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.

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.