The restructuring, announced April 24, is set to begin this fall. Every employee affected by the changes can continue to work for HUD, but they may have to move to a different city or take a new position, the department said.
In 2013, taxpayers waited less time for IRS assistance by phone than in 2012, despite a high volume of people filing later in the tax season, says a April 15 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf).
Federal agencies mislabeled the condition of federally owned properties that were in poor condition and reported that unused buildings were being used, says a Government Accountability Office report (.pdf). Several buildings that received high scores for condition were in fact in poor condition, with problems including, asbestos, mold, radioactivity and flooding.
Native American veterans lack adequate health care services, despite a memo of understanding between the the Veterans Affairs Department and Indian Health Services, says an April 26 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf).
Both chambers passed bills nearly simultaneously, with the Senate unanimously approving its measure, S. 853, the night of April 25 and the House voting 361-41 the early afternoon of April 26 for an exactly-worded bill (H.R. 1765).
The Defense Department didn't properly award performance based payments to contractors between 2009 and 2011 because DoD didn't properly negotiate and verify the contractors' need for contract financing or level of investment before authorizing the payments, an April 8 DoD Office of Inspector General report (.pdf) says.
A 21 to 25 percent improper payment rate at the Internal Revenue Service's earned income tax credit program puts the agency out of compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, which requires agencies report improper payment rates of less than 10 percent.
SBA requested less money to train small sized small businesses, but created programs to help medium sized small businesses grow their workforce, SBA Administrator Karen Mills said in a fiscal 2014 House Small Business Committee budget hearing of the Small Business Administration.
The FBI would be able to find out if a person was involuntarily committed to a mental health institution for purposes of running a gun purchase background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System if a rule being considered by the Health and Human Services Department is instituted.
The Federal Aviation Administration could not avoid sequestration-induced furloughs and the resulting flight delays from having fewer air traffic controllers, but passenger safety is not at risk, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said during a House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation hearing April 24.
Cuts to employee health benefits and discretionary spending needed to reduce deficit, Simpson Bowles report says
Federal employee benefits, including health benefits and pensions, should be cut along with discretionary spending to help reduce the federal deficit, an April 19 report (.pdf) by former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles says. The changes to employee pensions, cost of living adjustments and the federal health benefits program as well as proposed tax changes would save $2.5 trillion over the next ten years, the report says.
The average millionaire's federal taxes would increase $82,604 in calendar year 2015 under President Obama's proposed fiscal 2014 budget, according to the Tax Policy Center.
A bill introduced simultaneously in the House and Senate on April 22, would make the Office of Management and Budget set governmentwide customer service standards to improve response times for citizen requests and government services.
The government should set up a steering committee to reform how federal documents are classified, 31 public interest organizations wrote in a letter (.pdf) to President Obama. A presidentially-appointed steering committee would provide a mechanism for identifying and coordinating needed changes and for overcoming internal agency resistance to change, it adds.
The State Department's analysis was lacking because, among other problems, it didn't clearly address how oil sands crude can cause more damage than conventional oil, the EPA said in a letter to the State Department. The EPA said it learned after a 2010 spill in Michigan that oil sands crude requires a different level of response.
Government should enforce federal drug laws in states where marijuana is legal, White House drug official says
The federal government will continue to enforce federal laws even in states that have legalized marijuana use, but could make enforcement a low priority, National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said at a National Press Club speech on April 17.