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Feds' pay, pensions safe in payroll tax cut extension

Federal employees have dodged a bullet...for now. Congress will not freeze federal pay or change the annuity formula to pay for the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.

Tags: payroll tax cut , Congress , Senate , pay and benefits , pay , benefits , high 3 , high 5 , pensions

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

Obama signs stopgap measure, awaits spending bill

President Barack Obama has signed a 24-hour stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating as he awaits Senate action on a $1 trillion spending bill.

Tags: Congress , Senate , continuing resolution , Barack Obama

Friday - 12/16/2011, 10:38pm EST

Congress' year-end to-do list

Before this weekend, Congress has three major to-do items on its agenda: the $1 trillion spending bill, the defense authorization bill and the payroll tax cut extension.

Tags: budget , Congress , Senate , payroll tax

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 02:43pm EST

Your "ClusterFlux" GPS

According to some experts, the ancient Mayans played soccer with human heads. We know for a fact that politicians play chicken with paychecks as in your paycheck, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

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

Friday - 12/16/2011, 02:00am EST

House bill reduces federal workforce to avoid defense cuts

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee introduced a bill that cuts 10 percent of the federal workforce to avoid the first year of automatic cuts to the Defense Department.

Tags: Buck McKeon , Congress , DoD , budget , sequestration , supercommittee , deficit reduction

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 08:56am EST
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E-gov fund gets boost in spending bill

The latest version of the minibus spending bill for fiscal 2012 includes a $4.4 million increase for the E-Government Fund.

Tags: OMB , budget , Congress , E-Government Fund , open government , Gavin Baker , OMB Watch , GSA , A-76 , House Appropriations Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 03:54pm EST

As Congress nears deal, feds prep for shutdown just in case

As the clock ticks closer toward Dec. 16 when the seventh continuing resolution funding government operations this year is set to expire speculation about a partial government shutdown has begun swirling.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , government shutdown , appropriations , payroll tax cut , OMB , OPM

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:57pm EST

Short-term bill more likely before Friday budget deadline

With less than three days to reach a budget deal, lawmakers are more likely now to pass a short-term spending measure rather than a $1 trillion omnibus bill for the rest of the fiscal year, which started Oct. 1. The Hill's Erik Wasson has an update on the budget talks.

Tags: Erik Wasson , The Hill , budget , management , Congress , Senate , continuing resolution , omnibus , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:00am EST
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NRC commissioners: Chairman Jaczko's 'bullying' has hindered agency

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said it was the first time he had heard many of the accusations that fellow commissioners threw at him during a hearing of the House Oversight Committee on Jaczko's leadership. The four commissioners, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, said they had no political motive in bringing his "erratic" and "extreme" behavior to light.

Tags: Gregory Jaczko , NRC , House Oversight and Government Reform

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 01:47pm EST
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