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Paying for the next generation of federal managers

Following President Obama's announced reforms to the Senior Executive Service, Doug Criscitello, managing director at Grant Thornton, says SES pay limits have made it difficult to attract top-quality managers across government.

Tags: management , Doug Criscitello , Grant Thornton , SES , Barack Obama , workforce , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/22/2014, 03:49am EST

Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Tags: NDAA , Buck McKeon , John McCain , DoD , pay and benefits , Barack Obama , Air Force , budget , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST

Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

President Obama signed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks into law that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Tags: House , House Ways and Means Committe , Dave Camp , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jory Heckman , mass-transit benefit , tax breaks , budget , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:39am EST

DHS Secretary Johnson: Fundamental change needed at the Secret Service

The Homeland Security Department released the executive summary of suggestions of an expert panel for how to reform the Secret Service. Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Secret Service is in need of some change. He also offers an update on his Unity of Effort initiative.

Tags: management , DHS , Jeh Johnson , cybersecurity , Secret Service , unity of effort , Jason Chaffetz , Elijah Cummings , Professional Services Council , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:07am EST
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IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , tax refund , budget , hiring freeze , Associated Press , overtime , workforce

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST

Obama approves $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

President Barack Obama signed Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday, putting an official end to the last-minute negotiations for the fiscal year 2015 budget - at least for now.

Tags: House , Senate , budget , management , confirmation , appointments

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 06:46am EST

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with some new faces yet to be voted in for important oversights roles such as chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what federal employees should expect in 2015 - from senior executives to civil service reform.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , workforce ,

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:00am EST
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Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Tags: Carl Levin , National Defense Authorization Act , DoD , Senate , oversight , Tom Coburn , Wastebook , Senate Armed Service Committee , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mike Rogers , Tom Carper , Jeff Sessions , Debbie Stabenow , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST
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