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Senate blocks federal pay freeze extension a second time

Senate Democrats blocked a bill for the second time that would freeze federal pay for three more years in order to offset an extension of the payroll tax cut. The Democrats own plan to pay for the extension with a surtax on the income of millionaires was also voted down.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , federal pay freeze , Dean Heller , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , payroll tax cut ,

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 09:20pm EST

GSA offers tips for trimming fat from agency budgets

Steve Kempf, Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, joined with Francis Rose to discuss ways agencies could meet their goals to cut inefficient spending.

Tags: GSA , FAS , Steve Kempf , budget , management , best practices , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 08:50pm EST
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GOP proposal would freeze federal pay, cut workforce by 10 percent

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.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , pay freeze , Senate , Meredith Shiner , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 08:43pm EST
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Contract savings ideas range from innovative to old-school

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."

Tags: Steve Kelman , contracting , acquisition , acquisition workforce , In Depth , Francis Rose ,

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 06:49pm EST
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How will Twitter, social media play into new record-keeping policy?

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.

Tags: records management , NARA , Paul Wester , social media , technolgoy ,

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 02:46pm EST

Agencies have 120 days to start getting e-records in shape

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.

Tags: NARA , David Ferriero , records management , Barack Obama , social media , GAO , Catherine Teti , Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington , Anne Weismann , Emily Kopp ,

Monday - 11/28/2011, 02:37pm EST
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Analysis: Threat of 'abrupt' cuts will hang over DoD for next year

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.

Tags: Todd Harrison , CSBA , DoD , budget , supercommittee , sequestration , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , industry , acquisition , Congress ,

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 11:13am EST
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Supercommittee's failure to reach deal brings range of reactions

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.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , supercommittee , deficit reduction , TechAmerica , DoD , Leon Panetta , Barack Obama , sequestration , FMA , Patricia Niehaus ,

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 06:38am EST

Omnibus approach likely for remaining spending bills

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.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , appropriations , budget , Erik Wasson , The Hill , continuing resolution , omnibus spending bill , minibus spending bill ,

Monday - 11/21/2011, 06:24am EST

Postal Service mulls digital mailbox service

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.

Tags: USPS , technology , Bruce Marsh , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , email ,

Monday - 11/21/2011, 12:40pm EST
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