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 Federal Appropriations

  1. Rep. Hal Rogers wants to maintain Congress's self-imposed pay freeze. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Lawmakers seek to extend congressional pay freeze

    A pay freeze for members of Congress would be extended for another year, under legislation passed out of the House Appropriations Committee by voice vote April 9.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  2. Some members of Congress are pressing for a larger pay riase for federal employees, but the odds are against them. William Thomas Cain / Getty Images

    Federal pay raise increase faces long odds

    Managers must step forward to improve sagging morale

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  3. Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed a budget featuring changes to the federal workforce. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Ryan budget would increase employee pension contributions

    Republican plan also suggests selling assets, reforming military pay and allowing workforce to dwindle through attrition.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  4. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D.-Va., is one of three lawmakers who asked GAO to examine federal employee morale.

    Lawmakers urge GAO review of employee morale

    After three years of pay freezes, furloughs and other setbacks, are federal workers losing heart?

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  5. US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid speaks as other Senate Democrats listen during a Wednesday news conference defining the party's legislative agenda. Getty Images

    Dems drop sequestration end from agenda

    Budget relief focus shifts from one-time event to 'annual battle.'

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  6. House subcommittee to mark up VA cyber bill

    Legislation requires department to shore up cybersecurity.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  7. Agencies have a new mandate to set goals for hiring veterans. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP/Getty Images

    New rule sets veteran hiring goal for contractors

    Another rule sets goals for employment of the disabled.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  8. The Defense Department is under pressure to reduce unneeded inventory. Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado/USMC

    Senators: DoD must cut excess inventory

    Carper and Coburn say better control would make budget cuts less painful.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  9. Tom Davis Steven E. Purcell

    Lean government solves budget woes

    A former congressional reformer's idea bypasses traditional approaches

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  10. President Obama makes a statement to the news media March 6 about Ukraine at the White House March. While a proposal to use a lower inflation marker to calculate federal retiree benefits from its fiscal 2015 budgets was dropped, lawmakers say it might not be gone for good. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Door left open for chained CPI comeback

    Even though the administration dropped a proposal to use a lower inflation marker to calculate federal retiree benefits from its fiscal 2015 budgets, lawmakers say it might not be gone for good.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  11. Hoyer

    Lawmakers divided on possible 2017 BRAC round

    When it comes to a new round of base closures in 2017, lawmakers are split between lukewarm support, vehement opposition and general uncertainty.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  12. Sen. Claire McCaskill is co-sponsoring a bill tightening controls on the security clearance process. Mike Morones/Staff

    Democratic senators introduce security clearance reform bill

    Legislation intended to tighten quality control

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  13. Sen Jon Tester added his voice to federal unions demanding a pay raise for federal employees that goes above the president's planned 1 percent. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Unions push for larger federal pay raise

    Obama's planned request for a 1-percent hike meets scorn as senator joins in the call

    • Feb. 26, 2014
  14. Colleen Kelley: Budget deal averting shutdown doesn't solve the problem of ongoing cuts. Gannett Government Media Corp

    Persistent budget cuts hurt government, union head says

    Kelley: Budget deal does not solve entrenched problems

    • Feb. 26, 2014
  15. TECS helps border guards determine who should be allowed into the U.S. Gerald L. Nino / DHS

    Border system under fire

    Modernization of mainframe system is progressing, CBP says in rebuttal

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  16. A bill would require mobile phones to include the capabilty to remotely erase data in case of loss or theft. Marine Corps

    Legislation would require phone 'kill switch'

    Could such a law aid BYOD?

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  17. Teri Takai, DoD Chief Information Officer, briefs the press about the department's Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, February 20, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    DoD looks to share, better use spectrum

    The Defense Department has released a strategy to integrate future wireless spectrum scarcity into its acquisitions and operations, according to a DoD announcement.

    • Feb. 20, 2014
  18. Thanks to the budget dal, the Justice Departnment can end a hiring freeze, according to Attorney General Eric Holder. Wikimedia Commons

    OMB: Budget deal spares further sequester cuts

    Move allows reversal of some hiring freezes, other measures

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  19. Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), urges Congress to act fast on securing critical infrastructure. Mike Morones/Defense News

    Cyber bill denies DHS new authority

    Committee approves measure empowering public-private partnerships

    • Feb. 7, 2014
  20. Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant of the US Coast Guard testifies before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Maritime and Border Security hearing on the future of the Coast Guard's homeland security missions. Rob Curtis/Staff / Gannett Government Media

    Coast Guard chief reiterates support for cutter program

    Robert Papp wants congressional support to replace aging vessels

    • Feb. 5, 2014
  21. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) says the government should solve its own cybersecurity problems before trying to help the private sector. Mike Morones/Staff

    Coburn: Government should get its own cyberhouse in order

    The government can't help the private sector if it can't first protect itself, senator argues

    • Feb. 5, 2014
  22. President Obama delivers the State of the Union address Jan. 28 at the Capitol. Larry Downing / Getty Images

    State of the Union: Obama emphasizes diplomacy to strengthen security

    The country must maintain a strong military but 'move off' a permanent war footing and look toward partnerships, diplomatic solutions and precision operations for dealing with world threats, President Obama said in his State of the Union speech Tuesday.

    • Jan. 28, 2014
  23. Congress wants more insight into cyber budget

    US lawmakers have ordered the Pentagon to provide more detailed documentation as to how it spends money for cyber and special operations.

    • Jan. 22, 2014
  24. IRS building, Washington D.C. Wikimedia Commons

    IRS funding now below 2009 threshold

    Underfunding the tax agency is shortsighted, puts taxpayers at risk, says in-house taxpayer advocate.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  25. 'We're a little late, but we have gotten the job done.' -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., moments before the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion budget bill. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    $1.1 trillion spending bill headed for White House

    House and Senate have passed the omnibus spending bill

    • Jan. 16, 2014
  26. Cloud panel formed to advise Congress

    A group of IT companies and organizations have formed an advisory group to consult with Congress and agencies on cloud computing and other IT issues.

    • Jan. 16, 2014
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