Broadcasting Board of Governors Offers Buyouts to Avoid Furloughs

Broadcasting Board of Governors Offers Buyouts to Avoid Furloughs

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors has begun to offer agencywide buyouts as part of efforts to avoid mandatory unpaid leave.

“Buyouts are one of the ways we are working to avoid furloughs and absorb the budget cuts under sequestration,” said Tish King, a BBG spokeswoman.

The buyouts will be worth up to $25,000 and offered to government employees, though not to grantees. They will be presented to workers across the “whole spectrum” of the government side of operations, King told Government ExecutiveContinue reading “Broadcasting Board of Governors Offers Buyouts to Avoid Furloughs”

Some Agencies Won’t Need Furloughs Under Sequester

Some Agencies Won’t Need Furloughs Under Sequester

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Sequestration will not bring furloughs at every agency, as some leaders have said they can reduce their budgets in other areas to avoid requiring employees to take unpaid leave.

The Small Business Administration will rely on an anticipated reduction in a certain type of loan to cut costs, should sequestration go into effect March 1, according to an Associated Press report. Outgoing Administrator Karen Mills said fewer 504 loans — which spiked last year due to a now-expired provision allowing them to be used to refinance mortgages — will account for most of the cuts, and furloughs will not be necessary. Continue reading “Some Agencies Won’t Need Furloughs Under Sequester”

House Leader Suggests ‘Common Sense Alternatives’ to Sequester

House Leader Suggests ‘Common Sense Alternatives’ to Sequester

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The dreaded automatic spending cuts slated to kick in March 1 could be avoided with some “common-sense alternatives” to reduce waste in agency budgets, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on Wednesday, the day before a USA Today-Pew Research Center poll showed a majority of Americans backing President Obama’s approach to the fiscal stalemate.

“President Obama is warning of the grave effects of the sequester he proposed in 2011,” Cantor said in a statement. “House Republicans agree this is not the best way to cut spending….Rather than offer serious spending cuts to replace the sequester, President Obama offers more of the same politics and argues for more tax revenue.” Continue reading “House Leader Suggests ‘Common Sense Alternatives’ to Sequester”

Small Businesses, Public Health, and Scientific Integrity: Whose Interests Does the Office of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration Serve?

This report examines the activities of an independent office within the Small Business Administration: the Office of Advocacy. The Office of Advocacy has responsibility for ensuring that federal agencies evaluate the small business impacts of the rules they adopt. Scientific assessments are not “rules” and do not regulate small business, yet the Office of Advocacy decided to comment on technical, scientific assessments of the cancer risks of formaldehyde, styrene, and chromium. By its own admission, Advocacy lacks the scientific expertise to evaluate the merits of such assessments.

The report analyzes correspondence and materials received through a Freedom of Information Act request made by staff at the Center for Effective Government. Our inquiry was driven by two questions. Why did the Office of Advocacy get involved in the debate over scientific assessments that do not regulate small business? Whose interests does the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration actually serve? Continue reading “Small Businesses, Public Health, and Scientific Integrity: Whose Interests Does the Office of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration Serve?”

The Government Does Make Jobs and I Wish Everyone Could Take One

The Government Does Make Jobs and I Wish Everyone Could Take One

By Kim Z Dale, Wednesday at 12:35 pm

One of the recurrent issues in the presidential race is the question of who does and should make jobs. Mitt Romney has repeatedly said, “Government does not create jobs.” I’m sorry, Mr. Romney. The government does create jobs. They are good ones, and our democracy would be stronger if everyone took a government job for a while.

I got a master’s degree under the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program. Yes, that means that tax dollars paid for me to go to school. I await your angry comments. However, this was not an outright gift. I needed to do a 10 week internship with a government agency during my program then work for at least 6 months for every semester of school. For me that ended up being two years at the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

While I was still working on my degree, former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill spoke at my school. He talked about being inspired as a kid hearing President Kennedy‘s call to service. You know the one: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” He credited that speech with inspiring him to do community service and eventually accept a job in government. Continue reading “The Government Does Make Jobs and I Wish Everyone Could Take One”

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