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  • Democrats hit feds’ long-term care issues and Trump’s planned retirement cuts
    Posted in News on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Joe Davidson In November, fuming members of Congress demanded to know how the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would stabilize a long-term care program that shocked participants with price hikes of as much as 126 percent. Seven months later, they are still waiting for answers – but not patiently. It was at a House government operations subcommittee hearing a few days after Thanksgiving when Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the top Democrat on the panel, pressed an agency leader on plans to ... Read more

  • Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters
    Posted in News on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Jim Zarroli In ordinary times, New York-based Vornado Realty Trust would be a natural candidate to take on a major construction project such as the long-awaited rebuilding of FBI headquarters. As with so much about the Trump era, however, the ordinary rules don't apply. A commercial real estate firm, Vornado is widely reported to be a finalist to build a new campus for the FBI somewhere in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. But its financial ties to President Trump are raising concerns about confli... Read more

  • Silicon Valley, White House Tackle Troubled Government Tech
    Posted in News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    John D. McKinnon When Silicon Valley executives arrived at the White House Monday to talk about modernizing federal computer systems, there was plenty of common interest at stake. The administration wants to cut redundancies and modernize the way Americans interact with their government, and tech companies see a $90 billion-a-year business. But those companies also face a common challenge. The government’s sprawling information-technology system is flawed and balky, controlled in agency fiefdoms... Read more

  • 100-plus lawmakers join in opposing fed pay, benefits cuts in proposed 2018 budget
    Posted in News on June 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rachael Kalinyak, Congressmen Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and over 100 members of the House sent a letter to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., expressing their opposition to the proposed policy changes President Donald Trump has proposed in his fiscal 2018 budget request. These four changes would amount to a total loss of $149 billion from middle class federal employees and retirees to help “pay for tax cuts for billionaires,” according to the... Read more

  • House Democrats Pen Letter Blasting Proposed Federal Retirement Cuts
    Posted in News on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Erich Wagner More than 100 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday to oppose the cuts to federal employee retirement programs as outlined in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal. Lawmakers, led by Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., described Trump’s budget request as an “assault” on federal workers, retirees and their families, calling the proposed reforms to employee retirement programs “tantam... Read more

  • Wittman-Connolly Reintroduce Federal Employee Combat Zone Tax Parity Act
    Posted in News on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Reps. Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), Co-Chairs of the Smart Contracting Caucus, have reintroduced the Federal Employee Combat Zone Tax Parity Act to provide equality by extending the tax credit currently received by military personnel to the civilian federal employees working alongside them. “America’s First District is the home of many hardworking and dedicated patriots who serve the people of this nation every day and I am very aware of the invaluable contributions federal... Read more

  • Raskin-Connolly Lead 100 House Dems in Opposing President’s Plan to Gut Federal Workers’ Retirement
    Posted in News on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today, Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) led more than 100 House Democrats in a letter sent to Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi opposing President Trump’s proposal to gut pensions and pay for federal workers. Raskin and Connolly cite several specific changes proposed by Trump in his FY 2018 budget request as the basis for their concerns: reducing federal employees’ pay by forcing them to contribute more to their retirement; reducing cost of living adjustmen... Read more

  • Connolly Announces Town Hall
    Posted in News on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Health Care, Federal Employees, Transportation, Veterans, Foreign Policy, Seniors, Environment/Energy, Education, Technology, Animal Welfare, Gun Safety, Criminal Justice Reform, Equality, Immigration

    On Monday, June 19th at 7:00 PM Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) will host a town hall meeting at the Sunset Hills Montessori School in Reston, VA. Connolly will provide a congressional update and then take audience questions. Due to space constraints, RSVPs are required. You can RSVP here. For additional information please contact our office at: 703-256-3071. When: June 19, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where: Sunset Hills Montessori School 11180 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston, VA 20191 Read more

  • Lawmakers rail against DoD’s efforts to reform IT management
    Posted in News on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Jason Miller House lawmakers didn’t hold their tongues when describing the Defense Department’s seemingly poor implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act and what looks to be a total lack of acknowledgement of the law. Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from both sides of the aisle expressed disappointment with DoD’s efforts. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), ranking member of the government operations subcommittee, said the Pentagon has a “recalcitrant, arrog... Read more

  • Agencies Fret Over FITARA Scores as Congress Decries DoD’s ‘F’
    Posted in News on June 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Technology

    Eleanor Lamb Four Federal agencies wishing to discuss their overall grades on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard called the Government Accountability Office the morning of June 13, just hours after the scorecard was released. The calls came from offices of the chief information officer, a position that FITARA places squarely under the microscope. According to David Powner, director of IT Management Issues for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, this immedi... Read more

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