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Senate passes retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

The Senate passed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks on Tuesday that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Tags: Congress , House , House Ways and Means Committe , Dave Camp , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jory Heckman , mass-transit benefit , tax breaks , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 05:36am EST

Obama approves $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

President Barack Obama signed Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday, putting an official end to the last-minute negotiations for the fiscal year 2015 budget - at least for now.

Tags: House , Senate , Congress , management , confirmation , appointments

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 06:46am EST

Making Dollars And Sense Out of Data Center Consolidation

So, how does data center consolidation open doors for mission improvements? How does data center consolidation change the way you have to buy and manage mission critical systems? And how can agencies move money from operating and maintaining a data center to developing, modernizing and enhancing mission-critical systems?

Tags: technology , Brocade , Alfred Rivera , Zach Baldwin , Cindy Cassil , Jason Miller , OMB

Friday - 08/24/2012, 12:18pm EDT
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Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Congress is capping the pensions of top military officials in 2015. As part of National Defense Authorization Act, pensions for generals and admirals will be trimmed to ensure they make no more in retirement than they did on active duty. That reverses a 2007 law designed to help retain officers during wartime. What effects, if any, will this have on the military's ability to retain its senior officers? Larry Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of Defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look at this measure.

Tags: Larry Korb , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , NDAA , DoD , retirement , pay and benefit

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:55am EST
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Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

NASA's launch and re-entry of its Orion space capsule proved the vehicle might safely carry people into deep space. Someday. But when? That's the question NASA faces as it tries to meet ambitious deadlines with limited funds. A big challenge is developing the vehicle, the rocket necessary to launch it past the moon and the ground station support so they're all ready at the same time. The Government Accountability Office has been on top of this. Christina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to examine the agency's findings.

Tags: Cristina Chaplain , GAO , Orion , NASA , acquisition ,

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:31am EST
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House approves $1.1T bill financing government

Tags: omnibus , House , Congress

Friday - 12/12/2014, 08:34am EST

OMB holds shutdown calls 'over abundance of caution'

As a matter of "caution," the Office of Management and Budget discussed shutdown contingencies with agencies today as Congress continues to debate a bipartisan budget deal. Federal funding runs out at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Tags: Congress , spending bill , Barack Obama , House , Michael OConnell , OMB , A-11 Guidance

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 05:24pm EST

Coming at you in fiscal 2015: Highlights of the omnibus

What federal employees should know about the $1 trillion, 1,603-page spending bill for fiscal 2015.

Tags: Congress , appropriations , spending , omnibus , fiscal 2015 , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:32pm EST

Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act give the Defense Department certainty for the rest of Fiscal 2015. After that: Nobody knows for sure. Sequestration is back on the table, at least for now. Robert Hale is former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller -- he's now a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. He's my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the impacts the sequester had on the department.

Tags: Bob Hale , Booz Allen Hamilton , DoD , In Depth

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:12pm EST
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