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Will IRS budget pleas be ignored in Congress?

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government that budget and staffing reductions are impacting the agency's core missions of customer service and tax collection. The agency projects it will only be able to answer 61 percent of phone calls this year, meaning some 20 million phone calls will go unanswered. Meanwhile, taxpayers attempting to reach IRS offices are facing wait times that stretch past 20 minutes.

Tags: Congress , House , IRS , John Koskinen , Ander Crenshaw , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , workforce

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:18pm EST

Key Senate panel to probe federal pay, morale issues

The Senate subcommittee with oversight of the federal workforce will take up the issue of federal-employee compensation and sinking employee morale. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the subcommittee chairman, said at the National Treasury Employees Union's annual legislative conference that the hearing would focus, in part, on making sure federal pay stays competitive with the private sector.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , pay , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Congress , Senate , Jon Tester , sequestration , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 06:39pm EST

DoD nominees face scrutiny over Pentagon plan to shrink compensation costs

Just a day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed reductions in military end-strength and shrinking compensation costs as part of next year's budget plan, a slate of nominees to lead key offices at the Pentagon faced congressional scrutiny.

Tags: Senate , Congress , Chuck Hagel , DoD budget , Robert Work , Mike McCord , DoD audit , LCS , John McCain , Carl Levin

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 03:29pm EST

Hagel says US military must shrink to face new era

Tags: DoD , Army , workforce

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 11:18am EST

Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for feds in 2015

An administration official confirmed the decision to ask Congress in the fiscal 2015 budget request expected on March 4 for another slight increase.

Tags: Barack Obama , pay , pay raise , Jason Miller , Congress , workforce , pay and benefits

Monday - 02/24/2014, 01:17pm EST

DoD's 2015 budget envisions smaller military with less generous benefits

The Pentagon says its spending plan acknowledges defense spending is on a downward trajectory, and reduces force structure in order to balance other priorities such as readiness. If sequestration stays in place, the calculus will change, Defense officials say.

Tags: DoD , Congress , pay and benefits , readiness , workforce , BRAC , Chuck Hagel , Rob Wittman , Adam Smith , House Armed Service Committee , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 04:35am EST
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Obama dumping chained CPI, which feds, employee groups strongly opposed

Today's announcement that President Barack Obama would not be including a proposal to calculate cost-of-living changes to federal retirement rates in his 2015 budget should be welcome news to federal employees, legislators and federal-employee support groups who opposed it.

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , chained CPI , NARFE , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 02:46pm EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: 2014 IT budget passback is much ado about nothing

News and buzz from the last two weeks includes a new legislative proposal from Rep. Darrell Issa on suspension and debarment and round two of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , technology , acquisition , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , Danny Werfel , Dan Gordon , Angela Styles , IT passback , exclusive

Monday - 02/11/2013, 05:41pm EST
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