Some members of Congress are encouraged by a new solution to overhaul the outdated and lengthy appeals process for veterans. Members of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee introduced new legislation Tuesday that would create three paths for veterans to move more quickly through the appeals process. VA has roughly 470,000 claims pending as of April 1.
The Navy plans on hiring for work in shipyards now that it has funds to maintain its fleet.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the Follow the Rules Act gets through the House. The legislation tidies up a few loopholes in laws protecting whistleblowers at federal agencies.
The spending package gives the Homeland Security Department about $1.5 billion for border security activities for the remaining five months of the fiscal year. For civilian agencies, here are six other areas to take note of in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) is taking a second bite at the IT modernization apple. The Texas Republican introduced an updated version of the Modernizing Government Technology or MGT Act. Hurd tells Executive Editor Jason Miller on Federal Drive with Tom Temin why he’s more confident in this version of the bill that is expected to help agencies move off of old, insecure technology.
OMB is revamping the capital planning and investment control (CPIC) process and asking agencies break down commodity IT spending in more specific terms than ever before.
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) is getting closer to introducing a bill to create a stand-alone cybersecurity agency in DHS, while the agency also is conducting an internal review of current capabilities and future needs.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats reach hard-won agreement on huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill to keep government open
Congressional Republicans, Democrats reach agreement on $1T measure to fund government until Oct. 1.
Trump signs stopgap spending bill that avoids a government shutdown
The Modernizing Government Technology Act will let agencies keep savings for up to three years to reinvest in IT transformation projects.
Republicans say they will push a short-term spending bill keeping the government open through the House on Friday with only GOP votes, if necessary
Open government advocates, industry, and agency officials are eagerly looking toward the May 9 implementation date for standardized federal spending information.
House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry won’t give details on what reforms he will propose, but says he thinks DoD might get more money than expected in 2017 defense appropriations.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said April 24 that the work by Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and others has been “very positive” and a shutdown is unlikely.