The process might not be pretty, but budget experts predict civilian agencies won’t face $18 billion in spending cuts during the last five months of fiscal 2017. The President submitted a budget amendment for 2017 last week, which proposed major boosts to defense and homeland security spending and civilian agency offsets.
The White House is also requesting a $3 billion boost to the Homeland Security Department, along with an additional $30 billion in defense and Overseas Contingency Operations funding for fiscal 2017. Civilian agencies would shoulder $18 billion in spending cuts. The additional funding for DHS would help the department prepare and enact the President’s executive orders on border security and immigration.
President Trump on Friday ordered the Pentagon to immediately set about the work of figuring out how much money the Defense Department will need to overcome what military leaders have said are serious readiness problems brought on by years of political deadlock over the federal budget.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on a House bill that will be used as the legislative vehicle for a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9 on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the agency that facilitates the Thrift Savings Plan, is preparing for two major projects next year. The new blended retirement program for military members and the agency’s long term IT modernization plan are the driving factors behind the agency’s 17 percent budget increase in 2017.
With less than 15 days until the end of the fiscal year, the Senate is set to vote on a motion to consider a House bill, which will be used as the legislative vehicle for a short term continuing resolution.
The IRS answered 73 percent of phone calls during the 2016 tax filing season, compared with 37 percent in 2015. Average wait times were cut in half as well. Taxpayers waited an average of 11 minutes to speak with an IRS representative this year, compared to 23 minutes the year before.
BirchGrove Consulting president Ray Bjorklund joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the President’s proposed 2017 budget and what it means for contract addressable spending. May 17, 2016
Federal News Radio reporters Meredith Somers and Nicole Ogrysko join host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to discuss changes in commuter benefits and how the 2017 GOP budget proposal would affect feds. March 30, 2016
Three proposals hiding in the fiscal 2017 budget plan House Republicans submitted last week could potentially impact federal employees’ pay and retirement benefits in the future.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said federal employees wouldn’t worry so much about changing locality pay, if Congress passed higher, across the board pay raises overall. He called for a 5.3 percent bump in pay next year, well over the 1.6 percent raise President Barack Obama proposed in his 2017 budget request.
The Air Force had previously predicted it would be fully ready for high-end conflict by 2025. That date keeps slipping because its pilots and planes are busy in the Middle East.
Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson said the department will ask Congress this year for permission to authorize the Joint Requirements Council and other task forces, to ensure that its “Unity of Effort” work carries on to the next administration.
In an era of military downsizing, the Air Force is one of the few parts of DoD that’s already received funding to grow over the next year. Yet officials say they’re still struggling to achieve the end strength they need and may have to ask Congress for additional money to add more uniformed airmen.
The Veterans Affairs Department is asking for a 5 percent boost in across-the-board funding next fiscal year. But Congress is questioning whether new VA programs are doing enough to solve an array of tough problems at the department.