When House lawmakers passed the fiscal 2004 Defense authorization bill, they included a $500 million fund managers can use to bump up the salaries of high-performing employees.
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Employees at many agencies will have to wait to take advantage of one new benefit, but another is on its way.
House Republicans this week blocked Democrats’ efforts to rein in a proposal to let the Defense Department overhaul its civilian personnel system.
The Bush administration announced Thursday that it opposes language in a House bill calling for military-civilian pay parity, and objects to an effort to prohibit the use of goals for putting Defense Department jobs up for competition with the private sector.
While the House rushes a bill to the floor this week that would give the Defense Department wide latitude to overhaul its civilian personnel system, the measure’s ultimate fate may rest on two senators’ ability to forge a consensus on the issue.