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 Postal Service loses millions of dollars by subsidizing private airlines that deliver mail to rural Alaska and the program isn't even benefiting residents, USPS Deputy Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb told a House panel March 4.
The Defense Department outlined two possible ways to revamp the military retirement benefits system, both of which would offer more upfront benefits to military members while reducing overall compensation after retirement.
Sequestration caused Internal Revenue Service to help about 300,000 fewer taxpayers, the Agriculture Department to give food stamp aid to fewer people in need and agencies to furlough more than 770,000 workers, a March 6 Government Accountability Office report says.
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.
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Anyone anticipating a formal follow-up to the Digital Government Strategy should stop doing so, senior federal information technology officials told a March 7 conference audience.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency would receive $10.38 billion under President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget, up from $9.96 billion enacted for this year.