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Biennial budgeting, Transformation Board needed to restore fiscal sanity

In addition to restoring reasonable Presidential reorganization authority, it's time to implement a statutory Government Transformation Board to make periodic findings and recommendations to Congress, says David Walker, former comptroller general of the U.S. Mr. Walker's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: David Walker , GTI Coalition , Comeback America Initiative , Comptroller General , GAO , Government Transformation Board , Inform Act , biennial budgets

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Why the budget process isn't the budget problem

The challenge is not to fine tune the obviously dysfunctional budget process. The challenge is to rethink the budget process and the presentation of the budget so that it is more likely to produce a durable consensus among a significant number of Democrats and Republicans and promote better public understanding of the fiscal choices the nation faces, says David Wessel of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Wessel's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: David Wessel , Brookings Institution , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Long-term budget outlook key to fiscal success

Under the current annual budget cycle, the difficult struggle to pass appropriations bills consumes too much valuable time and effort, says Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition. Mr. Bixby's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Robert Bixby , The Concord Coalition , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process , Congress

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Fixing the budget problem starts with accepting the politics behind it

Adopting biennial appropriations and committing to stable funding for capital investments would go a long way towards fixing a broken budget process that is inherently political, says Bryan Clark of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Mr. Clark's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Bryan Clark , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process , management , Congress

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Managing through tight budgets; lessons from all levels of government

Agencies must face the fiscal realities of constrained budgets and limited resources. Dan Chenok, the executive director of IBM Center for the Business of Government, says executives need to look across all levels of government to find ways to save costs. Mr. Chenok's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Dan Chenok , IBM Center for the Business of Government , management , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Feds should not shoulder the burden of deficit reduction

Federal employees continue to be Congress' go-to resource for deficit reduction through pay freezes and increases in their retirement contributions, according to Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Van Hollen's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.

Tags: Chris Van Hollen , Maryland , Congress , House of Representatives , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:00am EST

Obama to propose employee training improvements in 2015 budget

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta didn't have details on the proposals, but she said agencies need to learn from each other and build on their successes.

Tags: workforce , training , Barack Obama , Katherine Archuleta , OPM , NTEU , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:31am EST

Air Force to accelerate headquarters staff cuts

Air Force leaders intend to surpass their share of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's edict to reduce DoD headquarters spending by 20 percent and complete the task several years ahead of schedule. The personnel cuts are part of the service's plan to shrink its size in order to catch up with decades of deferred spending on readiness and modernization.

Tags: DoD , personnel , Air Force , Deborah Lee James , Eric Fanning , readiness , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:52am EST
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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
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