The NDAA, buyouts and more

Greg Stanford with the Federal Managers Association will discuss the National Defense Authorization Act, proposed changes in Vets Preference rules and possible ...

Feds salivating over the prospect of new-and-improved $40,000 buyouts need to stay tuned to Capitol Hill this week. The House and Senate are both making rare election-year appearances in Washington this week. One of the “must” items on both the House and Senate calendars is the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) to fund — and in some cases change — operations of the largest federal operation.

So what’s in the NDAA that might impact, help or hurt you? What else is Congress looking at and what’s the future for bigger, expanded buyouts? And what about possible changes in Veterans Preference? Today at 10 a.m. on our Your Turn, radio show we’ll talk with Greg Stanford of the Federal Managers Association. Much of FMA’s membership is in Defense. He’ll talk about what Congress may do about long-term TDY per diem, possible changes in Vets Preference rules and of course the outlook for buyouts. We’ll also talk about streamlined firing procedures at the Veterans Affairs Department that may be expanded to other agencies, the prospect for a bigger (5.3 percent) pay raise in 2017 and plans to extend the federal probationary period.

The show will be streaming from Federal News Radio at 10 a.m. EDT, and also on 1500 AM in the Washington area.You can also dial 712-432-5393 to listen live from any phone.  If you have questions or comments email them to Mike at or call in during the show at 202-465-3080.

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