Private uses of public land that are technically temporary often endure, even when policymakers have other priorities for the land, argues an article published in the Georgetown Law Journal. "Once established, these claims – of which there are hundreds of thousands – seem, in many instances, to take on a life of their own," writes Bruce Huber, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, in the article.
Routine leaks to Congress, the press and advocacy groups play a vital and underappreciated role in oversight and presidential power, says an article published in the Georgia Law Review. Amanda Leiter, the article's author, writes that soft whistleblowing – her term for leaks about policy decisions, not about criminal wrongdoing – is ubiquitous but has received scant attention from academia.
The General Services Administration will create an online repository containing data on much agencies have paid for particular goods and services, an April 9 GSA blog post says. The GSA will develop the Common Acquisition Platform – an online platform to guide agencies through the total acquisition process, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service head Tom Sharpe said in the blog post.
The new head of the Small Business Administration told lawmakers she may return during fiscal 2015 to ask them to raise the lending limit on its flagship loan program.
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Overall funding for the Defense Department's science and technology budget would see about a $500 million reduction in the president's fiscal 2015 budget request, with grants and missile defense bearing the brunt of the cut, says a DoD official.
About 40 percent of all contracts awarded by the Defense Department in fiscal 2013 were through noncompetitive contracts, says an April 16 Government Accountability Office report. With those contracts, the DoD tends to bundle them under a class justifcation rather than justifying why there was no competition for each contract, the report says.
The Internal Revenue Service is projected to help almost a million fewer taxpayers this filing season at tax assistance centers than it did last year because of budget cuts, says a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.
The White House office charged with reviewing draft federal regulations has made it easier to search and sort records of its meetings with lobbyists and trade associations.
President Obama could go farther in wielding executive power to push through policies that don't make it through Congress, says an April 15 Brennan Center for Justice report. "Bold executive action can help unstick some of the very gridlock that plagues government," says Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center and former Bill Clinton speechwriter.
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The Internet of tomorrow will be less resilient, less available and not as robust as today's warns a think tank and an insurance company. So far, cyber incidents have had effects that are widespread but temporary, or persistent but narrowly focused, says a report published Wednesday by the Atlantic Council and Zurich Insurance Group.
Accumulated vegetation, the proximity of communities to wildfire-prone areas, human-caused ignitions and the high cost of response emerge as the four national challenges identified in wildfire strategy the Obama administration released earlier this month.