As it develops maintenance plans for its unstaffed facilities, the FAA is relying on old data that only covers about a third of the facilities, the Government Accountability Office says. The FAA's unstaffed buildings and towers contain navigation, communications, surveillance and weather equipment.
A new Pew survey shows the public is divided over who to blame if the government shuts down because Congress fails to pass a temporary spending bill. About 39 percent would blame Republicans and 36 percent would blame Democrats, the Sept. 23 survey says. About 17 percent would blame both sides.
The Thrift Savings Plan now considers same-sex married couples to be married even if the state where they reside doesn't recognize their marriages.
An estimated 2,300 veterans who received money from the Veterans Affairs Department to be full-time students were in fact not attending school full-time, the department's office of inspector general says. Those improper payments may have cost the department $12 million, the OIG says in a report dated Sept. 17.
The Office of Personnel Management stands by its security clearance of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, but lawmakers called for a hearing to examine the security clearance process.
Declining revenue has led the Bureau of Prisons to sharply decrease the number of Federal Prison Industries inmate workers, dropping employment to its lowest level in almost 20 years, says a Sept. 18 Justice Department inspector general report.
The Postal Service needs legislation to bring the agency back to financial solvency as it faces the prospect of having to ask for an emergency rate hike to keep it afloat, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The House voted Sept. 20 to approve a continuing resolution that would fund the government below sequestration levels until Dec. 15 and strip the Affordable Care Act of funding. The CR (H.J. Res. 59) would fund the government at an annual rate $986.3 billion, less than the current fiscal 2013 post-sequestration amount of $988 billion.
The General Services Administration has finally returned to its headquarters at 1800 F St. NW. The agency collapsed six offices into one in an effort to consolidate more of its workforce under one roof. The remodeled space features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design. On Sept. 19, GSA offered members of the press a tour of the office. Start the slideshow...
The General Services Administration's newly-remodeled office space at 1800 F Street NW features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design, but the transition back to GSA headquarters is just part of what GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini calls a "total workplace transformation." There are only 400 workstations dedicated to individuals in the entire building. All other workstations are reserved for hoteling.
The federal debt now amounts to 73 percent of the gross domestic product and could hit 100 percent of GDP by 2038 because more baby boomers will be drawing from entitlement programs, a Sept. 17 Congressional Budget Office report says.
House Republicans moved ahead with a continuing resolution that ties defunding of the Affordable Care Act to temporary government funding. A vote could come as early as Thursday, but will likely come Friday. The CR (H.J. Res. 59) would fund the government at an annual rate of $986.3 billion through Dec. 15, slightly less than the current fiscal 2013 post-sequestration amount of $988 billion and deny any funding to ACA implementation.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development delayed disbursing supplemental Hurricane Sandy relief payments because of insurance red tape, HUD Director Shaun Donovan told a Senate panel Sept. 18.
In the wake of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered three panels to investigate the situation and how to prevent it in the future. "Obviously, something went wrong," Hagel said in a Sept. 18 Pentagon press conference.
Agencies should prepare for a government shutdown by updating what programs would be exempt from a shutdown and which employees would be necessary for the agency's continued performance of those programs, a Sept. 17 Office of Management and Budget memo says. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pledged Wednesday to attach an amendment to the continuing resolution that would defund the Affordable Care Act.
The Navy granted base access through its commercial access card to convicted felons without doing full background checks, a Sept. 16 Defense Department inspector general report says. The report (.pdf) says the Naval Commercial Access Control System's Rapidgate vetting process allowed 52 convicted felons to receive "routine, unauthorized installation access, placing military personnel, dependents, civilians and installations at an increased security risk," because the Commander of Navy Installations Command needed to reduce security costs.
The agency's budget decreased about 3 percent from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2012 as it has phased in what the report (.pdf), released Sept. 17, says is the largest set of tax law changes in decades. The IRS requested an extra $473 million to administer tax provisions from the Affordable Care Act in fiscal 2012, but Congress did not provide it.
A high level of risk avoidance has hurt the ability of the three national security laboratories to experiment, a report from the National Research Council says. Staff at the labs--Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories--voiced that concern to a committee of scientists and engineers that wrote the NRC report, released Sept. 10.
Inspectors general says sequestration spending cuts hamper their ability to provide oversight, a Sept. 17 Association of Government Accountants survey says. About two-thirds of IGs surveyed by the association say sequestration is the biggest obstacle to doing their job, the report says.