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Does GS system need an update? Lawmakers ask GAO to review federal pay scale

A trio of lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want the Government Accountability Office to examine whether the General Schedule system for federal employees needs an update. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), said the watchdog agency's review would aid the lawmakers in evaluating "the appropriateness of the General Schedule (GS) as a pay scale for today's workforce."

Tags: OPM , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , House , Senate , pay scale , GS system , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Blake Farenthold ,

Monday - 04/22/2013, 04:44pm EDT

Postal Service's 'broken business model' under fire but solutions scarce

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday that the Postal Service is operating under a "broken business model." But cost-saving efforts, such as ending Saturday delivery and modifying a multibillion dollar requirement to prefund future retirees health care costs, garnered little agreement among lawmakers.

Tags: USPS , Congress , House , Frederic Rolando , NALC , Pat Donahoe , Gene Dodaro , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 07:50pm EDT

FEHBP modernization plan receives cautious optimism from Hill

The Office of Personnel Management told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the 50-year-old law creating the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) has hurt its ability to keep the FEHBP up-to-date. The agency estimates billions in savings over the next decade should Congress approve the White House's proposals in the 2014 budget request.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , OPM , John Foley , Darrell Issa , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Blue Cross Blue Shield , United Healthcare , Tim Walberg , Jason Miller , FEHBP

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 07:54pm EDT
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House Oversight Committee passes 12 bills affecting agency management

Including the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday passed 12 bills focusing on a variety of agency management issues.

Tags: House , IT acquisition , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 05:50am EDT

Issa's IT reform bill moves through committee, concerns still remain

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) with little debate and no amendments. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the bill's author and chairman of the committee, said the provisions to give CIOs more budget control and the IT project and program management improvements will have a big impact on how agencies spend money on technology.

Tags: technology , Darrell Issa , acquisition , industry , Mike Hettinger , Software and Information Industry Association , TechAmerica , IT reform , project management , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , open source , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller , Exclusive

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 05:28am EDT
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USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Michael Young , USDA , Hari Sastry , Commerce , FCC , David Robbins , Paul Gosar , Blake Farenthold , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Matt Cartwright , reprogramming authorities

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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Farenthold bill offers way to stop sequestration-related furloughs

The Protecting America's Civilian Employees Act would require the Office of Management and Budget to submit a plan to Congress on how they would cut spending without harming the federal workforce.

Tags: Blake Farenthold , Congress , sequestration , furloughs , Jason Miller , workforce

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 11:22am EST

As sequestration cuts loom, unimplemented IG recommendations could save billions

Over the past few years, unimplemented agency inspector general recommendations that could potentially save the government billions of dollars have piled up. Now, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts kicking in, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are telling agencies there's no excuse for them to further delay implementing the cost-saving measures and best practices identified by their IGs.

Tags: House , Congress , oversight , sequestration , Darrell Issa , Kathleen Tighe , education , IG vacancies

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 08:18pm EST
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