Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don’t overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.
Two senators are pushing OMB and agencies to rein in spending on software licenses.
President Barack Obama signed the MEGABYTE Act into law, and GSA released two new shared services offerings to keep the “slow” summer months hopping.
Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) asked that the Government Accountability Office to conduct a full review of President Donald Trump’s temporary hiring freeze. Citing GAO’s past study of previous hiring freezes, both senators said they’re concerned the current freeze isn’t saving government more money and is prompting more agency inefficiencies.
Foreign affairs imposed on the Trump administration. Treasury moved to sanction North Koreans believed to have military ties. Trump said the U.S. would take unilateral action in response to Pyonyang threats.
The FCC and the Universal Service Administrative Company say they have plans in motion to reduce fraud and abuse in the Lifeline program, but lawmakers remain skeptical.
In today’s Federal Newscast, three lawmakers want legislation to overturn a 2013 court decision which prevents some defense department employees from appealing to the Merit Systems Protection Board.
The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it has all the authorities it needs, with just one exception.
As the Senate has a few extra weeks to work, here are several bills worth keeping an eye on this summer.