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Congressional focus in the New Year

A peek at political, and agency, fortunes in 2010, including pay raises for feds and the possibility of layoffs.

Tags: Congress , agency funding , hiring reform , Jodi Schneider , American Banker , P&B , pay raise , layoff , appropriations

Wednesday - 12/23/2009, 10:55am EST

Majority Leader Hoyer discusses the Omnibus

The House voted 221-202 Thursday to pass the 1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure _ combining $447 billion in operating budgets with about $650 billion in payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The Senate immediately voted to begin debate, with a final vote likely this weekend.

Tags: P&B , FY2010 Budget , Steny Hoyer

Friday - 12/11/2009, 09:40am EST

Lack of agency funding frustrates Senate leadership

House leadership reportedly "very frustrated" by the Senate's slow pace in passing spending bills.

Tags: mngt , agency funding , Jodi Schneider

Wednesday - 10/21/2009, 09:37am EDT

Peace Corps investing in tomorrow

The President has requested a budget of $446.15 million for the Peace Corps. The proposed budget request reflects a plan for agency wide investment in quality growth, and will enable the Peace Corps to recruit, train, and support thousands of Americans willing to devote two years of their lives to public service in communities abroad.

Tags: mngt , Peace Corps , Kevin Quigley , FY 2011 budget

Monday - 02/08/2010, 09:40am EST

Surprises found in the Defense budget

Given the cuts made across the board in the proposed FY 2011 budget, Defense could easily have been considered low hanging fruit. So the biggest surprise may be no surprise at all, according to one analyst.

Tags: tech , FY 2011 budget , defense , Todd Harrison , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Thursday - 02/04/2010, 10:42am EST

The fight over funding the fight in 2011

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is urging Congress to approve the Obama administration's $768.2 billion Pentagon budget request, saying America needs "a broad portfolio of military capabilities."

Tags: FY 2011 budget , DoD , defense , Jim McAleese , McAleese & Associates , Dorothy Ramienski

Wednesday - 02/03/2010, 10:08am EST

Analysis: How the budget stacks up

We get budget analysis from economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an unmatched authority on economics of public policy in all areas—government fiscal and monetary policy, economic policy, trade, healthcare, and entrepreneurship, to name a few.

Tags: Douglas Holtz-Eakin , Congressional Budget Office

Tuesday - 02/02/2010, 09:08am EST

State of the Union: curtain lifter

President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a State of the Union message tonight that focuses heavily on the economy and jobs creation. He'll likely offer fresh detail about how he wants to help businesses hire again and how he hopes to salvage a health care overhaul.

Tags: State of the Union , Jodi Schneider , American Banker ,

Wednesday - 01/27/2010, 09:40am EST

David Walker explains our "dysfunctional democracy"

"We have a dysfunctional democracy, and we need to do something about it," says the former Comptroller General of the United States.

Tags: mngt , Comptroller General , David Walker , Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Thursday - 01/21/2010, 11:12am EST
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