President Obama released Tuesday a $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget request that would set discretionary spending levels at $1.014 trillion. Discretionary spending in the proposal would be $2 billion over this year's fiscal years enacted level. Defense discretionary spending would come in at $495.6 billion which is $4 million less than the enacted fiscal 2014 level.
The government shutdown in 2013 caused a loss of more than $400 million in visitor spending in towns nearby national parks, a Mar. 3 National Parks Service report says. In October 2013, 7.88 million fewer people visited national parks compared to that month's average over the previous three years, the report says.
Federal oil and gas inspectors will likely always earn less than the private sector engineers they oversee, DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary Ned Farquhar told the House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee on energy and mineral resources in a Feb. 27 hearing. Office of Personnel Management data show the fiscal year 2012 attrition rate for petroleum engineers at BLM was more than 20 percent.
Auditors at HUD say poor staff advice is to blame for a former deputy secretary's violation of anti-lobbying laws in 2013. Former HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones, who now heads up Virginia's Commerce and Trade Department, sent in 2012 an email urging its approximately 1,000 recipients to contact Republican senators over their upcoming vote on a HUD appropriations bill.
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The General Services Administration pushed back the planned completion date of an integrated acquisition database to 2018 because of development problems and cost overruns, General Services Administration Assistant Commissioner Kevin Youel Page told a Senate panel March 6.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told service leaders to ignore sequestration in the out years when drawing up force levels in the DoD five year budget plan.
Senate Democratic budget leaders embraced President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposal as a starting point for negotiations while Senate Republicans say the document isn't serious and violates already agreed upon budget caps.
Legislative branch agencies would see a nominal increase from current year levels in discretionary appropriations under the White House budget proposal released March 4.
The Postal Service's healthcare prefunding requirement would be restructured and Saturday mail delivery elimated under President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget plan.
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Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher issued a long-awaited directive March 7 to clarify the agency's use-of-force policy. Don't fire weapons at moving vehicles or in response to rock-throwing, the directive (.pdf) says – not unless there's grounds for believing that "an immediate danger of death of serious injury" exists.
The budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement would drop by $255 million to $5.36 billion in fiscal 2015 under the White House budget request.