Rep. Mac Thornberry’s (R-Texas) said his draft version of the defense authorization bill includes a pay raise for military members and increased missile defense spending.
Senators sent the Congressional Budget Office a series of questions related to its recent study comparing federal employee compensation to the private sector. But senators won’t find much clarity or many concrete conclusions from CBO’s responses.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to cut about 8 percent of its workforce through a VERA/VSIP program by Sept. 2.
Kumbaya-like bipartisanship evaporates quickly and as the legislative week gets underway, Democrats, Republicans and the Trump White House are finding precious little they can agree on. That’s especially true as budget hearings get into full swing. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide a little more insight.
The Small Business Administration is scrutinizing every FTE recruitment request, to ensure maximum employee performance and use of resources.
About 100 House Democrats wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), voicing their opposition over the president’s four major proposed changes to federal retirement. The administration included the proposals in the fiscal 2018 budget proposal and would have a significant impact on both current and future federal employees and retirees.
Democrats and Republicans voiced their concern that EPA’s 31 percent cut in funding for fiscal 2018 could do more harm than good, and leave states “holding the bag” for the federal agency.
The Veterans Affairs Department once again needs congressional authority to transfer funds from one account to another to keep the Veterans Choice Program running for the rest of fiscal 2017. VA Secretary David Shulkin says the issue emphasizes the need to redesign the program, yet Congress has its concerns about the viability of Choice in the near and long term future.
Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee say the Pentagon pulled $15 billion worth of spending on technology projects under the national security system umbrella leading to less transparency and a poor FITARA grade.
The Office of Management and Budget is expected to release a new memo later this week, which will describe an initial review of existing requirements and reporting burdens that the administration believes agencies can scale back.
Military facility sustainment has been one of the hardest-hit portions of the Defense budget over the last several years. Still, installations do find new ways to meet their missions without more money.
Staffing shortages, attrition and low morale cause perpetually ongoing problems at every level of the Secret Service, said the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. The president’s 2018 budget request calls for more funding and employees, but neither the IG nor members of Congress say it’s enough to turn around the beleaguered agency.
The president’s 2018 budget proposal includes cuts to the Transportation Security Administration and grant programs for local law enforcement. But some senators say the funding increases at other parts of the Homeland Security Department come at the expense of valuable tools to respond to threats at United States ports of entry and smaller scale and local incidents.
The former Army secretary says there’s too much bickering in Congress to actually grow the military, but readiness holes need to be plugged first anyways.