The Federal Eye: fiscal cliff


Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 01/28/2013

White House: Automatic cuts 'not supported by virtually anyone in Washington'

White House press secretary reiterates that automatic spending cuts known as a sequester were never designed to take effect.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:36 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense budget, defense contractors, federal budget, federal emloyees, federal employees, fiscal cliff, Government Efficiency, sequestration

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 01/10/2013

TSP to consider account conversion option

The Thrift Savings Plan may allow investors to convert to Roth treatment money that was invested on a pre-tax basis.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:43 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, fiscal cliff, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/01/2013

Deal means agencies won't see immediate cuts, but future is unclear

Despite the fiscal cliff deal, the future remains uncertain for federal employees because the legislation delays the sequestration for only two months.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal emloyees, federal pay, fiscal cliff, sequestration

Posted at 06:12 AM ET, 01/01/2013

Over the fiscal cliff: Day One

Congress and the White House failed to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. What does it mean for the federal workforce?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:12 AM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Sequestration could mean 800,000 furloughs for Defense Department's civilian workers

Defense Department officials are contemplating what steps the Pentagon will take if lawmakers and the White House once again fail to reach a debt-reduction deal.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Unions will be consulted on possible federal furloughs, Kelley says

Colleen M. Kelley, who heads one of the largest unions for federal employees, said Friday she had been briefed on sequestration preprations by OMB and OPM.

By Steve Vogel  |  04:38 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 12/27/2012

OPM posts guidance for federal furloughs

With talks on averting the "fiscal cliff" apparently stalled, the White House today posted new guidance to federal workers for administrative furloughs.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:41 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff furloughs

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Furloughs could result from sequestration as last resort, administration says

The Obama administration plans to inform federal employees that furloughs could result as a last resort if the White House and Congress don't reach a fiscal-cliff agreement.

By Joe Davidson  |  10:49 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Sanders and vet groups warn against cuts to disability benefits

The incoming chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, joined by the leaders of a number of veteran groups, attacked proposals that would cut disability benefits for veterans as part of a budget deal.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  COLA for veterans, fiscal cliff

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Federal groups oppose shrinking benefits through 'chained CPI'

FEDERAL EYE | Active and retired federal worker story has joined the chorus railing against the change.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:22 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 12/12/2012

'Fiscal cliff' talks: Rep. Van Hollen says federal workers have already sacrificed

The Democratic congressman from Maryland said federal workers have already contributed $103 billion toward deficit reduction as he supported call for higher tax rates.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:34 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Panetta and Shinseki warn of sequestration impact on returning troops

FEDERAL EYE | Panetta, Shinseki say cuts could hurt programs meant to aid return to civilian life. 

By Steve Vogel  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense fiscal cliff; sequestration;

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Fiscal cliff plans, in charts

Atlantic magazine has created useful charts to show how various fiscal cliff proposals would reduce the deficit to avoid the fiscal cliff.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:13 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Defense forum: Steep cuts likely, regardless of fiscal cliff

The Defense Department faces steep cuts in the next decade regardless of whether the government goes off the fiscal cliff, speakers at a defense forum in Washington said.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense budget; sequestration and defense budget; defense forum on fiscal cliff