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House GOP heads off plan to end weapons programs

House Republicans thwarted a plan by a few Democrats to cancel weapons programs. The moves and counter-moves came during debate on the 2013 Defense Authorization bill.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive , Defense Authorization Bill , John Conyers , Mike Quigley , Ed Markey

Friday - 05/18/2012, 09:09am EDT

Senate Democrats reject House GOP budget plan

Tags: Senate , budget , Paul Ryan

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 05:59pm EDT

Defense bill lets feds in national security jobs rotate between agencies

As part of the annual Defense authorization bill, House lawmakers will take up a provision designed to let federal employees gain experience and share expertise while working temporarily in other agencies.

Tags: Congress , National Defense Authorization Act , jointness , workforce , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Susan Collins , service contracting , Adam Smith , House Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Monday - 05/07/2012, 05:51pm EDT
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The creature that ate your pension

If you ask the typical federal/postal worker what his or her greatest job-related fear was, many would answer they are afraid Congress will change their retirement rules and base their benefits on their highest five-year average salary. Yet the likelihood of losing the current high-three system is small compared to other, more real threats, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , retirement , annuity , Congress , Senate

Friday - 05/11/2012, 02:00am EDT

House passes 2013 funding for Commerce, Justice

The House approved the first spending bill for 2013, setting operating budgets for the Commerce and Justice Departments and for science-related agencies, such as NASA.

Tags: Congress , budget , House Appropriations Committee , Commerce , Justice , FBI , NIST , Census , NOAA

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 07:50pm EDT

House OKs bill increasing feds' retirement contributions

The GOP-controlled House passed legislation Thursday requiring federal workers to contribute more toward their retirement. The Sequester Replacement Act of 2012 proposed gradually increasing federal employees' pension contributions by 5 percent over five years as an alternative to sequestration.

Tags: Congress , Paul Ryan , budget , sequestration , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement contribution

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:32pm EDT

USPS to offer buyouts to 21,000 postmasters

As part of a cost-savings plan designed to halt the closings of rural postal facilities, the U.S. Postal Service said it would offer $20,000 buyout incentive payments to 21,000 full-time postmasters.

Tags: USPS , buyouts , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , Senate , Darrell Issa , Patrick Donahoe

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 08:44pm EDT

Pray for political inertia

What if we elected a Congress that fought all the time, couldn't agree on anything and where Democrats could hardly stand to be in the same building as Republicans, and vice versa? Well, fortunately, for federal workers we may have done that, and it could save you from taking a major pay cut over the next five years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Feeral Report , Congress , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement contribution

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 02:00am EDT
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