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Obama raises minimum wage for contract workers

President Barack Obama increased the minimum wage for a few hundred thousand federal contractors on Wednesday.

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Thursday - 02/13/2014, 03:02am EST

Survey: Contractors speak out about sequestration's impact

Federal News Radio surveyed federal contractors to find out just how much sequestration is impacting them five months after it went into effect. View the raw results of the survey.

Tags: Private Side of Sequestration , survey , sequestration , industry

Monday - 07/29/2013, 01:47pm EDT

DoD to managers: Don't use military, contractors to offset civilian furloughs

A new memo from the Defense Department tells field commanders and managers not to shift workloads onto military personnel or contractors, and not to require civilians to work longer hours to make up for productivity losses during mandatory furlough days.

Tags: DoD , workforce , Frederick Vollrath , sequestration , furloughs , AFGE , J. David Cox

Monday - 07/01/2013, 05:53pm EDT

New whistleblower protections take effect for federal contractors

The law, which goes into effect today, expands reprisal protections to subcontractors and lets contractor employees report wrongdoing to supervisors within their own companies. Previously, contractors would have to go to government agencies or Congress to report waste, fraud and abuse.

Tags: whistleblowers , congress , DoD , inspectors general , Margie Garrison , Jared Serbu , industry

Monday - 07/01/2013, 05:17am EDT
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Sequestration slaps feds, punches contractors

For many federal workers, the threat of sequestration-triggered furloughs seems to be fading, at least a bit. But for some federal contractors, sequestration has meant layoffs, with perhaps more to come, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how's sequestration treating you?

Tags: acquisition , Mike Causey , sequestration , workforce , federal report , furloughs

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furloughs slam contractors

If you are a federal worker, you are certainly aware of the Washington-based series, Sequestration: The Soap Opera. Normally such a drama would have little audience outside the Washington Beltway, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But it is being noticed in other places because so many contractors are being hit by furloughs too.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , sequestration , furloughs ,

Wednesday - 05/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration, furloughs, federal pay raise, and more

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, and Federal Times reporter Stephen Losey will discuss sequestration and other issues affecting federal workers.
February 13, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , sequestration , furlough , Federal Workers , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Federal Times , Stephen Losey , federal pay raise , budget cuts , OMB , AFGE , Your Turn , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 07:34pm EST
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Energy Department missing big opportunity to cut travel costs

An inspector general report found that while the Energy Department "moved swiftly" to reduce travel spending by its employees following a White House directive, it omitted a sizable chunk of its workforce from those efforts: contractors. The IG recommended the agency take steps to reduce contractors' foreign travel spending. Because contractors greatly outnumber federal employees at DoE and make up the lion's share of foreign travel, they should be included in cost-reduction efforts, the IG said.

Tags: Energy Department , oversight , Gregory Friedman , management , best practices , travel costs

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 07:38pm EDT
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