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House spending bill calls for deep cuts to IRS budget

The House has approved a massive spending bill that would slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service by more than $1 billion next year. The agency, which has been under fire for the improper targeting of conservative groups, would see its current $11.3 billion budget decline by 13 percent under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for fiscal 2015 passed by the House Wednesday. But that's just one of the the provisions of the bill drawing the ire of the Obama administration, which issued a notice earlier this week threatening to veto the legislation.

Tags: Congress , budget , IRS , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , GSA , Chris Roth , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:43pm EDT

GSA to be 'more forceful' in real-estate decisions

The General Services Administration needs to step up its leadership to take advantage of cost-saving real estate opportunities, according to House members participating in a recent round table discussion.

Tags: acquisition , Congress , GSA , real estate , Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure , Norman Dong , Lynn DeCastro , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 02:10pm EDT

Lawmakers, OPM seek facelift for aging GS system

There's growing consensus on Capitol Hill and from the Obama administration that the pay and personnel system used by the federal government since 1949 and infrequently updated is showing its age and due for a major facelift. Lawmakers probed the General Schedule system Tuesday during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census.

Tags: workforce , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Blake Farenthold , Darrell Issa , Robert Goldenkoff , Katherine Archuleta , Pat Niehaus , Federal Managers Association , pay and benefits , GS system , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 06:11pm EDT

Get rid of the ATF? Why one Congressman wants it gone

A top House overseer of federal law enforcement thinks that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) should be dissolved.

Tags: ATF , FBI , James Sensenbrenner , Arkadi Gerney , CAP , Jon Adler , FLEOA , delayed denial investigations , Todd Jones , Congress ,

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 12:25pm EDT
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House bill would give Federal Register a facelift

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would modernize and digitize the Federal Register, allowing the Federal Register to say goodbye to its print legacy.

Tags: Ariel Levin-Waldman , Federal Register , Gov 2.0 ,

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 04:43pm EDT

House easily passes TSP restructuring bill

The Smart Savings Act would make the Lifecycle Funds the default investment option in the Thrift Savings Plan for new federal employees.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , Ariel Levin-Waldman , retirement , L funds

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 03:55pm EDT

Army Corps of Engineers looks to private sector to hasten waterway improvements

Congress has approved $8 billion for 26 inland waterway improvement projects. But, many of those projects won't be completed for another 50 to 60 years. The Army Corps of Engineers is looking to speed up the process through public private partnerships.

Tags: Army Corps of Engineers , Army , DoD , public-private partnerships , Jim Hannon

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:20pm EDT

House panel debates merits of Senior Exec Service, comes down hard on VA

In examining the viability of the Senior Executive Service, House members called out the Veterans Affairs' compensation program, with a pledge to introduce another piece of legislation to take back bonuses. The Senior Executives Association relayed concerns that talent is fleeing senior executive positions.

Tags: VA , Veterans Affairs , SES , SEA , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Congress , pay and benefits , bonuses

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:08pm EDT

House panel probes DoD's acquisition workforce

The size of DoD's civilian acquisition workforce has grown by some 20,000 employees over the past five years and now numbers about 135,000 personnel members, according to Stephanie Barna, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management. That's thanks to an effort by DoD begun in 2009 to recapitalize its acquisition workforce. But the department's focus on the acquisition workforce has been strained by a slew of competing priorities and congressionally-mandated belt-tightening, Barna said.

Tags: Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Mac Thornberry , Rick Larsen , Frank Kendall , Stephanie Barna , acquisition , acquisition workforce , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:14pm EDT

Why a do-nothing Congress is good news for feds

The mid-term elections are upon us, and some people are complaining about political fatigue and gridlock. But for federal and postal workers - and retirees - these may be the good old days, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:00am EDT
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