The Obama administration’s release of its fiscal 2014 budget request likely will be delayed well past its early February due date.”I fully expect it to be late,” said Thad Juszczak, a former federal budget officer, who predicts the delay will likely run into March. Another former federal official, who asked not to be named because he was citing sources within the government, confirmed that agencies are anticipating a March submission date.
Agencies have singled out 376 legally required reports that could be eliminated, published less often or consolidated with others. The list was posted this week on performance.gov, an Office of Management and Budget website, in response to a provision in the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act that aims to get rid of unneeded agency reporting.
The composition of President Barack Obama’s second term Cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president’s team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in Obama’s inner circle.
President Obama on Monday nominated former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Appearing with the two men in the East Room of the White House, Obama called Hagel “the leader that our troops deserve” and a “champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families.” He said Hagel, a former Army sergeant, would be the first person of enlisted rank and the first Vietnam War veteran to head the Defense Department.
From tightened purse strings to a rapidly retiring workforce, federal agencies face a potential witches’ brew when it comes to maintaining employee motivation, the Merit Systems Protection Board found in a new report.
The Commerce Department saved more than $200 million in administrative costs over the last two years. A large portion of that is easily attributable to the collaboration between Scott Quehl, Commerce’s chief financial officer, and Simon Szykman, Commerce’s chief information officer, who have partnered their offices to root out those inefficiencies