2017 Budget

  • Long-term budget outlook: ‘We’re doomed. Any questions?’

    Based on what’s happened so far in 2017, budget expert Stan Collender said the administration is already behind schedule on budgets and appropriations as far ahead as 2019, and the tactics Republican lawmakers are using make catching up unlikely.

  • Budget agreement taps brakes on military downsizing, funds 2.1 percent pay raise

    Besides proportioning DoD’s appropriations into roughly the same accounts officials had asked for, the plan includes a 2.1 percent pay raise for both military members and civilians.

  • Most civilian agencies saved from deep spending cuts in FY17 budget bill

    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.

  • Your pay and benefits during a government shutdown, explained

    The White House says it won’t happen, but the Office of Management and Budget is asking that agencies prepare to prepare for a government shutdown. Here are four things to remember about your pay, benefits, work status and others if Congress can’t agree on a plan to keep the government running past Friday.

  • White House details how it wants civilian agencies to cut $18B in FY2017

    According to budget documents that Federal News Radio obtained, the Food and Drug Administration would see $40 million in cuts to employee salaries and administrative expenses during the last five months of fiscal 2017. The Homeland Security Department would lose $41 million for the Financial Systems Modernization program, a shared services effort affiliated with the Interior Department’s Interior Business Center.

  • An analysis of the federal budget

    Brian Friel, founder and CEO of Nation Analytics, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to dicuss President Donald Trump’s budget and what it could mean for contractors navigating the federal market. March 28, 2017

  • With White House 2017 budget amendment, time is on civilian agencies’ side

    The process might not be pretty, but budget experts predict civilian agencies won’t face $18 billion in spending cuts during the last five months of fiscal 2017. The President submitted a budget amendment for 2017 last week, which proposed major boosts to defense and homeland security spending and civilian agency offsets.

  • There’s a 2017 budget amendment too. It calls for $18 billion in cuts to civilian agencies

    The White House is also requesting a $3 billion boost to the Homeland Security Department, along with an additional $30 billion in defense and Overseas Contingency Operations funding for fiscal 2017. Civilian agencies would shoulder $18 billion in spending cuts. The additional funding for DHS would help the department prepare and enact the President’s executive orders on border security and immigration.

  • Trump orders review of military readiness, boosting Defense funds in 2017

    President Trump on Friday ordered the Pentagon to immediately set about the work of figuring out how much money the Defense Department will need to overcome what military leaders have said are serious readiness problems brought on by years of political deadlock over the federal budget.

  • Senate moves on CR as agencies plan for possible shutdown

    The Senate is scheduled to vote on a House bill that will be used as the legislative vehicle for a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9 on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

  • 2 major projects drive TSP board’s budget boost in 2017

    The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the agency that facilitates the Thrift Savings Plan, is preparing for two major projects next year. The new blended retirement program for military members and the agency’s long term IT modernization plan are the driving factors behind the agency’s 17 percent budget increase in 2017.

  • Senate scheduled to take first stab at short-term CR

    With less than 15 days until the end of the fiscal year, the Senate is set to vote on a motion to consider a House bill, which will be used as the legislative vehicle for a short term continuing resolution.

  • IRS answers twice as many calls in 2016, but House quashes hope for more funding

    The IRS answered 73 percent of phone calls during the 2016 tax filing season, compared with 37 percent in 2015. Average wait times were cut in half as well. Taxpayers waited an average of 11 minutes to speak with an IRS representative this year, compared to 23 minutes the year before.

  • An analysis of the 2017 federal budget

    BirchGrove Consulting president Ray Bjorklund joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the President’s proposed 2017 budget and what it means for contract addressable spending. May 17, 2016

  • Transit benefits & the GOP budget

    Federal News Radio reporters Meredith Somers and Nicole Ogrysko join host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to discuss changes in commuter benefits and how the 2017 GOP budget proposal would affect feds. March 30, 2016