GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday called for freezing government salaries, reducing benefits and shrinking the federal workforce.
“In many cases, public employees are overpaid and over-benefited compared to their private sector counterparts,” the former Minnesota governor told an audience at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington.
On April 1, 2011, DOD, GSA and NASA issued an interim rule designed to implement the Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB) under the government-wide Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) for all procurements covered under the FAR. 76 Fed. Reg. 18304 (April 1, 2011). This new rule creates FAR Subpart 19.15 which outlines the WOSB program and the procedures that a Contracting Officer (CO) must use for establishing restricted competitions for WOSBS, including Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs). The new rule reaffirms that the status of an EDWOSB or WOSB concern is determined in accordance with the SBA qualification requirements set forth under 13 CFR Part 127. Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the new interim rule up to May 31, 2011. However, the rule is effective immediately.
Two transparency initiatives and numerous improvements to open government programs will be scrapped as a result of a 75 percent funding cut lawmakers agreed to in April to avert a federal shutdown, officials said Tuesday.
For the past few days, the government has been brushing up against its $14.3 trillion debt limit. To buy time and free up more borrowing authority, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has resorted to time-tested maneuvers involving two of the biggest federal retirement funds: the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF), which provides benefits to retired and disabled federal employees in the Civil Service Retirement System, and the Thrift Savings Plan’s Government Securities Investment Fund, better known as the G Fund.