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Lawmaker says fed pay, benefits used as 'piggybank' in deficit reduction

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), whose district in the Washington, D.C., suburbs is home to many federal employees, said he understands the frustration voiced by federal unions about a de facto extension of the federal pay freeze. Sarbanes said too often lawmakers used federal pay and benefits as a "piggybank" in deficit- reduction efforts.

Tags: House , Congress , budget , pay and benefits , workforce , pay freeze , John Sarbanes , In Depth , sequestration ,

Monday - 08/27/2012, 07:08pm EDT
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Sequestration could spell $39B in cuts to civilian agency budgets

Civilian agencies may lose almost $40 billion dollars in top-line funding if sequestration goes into effect on Jan. 2, according to a new analysis by the Professional Services Council. Using fiscal 2012 as a baseline, PSC calculated civilian discretionary spending would decline by $39 billion and that individual agency budget would decline by 7.8 percent. More granular data are hard to come by until the Office of Management and Budget provides more details about specific about how the cuts will affect specific programs.

Tags: budget , OMB , sequestration , In Depth , Francis Rose , PSC , Stan Soloway ,

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 08:32pm EDT
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White House misses deadline to deliver sequestration report, says plan coming next week

The White House plans to deliver a report to Congress late next week detailing how automatic, across-the-board cuts, set to take effect in January, will affect specific programs. The report is required under the Sequestration Transparency Act, which Congress overwhelmingly passed this summer and which the President signed on Aug. 7. The law directed the President to issue the detailed report within 30 days of signing it - a deadline that came this week and went unmet.

Tags: sequestration , Jay Carney , John Thune , Sequestration Transparency Act , budget , OMB , Jeff Zients ,

Friday - 09/07/2012, 03:19pm EDT

What role will contractors play in new DoD strategy?

Roger Waldron, the president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, said the members of his group, which include many of the largest players in the industry, are already preparing for how they'll shift gears. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how the new strategy affects the contracting sphere.

Tags: acquisition , industry , contracting , DoD , Roger Waldron , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Monday - 01/09/2012, 06:51pm EST
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Supercommittee given recommendations on federal pay, benefits

It seems everyone would like to bend the ear of the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , supercommittee , Congress , Ron Johnson , Federal-Postal Coalition , budget ,

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 01:29pm EDT

Senate Dems. call for service-contracting cap, but industry cries foul

A group of 26 Democratic senators wrote last week to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging the Pentagon to lift an "arbitrary" cap on DoD's civilian workforce, saying contractors hadn't been similarly affected by budget constraints. But the Professional Services Council, an industry group which represents many defense contractors, rebuts the charge that contractors haven't also felt the effects of the current fiscal climate.

Tags: Congress , Senate , DoD , acquisition , service contracting , PSC , Alan Chvotkin , Stan Soloway , Sherrod Brown , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 10:12pm EDT
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DoD, State implement only fraction of wartime contracting recommendations

A new Government Accountability Office report found that three main actors in contingency contracting the Defense and State Departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development will likely only implement a fraction of the recommendations set out by the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The agencies have either determined their existing policies already address the commission's concerns or they disagreed with the recommendation in the first place, GAO found.

Tags: GAO , DoD , State , USAID , contracting , contingency contracting , acquisition , Commission on Wartime Contracting ,

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 07:27pm EDT

Pay gap between feds, contractors widens

The gap between government and contractor pay has continued to widen, according to a recent survey from the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area and the Professional Services Council.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , pay and benefits , In Depth , contracting , industry ,

Monday - 10/03/2011, 07:28pm EDT
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2012 Defense bill amendment capping contractor pay advances

An amendment to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill, passed by the Senate last week, caps taxpayer-funded compensation for all contracting employees at $400,000. Senate sponsors of the measure say the measure is designed to head off burgeoning defense contractor salaries. Federal employee unions have applauded the bill, but it has drawn the ire of industry groups. The Senate version of the defense bill, which contains controversial provisions dealing with military detainees, must still be reconciled with a House version before becoming law.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Barbara Boxer , Chuck Grassley , Jay Rockefeller , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Congress , Senate , AFGE , John Gage , Acquisition Reform Working Group ,

Monday - 12/05/2011, 05:25pm EST

Office of Special Counsel wants Hatch Act overhaul

The Office of the Special Counsel wants to see the law governing the political activity of federal employees updated. Carolyn Lerner, head of the OSC, told Federal News Radio the law is outdated and has led to unintended consequences. The act was created in 1939 when "typewriters were about the most advanced means of communication," Lerner said.

Tags: OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , whistleblowers , workforce ,

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 10:03am EDT
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