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In Depth Show Blog - December 6, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Tom Shoop , In Depth

Friday - 12/06/2013, 05:32pm EST

AFGE, NTEU try to stave off changes to retirement benefits

The two employee unions say lawmakers shouldn't make up for sequestration cuts by forcing federal employees to contribute more to their retirement. House and Senate legislators are working on a small-scale budget deal that reportedly includes a provision to alter federal retirement benefits.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , J. David Cox , AFGE , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Paul Ryan , Patty Murray , Gerry Connolly , Jim Moran , budget , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/06/2013, 04:07am EST

New bill aims to cancel sequestration for DoD at cost to feds' pay and benefits

Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced a bill Tuesday to cancel sequestration for the Defense Department for two years. The bill would offset this change by using a chained CPI to calculate COLAs for federal retirement programs along with other entitlement reforms.

Tags: Jim Bridenstine , Doug Lamborn , COLAs , chained CPI , pay and benefits , retirement , budget , sequestration , House , Michael OConnell , DoD

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 04:32pm EST

House approves backpay for furloughed feds

The House approved a bill to ensure furloughed federal workers receive backpay once the government shutdown ends. The vote on the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was 407-0. Twenty-five members didn't vote. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) had introduced a Senate version of the bill earlier this week.

Tags: Congress , House , government shutdown , Jim Moran , House Rules Committee , pay and benefits , pay

Friday - 10/04/2013, 01:04pm EDT

House bill ensures backpay for furloughed feds

Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) introduced the "Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act" late Monday. The bill would guarantee both employees required to work through the shutdown and those placed on unpaid leave receive backpay.

Tags: government shutdown , Jim Moran , Gerry Connolly , Congress , House , pay , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 12:51pm EDT

Federal Drive Show Blog - April 17, 2013

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) expresses his concerns about leadership at the Commerce Department. Jennifer Martinez, who covers cybersecurity for The Hill newspaper, talks about cyber legislation Congress is considering this week. Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard discusses DoD's largest renewable energy project.

Tags: Jennifer Martinez , Dana Pittard , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 10:16am EDT

FBI investigating NASA whistleblower reports of Chinese data breach

Congressman Frank Wolf, whose subcommittee handles NASA's budget, said whistleblowers have reported a foreign national connected to an 'entity of concern' was allowed to exfiltrate sensitive data to China. The FBI is investigating the allegations.

Tags: NASA , Congress , David Weaver , Jared Serbu , workforce , physical security , management , House Appropriations Committee , FBI

Friday - 03/08/2013, 05:13am EST
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IG: Justice employees pushed relatives for jobs

The Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday that eight high-ranking employees in the department's management division improperly promoted the hiring of relatives for summer or full-time work or assisted others in doing so.

Tags: Justice , Justice IG , oversight , Pamela Cabell-Edelen , Michael Flay , Rodney Markham , Nancy Horkan

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 06:11pm EDT

VA comes under fire for telework policy

AFGE has accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to expand telework opportunities despite a new law designed to encourage the practice. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has demanded an explanation. Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda said managers aren't convinced that telework is good for the agency.

Tags: VA , John Sepulveda , Gerry Connolly , telework , Telework Enhancement Act , workforce , management , CRS , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 05:30am EST
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