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IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for budget increase

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore public trust in the agency following the recent uproar over revelations of purported political bias by IRS employees. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Koskinen also said he'd work to turn around the declining employee morale.

Tags: Senate Finance Committee , Max Baucus , Orrin Hatch , John Koskinen , IRS , IRS scandal , employee morale , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:02pm EST

Lawmakers plan bipartisan push on bill to help agencies offload unnecessary property

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), are jumpstarting a new effort to get both sides of the Capitol dome on board with a bill to make it easier for agencies to hang the "For Sale" sign outside their doors. Carper, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hosted a Capitol Hill roundtable with private-sector real-estate experts and former government officials Wednesday to discuss a new legislative path forward.

Tags: Congress , House , Tom Carper , Jason Chaffetz , GAO , Mark Goldstein , Kim Burke , Jones Lang LaSalle , David Winstead , John Simeon

Friday - 12/06/2013, 03:26pm EST

Will budget committee target feds' retirement contributions?

Even as mystery surrounds the work of the House-Senate budget committee negotiating over fiscal 2014 funding levels and possible alternatives to devastating across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, there's consensus emerging about some of the potential bargaining chips the committee is likely to use. That includes requiring federal workers to contribute more of their salaries toward their pensions.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , sequestration , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement contributions , Stephen Lynch , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/02/2013, 06:00am EST

Bill would strengthen whistleblower protections for military personnel

Four senators have introduced a bill to extend to members of the military the same whistleblower protections enjoyed by civilian agency employees. The bipartisan bill already has gained the support of one advocacy group -- the Government Accountability Project.

Tags: Tom Devine , whistleblower , Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act , Mark Warner , Chuck Grassley , Susan Collins , sexual assaults , Michael OConnell , DoD

Monday - 11/25/2013, 01:41pm EST
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Senate proposal lops off FERS pensions for new hires

A new bill introduced by a trio of Republican senators would end the defined benefit portion of FERS coverage for new federal employees hired within six months of the bill's passage. Sponsors of the bill say the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act would align federal retirement benefits more closely with those earned in the private sector.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , retirement , FERS , Richard Burr , Tom Coburn , Saxby Chambliss , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/15/2013, 01:45pm EST

CBO: Congress could wring $300B in deficit savings from federal pay, pension changes

A new Congressional Budget Office analysis of proposed deficit-reduction efforts contained half a dozen proposals affecting federal employees, including reducing annual pay raises, requiring federal employees to contribute more toward their pensions and reducing the size of the federal workforce through attrition. All told, such proposals would reduce federal outlays or increase revenues by $308 billion, according to CBO estimates.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , CBO , pay and benefits , chained CPI , retirement contributions , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/15/2013, 12:30pm EST

Mikulski seeks two-year sequestration solution

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, took to the Senate floor this week calling on House-Senate budget negotiators to look at replacing the across-the-board sequestration cuts for at least two years.

Tags: Congress , budget , sequestration , Barbara Mikulski , Hal Rogers , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/08/2013, 12:23pm EST
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