The President's full 2018 budget proposal offers a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees and a 2.1 percent raise to members of the military. But federal employee unions and organizations say the raise does little to undo the damage the President's proposed cuts to federal retirement benefits will have on current employees and retirees and future government workers. The budget also details workforce reductions at some agencies.
The White House says it won't happen, but the Office of Management and Budget is asking that agencies prepare to prepare for a government shutdown. Here are four things to remember about your pay, benefits, work status and others if Congress can't agree on a plan to keep the government running past Friday.
In today's Top Federal Headlines, a pair of Virginia congressmen has introduced legislation to continue paying federal employees in preparation for a possible government shutdown.
The Defense Department and Veterans Administration tell Congress their still working out the bugs at their joint health care facility in Chicago.
Despite a crazy election, members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees found stability in the results.
Three recent bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that address issues of administrative leave, Defense acquisition, and federal real property.
If Congress fails to pass an omnibus spending bill before the Dec. 16 deadline and triggers a government shutdown, three Virginia lawmakers want to ensure furloughed federal employees get back pay.
Lawmakers and good-government groups say the Competitive Service Act of 2015 would reduce duplication among agencies by creating a \"best qualified list\" for similar job openings.
"Those we can't sweet talk, we're going to work like hell to vote out of office," said AFGE President J. David Cox. But it may not get to that.
To maintain readiness under current budget pressure, the Defense Department needs to have a long-term mindset and rethink their force structure, according to Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee.
The Pentagon says its spending plan acknowledges defense spending is on a downward trajectory, and reduces force structure in order to balance other priorities such as readiness. If sequestration stays in place, the calculus will change, Defense officials say.
Nearly all of the Defense Department's civilians are now working, despite the government shutdown. Many members of Congress believe none of those civilians should have been furloughed to begin with. DoD remains unsure how to address contractors under the Pay Our Military Act.
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DoD officials briefed House Armed Services members about 2013 furloughs and are figuring out whether they can reduce the number of days employees have to take without pay.