Federal agency budget officials say they would be a struggle to meet the Office of Management and Budget's guidance to propose a 10 percent from their fiscal 2015 budget submission, finds a Nov. 20 survey from the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis and Grant Thornton.
A plan to exchange federal buildings for new facilities without direct approval from Congress drew resistance from a key lawmaker Nov. 19. The General Services Administration has proposed exchanging five outdated federal buildings collectively known as Federal Triangle South in the southwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.
Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said she doubts the Homeland Security Department is doing much to quell the improper use of overtime among its employees, which she estimates costs about $9 million annually. She testified Nov. 19 before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee on the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and the federal workforce.
The Labor Department fails to communicate in plain language with the public, while the Social Security Administration is the easiest to understand, says Center for Plain Language in its annual report card.
A Nov. 18 statement of administration policy (.pdf) asks the Senate not to make changes to the security clearance process until the Office of Management and Budget completes its ongoing review. OMB's findings may lead to recommendations that conflict with the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposal.
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee approved a package of bills Tuesday including one that would expand access to healthcare and dental care to veterans. One of the bills (S.1604) would require VA to provide services to certain veterans previously ineligible to receive care.
Food, custodial and security service contractors who were furloughed during the government shutdown in October would be able to receive back pay under legislation that Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) announced Nov. 15. The bill received 11 co-sponsors, all Democrats.
The new FBI headquarters will require about 50 acres of land in close proximity to a Metro station and the Capital Beltway, the General Services Administration says.
The Postal Service must cater to those who grew up in the digital age by encouraging digitally interactive mail pieces, such as those containing QR codes, and by capitalizing on an interest in parcel mail, a Nov. 18 Postal Service inspector general report says.
Federal agencies and private companies alike have found that employee buy-in is key for transitions to nontraditional office environments, the Government Accountability Office says. Before the Internal Revenue Service implemented a new workspace plan in 2012, it worked with its leadership and union to help employees understand the need for the changes.
Federal workers and veterans benefits are set for a variety of cuts under several possible plans to reduce the deficit, a Nov. 13 Congressional Budget Analysis report shows. The CBO report (.pdf) says feds could be impacted by a range of cuts including reduced pensions and cost of living raises, stricter requirements for veteran disability benefits and capped pay increases for the military.
The Office of Personnel Management issued guidelines Nov. 15 to help agencies recruit workers from national service programs such as the FEMA Corps and AmeriCorps. The guidance builds on a July 19 White House directive to create task force to set discover ways agencies can work together to expand national service. The administration memo also directed OPM to issue guidance to agencies on developing recruitment strategies for national service.
A new bill introduced by three Republican senators would end the defined pension portion of the Federal Employee Retirement Systems for feds hired after the bill's passage. The sponsors say the bill (.pdf) would change federal retirement benefits to more closely resemble those in the private sector.
Through the administration proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, the government can play a role in innovating the way products are manufactured in the United States by getting business to invest in new ideas behind manufcaturing methods, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker told a Senate panel Nov. 13.
Staffing problems, poor oversight of nursing staff and a push to expedite the prescription of pain medications without full patient evaluation, allowed staff at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. to illegally dispense narcotics, said a former doctor who worked at the facility.
A pilot program used to measure employee and agency performance isn't ready to implemented governmentwide because the Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council haven't updated the program with lessons learned in the pilot phase or defined their roles in implementation, a recently released Sept. 12 Government Accountability Office report says.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker vowed Thursday to work to expand American exports and get more government data into the hands of entrepreneurs, in a speech outlining the department's priorities.
The Postal Service ended fiscal 2013 with a loss of $5 billion, down from a $16 billion loss in fiscal 2012, say USPS financials released Nov. 15. Still, that marks seven consecutive years that USPS incurred a loss, a Postal Service release on its financial statement (.pdf) says. The Post Office has lost money for seven consecutive years, the Postal Service acknowledges in a release on its financial statement (.pdf).
Members of the science research community took umbrage with proposed legislation that would force research to be in the national interest to receive a grant and give the National Science Foundation Director the power to affirm all grant awards, at a Nov. 13 House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on research and technology hearing.
Slightly more than 106,000 individuals selected health insurance plans in the first month of implementation, but most came through state exchanges and not the troubled federal website, a Nov. 13 Health and Human Services report says.