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Union president calls Senate fiscal cliff bill 'bad deal'

William R. Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said Tuesday the Senate's fiscal cliff bill will lead to a political standoff that will leave federal employees with an uncertain future.

Tags: William Dougan , NFFE , fiscal cliff , Senate , workforce , budget , Congress , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 05:01pm EST

Sequester delayed for two months; pay freeze extension still possible

Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick introduced a bill to extend the pay freeze for federal workers for all of fiscal 2013. The Senate still must pass the bill.

Tags: budget , Barack Obama , John Boehner , Steny Hoyer , AFGE , David Cox , Michael Fitzpatrick , pay and benefits , pay freeze , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 05:24am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 2, 2013

Brian Friel of Bloomberg Government and Sterling Beard of The Hill newspaper talk about the new bill to delay sequestration and extend tax cuts. Alicia Cackley of the the Government Accountability Office discusses a new report on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cary Russell of the GAO outlines the logistical challenges of withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Tags: Brian Friel , Bloomberg Government , Sterling Beard , The Hill , Alicia Cackley , GAO , Cary Russell , Consumer Product Safety Commission , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive , budget

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 08:04am EST

Analysis: Sequestration postponed? What does that mean?

Brian Friel of Bloomberg Government told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp Congress' latest piece of legislation both delays sequestration and reduces its potential effect.

Tags: Brian Friel , Bloomberg Government , debt ceiling , Congress , Federal Drive , budget , continuing resolution , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 12:20pm EST
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Congress revises DoD's sequestration starting point

When lawmakers and the White House kicked sequestration two months down the road, they also made changes to how the cuts would be calculated. The Pentagon estimates the impact on the Defense budget would be gentler than before.

Tags: budget , DoD , George Little , Robert Hale , Brookings Institution , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 05:19am EST
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Sequestration 2.0 would mean furloughs for DoD's entire civilian workforce

New version of sequestration would reduce overall tab to DoD but compress across-the-board cuts into just seven months. A leading-think tank's "back of the envelope" calculations show the military would have to furlough almost every civilian.

Tags: DoD , Congress , fiscal cliff , debt ceiling , government shutdown , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , Todd Harrison , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 05:54am EST
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Pentagon orders planning for civilian furloughs, other cutbacks

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter told DoD components Thursday to draw up plans for full-year continuing resolution, plus sequestration. The approach to deal with across-the-board cuts would be to freeze civilian hiring, cut training, travel and conferences and reduce business technology expenditures.

Tags: DoD , Congress , DoD budget , Ashton Carter , Martin Dempsey , workforce , furloughs , AFGE , Jacqueline Simon , Jared Serbu , Leon Panetta

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:42am EST
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Furloughs: This may not be a drill

Inside the Beltway is crisis central. The media must report 24/7 and, during the fiscal cliff showdown, they did. But while earlier stories also included a lot of eye-rolling, could the latest sequestration crisis mean it's "this time for sure?"

Tags: workforce , Congress , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , federal report

Monday - 01/14/2013, 02:00am EST

Air Force's sequestration hit would mean less of everything

Air Force commanders will get orders in the next few days to plan for the possibility of fewer flying hours, providing fewer office supplies and working on fewer IT upgrades. Part of the service's planning will be to figure out how many civilian workers would need to be furloughed and for how long.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Air Force , Michael Donley , Mark Welsh , Leon Panetta , Jared Serbu , workforce , furloughs

Monday - 01/14/2013, 05:19am EST
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