Biography for Zach Rausnitz
Zach Rausnitz is an Editor in the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. He writes regularly for FierceHomelandSecurity, FierceGovernment and FierceMobileGovernment. He previously interned at the Washington bureau of BBC News, where he worked in the TV, radio and online divisions. While at Brown University, where he got a B.A. in English, he wrote for The College Hill Independent. He enjoys riding his bicycle and lives in Washington, D.C. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Zach Rausnitz
The Postal Service blamed time constraints for the poor performance of some postmasters in a business engagement program, but the USPS office of inspector general now disputes that conclusion.
"There is broad agreement that the sequestration cuts are poorly designed. But policymakers would be well-advised not to replace one set of harmful cuts with another set of harmful cuts," the Washington, D.C.-based think tank says in a November report.
Government surveys should experiment with subjective questions about well-being, a new report from the National Research Council says.
Environmental issues such as climate change are not as visible as those that faced the country in the past, which has made public support for the Environmental Protection Agency more elusive, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Dec. 2. "Most people don't see the environmental challenges the way they used to, because we've been very good at the work we've done," she said.
Federal agencies reported $3.8 billion in cost savings related to real property in recent years, but their decisions about what counted as savings were inconsistent and sometimes dubious, the Government Accountability Office says.
The council, composed of tax professionals and academics, says budget cuts have driven up the cost of compliance for taxpayers, because fewer resources are available for the IRS to produce clear regulations and provide assistance to taxpayers.
Businesses that already had considerable federal contracting experience were allowed to participate in the Energy Department's program to mentor inexperienced contractors.
The military program that supports voting from overseas would benefit from knowing where each servicemember is registered or eligible to vote.
A plan to exchange federal buildings for new facilities without direct approval from Congress drew resistance from a key lawmaker Nov. 19. The General Services Administration has proposed exchanging five outdated federal buildings collectively known as Federal Triangle South in the southwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.
A Nov. 18 statement of administration policy (.pdf) asks the Senate not to make changes to the security clearance process until the Office of Management and Budget completes its ongoing review. OMB's findings may lead to recommendations that conflict with the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposal.