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Will new budget negotiations unravel the sequestration riddle?

For the first time since the government shutdown ended two weeks ago, House and Senate lawmakers are sitting down at the table to negotiate about the fiscal 2014 budget. At the top of the agenda will be what to do about the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration that have ensnared what remained of the traditional budget process this year. However, budget experts and insiders say sequestration is likely to stick around -- at least in some form -- and about the best agencies can hope for is a small-bore deal that grants them some greater flexibility in implementing the cuts, these experts said.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , sequestration , Stan Collender , Qorvis , Don Kettl , Sharon Parrott , Center on Budget and Policy Priorities , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 03:12pm EDT

Correction: Budget Battle story

Tags: budget , Congress , John Boehner , Barack Obama

Friday - 12/13/2013, 01:39pm EST

Lawmakers in fed-heavy districts signal support for budget deal

Lawmakers in districts with large constituencies of federal employees are signaling their support for the bipartisan budget deal announced Tuesday even though it would require new federal workers to contribute a greater share of their paychecks to their retirement benefits. The alternatives -- another government shutdown or a second year of the steep across-the-board sequestration cuts -- would have been worse, they argue.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , Chris Van Hollen , Barbara Mikulski , Frank Wolf , Jim Moran , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 05:30pm EST

Lawmakers plan bipartisan push on bill to help agencies offload unnecessary property

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), are jumpstarting a new effort to get both sides of the Capitol dome on board with a bill to make it easier for agencies to hang the "For Sale" sign outside their doors. Carper, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable with private-sector real-estate experts and former government officials Wednesday to discuss a new legislative path forward.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Tom Carper , Jason Chaffetz , GAO , Mark Goldstein , Kim Burke , Jones Lang LaSalle , David Winstead , John Simeon

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:26pm EST

New bill aims to cancel sequestration for DoD at cost to feds' pay and benefits

Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced a bill Tuesday to cancel sequestration for the Defense Department for two years. The bill would offset this change by using a chained CPI to calculate COLAs for federal retirement programs along with other entitlement reforms.

Tags: Jim Bridenstine , Doug Lamborn , COLAs , chained CPI , pay and benefits , retirement , budget , sequestration , Frank Wolf , Michael OConnell , DoD

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 04:32pm EST

Mica says agencies 'thwarting' proposed FTC relocation

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Oversight's Subcommittee on Government Operations, said the Federal Trade Commission and the General Services Administration are "thwarting" his proposal to force the FTC to relocate out of its historic headquarters building and into leased space in Southwest Washington, D.C.

Tags: Congress , John Mica , GSA , federal buildings , Chris Wisner , David Robbins , FTC , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 05:10pm EST

Will budget committee target feds' retirement contributions?

Even as mystery surrounds the work of the House-Senate budget committee negotiating over fiscal 2014 funding levels and possible alternatives to devastating across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, there's consensus emerging about some of the potential bargaining chips the committee is likely to use. That includes requiring federal workers to contribute more of their salaries toward their pensions.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , sequestration , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement contributions , Stephen Lynch , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/02/2013, 06:00am EST

Bill would ensure blue-collar feds get 1 percent pay raise in January

A new bill introduced this week by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) would ensure blue-collar federal employees receive the same scheduled pay increase in January as General Schedule employees. White-collar GS employees are due to get a 1 percent pay raise in January, under a plan announced in August by President Barack Obama, who has authority to set GS pay levels. However, pay raises for wage-grade or hourly employees require separate legislation. With no action by Congress, pay for these employees would remain flat.

Tags: Congress , Matt Cartwright , pay and benefits , pay , pay raise , Federal Wage System , workforce

Friday - 11/22/2013, 11:11am EST

CBO: Congress could wring $300B in deficit savings from federal pay, pension changes

A new Congressional Budget Office analysis of proposed deficit-reduction efforts contained half a dozen proposals affecting federal employees, including reducing annual pay raises, requiring federal employees to contribute more toward their pensions and reducing the size of the federal workforce through attrition. All told, such proposals would reduce federal outlays or increase revenues by $308 billion, according to CBO estimates.

Tags: Congress , Senate , budget , CBO , pay and benefits , chained CPI , retirement contributions , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/15/2013, 12:30pm EST
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