The release of the White House budget request for fiscal 2015 today is also a reminder. Historically, each administration releases its request at the beginning of February instead of the beginning of March. The administration blames the delay on Congress failing to get the 2014 budget finalized until January of this year. Federal News Radio talks to budget experts from all over the country and all over the spectrum in our special report this week, “Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process.” Diana Urban is a member of the Connecticut State Assembly. She writes for our special report that there’s big difference between what elected officials promise when they run and the reality they learn after they win.
Valerie Melvin Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues Government Accountability Office
Today’s budget request release is focusing attention on Congress. One reason is they’re the next stop for the budget request as administration officials begin to appear before committees to testify about why they asked for what they asked for. Another focus on Congress today is because they’re part of the reason the budget request is out at the beginning of March instead of the beginning of February. The White House says delays in getting fiscal 2014’s budget done held up their work on the 2015 request. Bob Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, writes as part of our special report this week, “Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process”, the fix is pretty simple.
Roger Waldron President Coalition for Government Procurement
The new 2015 budget request out today from the White House has a prominent place for strategic sourcing. The budget request says “Creation of central vehicles that can be used by all Federal agencies has reduced contract duplication and reduced prices for some common office supplies by over 65 percent. Such efforts save taxpayer dollars directly through reduced prices and duplication that allows agencies to focus scarce human capital resources on more complex, mission-critical efforts.”
The Defense Department’s 2015 budget makes another attempt to shift at least some of its healthcare cost burden onto the beneficiaries of DoD’s TRICARE system. But the Pentagon has hit a wall with Congress on that issue for the past several years. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has details on DoD’s latest attempt to slow the growth of its medical costs.
Finally, details you can dig your teeth into under the second term President’s Management Agenda. The fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress describes initiatives around improving customer service at the IRS and the Social Security Administration plans to fund and launch a civilian property realignment board and making federally funded data more available. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller has sunk his teeth into the budget and is here with details.