Federal News Countdown: federal workforce cuts, labor management councils

Today’s Federal News Countdown guests are:
Jon Desenberg, Policy Director, The Performance Institute
Linda Springer, Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP

Jon Desenberg’s stories
#3 OMB, Congress to put grant-making process under more scrutiny
From Federal News Radio:

Lawmakers and the Office of Management and Budget now are moving their oversight to the high-dollar value grant-making process, which accounted for more than $600 billion in federal awards in 2010.

#2 Rep. Lankford says training will ease acquisition workforce transition
From Federal News Radio:

The federal acquisition workforce is getting younger and less experienced, and that worries Congressman James Lankford (R-Okla.).

#1 Labor partnerships: Talk, but few results
From Federal Times:

Nearly two years after President Obama re-established labor-management partnerships at all agencies, their record of accomplishment is thin.

Federal News Radio conducted an exclusive data center survey to assess how agencies are storing data. Download the results.

Linda Springer’s stories
#3 New reforms push more IT sharing, innovation
From Federal Times:

New governmentwide management reforms aim to reduce federal IT spending, beef up the government’s IT expertise and better promote adoption of more innovative technologies.


#2 Issa proposes replacing FERS pensions with TSP-type plan
From Federal Times:

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wants to replace the Federal Employees Retirement System pension plan with a mandatory, 401(k)-type defined contribution plan that would operate alongside the similar Thrift Savings Plan.

#1 House committee to consider across-the-board cuts for feds
From Federal News Radio:

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plans Thursday to mark up legislation to cut the federal workforce by 10 percent over the next three years.