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 email@example.com.
Articles by Zach Rausnitz
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes $135.4 billion for research and development. The Defense Department would receive the largest chunk, about $64.4 billion.
The General Services Administration asked Congress for the authority to spend the rent it collects from agencies on building repairs and maintenance as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. "This is something that any responsible real estate manager in the private sector is able to do," GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said during a press conference March 4.
Dan Tangherlini, the head of the General Services Administration, spoke with reporters Tuesday about the agency's fiscal 2015 budget request.
"The federal government is not able to demonstrate the reliability of significant portions" of its consolidated financial statements for the last two years, the GAO says in a Feb. 27 report, citing material weaknesses in internal controls.
Federal agencies must come up with a significant new project to include in updates to their open government plans due June 1. In a Feb. 24 memo (.pdf), Todd Park, the federal chief technology officer, called on agencies to "introduce bold, ambitious new open government initiatives," relating to either transparency, participation or collaboration.
Inmates should never be released from prison directly from solitary confinement, said Charles Samuels, head of the Bureau of Prisons, during a Senate hearing Feb. 25. "I do not believe that it is appropriate," he said, as solitary confinement is used for prisoners who are too dangerous to interact with corrections officers and their fellow inmates.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed the first major revisions to its directive governing federal agencies since 1999. The draft of the revised directive, released Monday, includes a new section that aims to avoid conflicts of interest in equal employment opportunity complaints.
The Defense Department will lead the hubs, which will receive $140 million in federal funding and a similar financial commitment from businesses and universities, the White House says. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, and the Chicago counterpart on digital manufacturing and design.
"It is unclear the extent to which changes to the backlog estimates resulted from agencies' actions to manage their backlogs or changes in the ways the agencies determine their estimates," the report says.
The Office of Management and Budget has proposed revisions to its guidance on the use of voluntary standards in regulations for the first time since 1998. The proposed updates (.pdf) encourage agencies to coordinate their use of voluntary standards so they don't use different versions of the same standard. They also suggest that agencies notify the public if they plan to participate in a standards development process, so businesses can decide if they want to participate as well.