03:28pm EST

Military pay raise, TRICARE premium hikes part of defense authorization bill

Lawmakers have agreed on a $662 billion defense spending bill that includes a 1.6 percent pay raise, increases to TRICARE premiums and a cap on contractor executive pay, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced late Monday.

Tags: DoD , Defense Authorization Bill , budget , pay and benefits , TRICARE , F-35 , contracting , green government

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 02:18pm EST

Senators call for mass-transit benefit extension

A group of 22 senators has called on the Senate Finance Committee to take up extending a mass-transit commuter tax benefit, which expires at the end of the year. The mass-transit benefit is set to be cut nearly in half from $230 a month to $120 starting next year, barring action by Congress.

Tags: pay and benefits , House , Senate , NTEU , mass-transit benefit , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin , Senate Finance Committee

Monday - 12/12/2011, 02:36pm EST
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