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Bill averts shutdown, funds some agencies at 2012 levels

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.

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Friday - 11/18/2011, 08:05am EST

IG: Steep decline in Pentagon senior mentors after new rules

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.

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Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 08:10am EST

Supercommittee Tracker

Track recommendations on federal pay, benefits and retirement made to the supercommittee by top Congressional leaders and the White House.

Tags: supercommittee , management , budget , Congress , House , Senate , Elijah Cummings , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Barack Obama , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , pay and benefits , retirement , workforce , hiring , deficit , Jolie Lee ,

Monday - 10/17/2011, 01:08pm EDT

FDA: Ending drug shortages all about timing

Peter Lurie, a senior advisor in the Office of the Commissioner at the FDA, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris the sooner the agency learns of an impending drug shortage the sooner it can take action.

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Friday - 11/04/2011, 09:09am EDT
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OPM: USAJobs glitches stabilized

After a rocky start, the Office of Personnel Management says USAJobs.gov, the federal government's jobs portal, is making progress, citing 1.8 million successful log-ins in the last two weeks.

Tags: Federal Drive , OPM , Matthew Perry , technology , USAJobs 3.0 , workforce , hiring

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 11:16am EDT

WH threatens veto of contractor tax repeal over offsets

The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would repeal the 3 percent tax withholding on government contractors because of the spending cuts attached to the legislation. The Senate version of the bill would cut $30 billion in government spending to pay for repealing the tax, which the White House says is too much.

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Friday - 10/21/2011, 10:17am EDT

GSA: Changing printing habits could save government millions

Steve Kempf, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss new efforts at more efficient print management.

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Monday - 10/17/2011, 10:19am EDT
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OMB: Agencies to speed pay to small contractors

The Office of Management and Budget has issued new guidance to agencies that would accelerate payments to small-business contractors. OMB Director Jacob Lew directed Executive Branch agencies to cut the payment processing time from 30 days to 15 days.

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Thursday - 09/15/2011, 08:48am EDT

OPM takes on gender gap in federal pay

The gap in pay between genders is smaller in the federal government than in the private sector, but the Office of Personnel Management and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have reaffirmed their vow to reduce the remaining discrepancy in pay between men and women.

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Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 06:31am EDT

Genachowski: FCC acts as 'spur' for next-gen 9-1-1 efforts

The nation's 9-1-1 system is rooted in the old, switched-circuit telephone system and it still works fairly well, even in today's mobile-technology world. But some, including FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, think it's past due for an upgrade.

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Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 03:19pm EDT
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