Congress has been criticized for kicking the can down the road when it comes to federal spending, but as the government shutdown clocks ticks closer to midnight — and agencies dust off their contingency plans — some are wondering if that kicked can might be the best option right now.
It’s unclear exactly when Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will leave office, but his departure as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committees opens the door to a variety of new candidates, who have the opportunity to shift the committee’s focus back to issues of federal and financial management and government efficiency.
The Defense Department won’t have any problems spending money if Congress can pass a budget next week.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, at a press conference President Donald Trump expressed his desire for Congress to work on a bill to fund the government next week.
Linda Springer, a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, said in part 2 of her exclusive interview about the Trump administration’s reorganization plans that the White House wants to give agencies a lot of freedom in how they execute their plans.
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says now that EPA is handing out buyouts, it’s likely other agencies will follow suit.
The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental is still awarding contracts despite months of uncertainty.
The Trump administration’s government reorganization directly impacts federal agencies, but Congress will have its work cut out as lawmakers balance their own jurisdictional priorities with policy and personnel changes.
The Defense Department is starting its preliminary work to cut its acquisition office in half, including assigning distinct responsibilities to each new office.
Nagging questions remain in Congress on whether it really did anything useful to prevent another 2008-like financial meltdown. Now an unlikely pair of lawmakers — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — think it’s time to have the government re-regulate banking in a way the Dodd-Frank bill did not. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin they’re thinking back to Glass-Steagall.
The nation’s number-two military officer added himself to the list of Defense officials who’ve expressed unease about taking funds away from the State Department as one way to pay for a $54 billion plus-up in military spending.
Gen. Paul Selva all but told Americans to vote out their member of Congress because of the failure to pass a budget.
DoD and Congress have been working on trimming the civilian workforce for years. Will the new OMB memo do anything different?
The Trump administration, as it promised, ended the 90-day hiring freeze. Simultaneously it launched an ambitious plan to re-do the executive branch bureaucracy top to bottom.
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