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Does GS system need an update? Lawmakers ask GAO to review federal pay scale

A trio of lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want the Government Accountability Office to examine whether the General Schedule system for federal employees needs an update. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), said the watchdog agency's review would aid the lawmakers in evaluating "the appropriateness of the General Schedule (GS) as a pay scale for today's workforce."

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , House , Senate , pay scale , GS system , Darrell Issa , Blake Farenthold , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Monday - 04/22/2013, 04:44pm EDT

USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Michael Young , USDA , Hari Sastry , Commerce , FCC , David Robbins , Paul Gosar , Blake Farenthold , Darrell Issa , Matt Cartwright , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , reprogramming authorities

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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USPS makes case for ending Saturday delivery as postal reform push continues

The U.S. Postal Service's worsening financial situation led Postmaster General Pat Donahoe to announce last week the agency would end Saturday mail delivery beginning in August. But lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee were divided over Donahoe's announcement. The postmaster general told the committee during a hearing Wednesday the decision was necessary to save $2 billion a year and to begin shoring up the service's funding shortfalls.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , USPS , Saturday delivery , Mark Pryor , Pat Donahoe , Tom Carper , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 04:45pm EST

Lawmakers call on President to fill widespread IG vacancies

House and Senate lawmakers have called on President Barack Obama to fill inspector general vacancies at six large agencies, including open spots at the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , oversight , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Darrell Issa ,

Friday - 01/25/2013, 07:43pm EST

SSA union responds to reduced office hours on "Inside Government" - October 19, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski responds to the agency's decision to reduce public office hours. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., discusses the danger of cutting public services while Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., shares ideas to encourage U.S. manufacturing. Consumer Product Safety Commission spokeswoman Nikki Fleming also appears.

Tags: Inside Government , AFGE , workforce , Witold Skwierczynski , Nikki Fleming , Adam Schiff

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 05:06pm EDT
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Lawmakers unveil Hatch Act update

A group of lawmakers has proposed an update to the law governing federal employees' political activity that would exempt some state and local employees and allow for a range of penalties other than automatic suspension for minor violations.

Tags: Joseph Lieberman , Daniel Akaka , Mike Lee , Hatch Act , Carolyn Lerner , OSC , MSPB , workforce , Congress , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 09:39pm EST

Cyber bill tracker

The pressing need for cybersecurity legislation has led to widely divergent paths in the House and Senate. The House has opted for a more incremental approach, while the Senate has crafted comprehensive legislation

Tags: cybersecurity , Harry Reid , Darrell Issa , John McCain , Mike Rogers , Dan Lungren , NSA , DHS , House Homeland Security Intelligence Committee , Joseph Lieberman , Dianne Feinstein , Jay Rockefeller , Susan Collins , Michael McCaul , NSF , Congress , House , Senate

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 02:47pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- May 25

The federal government now faces a fork in the road with regards to IT investment. George DelPrete, leader of Grant Thornton's federal government information technology, offers his insight. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) talks about legislation he introduced to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) was one of the sponsors of a bill to help military families facing foreclosure.

Tags: Federal Drive , Gerry Connolly , George DelPrete , Congress , Grant Thornton , technology , information technology

Friday - 05/25/2012, 09:15am EDT

Military diversity bill codifies commission's findings

Retired Air Force Gen. Lester Lyles said new legislation calling for diversity benchmarks in the military would codify the recommendations of the commission he led in 2011 and would make for a better armed forces.

Tags: Lester Lyles , diversity , Military Leadership Diversity Commission , Ben Cardin , Kirsten Gillibrand , Federal Drive , DoD , Congress , Senate , House , Michael OConnell

Monday - 05/21/2012, 01:09pm EDT
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