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Senators propose 3.3 percent federal pay hike to start in 2015

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act Friday, calling for a 3.3 percent pay increase for federal employees for calendar year 2015. Federal employee union leaders praised the proposal, which would raise feds' pay more than the 1 percent President Barack Obama introduced in his 2015 budget proposal. The bill is similar to one introduced in March by House Democrats.

Tags: Ben Cardin , Brian Schatz , FAIR Act , Senate , pay increase , pay , Pay & Benefits , J. David Cox Sr. , Joseph Beaudoin , NTEU , AFGE , NARFE , Colleen Kelley , Federal Postal Coalition , Bruce Moyer

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Both houses of Congress deal blows to DoD's cost-cutting proposals

The House passed its version of the annual defense authorization bill Thursday, while the Senate's is still a work in progress. Both versions mostly shun DoD's proposals to cut costs during sequestration.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , Carl Levin , James Inhofe , Buck McKeon , Adam Smith , sequestration , DoD , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress is in its first round of writing an annual Defense authorization bill. Lawmakers are determined to protect certain weapons systems even though the Pentagon says it can't afford them. While parochialism is hardly new on Capitol Hill, DoD thinks it spells big trouble while there's no new money coming its way. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss this topic and others from his biweekly feature, Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook .

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD authorization bill , DoD , Federal Drive

Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:39am EDT
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Karen Evans, Former e-Government and IT Administrator, OMB

The Office of Management and Budget has released its budget guidance for 2016. It sets up a complicated regime so managers tie program performance to their budget requests. For advice on how managers can get started, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Karen Evans, former e-Government and IT administrator at OMB.

Tags: Karen Evans , OMB , management

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Hagel not happy

The House Armed Services Committee is rejecting many cost-savings proposals from the Pentagon including closing excess military bases and retiring aging aircraft. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is displeased about this budget bill, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. Hagel plans to talk to lawmakers again about the need for another round of base closings, which was also denied by the budget.

Tags: House Armed Services Committee , Chuck Hagel , DoD , pentagon , John Kirby

Monday - 05/12/2014, 08:53am EDT

Data to drive 2016 discretionary budget decisions

The Office of Management and Budget told agencies in its annual budget guidance to propose a 2 percent reduction in discretionary spending levels and an increase for a specific, prioritized set of programs that are working well. OMB's Lisa Danzig said agencies should use the data from their strategic reviews to help make these decisions.

Tags: OMB , management , Lisa Danzig , Brian Deese , AGA , The Performance Institute , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 04:02pm EDT

Military chiefs, lawmakers debate budget cuts

Congress is debating the proposed $496 billion defense budget this week, and military pay is one of many sensitive issues within that bill.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , Congress , Martin Dempsey

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:59pm EDT

Pentagon spending plan unveiled

Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has released a $601 billion spending plan that saves the Cold War era U-2 spy plane from the chopping block and also would force the Pentagon to keep the A-10 Warthog in storage. It's all a part of a plan resulting in smaller military budgets after 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, though, the plan also denies the Pentagon's request for another round of military base closures to get rid of unnecessary facilities and save $1.4 billion.

Tags: military spending , U-2 spy plane , DoD , A-10 , Iraq and Afghanistan wars , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , Congress ,

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:56am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: NDAA takes shape, DoD's budget plans under sequestration

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporter , DoD , Congress , sequestration , Adam Smith , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , Joint Information Environment

Friday - 05/02/2014, 06:46pm EDT
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