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With budget deadline still months away, should agencies start prepping for CR?

The Sept. 30 deadline for Congress to deliver a complete fiscal 2015 budget plan is still about four months away. But with a lengthy summer recess spanning nearly the entire month of August, that leaves fewer than 40 working days for the appropriation committees on Capitol Hill to finalize agency spending levels. That has some budget watchers already raising the possibility of a stopgap continuing resolution to fund government operations.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , continuing resolution , Bob Tobias , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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Senators propose 3.3 percent federal pay hike to start in 2015

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act Friday, calling for a 3.3 percent pay increase for federal employees for calendar year 2015. Federal employee union leaders praised the proposal, which would raise feds' pay more than the 1 percent President Barack Obama introduced in his 2015 budget proposal. The bill is similar to one introduced in March by House Democrats.

Tags: Ben Cardin , Brian Schatz , FAIR Act , pay increase , pay , pay & benefits , budget , J. David Cox Sr. , Joseph Beaudoin , NTEU , AFGE , NARFE , Colleen Kelley , Federal Postal Coalition , Bruce Moyer

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Both houses of Congress deal blows to DoD's cost-cutting proposals

The House passed its version of the annual defense authorization bill Thursday, while the Senate's is still a work in progress. Both versions mostly shun DoD's proposals to cut costs during sequestration.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , Carl Levin , James Inhofe , Buck McKeon , Adam Smith , sequestration , DoD , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:32am EDT
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Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

A 1 percent pay raise for 2015 will go a little way toward rebuilding trust between federal employees and Congress and federal employees and their leaders. But only a little way. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce, wrote a column as part of our special report: Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. He says he learned at a recent hearing the trust problems in the workforce are complicated.

Tags: Jon Tester , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees , In Depth

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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How to make the federal workforce feel respected once again

People work better and more efficiently when they feel respected. And lately, Congress hasn't done a lot to make federal workers feel valued, says Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in a column written for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. But, Tester says, he has a plan to start changing that low morale.

Tags: Jon Tester , Congress , workforce , morale , Trust Redefined , hiring , retention

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Hearing weighs causes of, solutions to low morale in federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, hosted a hearing Tuesday to discuss the low morale of federal employees and explore possible solutions for agencies seeking to improve it.

Tags: Jon Tester , Katherine Archuleta , J. David Cox , OPM , Best Places to Work , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jeri L. Buchholz , NASA , Carol Waller Pope , FLRA , employee satisfaction , Employee Viewpoint Survey , workforce , sequestration , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Senate Republicans call for VA secretary to resign

Three Senate Republicans called Tuesday for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at a veterans' hospital in Phoenix.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Eric Shinseki , Mitch McConnell , oversight

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 06:42pm EDT

Senator wants next OMB director to be familiar with federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the chairman of a key congressional panel with oversight of the federal workforce says he wants President Barack Obama's pick for White House budget director to "possess a background in federal workforce and governmental oversight issues." Earlier this month, Obama nominated the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Burwell, to take over for Kathleen Sebelius as the head of the Health and Human Services Department.

Tags: Jon Tester , OMB , federal workforce , Sylvia Burwell , Congress , Jack Moore

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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