The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, which began in 2012, offers assistance to unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to attend a community college or technical school and learn new, in-demand skills. Under the 2011 law (.pdf) that created the program, VA can't accept applications after Oct. 1, and the program is set to end March 31, 2014.
The Social Security Administration may have made $1.29 billion in disability benefits overpayments to about 36,000 individuals as of January 2013, a recently released Aug, 15 Government Accountability Office report says. The payment may have gone to recipients who were working during a mandatory 5-month pre-benefits waiting period, the report (.pdf) says.
Thousands of federal employees received their paycheck late because of a data entry error from the company that processes the government's payroll. A Sept. 13 statement (.pdf) from the Interior Department that was also sent out to the agencies affected says federal employees who would have received a paycheck Friday would get paid Sept. 17. About 40,000 federal employees across 23 agencies were affected.
The way that the Internal Revenue Service estimates the difference between taxes owed and taxes voluntarily paid on time has a number of flaws, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says.
The Washington Navy Yard reopened to essential personnel and emegency workers only Tuesday the day after a former Navy reservist there killed 12 people before dying in a gun battle with police. The FBI identified the shooter as Aaron Alexis, 34, born in Queens, New York. Alexis had security clearance and valid military identification card, which allowed him to enter the facility.
At least 12 people died when two gunmen opened fire the morning of Sept. 16 at the Washington Navy Yard, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters in an afternoon press conference. The Washington, D.C. police, Park Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are involved in the investigation.
An audit of the Interior Department's travel tracking system found significant weakness in the system's design that inhibited the department's ability to manage travel and adhere to federal regulations, a Sept. 9 Interior inspector general report says.
The SBA originally planned to evaluate its Patriot Express loan-guarantee program by the end of 2010, but instead extended it through December 2013, a report (.pdf) from the Government Accountability Office says. With the extension now near its end, the SBA has still yet to evaluate it or make a plan to do so.
Keeping the size and quality of the all-volunteer force should be the main priority, while being fiscally responsible should be the goal of reforming the military pay and benefits system, says a Sept. 12 letter from President Obama to Congress and the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission offering guidance on reforming the compensation and retirement system.
Update 9/17, 6:36 p.m.: The New York Times says previous reports that authorities found an AR-15 on the scene of the mass shooting are incorrect. Investigators "say they do not believe the gunman used one." Shooter Aaron Alexis did attempt last week to buy an AR-15 from Lorton, Va., gunstore Sharpshooters Small Arms Range, however, the Times says. A state law that prohibits sales of assualt rifles to out-of-state residents prevented Alexis from making that purchase; he instead bought a Remington shotgun and ammunition, the article adds.
Agencies will be forced to cut 30,000 more jobs over the next year than it did in fiscal 2013 if Congress doesn't reverse sequestration in the coming fiscal year, a Sept. 10 Goldman Sachs report (.pdf) says.
House Republican leadership postponed a vote on a bill that would fund the government until Dec. 15 because rank-and-file Republicans wouldn't endorse a continuing resolution that didn't directly defund the Affordable Care Act.
An increase in Fully Developed Claims, an optional program whereby veterans, servicemembers and survivors submit all relevant records at once to expedite processing, is critical in helping the Veterans Affairs Department meet its benefit backlog goal, said Tom Murphy, director of the compensation service at the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Colorado's federal laboratories added $2.3 billion to the state's economy in 2012, nearly double what the labs brought in 5 years ago a Sept. 5 CO-LABS report (.pdf) says. The National Institute of Standards and Technology Boulder lab contributed $187.7 million to the state economy and supported direct and indirect employment of 1,325 workers, the report says.
The Treasury Department could run out of money to pay the government's bills as soon as Oct. 18 unless Congress agrees to raise the debt limit, a Sept. 10 Bipartisan Policy Center report says. The report says there's a 95 percent certainty that the government would reach the debt limit sometime between Oct. 18 and Nov. 5.
An increasing federal caseload demands more federal judges be appointed to the bench and current vacancies be filled, federal judge Timothy Tymkovich told the Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee on bankruptcy and the courts in a Sept. 10 hearing.
The White House announced Sept. 10 that it will nominate Beth Cobert as the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.
The program, part of a bill (H.R. 1421) introduced in the House in April, would award vouchers worth up to $20,000 to small manufacturers to pay for technical expertise from universities or federal research institutions. Researchers would help the companies with early-stage product development and the commercialization of new technologies.
The Federal Aviation Administration only uses a building's age to determine its condition which makes for "substantial errors" as to whether a facility needs repair, a Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. In 2012, a consultant for the ATO developed the statistical model based on inspection results of 134 inspected facilities. The model "uses one variable--age of the facility--to estimate the facility's condition," the GAO report says.