2017 may finally offer a peek of sunlight for another base realignment and closure cycle. Congressional resistance to BRAC is faltering, said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, and that may bring some fiscal savings to DoD.
Hillary Clinton’s technology and innovation initiative pledges a more modern and open digital government. The policy plan also supports the creation of more STEM jobs and increased internet access.
President Barack Obama in February presented his eighth and final budget, which includes a list of programs he’d like to see reduced or ended. How and why do programs end up on the chopping block, and what might save them from the cut?
Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International, clarifies a couple of points addressed in his previous commentary on federal pay and addresses a few new ones.
In Depth’s Francis Rose says the biggest problem with the public and private sector salary comparison is that no one is quite sure how to compare them. But one thing is for sure: the Labor Department’s Mr. Fix-it deserved his government service award.
The Cato Institute has issued yet another report claiming federal employees are grossly overpaid. Their numbers claim feds make 78 percent more than private sector workers and 43 percent more than state and local workers. If true, those numbers would be alarming and cause for immediate steps to rein in federal pay and benefits. The numbers are generally accurate, but they are not true. How can that be?
The more you try to compare federal and private salaries and benefits, the more complicated the topic becomes.
Cato says the average salary and benefits of the federal workforce, which consists of 2.1 million people, are 78 percent higher than the average salary of 111 million people in the private sector.
Ilya Somin of the Cato Institute discusses eminent domain law.
By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is a good talking point for political candidates who are looking to fire up the Republicans’ most conservative voters. It’s…