If confirmed as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Howard Shelanski would continue the regulatory look-back process emphasized by his predecessor Cass Sunstein.
Though the suspension and debarment system has been around for many years, there is little guidance for it, Government Accountability Office Acting Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management John Neumann said at a June 12 House Government and Oversight Committee hearing.
The Veterans Affairs Department is still on track to meet its goal of processing all claims within 125 days with 98 percent accuracy by the end of 2015, Director of Compensation and Pension Service Thomas Murphy told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in a June 12 hearing.
On the heels of a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report on excessive spending at a 2010 Internal Revenue Service conference, the Office of Management and Budget released guidance May 28 to help agency conference planners balance cost and mission needs.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has suffered without a Senate-confirmed leader since 2006, said B. Todd Jones, the ATF's acting director, as a Senate panel considered his nomination to be the director on a permanent basis.
The intelligence community's reliance on contractors has been called into question since The Guardian reported that Booz Allen employee Eric Snowden leaked information about a National Security Agency classified surveillance program. In a June 11 Defense Department budget hearing with the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), asked how many contractors work on defense operations.
For the military to get back to an acceptable readiness level, Congress must stop sequestration cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said while defending President Obama's fiscal 2014, $526.6 billion DoD budget request during a June 11 Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense hearing.
Federal spending data systems have improved in recent years but still come up short in their efforts to fully inform the public on government spending, says a June 6 brief from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Defense Department's preliminary cost estimate for its plan to relocate 9,000 Marines from of Okinawa, Japan,because it's missing costs and is based on limited data, a June 11 Government Accountability Office report says.
Davita Vance-Cooks is set to appear before the Senate Rules Committee June 12 as it considers her nomination to head the Government Printing Office.
The OIG came to that conclusion in the course of its inspection of an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy senior official, whose three children all received internships at the department in 2012. Two officials who made the hiring decisions in question also said they believed it was common practice to advocate for internships for one's relatives, the OIG report (.pdf) says.
The federal workforce dropped in May by 14,000 employees and over the last three months, the number of federal workers fell by 45,000, a June 7 Bureau of Labor Statistics report says.
The process the Bureau of Land Management uses to remove free-range horses from public land is both economically unstable and actually perptuates overpopulation, a National Research Council report says.
Because veterans can receive such a broad range of benefits through the Veterans Affairs Department's Independent Living program, improved oversight at the national level is needed to ensure that the benefits are appropriate, a report from the Government Accountability Office says.
The Postal Service proposed a way to streamline its process of implementing major changes by shortening the time its review board has to weigh in. Under postal law, USPS must request an advisory opinion from the five-person regulatory panel before it can make changes that would have a nationwide impact on service levels. The frequency of USPS requests for advisory opinions has increased in recent years, the statement notes.
The House Armed Services Committee passed on June 6 their version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which specified $552.1 billion in overall spending for national defense and an additional $85.8 billion in overseas contingency operations. The bill (H.R. 1960), would allocate $526.6 billion for Defense Department discretionary spending and $7.7 billion in mandatory funds.
The Supreme Court will rule soon on a case that challenges the constitutionality of a provision in the Voting Rights Act that requires jurisdictions with a history of voting problems to get federal approval before changing their voting laws or procedures.The decision could come as early as June 10.
The Trump Organization and the General Services Administration agreed to a 60-year lease where Trump will spend $200 million redeveloping the Old Post Office into a hotel, a GSA agreement says. The deal was made in accordance with the 2008 Old Post Office Building Redevelopment Act, but Congress has 30 days to review the deal and finalize it.
The Defense Department made $1.1 billion in improper payments in 2011, a recently released May 13 Government Accountability Office report says. Improper payments include wrong payout for health benefits, retirement pay and travel reimbursement.