The current debate over whether to create an independent Space Corps under the Air Force has roots dating back 20 years. But there is more being said about it this year, including a stronger appeal from those who want to make sure space gets its fair share of the Pentagon budget.
President Trump tweets out a new policy just weeks after Defense Secretary Mattis ordered a six month review.
Three Republican lawmakers introduced an amendment to a “minibus” of four appropriations bills that would eliminate the Budget Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office, and therefore the positions and salaries of 89 employees at CBO. It’s the first time members of Congress have used the Holman Rule since the House reinstated it back in January.
The House will vote this week on a bill that would replenish the Veterans Choice Fund with an additional $2 billion. But to offset the costs, VA would continue to collect housing loan fees and would trim pensions for some veterans living in nursing facilities that are covered under Medicaid.
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) reintroduced the Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency (PAGE) Act after a similar bill died in the previous Congress. The legislation would give agencies the authority to remove or suspend new employees “without notice or right to appeal, from service by the head of the agency at which such employee is employed for good cause, bad cause or no cause at all.”
Slew of bills helping the Veterans Affairs Department shows how much Congress can get done within a limited scope.
Air Force civilians can now start working part-time while taking some of their retirement annuity.
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) introduced the Federal Employee Pension Act of 2017 to reduce the mandatory 4.4 percent pension contributions by new federal employees.
The Defense Department’s Silicon Valley-based Defense Innovation Unit Experimental needs more money and DoD is coming to the rescue.
The new commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service endorses a controversial House proposal that would enlist online commercial marketplaces like Amazon to let the government buy commercial goods.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider a series of bills this week that could impact the federal workforce. Among them is legislation that would give participants more options to withdraw investments from the Thrift Savings Plan.
A bill authorizing $696 billion in spending for the Defense Department, raising military pay by 2.4 percent for service members and creating a new branch of the military for space operations passed the House by a vote of 344–81. The bill authorizes enough funds to go head-to-head with sequestration as it makes a return in 2018 unless a budget deal is reached.
The Trump administration wants to increase early retirement and separation incentives from a cap of $25,000 to $40,000 for all civilian federal employees. It also wants to create a governmentwide industry exchange program, which would let federal employees temporary work in a private corporation or association for no more than two years. The administration submitted both proposals to Congress to be included in the National Defense Authorization Act.
New legislative proposals from the Defense Department try to streamline the acquisition system, but do they compromise oversight?