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.
The Defense Department won’t have any problems spending money if Congress can pass a budget 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.
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.
Gen. Paul Selva all but told Americans to vote out their member of Congress because of the failure to pass a budget.
The Army cast off nearly 700 soldiers in the second half of 2016.
The 21st Century Cures Act, with rare bipartisan support, was supposed to modernize the Food and Drug Administration. The hiring freeze changed things up. Seth Rothman, a partner at the law firm Hughes, Hubbard and Reed, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what may be happening now.
Trump’s policies might save some money in DoD by reducing waste, fraud and abuse, but some changes, like the hiring freeze, might do more damage than good to the Pentagon.
Seventeen senators introduced a bill to ensure federal employees get paid, even if Congress can’t agree how to fund the government past April 28.
Federal employees who invest in the Thrift Savings Plan withdraw more than $9 billion annually from the government retirement fund, due in part to its strict rules on withdrawals. Now two senators have introduced a bill to relax those TSP restrictions.
Navy and other Defense officials tried, but failed to persuade Congress to make the change as part of the 2017 Defense authorization bill that passed in December. But top Navy personnel officials are lobbying lawmakers to include the language in this year’s bill. It would allow military promotion boards to place officers “of particular merit” at the top of promotion lists, ahead of their peers.
Health care legislation may be in shambles. There’s no sign of a budget for 2017, much less 2018. But Congress is making progress with a bundle of bills aimed at improving procurement at the Homeland Security Department. Sam Skolnik, contracts reporter at Bloomberg BNA, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a roundup.
The Internal Revenue Service hopes to close the tax gap by using private collection agencies (PCAs) to outsource delinquent tax payments. Agency officials say it’s important to stay vigilant during the PCA program, to ensure fraudsters are not preying on taxpayers.