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2012 Defense bill amendment capping contractor pay advances

An amendment to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill, passed by the Senate last week, caps taxpayer-funded compensation for all contracting employees at $400,000. Senate sponsors of the measure say the measure is designed to head off burgeoning defense contractor salaries. Federal employee unions have applauded the bill, but it has drawn the ire of industry groups. The Senate version of the defense bill, which contains controversial provisions dealing with military detainees, must still be reconciled with a House version before becoming law.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Barbara Boxer , Chuck Grassley , Jay Rockefeller , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Congress , AFGE , John Gage , Acquisition Reform Working Group , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/05/2011, 05:25pm EST

Senate expands whistleblower protections for feds

The Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday expanding protections for federal whistleblowers. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, authored and introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on the federal workforce, updates a 1989 law protecting government whistleblowers.

Tags: Congress , House , management , whistleblowers , whistleblower protection , whistleblower bill , Akaka , Darrell Issa , Susan Collins , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:24pm EDT

Collins wants to know why VA conference planners received bonuses

In an Oct. 9 letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinskei, Sen. Susan Collins requested the agency disclose whether employees responsible for planning the two conferences held in Orlando, Fla., last summer, also worked on other conferences. In addition, Collins said she wants to know how much conference planners earned in bonuses and other awards for their work.

Tags: Congress , oversight , Susan Collins , VA , Eric Shinseki , conference spending , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 07:09pm EDT

Committees set for slate of hearings on GSA spending

Current and former officials at the General Services Administration will face a gauntlet of congressional hearings this week, following reports of excessive spending on a 2010 regional training conference and other programs. In an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose, former Virginia Congressman and Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tom Davis shared his insights and what to look for during the hearings.

Tags: GSA , Shakeup at GSA , In Depth , Francis Rose , Tom Davis , House , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Deloitte , Jack Moore

Sunday - 04/15/2012, 09:16pm EDT
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Where's Fido? VA may prevent funding for PTSD service dogs

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to not follow through on a directive that will go into effect on Friday that would prevent funding for service dogs to help veterans with mental disabilities.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Charles Schumer , Congress , PTSD , TBI , service dogs , veterans , Michael OConnell , benefits

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 09:00am EDT

Shrinking GAO budget concerns employees, oversight advocates

The Government Accountability Office issues hundreds of reports each year detailing billions of dollars in cost-savings. Its role is considered essential to the congressional oversight process. But last year, Congress cut the agency's budget.

Tags: GAO , GAO Employees Union , budget , Congress , Gene Dodaro , John Palguta , Ron La Due Lake , Partnership for Public Service , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/09/2012, 05:00am EDT
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Senators call for bipartisan push to prevent sequestration

Six senators sent a letter to their Senate leaders asking for a bipartisan effort to end the threat of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts due to take effect in January.

Tags: sequestration , budget , recession , Leon Panetta , Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell , deficit reduction , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 09/25/2012, 08:13am EDT

Presidential appointees face long, winding road to confirmation

No matter who wins the Presidential election, non-career officials who might one day serve in either an Obama or Romney administration will face a cumbersome appointment process that is just starting to be reformed. Linda Springer, who served as the head of the Office of Personnel Management during the George W. Bush administration told In Depth with Francis Rose the onerous Senate confirmation process for political appointees has been a longstanding issue.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Linda Springer , OPM , Ernst & Young , NAPA , James Pfiffner , Congress , management , best practices , political appointees , Jack Moore , Ernst & Young , confirmation process , Anne OConnell

Monday - 09/24/2012, 09:55pm EDT
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Before leaving town, Senate passes continuing resolution

Congress early Saturday completed its major task for the week with Senate passage of a six-month stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running past the end of the budget year and the elections.

Tags: continuing resolution , Congress , budget , Federal Drive

Saturday - 09/22/2012, 01:16pm EDT
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