Reform legislation (H.R. 4358) promising to bring “accountability” to the Senior Executive Service (SES) has been reintroduced in the House by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI).
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At their legislative and grassroots mobilization conference, the American Federation for Government Employees (AFGE) announced they would push for a 5.3% pay raise for civilian and military personnel – much higher than the 1.6% in the President’s current budget proposal.
New legislation introduced in the Senate seeks to promote cybersecurity within the federal government by requiring agency Inspector General reports on the security practices and software used by agencies.
Congressional negotiators looking to finish off the last two major legislative tasks facing the chamber – funding the government and extending a slate of popular individual and business tax breaks – are close to the finish line.
As Congress works to determine if and how to fund the government past the conclusion of the fiscal year on September 30, employee groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill leaders warning them to stop discussing changes to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
Despite Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy’s acceptance of “full responsibility” for the early-August spill of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into Colorado’s Animas River, members on Capitol Hill are eager to instill accountability on the agency.
The confluence of a lack of progress on annual appropriations and a political battle over federal funding for women’s health organization Planned Parenthood is threatening to shut the government down after September 30 for the second time in two years.
Lawmakers are working on legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Legislation approved in the House last week would put the entire workforce at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the same footing as VA Senior Executives who saw their workforce protections and due process rights shrunk last year following the agency waitlist scandal.
Earlier this month, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill to move more than 45,000 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport officers into Title 5 of the U.S. Code.
“Terror threats to the U.S. homeland have reached unprecedented levels. There have been 116 homegrown jihadist plots in America since 9/11— more than half of those have occurred in just the past three years,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) said in June.
Following last month’s introduction in the Senate, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has passed its own measure to curb the use of administrative leave.
As federal workers prepare for the upcoming Presidential transition, the House has passed a bipartisan bill intended remove the politics from this process.
While the additional $290 million the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) received in this year’s budget will provide for the hiring of 1,000 seasonal workers, Congress continues to focus on accountability within the agency and ways to restrict spending.
Four committee chairmen, two from the House and two from the Senate, have written to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to request a review of political appointee conversions to career federal civil service positions.
Congress recently introduced two new pieces of legislation specifically targeting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) workforce.
Absent congressional action, in 2016 federal and postal retirees may see their Medicare Part B premiums increase dramatically – the premium increase could be as much as 52 percent, raising payments from $104.90 to $159.30 per month.
Two associations representing federal managers and executives have sent a letter to Capitol Hill requesting an investigation “into a troubling development at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that threatens to further destabilize labor-management relations at a department that has faced serious challenges in recent years.”
Since being included in President George W. Bush’s fiscal year 2003 budget, both Presidents Bush and Obama have included provisions in their budget submissions to reduce the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act’s (FECA) basic compensation benefit for injured employees.