The top two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are floating a proposal that would finally allow another round of military base closures several years from now. Here’s how it would work.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider a series of bills this week that could impact the federal workforce. Among them is legislation that would give participants more options to withdraw investments from the Thrift Savings Plan.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has removed two top officials at New Hampshire’s only veterans hospital and has ordered a review of the facility starting Monday amid allegations of “dangerously substandard care”
There are 23 states that have a pay-for-performance system, according to consultant Howard Risher. Florida’s began in 1968, with Wisconsin and Utah following a year later. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership program at American University, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to assess if the same system could work for the federal government.
The Veterans Affairs Department spends too much money on bricks and mortar and not enough on its own doctors and nurses, former VA Secretary Anthony Principi told Congress. Some lawmakers are once again calling for a full review of VA capital assets, which span encompass more than 6,000 owned buildings and 1,500 leased facilities and span more than 170 million square feet.
A bill authorizing $696 billion in spending for the Defense Department, raising military pay by 2.4 percent for service members and creating a new branch of the military for space operations passed the House by a vote of 344–81. The bill authorizes enough funds to go head-to-head with sequestration as it makes a return in 2018 unless a budget deal is reached.
The Trump administration wants to increase early retirement and separation incentives from a cap of $25,000 to $40,000 for all civilian federal employees. It also wants to create a governmentwide industry exchange program, which would let federal employees temporary work in a private corporation or association for no more than two years. The administration submitted both proposals to Congress to be included in the National Defense Authorization Act.
General Services Administration acting Administrator Tim Horne told a congressional subcommittee the FBI headquarters project is cancelled, but not completely out of the running. Horne said the Trump Organization is in full compliance when it comes to the Old Post Office lease.
New legislative proposals from the Defense Department try to streamline the acquisition system, but do they compromise oversight?
Senators have two very different proposals to redesign the Veterans Choice Program. Both pieces of legislation represent very different ideologies and sides of a debate that Congress, the Veterans Affairs Department, veterans service organizations and federal employee groups have been having for the past three years.
Richard Spencer and his favorite business theory sailed through a July 11 Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.
Congress is underpaid and underfunded. Republicans are ready to concede pretty much everything and work with Democrats, at least the leadership thinks so. It may sound like Bizarro World, but that’s what the week is looking like on Capitol Hill. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for his weekly look ahead.
The government abandoned its current plan to replace the FBI’s Pennsylvania Avenue headquarters, leaving employees in the deteriorating J. Edgar Hoover Building for the foreseeable future.
Representatives already submitted their amendments to the House Rules Committee for the bill and Federal News Radio compiled a list of the amendments you should watch when they get to the floor.
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, wants to make sure the Navy reaches its magic number of 350 ships. Wittman spoke to Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about a bill he introduced that will help the Navy do that.