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Senate gets a last pass at 'don't ask, don't tell'

For the second time this year the House voted to dismantle the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, giving the Senate a final shot in the waning days of this Congress at changing a law requiring thousands of uniformed gays to hide their sexual identity.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , DADT , Pentagon , Don't Ask Don't Tell

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 08:40am EST

Defense Authorization Act failiure could hurt veterans

Tim Embree, an Iraq veteran and a legislative associate of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, explained the ramifications for vets if the defense spending act does not pass Congress.

Tags: Tim Embree , Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America , Defense Authorization Bill , budget , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 12/15/2010, 03:26pm EST
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Will the tires go flat on the omnibus?

Whatever happens, it has to happen before 12:01 am Sunday! The Hill's Bob Cusack breaks it all down for us.

Tags: Federal Drive , omnibus , agency funding , pay freeze , pay debate , Bob Cusack , The Hill , continuing resolution

Wednesday - 12/15/2010, 10:31am EST
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Senate omnibus bill includes 2-year pay freeze

The $1.1 trillion Senate omnibus bill would authorize President Obama's pay freeze proposal. But it protects against furloughs or reductions-in-force. The Senate's bill would replace the House's version, which is a continuing resolution. Lawmakers must approve a bill before Dec. 19 when the current CR expires.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay freeze , pay debate , Senate , omnibus , House , continuing resolution , furloughs , Jason Miller , Jolie Lee , management , contracting

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 07:28pm EST

Pay freeze should be decided this week

With the emphasis on "should." Without Senate passage of federal funding, the current continuing resolution expires Saturday night. The President's proposed pay freeze is part of the funding package passed by the House last week and is now in the hands of the Senate.

Tags: pay and benefits , government , FY 2011 budget , FY 2011 , pay debate , pay freeze , agency funding , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 12/13/2010, 07:13am EST

Defense Authorization Act explained

The Washington Post's Federal Eyes breaks down the spending items within the bill.

Tags: Federal Eye , Washington Post , DoD Update , Defense Authorization Bill , budget , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 03:37pm EST

Pay freeze proposal advances to Senate

The House measure wraps all the unfinished annual spending bills into a single catchall measure while freezing spending at last year's levels. One of the biggest surprises in the act is the inclusion of a two year pay freeze as proposed by President Obama.

Tags: pay and benefits , government , FY 2011 budget , FY 2011 , David Obey , pay debate , pay freeze , agency funding , management , Suzanne Kubota , Congressional Spotlight , budget

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 07:00am EST

House GOP names new committee heads (full list)

The House GOP conference picked chairmen for House committees. The new Republican House majority will be sworn in next month.

Tags: House , Republican

Wednesday - 12/08/2010, 03:50pm EST
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