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Lawmakers open to changes in military benefits

The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Tags: House , Senate , supercommittee , TRICARE , Tom Coburn , Mark Warner , John McCain , Carl Levin , pay and benefits , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon

Saturday - 10/22/2011, 09:32am EDT

GAO: Agencies need more policing of contractors

Federal contractors may be getting away with fraud or shoddy work, according to a Government Accountability Office study of five years' worth of federal contracts. GAO found that most agencies are not using enforcement tools meant to cut off the flow of public funds to bad contractors.

Tags: Acquisition , GAO , Suspension and debarment , HHS , EPA , OMB , James Lankford , Bill Woods , nancy gunderson , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Emily Kopp

Friday - 10/07/2011, 02:13pm EDT
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Unions once again urge supercommittee to save feds' pay, benefits

Lawmakers charged with reducing the federal deficit should look to contractors' compensation rather than reduce government workers' pay and benefits, a coalition of federal unions and management associations wrote in a letter to supercommittee leaders.

Tags: Susan Collins , Joe Lieberman , pay and benefits , Federal-Postal Coalition , supercommittee , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , budget , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Emily Kopp , deficit , hiring , workforce

Friday - 10/21/2011, 02:15pm EDT

WH threatens veto of contractor tax repeal over offsets

The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would repeal the 3 percent tax withholding on government contractors because of the spending cuts attached to the legislation. The Senate version of the bill would cut $30 billion in government spending to pay for repealing the tax, which the White House says is too much.

Tags: Acquisition , Acquisition policy , House , Senate , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/21/2011, 10:17am EDT

Senate confirms Bryson to head Commerce Department

The Senate voted Thursday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of former utility executive John Bryson to head the Commerce Department, easily overcoming conservatives' objections that his pro-environmental views made him unsuited for the job.

Tags: DoC , John Bryson , Senate , people

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 08:22pm EDT

Senate confirms Higginbottom as OMB deputy director

The final vote was 64-36 for the former Obama policy director.

Tags: Heather Higginbottom , OMB , budget , people , management , Jacob Lew , Barack Obama , Senate ,

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 05:59pm EDT

GAO freezes hiring, considers furloughs

Government Accountability Office employees could face six days of furlough this year as the watchdog agency expects a possible cut of $35 to $42 million in its budget compared with last year.

Tags: GAO , Gene Dodaro , budget , telework , furlough , pay and benefits , workforce , technology

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 01:44pm EDT

DoD reassures Congress it is fixing contingency contracting

Senior defense leaders told Congress they've already made huge steps toward implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Former members of the panel say DoD still has a lot of work to do.

Tags: DoD , Senate , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Dov Zakheim , Katherine Schinasi , Claire McCaskill , Frank Kendall , Brooks Bash , acqusition , management , Jared Serbu , Iraq , Afghanistan

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 05:29am EDT
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House, Senate cyber plans have much in common

James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says the strategies of the chambers differ but the policies are actually similar.

Tags: James Lewis , Center for Strategic and International Studies , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth , House , Senate

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:57pm EDT
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Senate committee passes bills on improper payments, whistleblower protections

The new bill, passed in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, would require more consistent reporting of improper payments by federal agencies.

Tags: budget , Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2011 , Tom Carper , Senate , Joe Lieberman , whistleblower protection , employee rotations , workforce , SES , management

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 02:45pm EDT
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