Federal News Radio counts down the 10 biggest stories that came out of Congress in 2015.
Military undersecretaries have limited time to work as their branches’ chief management officers before the next administration takes charge.
After a year of being the target in a one-sided game of Russian roulette, federal workers can relax. At least for a couple of weeks, and probably longer than that.
While a continuing resolution seems likely in the waning days of the short-term spending bill the government is currently operating under, federal employees once again have found themselves looking over their shoulders for any sign of a shutdown.
When sequestration led agencies to furlough employee two years ago, not everyone took it lying down. The National Federation of Federal Employees launched two lawsuits. It accused the Defense Department of violating the law. The employees’ salaries were not paid from the main pot of funds that had been cut by the law. There’s now an ending to this story. Here to tell it is Debra D’Agostino, an employment attorney at the Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service, in this week’s Legal Loop.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office looked at four agencies to see how their money management and use of unobligated balances helped offset the impacts of the government shutdown and sequestration.
Congress will rework the Defense authorization act to conform to budget deal parameters if it cannot garner enough votes to override the President’s veto.
The Marine Corps’ Deputy Commandant said the investments in cyber and information warfare will make up for fewer Marines.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin that averting a government shutdown on Dec. 11 weighs heavily on minds as the House mulls its options for a new speaker.
The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Congress sent to President Barack Obama on Tuesday contains nearly 100 separate provisions intended to reform the Defense Department’s acquisition system. But that’s just the start, say Capitol Hill’s top two Defense legislators.
Would you rather be attacked and eaten by a great white shark, a saltwater crocodile or a hungry tiger? It’s your call. The you-must-choose game is one my kids played with me when they were younger, and now federal workers get to play — or rather be pawns in — a version of that no-win game every couple of years when shutdowns are on the table.
The service is implementing one of the few alternatives it has to a base realignment and closure (BRAC) round: moving soldiers and civilians out of its oldest buildings and shuttering them.
When Congress comes back next week, it begins a run of five consecutive weeks of work. In congressional time, that’s a long stretch of uninterrupted work. A lot can happen if the outgoing Speaker of the House doesn’t wait around like I did.
Congressional leaders are calling for bipartisan efforts to raise spending caps, to keep Defense funded and also provide government services that so many Americans rely on for education, health and employment.