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Rogers, Mikulski unveil $1 trillion spending bill

Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October. The bill includes an additional $85 billion for war spending in Afghanistan. Among other provisions, the bill awards federal civilian and military workers a 1 percent raise. The House is slated to vote on the measure Wednesday.

Tags: budget , Congress , Barbara Mikulski , Harold Rogers , Appropriations Committee

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 03:26am EST

A look back and a look ahead at the clearance job market

Evan Lesser, founder and director of Clearance Jobs.com will discuss the state of the clearance job market and what's ahead in the new year.
December 20, 2013 (Encore presentation December 27, 2013 and January 3, 2014)

Tags: contracting , workforce , federal hiring , security clearances , ClearanceJobs.com , Evan Lesser , furloughs , layoffs , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 12/20/2013, 07:55pm EST
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Feds who took TSP withdrawals during shutdown locked out of contributing for next six months

During the 16-day government shutdown last month, more than 14,000 Thrift Savings Plan participants withdrew money from their accounts, the highest number of hardship withdrawals in a single month ever. This may have helped participants weather the financial uncertainty of the shutdown. But, under TSP rules, it also means they'll be unable to contribute to their 401(k)-style retirement accounts for the next six months. Now, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the TSP, is concerned that not all those participants will take the initiative to restart their contributions when the penalty period expires next spring.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , TSP , workforce , Michael Kennedy , Greg Long , Renee Wilder , Kim Weaver , hardship withdrawals , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/25/2013, 03:26pm EST

Government shutdown cost feds 6.6 million days of work

The 16-day government shutdown forced federal employees to miss millions of days of work, agencies to forego millions of dollars in revenue and programs to grind to a halt. In a new report, the Office of Management and Budget estimates that federal workers missed 6.6 million days of work and the shutdown cost more than $2.5 billion in pay and benefits for employees, most of whom didn't work.

Tags: OMB , DoD , furloughs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 02:55pm EST
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Paid vacation or nightmare tour?

Did the 16-day-for-some furlough ruin your year or was it a welcome suprise vacation? It is getting mixed reviews from feds who had to work and those who were forced -- then paid -- to stay home, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce ,

Tuesday - 11/05/2013, 02:00am EST

Furlough fever: Sell low, buy high

If you are a federal worker, did you raid your retirement fund, or sell low and buy high during the government shutdown? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Was it prudent or panic behavior to flee the stock market before and during the shutdown?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce , TSP ,

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Orphans of the shutdown storm: The excepted vs. the expendables

For many feds, the shutdown seemed like a bad dream. Among its unintended consequences: It created two classes of federal workers in the same office -- the excepted vs. the expendables, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So are those forced to work due a little something extra?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , workforce ,

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

Thousands of feds turned to TSP to weather shutdown

Hardship withdrawals shot up in the first few weeks of October and thousands more employees opted to shift their investments out of higher-risk areas and into the G Fund, TSP officials said at at the board's monthly meeting Monday. During the shutdown, some 8,200 participants requested hardship withdrawals, compared to 5,500 during the same period of time last year.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , Greg Long , Veronica Mance , Jack Moore

Monday - 10/28/2013, 05:17pm EDT

DoD acquisition programs remain alive, but sequestration damage is real

Virtually every one of DoD's acquisition programs took a hit from sequestration in the first year of sequestration, officials from each of the military services told lawmakers this week. But the next few years of the 10-year spending restrictions could be much more painful, especially if Congress doesn't return to the process of enacting regular appropriations bills.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Congress , sequestration , Army , Navy , Air Force , Sean Stackley , Heidi Shyu , William LaPlante , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:46am EDT
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