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Senate OKs postal amendments to limit conference spending, stave off closures

In a marathon series of votes Tuesday, the Senate considered more than a dozen amendments to a postal reform bill, approving a provision to limit all federal agencies' spending on conferences, but voting down an amendment expanding the federal workers' compensation program. Lawmakers also rejected an amendment that would have required retirement-eligible USPS employees to retire without a buyout payment. The Senate will resume voting on amendments Wednesday at 2 p.m. before voting on a final version of the 21st Century Postal Service Act.

Tags: Senate , budget , Congress , USPS , Tom Coburn , conference spending , Susan Collins , Joe Lieberman , Tom Carper , Scott Brown , Daniel Akaka , FECA ,

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 10:11pm EDT

House to vote on partial retirement for feds

In a rare bipartisan move, the House oversight committee voted to bring a bill allowing phased retirements of federal employees to the floor for a general vote.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Congress , House , Darrell Issa , Federal Drive , TSP , Gillian Brockell

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 09:12am EDT

Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

Congress returns to session this week with a few short months to reach a budget resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and agree on how to avoid the automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade that will be triggered Jan. 2, 2013, under the Budget Control Act debt limit deal. But don't expect much to get accomplished before the election, say budget experts.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , Julie Tagen , NARFE , Beth Moten , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , pay and benefits , budget , Congress , Budget Control Act , sequestration , workforce , retirement , Robert Tobias , American University

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:10am EDT

Senate passes highway bill, including 'phased retirements,' transit subsidy

The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway. The $109 billion measure, approved in a 74-22 vote, included a number of amendments affecting federal pay and benefits, including a provision to allows "phased retirements" for federal employees and an expansion of an expired mass-transit subsidy.

Tags: workforce , retirement , phased retirements , pay and benefits , transportation bill , Congress , Senate , pay freeze , mass transit benefit , Max Baucus , Pat Roberts

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:32pm EDT

Senate rejects pay freeze amendment to transportation bill

The Senate has defeated an amendment to a transportation bill that would have extended the federal pay freeze through 2013. In a 57-41 vote, lawmakers rejected the amendment, introduced last week by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). The measure needed 60 votes to pass. Federal unions applauded the news.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , Congress , Senate , pay freeze , Pat Roberts , Colleen Kelley , AFGE

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 05:19pm EDT

Senate amendment lets retiring feds go part-time

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced an amendment to the Surface Transportation Bill that offers part-time employment to retiring feds. The Senate passed the amendment Thursday.

Tags: Max Baucus , Surface Transportation Bill , pay and benefits , retirement , Congress , Senate , AFGE , Colleen Kelleher , Beth Moten , Daniel Akaka

Friday - 03/09/2012, 01:34pm EST

NTEU rallies on the Hill to energize feds, educate lawmakers

With a Capitol Hill rally Wednesday and a three-day legislative conference to follow, NTEU President Colleen Kelley discusses the union's priorities for the year ahead.

Tags: workforce , Colleen Kelley , In Depth , Francis Rose , Congress , House , Senate

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 08:18pm EST
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Federal unions claim sneak attack in unemployment insurance deal

Two federal unions, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, say lawmakers removed the increase in federal employee contributions from the payroll tax extension, but added it to the unemployment insurance extension, which is part of the overall deal. The unions say if the provision becomes law, feds would see a pay decrease while everyone else would see an increase.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , retirement contribution , workforce , AFGE , John Gage , Dave Camp , Harry Reid , Colleen Kelley , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 05:55pm EST

Lawmakers continue battle over federal retirement benefits

In the latest attempt to cut federal retirement benefits, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has reported out legislation that would make feds contribute more of their salaries to their pensions and end the FERS annuity supplement for people who retire before age 62.

Tags: Emily Kopp , John Sepulveda , Veterans Affairs , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , Dennis Ross , pay and benefits , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , workforce , CSRS , FERS , House

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 05:41am EST
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