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Feds should plan for worst case scenario, expert says

Between ongoing 2012 budget negotiations and the automatic cuts triggered by the supercommittee, Steve Bell, senior director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Economic Policy Project, says this is as good as it's going to get for federal employees for the foreseeable future.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , supercommittee , Congress , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 11:00am EST
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Donahoe says bills 'do not come close' to saving the USPS

None of the legislation moving through Congress would provide the Postal Service the speed and flexibility it needs to cut annual costs by $20 billion, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe said Monday. He said they would give USPS "a couple of years of profitability and at least many decades of steep losses." He argued for quicker resolution to the agency's cash crisis.

Tags: Pat Donahoe , USPS , Congress , Darrell Issa , Fred Rolando , National Association of Letter Carriers , emily kopp

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 05:05am EST
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Omnibus approach likely for remaining spending bills

Despite the successful passage last week of a small group of annual spending bills covering several federal agencies' 2012 budgets, Congress will likely fold the remaining bills into a single omnibus.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , appropriations , Erik Wasson , The Hill , continuing resolution , omnibus spending bill , minibus spending bill , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/21/2011, 06:24am EST

Gansler testifies on effects of DoD's $450B in cuts

Jack Gansler is director of the Center for Public Policy & Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy and former Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

Tags: Jack Gansler , DoD , Senate Armed Services Committee , In Depth

Friday - 11/18/2011, 06:53pm EST
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A glance at automatic spending cuts for 2013

The Congressional Budget Office says caps on new, Congress-approved spending on defense programs will be reduced from 10 percent in 2013 to 8.5 percent in 2021, with savings of $454 billion.

Tags: supercommittee , DoD , Congressional Budget Office

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 03:32am EST

Supercommittee failure not end of budget story

CQ Roll Call reporter Meredith Shiner has an update on the supercommittee talks on its deadline day.

Tags: Meredith Shiner , CQ Roll Call , Congress , supercommittee , In Depth ,

Monday - 11/21/2011, 05:06pm EST
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National Guard makes case to keep citizen-soldiers operational, relevant

After a decade in which it has been built up to parity with the active Army and Air Force components, the National Guard should not be allowed to backslide to a point where it is no longer usable, the National Guard chief said Friday.

Tags: DoD , National Guard , cybersecurity , Craig McKinley , CSIS , Harry Wyatt , DoD budget , workforce , Cyber Workforce , Jared Serbu , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/21/2011, 05:35am EST
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OPM offers feds job help in case of workforce cuts

With federal workforces potentially on the budget chopping block, the Office of Personnel Management is extending a helping hand to feds who may find themselves jobless in the near future.

Tags: workforce , reduction in force , buyout , John Berry , OPM , CHCO Council , USAJobs ,

Friday - 11/18/2011, 05:44pm EST
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