The House Appropriations subcommittee on defense marked up a defense appropriations bill on June 5 that provides $512.5 billion in base funding. That amount, which is part of a $972.6 billion discretionary spending plan (.pdf) for the coming fiscal year, is $3.4 billion less than President Obama's defense spending request and $28.1 billion more than the current level after sequestration spending cuts.
While the Small Business Administration took steps to deter wasteful practices like improper payments, the agency still needs to address money lost from the purchase of unauthorized goods and services for daily operations, SBA Inspector General Peggy Gustafson told the House Small Business Committee in a June 5 hearing.
Americans want the Postal Service to stick around, with most interested in continuing to receive physical mail but willing to consider more self-service options, according to a new report (.pdf) by the USPS Office of Inspector General. Young people, in particular, were willing to consider a post office with expanded and digital services, the report says.
The Office of Personnel Management will propose a rule that would allow federal workers to work part time while collecting prorated pension payments. Partially retired employees would be required to work 20 hours per week and would receive half of the normal pay and half their normal retirement, the proposal says.
Federal Acquisition Service management overrode contracting officers and pressured them to extend or award contracts based on complaints from contractors, a June 4 General Services Administration office of inspector general report (.pdf) says.
Summer, and Congress now turns to passing the appropriations bills necessary to keep federal agencies running smoothly. Ha! No, it's summer, and Congress now turns to setting the stage for the latest in a series of artificial federal spending crises that will likely turn even more toxic than in 2011 iteration due to the autumn confluence of the federal government reaching the debt limit and the end of the federal fiscal year.
The White House just launched an online catalog of federal programs that centralizes information available on individual agency websites. The website mission is to provide the public with an easily accessible and searchable inventory of government programs.
The Internal Revenue Service spent $4.1 million in funds intended for hiring enforcement personnel on a 2010 conference, a May 31 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report (.pdf) says. TIGTA also said the funds for the conference were not properly documented. The report focuses on the Aug. 2010 $4.1 million Small Business/Self-Employed Division manager's conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Bad communications and inadequate internal policy management caused a $19.4 million funding shortfall in the Labor Department's Job Corps Program, requiring a freeze in student enrollment and a transfer of $26.2 million to cover, a new report finds.
The House Rules Committee approved two fiscal 2014 appropriations bills for debate on the House floor during a June 3 hearing, shortly after a warning from President Obama that he would veto both bills because Congress has yet to approve an budget framework with the Senate.
Before giving the Internal Revenue Service the budget increase proposed in President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget request, Congress should wait for management reforms and a review of how trust can be restored in the agency, Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel told the House Appropriations subcommittee on financial services and general government in a June 3 hearing.
The Senate passed an amendment to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs bill that would reduce federal premium support for crop insurance participants that make more than $750,000 a year. In a 59 to 33 vote, the senate voted in the amendment added to the bill (S.954) that would reduce the federal government's premium burden by 15 percent.
The Internal Revenue Service does not have sufficient data for identifying who claims a tax expenditure and how they claimed it for almost half of all tax expenditure examined in a recently released Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) from April 30.
President Obama this week will propose legislation that would reduce payments for executive compensation tied to cost reimbursment contracts, Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan said in a May 30 blog post.