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Legislative agencies' 2013 budget requests spell reduced staff, cuts

The Government Accountability Office, Congressional Budget Office, Government Printing Office and Library of Congress testified before a House committee this week on their fiscal-year 2013 budget requests. While they vary in many ways, none stray too far from 2012 funding numbers that cut the agencies' budgets.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , GPO , GAO , Library of Congress , CBO , Douglas Elmendorf , Gene Dodaro , Davita Vance-Cooks , James Billington

Friday - 02/10/2012, 04:06pm EST

Is Congress gearing up for another budget battle?

The battle over the budget is heating up once again. John Stanton, a House reporter at Roll Call, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the buget debate on Capitol Hill and what it means for federal managers and employees.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , management , John Stanton , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 06:57pm EST
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Congress and you what could possibly go wrong?

A federal worker, who boxed in college and the Army, says in the last two years he's gone from a happy-go-lucky fed to feeling like he's fighting two opponents and the referee, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey say. So can this get any worse? Short answer, maybe.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , Mike Causey , Federal Report , Congress , House ,

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 02:00am EST

Senators ask OMB to intervene in retirement backlog

A new letter, signed by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), calls on the Office of Management and Budget to take on the "urgent matter" of processing federal retirements. The letter comes a week after a Senate subcommittee hearing in which the Office of Personnel Management was taken to task for its handling of the longstanding backlog.

Tags: workforce , retirement , OPM , Mark Warner , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin , OMB , Jeffrey Zients , John Berry , Congress , retirement backlog

Monday - 02/06/2012, 07:06pm EST

House pay freeze vote a preview of payroll tax decision?

As a House-Senate conference committee continues negotiations over how to extend the payroll tax cut, ahead of a Feb. 29 deadline, there's at least one issue that has never left the table: federal pay and benefits. The eight House Republicans on the conference committee all voted in support of the stand-alone pay freeze bill. Of the five House Democrats, only Rep. Allyson Schwartz, of Pennsylvania, voted yes on the bill.

Tags: Congress , House , pay and benefits , payroll tax cut , pay freeze

Friday - 02/03/2012, 08:25pm EST

Group gives 25 lawmakers 'perfect scores' on federal report card

Federally Employed Women, which is aimed at improving the status of women working for the federal government, reviewed legislators' voting records on 10 bills mostly related to federal pay and benefits. The group gave its highest score a 100 percent to two senators and 23 House members, all Democrats.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , benefits , Federally Employed Women , Congress , House , pay freeze

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 07:47am EST

Senators take OPM to task over long wait for pensions

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy for tackling its backlog of 62,000 retirement applications. But, after 25 years of hearing such promises, lawmakers are skeptical. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Subcommittee on Oversight brought agency director John Berry to Capitol Hill to explain why this strategy is different.

Tags: OPM , retirement , pay and benefits , workforce , technology , Congress , John Berry , Mark Warner , Daniel Akaka , GAO , Valerie Melvin , Patrick McFarland , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 01:51pm EST
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Union renews call for extending mass-transit tax benefit

The National Treasury Employees Union has renewed its call for Congress to renew an expansions of a mass-transit subsidy that expired at the end of last year. The union said it supports passage either through a stand-alone bill or through a package of nearly 70 temporary tax breaks, known as extenders.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , mass transit benefit , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Senate Finance Committee

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 10:13pm EST

Senate committee to vet OPM annuity processing strategy

The Office of Personnel Management's new strategy to catch up on its backlog of retirement claims will be vetted publicly during a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management.

Tags: OPM , retirement , John Berry , Government Managers Coalition , Patrick McFarland , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 08:06pm EST
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