Both the Trump administration and Congress are offering new goals to cut government improper payments over the next five to 10 years. Experts in the field say the targets aren’t impossible but need attention and investments in agency technology and personnel.
A 2018 budget proposal from the House Budget Committee asks federal employees to contribute more toward their retirement as a way to find $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts next year.
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.
How does an agency improve customer experience while simultaneously dealing with a shrinking budget, a smaller workforce and maybe even a hiring freeze?
All of the Washington ways of getting things in and out of a defense budget are coming into play. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin, how contractors can at least keep track of the game.
For federal contractors, summer vacations can be problematic. That’s because the start of summer also brings the last fiscal quarter and the scramble to use funds before they run out. It’s a more concentrated issue this year because of how late Congress approved the 2017 budget. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, provides an overview of the next 11 weeks on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The National Taxpayer Advocate and Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) released their respective reports, highlighting actions the IRS needs to take to improve customer service and strengthen IT security.
The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee stayed quiet on federal pay in its 2018 bill. Without action from Congress, federal civilian employees would receive a 1.9 percent raise next fiscal year. The appropriations bill also includes significant spending cuts to key priorities at the General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management.
The House defense authorization bill brought up some important issues for those in the military and their loved ones. Find out what could affect you in the coming year.
Friday is D-Day, as in Decimation Day, when federal agencies are supposed to unveil and reveal their downsizing plans, which will mean buyouts, early outs and layoffs for some.
Some Republicans are joining about 100 House Democrats in voicing their opposition to the president’s proposed changes to federal retirement.
The Senate is in a large debate over its health care insurance bill unveiled Friday, June 23. It’s an important debate, according to David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the upcoming week on the Hill and the likelihood the bill will pass as quickly as majority leader Mitch McConnell wants.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said he wouldn’t back down from the $640 billion defense top-line in the NDAA unless a multi-year budget deal could be reached. But then he backed down from the $640 billion top-line.
Gary Morton, AFGE’s VERA/VSIP lead negotiator, says employees also need to consider what budget cuts could mean for themselves and the agency in 2018.