Two lawmakers have introduced legislation that would leverage pensions and benefits in an effort to reign in use of official time and has resulted in hours of debate and a deeper divide over the subject of unions.
The House passed a bill last month that would speed up processing of veterans claims at the Veterans Affairs Department. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), sponsor of the Wingman Act, provides details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
If the 114th Congress was about dissecting the Veterans Affairs Department’s challenges, then the 115th Congress will act quickly to solve them, leadership on the House Veterans Affairs Committee said.
The Congressional Budget Office detailed in a new projection that the government would hit the debt limit by March 15, and Treasury would have to take extraordinary steps to keep the nation from defaulting.
Public-private leasing and compiling a comprehensive database of government facilities are part of a handful of bills aimed at managing federal real property.
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Some advocates of the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s new employee accountability bill say it’s different enough from previous attempts to tackle this issue and should assuage past concerns. But others fear the legislation revives familiar worries.
Lawmakers have unveiled a $578 billion spending bill to keep the U.S. armed forces operating through September
The CPI-E Act would require federal retirement programs to use the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) when calculating cost-of-living adjustments. Currently the CPI used is the one for workers.
Congress wants more from the Trump’s defense budget after hearing about military expansion for months.
An extension and then redesign of the Veterans Choice Program, along with new employee accountability legislation, are top priorities for new Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. He said he’s working with Congress on new legislation to support those initiatives.
2017 may finally offer a peek of sunlight for another base realignment and closure cycle. Congressional resistance to BRAC is faltering, said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, and that may bring some fiscal savings to DoD.
The Obama administration was the source for a large number of new rules for federal contractors. One rule for defense, by executive order, requires special handling of controlled, but unclassified, information (CUI). Mark Tanner, president of security consulting company Arixmar, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the rule in depth.
The Trump administration needs to work around roadblocks, solidify its plans and use a pinch of skepticism to better the military.
Several revisions to the Freedom of Information Act were passed in June 2016 that may have been shadowed by the election season. Melanie Pustay, director of the information policy office at the Justice Department, told Federal Drive with Tom Temin what those changes mean for FOIA officers and anyone working with federal records.