The federal courts system needs $72.9 million in supplemental funding this year to prevent layoffs and other repercussions from sequester-related budget cuts, says the Judicial Conference of the United States. "The judiciary is confronting an unprecedented fiscal crisis that could seriously compromise the constitutional mission of the United States courts," the letter says.
The General Services Administration owes more than one thousand contractors more than $3 million because the agency failed to reimburse vendors after kicking them out of the schedules program.
Under House Appropriations Committee spending bill for the coming fiscal year marked up in subcommittee May 15, the Veterans Affairs Department would be funded at a topline of $147.6 billion, with $63.1 billion of that being discretionary spending.
Facilities at some closed Army installations were not maintained at a high enough level for reuse within communities surrounding the closed bases because the Army doesn't have specific guidelines for maintenance, a May 14 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven Miller resigned Wednesday night, President Obama said that same day, after a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report showed the IRS used inappropriate criteria to select tea party organizations for tax-exempt status review.
By using private sector procurement techniques such as setting savings goals, the federal government could save $12 billion a year on aquiring services, a recently released April 15 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee today on a variety of issues including the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press telephone records.
Jenny Yang was sworn in as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission May 13, returning it to its full complement of five commissioners after a year-long vacancy.
The chained consumer price index method of tracking price inflation takes consumer spending habits into account better than the standard consumer price index currently in place, a May 8 Congressional Research Service report (.pdf) says.
"That competition and conflict are about people is hardly a revelation. Nevertheless, this fundamental premise often has not received the central emphasis that it should in U.S. military deliberation," says the white paper, released May 13 and signed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos and Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of Special Operations Command.
President Obama called on the Office of Personnel Management to plan a governmentwide strategy to reduce the gender pay gap in the federal workforce, May 10 memo says. Within 180 days, OPM must submit a strategy that addresses whether a chance in the General Schedule classification system would address the gender pay gap.
The Defense Department will furlough its civilian employees for 11 days due to sequestration cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a prepared statement May 14. Furloughs will begin July 8 at a rate of one day per week.
OMB has a reputation for having "excellent professional staff," Brian Deese said. "It's also facing a lot of challenges today, and so I think that investing in making sure that the institution is able to continue to attract and recruit top-flight talent" will be key, he said.
Commerce Department employees in 2011 made improper transactions with department purchase cards that included transactions that exceeded the card holders limit, a May 2 Commerce Department Inspector General report (.pdf) says.
The $1.9 billion quarterly loss was up from the previous quarter, when the Postal Service lost $1.3 billion. But compared to the same period last year, its quarterly loss shrank by about 40 percent. The agency lost $3.2 billion in the second quarter of last year. The majority of the $1.9 billion loss during this latest quarter could be attributed to prefunding the retiree health benefits program, which cost the Postal Service $1.4 billion.
Successfully training federal workers requires interactive courses and a willingness to adjust training quickly if a technique isn't effective, Social Security Administration Director of Appellate Operations Patricia Jones said during an Excellence in Government panel on May 13. The three keys to training are to set goals, use data to improve those goals and then adjust those goals appropriately as training continues, Jones said.
With time running out for the Defense Department to make an announcement about civilian employee furloughs this fiscal year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may make an announcement as early as today.
Davita Vance-Cooks, the acting public printer at the Government Printing Office, has been nominated to permanently head the agency.