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Senate Republicans are proposing an extension of the federal pay freeze in order to pay for a continuation of a payroll tax cut favored by congressional Democrats and the White House. The proposal, which was assailed by some Democrats and federal employee unions, also includes a provision to cut 10 percent of the federal workforce — or about 200,000 positions.
Steve Kelman, a professor of public management at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said in an in interview on In Depth with Francis Rose that agencies should consider a range of options to find contracting savings. His own list of cost-savings tips runs the gamut from "Nobody's ever done this," to "So old, it's new again."
How exactly does an agency store a tweet? And how do agencies know when the latest 140-character mini-message rises to the level of a permanently valuable historical record? A new Presidential memo tasks the National Archives and Records Administration with answer these social-media stumpers.
In a new memo, President Barack Obama tasked agencies with reviewing their policies for storing and managing electronic communications, including emails and social media postings. Agencies must submit reviews of their current policies in 120 days. Meanwhile, the National Archives and Records Administration plans to develop a governmentwide framework.
Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss how sequestration will affect defense managers and contractors. He said the threat of automatic, across-the-board cuts from sequestration will hang over DoD for the next year.
The administration, lawmakers and others are sounding off on the failure of the supercommittee to reach a deal for cutting more than $1 trillion from the deficit. Facing automatic, across-the-board cuts — half from defense and half from civilian agencies, beginning in 2013 — the consensus now seems to be Congress should work to come up with an alternative deficit-reduction plan.
Despite the successful passage last week of a small group of annual spending bills covering several federal agencies' 2012 budgets, Congress will likely fold the remaining bills into a single omnibus.
A white paper by the Postal Service Inspector General's office presents a case for offering an email service called the eMailbox. Bruce Marsh, the manager of the the IG office's General Risk Analysis Center, said the proposal was driven by the potential needs of both federal agencies and consumers.
A government shutdown was averted Thursday when Congress approved a compromise spending bill. The bill funds the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Transportation, HUD, Justice, and some smaller agencies through the end of the fiscal year. The rest of the government will operate on another short-term continuing resolution, which will expire Dec. 16.
The use senior mentors — retired military officers or former high-level civilian officials hired as contractors — has dropped precipitously in the year and a half since the Defense Department instituted stiffer conflict-of-interest rules and a pay cap, according to an inspector general's report issued last week.