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House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Bill Greenwalt , In Depth , DoD , acquistion , acquisition workforce , Acquisition reform , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mac Thornberry , DHS , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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Federal building security at risk due to lax training, oversight

A new report from the Government Accountability Office fueled a House subcommittee hearing that revealed security concerns regarding the training and certification of contract guards employed by the Federal Protective Service.

Tags: DoD , DHS , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , GAO , Jeff Duncan , FPS , Eric Patterson , Mark Goldstein , Greg Marshall , security , Michael OConnell , House Homeland Security Committee

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:33pm EDT
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In House-Senate budget talks, feds fear being familiar target

When House and Senate lawmakers kicked off formal budget negotiations this week for the first time since the government shutdown ended, both Republicans and Democrats said replacing sequestration, the blunt across-the-board budget cuts, with an alternative plan would be a top priority. The sticking point remains how to pay for it. Federal-employee unions and advocacy groups fear federal pay and benefits will once again be on the table.

Tags: sequestration , Congress , Senate , Patty Murray , Paul Ryan , pay and benefits , retirement contributions , Jessica Klement , NARFE , Jacque Simon , AFGE , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 12:51pm EDT

Funding bill includes back pay for furloughed feds, clears way for potential January pay raise

The bill passed by Congress reopening the federal government after a two-week shutdown grants retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers and clears the way for all federal employees to receive a 1 percent pay raise in January. The continuing resolution, which funds government operations through Jan. 15, also grants agencies some spending flexibilities to avoid sequestration-related furloughs over the next few months.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin , furloughs , retroactive , budget , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 12:06pm EDT

Congress passes deal to reopen government, bill heads to President Obama

The Senate and House both voted Wednesday night, passing a bill that reopens the government and funds agencies through Jan. 15, permits the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7, and provides back pay for federal employees furloughed during the 16-day government shutdown. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature, which he has said he will sign immediately.

Tags: Kelly Ayotte , government shutdown , Senate , budget , furloughs , workforce

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:46pm EDT
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