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Supercommittee Tracker

Track recommendations on federal pay, benefits and retirement made to the supercommittee by top Congressional leaders and the White House.

Tags: supercommittee , management , budget , Congress , Senate , Elijah Cummings , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Barack Obama , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , pay and benefits , retirement , workforce , hiring , deficit , Jolie Lee , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/17/2011, 01:08pm EDT

Agriculture appropriations first to go to conference committee

The conference committee is the first step in reconciling the House version of the appropriations bill with the Senate's.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , USDA , appropriations , continuing resolution , Steny Hoyer

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 09:45am EDT

DoD to create map of defense industry

The Pentagon said it needs a much clearer picture of the subcontractors beneath the top tier of prime vendors it works with every day. DoD is trying to create a comprehensive map of the entire defense industry so it can keep critical suppliers healthy during an expected period of industry consolidation.

Tags: DoD , industry , contracting , acquisition , defense industrial base , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Bill Schuster , Brett Lambert , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 05:52am EDT
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Analysis: Repeal of tax withholding law good news for both industry, government

Alan Chvotkin is the vice president of the Professional Services Council.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , contracting , Congress , In Depth , tax

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 04:24pm EDT
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Cuts to federal pay may hurt public services, CBO warns supercommittee

A rare public hearing of the supercommittee suggests members aren't close to developing a plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the federal deficit over 10 years. Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf warned them that cuts to discretionary funding, including feds' pay, would not solve the problem.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , supercommittee , CBO , budget , Senate , Patty Murray , Jeb Hensarling , Doug Elmendorf , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 07:54am EDT
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House to repeal law withholding contractors' taxes

The House is expected to approve a measure repealing a law that withholds 3 percent of government contractors' payments. The original law was enacted in 2006 to ensure contractors paid their taxes. But it's seen its implementation delayed until 2013, and it has grown increasingly unpopular with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Congress , Eric Cantor , acquisition policy

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 06:57am EDT

Military retirement costs are affordable, DoD says

Amid calls for military retirement reform, Pentagon officials say the system that's in place right now is not the main driver of the department's escalating personnel costs and is affordable . Their remarks Tuesday before a Congressional subcommittee run counter to a Defense Business Board report that suggested retirement costs may eventually crowd out warfighting capability.

Tags: DoD , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , military retirement , Defense Business Board , Steve Stobridge , Jo Ann Rooney , Vee Penrod , Austin Scott , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 05:34am EDT
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Lawmakers open to changes in military benefits

The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Tags: Congress , Senate , supercommittee , TRICARE , Tom Coburn , Mark Warner , John McCain , Carl Levin , pay and benefits , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon

Saturday - 10/22/2011, 09:32am EDT

WH threatens veto of contractor tax repeal over offsets

The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would repeal the 3 percent tax withholding on government contractors because of the spending cuts attached to the legislation. The Senate version of the bill would cut $30 billion in government spending to pay for repealing the tax, which the White House says is too much.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Congress , Senate , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/21/2011, 10:17am EDT

House, Senate cyber plans have much in common

James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says the strategies of the chambers differ but the policies are actually similar.

Tags: James Lewis , Center for Strategic and International Studies , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth , Congress , Senate

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:57pm EDT
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