A House committee got its latest progress report on the economic stimulus program yesterday. The testimony paints a decidedly mixed picture about whether or not the $787 billion dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working the way the White House has planned.
Senate passes a bill that calls for many of the same changes the administration is asking for. House committee wants more answers about how the reforms would affect the hiring of veterans. OPM promises more answers in 90 days.
High unemployment in the private sector and continuing economic woes are making some people focus on the pay and benefits of federal workers as being too high compared with those in industry. But one of the top House lawmakers whose subcommittee focuses on the concerns of federal workers dismissed much of the criticism over pay and benefits. Rep. Stephen Lynch said much of the unfounded comments, some of which is based on inaccurate information, hurts the government’s efforts to bring smart people into public service.
A partial shift in power on the Hill means committee chairmanships will change in the House but not in the Senate. A variety of issues from the federal budget to telework, and federal pay and regulatory policies will be re-examined.
Director John Berry pushes back against claims from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that federal employees are overpaid. Rep. Issa called the pay freeze a ”farce” and wants step-increases frozen for this year. Berry and Democrat lawmakers continue to make the case that feds deserve their salaries.
Updated April 18, 2011. This story has been corrected to state a three-year freeze instead of a five-year freeze. Comments in the press conference noted a five-year freeze. By Jolie Lee Federal News Radio House…
By Jason Miller Executive Editor Federal News Radio Federal employees who owe back taxes or other money to the federal government could see those debts be taken out of their pay checks even if the…
Republican leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee introduced a bill to reduce the size of the federal government by 10 percent, codifying the deficit commission’s recommendation. The legislation also would not let agencies hire contractors to replace federal workers unless there is a ”financial advantage to the government.”
House lawmakers want to add the requirement for a White House official to oversee cybersecurty policy and budget across civilian agencies. Rep. Langevin said the current set up with DHS in charge of civilian networks isn’t good enough. Members also want more attention paid to the security of the supply chain.
The House unanimously voted Tuesday to create a new process for disposing of the federal government’s 14,000 excess properties, beginning with a pilot program to sell off more than a dozen of the most profitable facilities. Under the law, agencies would be able to keep a portion of the proceeds from the sale of real property. The bill would also create a comprehensive database compiling a list of all of the federal government’s real property.