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2011 a year of congressional showdowns

The year can be summed up by a trio of showdowns, said Peter Schroeder, a staff writer with The Hill newspaper, in an interview on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. The near-government shutdown in April, the August debt ceiling showdown and the last-minute wrangling over the payroll tax cut.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , Peter Schroeder , The Hill , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , 2011 and Beyond

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 09:26pm EST
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Security gains in Iraq may lead to violence, intelligence agencies say

House of Representatives intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers says the troop pullout will reduce U.S. influence.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , Federal Drive , Congress , Mike Rogers

Friday - 12/23/2011, 09:04am EST

President signs fallen flags for feds bill

President Barack Obama signed a bill Tuesday authorizing federal agencies to present an American flag to the families of federal employees killed in the line of duty.

Tags: workforce , Congress , Senate , Civilian Service Recognition Act , NTEU , Colleen Kelley

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 05:38pm EST

NARFE concerned with provisions in House payroll tax cut bill

Julie Tagen, legislative director for the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, told Federal News Radio that certain provisions in the bill would affect federal employees.

Tags: Julie Tagen , NARFE , payroll tax cut , Congress , Senate , retirement , FERS , Social Security , CSRS

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 08:17am EST
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Investigators say 4 Reps got discounted loans

Tags: Congress , Senate

Monday - 12/19/2011, 05:15pm EST

Senate clears FY2012 spending bill, sends to President

The Senate passed the megabus spending bill by a vote of 67-32 Saturday.

Tags: Congress , budget , Senate

Saturday - 12/17/2011, 02:21pm EST

Federal pay freeze still on table in payroll tax cut talks?

Federal employees were safe from another year of a pay freeze and changes to their annuity formula in the two-month payroll tax cut bill passed by the Senate this weekend. But now House Republican leaders are shunning the bipartisan bill, wanting to write their own version.

Tags: Congress , Senate , pay and benefits , retirement , payroll tax cut , budget

Monday - 12/19/2011, 11:35am EST
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