Today, let’s set aside minor matters like District political corruption or Virginia and Maryland legislative debates so we can focus on something genuinely important: Is it okay for a Redskins fan to root for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday?
Citizens were slightly more satisfied with federal government services than they were in 2010. Satisfaction went up 2.3 percent in 2011, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index released today by Foresee. The bump comes after a decrease of 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2010.
2012 is expected to be a continuation of 2011, with more federal budget pressure and cuts to pay and benefits and possibly even an extension of the pay freeze. Not surprisingly, some feds are saying they’ve had enough and are threatening to trade their government service for a career in the private sector.
Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, expects Democrats and Republicans will be able to negotiate a deal that would prevent the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that would kick in due to the sequestration process, the Seattle Times reports.
Fresh off President Obama’s announcement of a bid to streamline the business and trade agencies, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday directed 11 agencies to participate in a pilot program to inventory trade, export and competititiveness functions with the goal of weeding out duplication.