President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request suggests personnel cuts at the majority of the 24 largest federal agencies. But the Homeland Security Department is one of the few that could undergo a bit of a hiring spree next year.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he will make the case to fellow lawmakers that it’s the wrong time to cut federal employee benefits as the unemployment rate is low.
Internal Revenue Service watchdogs say the agency could do more in terms of taxpayer services if it had more human and financial resources. The White House proposed a fiscal 2018 budget of $10.9 billion, a cut of roughly $300 million from 2017 funding levels.
House Appropriations Subcommittee members asked Tim Horne, the acting administrator of the General Services Administration, to better explain the agency’s 2018 budget request, particularly for the FBI headquarters and disposal of underutilized federal property.
The Veterans Affairs Department may get a big budget boost in fiscal 2018 under the president’s proposal. Most of the additional funding will go toward health care, both in and outside the department. But the budget proposal does suggest cuts, and lawmakers said they’re concerned by possible spending reductions to VA information technology and medical research.
Reducing the improper payment rate and making better IT acquisition decisions are among the Government Accountability Office’s top suggestions to find ways to run the government for less. Agencies shoulder much of the work, but Congress also has its role to play.
House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says civil service reform is coming. The committee heard proposals for possible changes to federal employees’ pay and benefits Thursday.
Lawmakers are pushing key Defense Department nominees to begin considering how to put a comprehensive cyber policy in place.
Both the Veterans Affairs and Justice departments believe they can easily resolve some concerns with the constitutionality of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. DoJ is concerned, however, that VA will run into the same issues that ultimately rendered a controversial provision on firing senior executives unconstitutional.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will examine a recent Congressional Budget Office report Thursday morning, which says government spends 17 percent more compensating its employees compared to the private sector.
Federal HR expert Jeff Neal applauds the efforts of lawmakers to investigate civil service reforms and calls for legislation that brings meaningful training for supervisors.
A survey finds inspectors general worried about the hiring freeze and budget cuts that could cost more money than they would save.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) laid the weight of DoD’s first audit squarely on the shoulders of David Norquist, President Trump’s pick for DoD comptroller. The department hasn’t been audited in 17 years, and has spent the past seven engaged in audit-readiness preparations.
The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee is preparing its provisions for the 2018 defense authorization bill and this week it heard from some former top DoD officials. Family life seemed to be the bottom line for a lot of military issues. Employees want to be able to move between the civilian and military world, they want quality childcare for their children and they want their spouses to be happy and be able to work where they are stationed.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, two senior Republican lawmakers have called for reassurances from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that is not interfering with its employees’ communications with members of Congress.