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As Congress nears deal, feds prep for shutdown just in case

As the clock ticks closer toward Dec. 16 when the seventh continuing resolution funding government operations this year is set to expire speculation about a partial government shutdown has begun swirling.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , government shutdown , appropriations , payroll tax cut , OMB , OPM

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:57pm EST

Short-term bill more likely before Friday budget deadline

With less than three days to reach a budget deal, lawmakers are more likely now to pass a short-term spending measure rather than a $1 trillion omnibus bill for the rest of the fiscal year, which started Oct. 1. The Hill's Erik Wasson has an update on the budget talks.

Tags: Erik Wasson , The Hill , budget , management , Congress , House , continuing resolution , omnibus , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:00am EST
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Congress throws up roadblock to Army enterprise email

House and Senate negotiators who hammered out an agreement for the 2012 defense authorization bill added language that puts the brakes on the Army's transition to an enterprise email effort. The language adds several requirements the Army and DoD must meet before moving forward with the project.

Tags: DoD , Congress , House , Army , John McHugh , Jared Serbu , DISA , cloud computing

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 03:28pm EST

Senators call for mass-transit benefit extension

A group of 22 senators has called on the Senate Finance Committee to take up extending a mass-transit commuter tax benefit, which expires at the end of the year. The mass-transit benefit is set to be cut nearly in half from $230 a month to $120 starting next year, barring action by Congress.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , House , NTEU , mass-transit benefit , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin , Senate Finance Committee

Monday - 12/12/2011, 02:36pm EST

Congress closer to reaching budget deal before Friday deadline

Congressional negotiators are closer to reaching a spending deal with less than a week left before the current budget expires.

Tags: Congress , budget , continuing resolution , House , pay and benefits , payroll tax , Politico , The Hill

Monday - 12/12/2011, 09:00am EST

House GOP payroll tax plan includes federal pay freeze, retirement changes

House Republicans unveiled their plan for extending the payroll tax cut Friday, which includes proposals to extend a federal pay freeze and makes changes to federal employees' retirement.

Tags: federal pay freeze , House , Congress , retirement , John Boehner , payroll tax cut , Jack Moore

Friday - 12/09/2011, 07:02pm EST

Congress passes bill to honor fallen feds

Agencies can give an American flag to the survivors of a federal employee who is killed in the line of duty under a bill passed Thursday by the Senate. The House unanimously approved the measure last month.

Tags: workforce , Congress , House , Richard Hanna , Carol Bonosaro , SEA , OPM , Emily Kopps

Friday - 12/09/2011, 07:50pm EST

Senate blocks federal pay freeze extension a second time

Senate Democrats blocked a bill for the second time that would freeze federal pay for three more years in order to offset an extension of the payroll tax cut. The Democrats own plan to pay for the extension with a surtax on the income of millionaires was also voted down.

Tags: Congress , House , federal pay freeze , Dean Heller , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , payroll tax cut , Jack Moore

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 09:20pm EST

Sen. Cardin hopeful omnibus will pass by deadline

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin said most of the issues have been resolved between Democrats and Republicans concerning the omnibus bill that will fund agencies through the 2012 fiscal year. However, policy riders introduced by the House GOP may still derail the legislation.

Tags: Ben Cardin , omnibus , budget , appropriations , Congress , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 10:27am EST
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