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Report: TRICARE changes should focus on maximizing value

A new Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis report says the Defense Department should look at improving value in military pay and benefits, not simply cutting. The report also calls for a BRAC-like commission to study service members' benefits.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , benefits , TRICARE , Todd Harrison , CSBA , supercommittee ,

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 09:45am EDT

VA gives the go ahead to its 'ruthless' IT reduction plans

The agency's task force detailed potential areas to cut the cost of technology in a 104-page report sent to the chief information officer this week. Stephen Warren, VA's principal deputy CIO, said the agency expects to save at least $50 million over the next year.

Tags: technology , contracting , VA , Stephen Warren , IT spending , efficiency initiatives , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 07:25pm EDT
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Senate committee passes bills on improper payments, whistleblower protections

The new bill, passed in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, would require more consistent reporting of improper payments by federal agencies.

Tags: Congress , Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2011 , Tom Carper , Senate , Joe Lieberman , whistleblower protection , employee rotations , workforce , SES , management

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 02:45pm EDT

Analysis: Costs of IRS cuts

Tom Shoop is editor-in-chief of Government Executive.

Tags: Tom Shoop , Government Executive , IRS , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:25pm EDT
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Industry group warns of bleakest IT budget in 17 years

The government's IT budget hasn't been squeezed this hard since Forrest Gump was on the big screen in 1994. In the next five years, agencies will focus their spending on mission-critical technology. They're also finding ways to save money though nontraditional contracts and IT consolidation, a survey by the industry group TechAmerica Foundation found.

Tags: technology , IT , TechAmerica Foundation , Dan Heinemeier , Robert Haas , acqusition , consolidation , cybersecurity , cloud computing , mobile , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 06:14am EDT
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Union: Thousands of IRS jobs on the budget line

One employee union says the proposed budget cuts could result in more than 8,000 job cuts at the agency.

Tags: House , IRS , Treasury , Jolie Lee , Hal Rogers

Friday - 06/17/2011, 12:24pm EDT

NoVa roads that could benefit from proposed transportation plan

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has proposed an ambitious transportation spending plan, so which roads in our area will get spruced up?

Tags: Bob McDonnell , Transportation , HOV lanes , HOT lanes , Route 28 , Route 50 , Route 7 , I-66 , Metro , sales tax

Saturday - 01/15/2011, 02:09pm EST

O'Malley's vow to retain teachers' pension costs is met with caution

An announcement Thursday by Gov. Martin O'Malley that teacher pension costs will not be pushed off to counties in the fiscal 2012 budget isn't necessarily good news for local government.

Tags: Martin O' Malley , Maryland Association of Counties , pensions ,

Saturday - 01/08/2011, 11:36am EST

O'Malley offers buyouts to trim 500 state jobs

State employees can sign up for a $15,000 buyout -- the latest move to cut Maryland's budget -- under a program announced Tuesday by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Tags: Martin O'Malley , buyout , Voluntary Separation Program

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 02:00am EST

Billions in projects to make Va. road smoother, not faster

The Virginia Department of Transportation has developed more than a billion dollars in roadway projects for next year, which should make state avenues and routes smoother, but not necessarily faster.

Tags: Bob McDonnell , Jeff Caldwell , VDOT , Virginia Department of Transportation , Interstate 66 , Route 50 , audit , Hank Silverberg , Paul D. Shinkman

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 10:26am EST
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