The House and Senate have yet to agree on a budget for fiscal 2014, which begins Oct. 1, just 3 weeks after lawmakers return on Sept. 9. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office projects that in October or November, the Treasury will have run out of borrowing authority.
The Postal Service's guidance on revisions to its employee and labor relations handbook contains obsolete information, and the agency hasn't updated it in almost 20 years, a USPS inspector general report (.pdf) says.
The Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service failed to impose almost $7 million in penalties on retailers who committed fraud under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or had previously been disqualified from it, a July 31 USDA inspector general report (.pdf) says.
Employers of military reservists don't have complete knowledge of a law meant to protect reservists from employment discrimination, a recently released RAND survey(.pdf) shows. One-quarter of employers surveyed said they didn't know enough about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 to comply with it, the survey says.
The Merit Systems Protection Board received 30,000 furlough appeals in 2013 so far - around 25,000 more than all kinds of appeals received in 2012, an Aug. 21 MSPB statement says. About 98 percent of those furlough appeals have come from the Defense Department, the statement says.
An annual report on Army leadership finds leaders' commitment to the service is at all all-time high; however, many leaders perceive the Army's commitment is not reciprocal. "Almost 50 percent of leaders do not believe the Army is as committed to them," finds the Center for Army Leadership's 2012 report.
Veterans Affairs Department contractors did not reach the department's compliance rate for properly documenting when a veteran receives additional counseling sessions in a program for veterans who don't have access to the services at Vet Centers, an Aug. 16 VA inspector general report (.pdf) says.
Crowdsourcing through social media can engage the public and identify innovative solutions to government problems, says an Aug. 19 report (.pdf) from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. The report outlined four approaches to crowdsourcing, including engaging the public to report problems and broadcasting problem-solving challenges on the internet.
The Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Affairs departments will provide $7.8 million for housing and clinical services to 1,120 homeless veterans, an Aug. 21 VA statement says.
The U.S. Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit ruled 7-3 that the Merit Systems Protection Board can't hear cases involving federal workers with a national security "non-critical sensitive" designation, in an Aug. 20 decision (.pdf).
The Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee develops a governmentwide strategy each year on how to allocate resources for export promotion, but the level of detail has declined precipitously since the 1990s.
The Defense Department did not properly manage its nontactical vehicles in the National-Capital Region due to staffing shortages, costing the DoD $2 million in 2011, an Aug. 15 DoD inspector general report(.pdf) says. The Navy, Defense Logistics Agency, Pentagon Force Protection Agency and Washington Headquarters Services maintain 774 nontactical vehicles in the Washington, D.C. metro region and did not perform annual mileage reviews or daily mileage logs, the report says.
USPS's plan to withdraw from the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan and create its own benefits plan would reduce USPS's required total annual health care payments, but some elements of the proposal would add uncertainties that could reduce funds available to employee healthcare, a recently released Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) dated July 18 says.
Federal ethics laws that refer to spouses or marriages now apply to same-sex married couples, the Office of Government Ethics says in a memo issued Aug. 19. Ethics laws that affect married couples include conflict-of-interest statutes, where a spouse's financial interests may be relevant to a federal employee's work.
The high number of furloughed government employees seeking financial assistance may cause the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund to run out of money, an Aug. 14 press release by the FEEA says.
On Oct. 1, the first day of fiscal 2014, the available routes will increase 25 percent to more than 6,300, and nonstop flights will increase by 20 percent to 1,887 routes. The average one-way ticket prices for domestic flights will drop 4 percent, and international rates will drop 7 percent, GSA says.
Constrained funding for NASA's Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle slowed down the development process and delayed testing, an Aug. 15 NASA inspector general report (.pdf) says. The MPCV Program anticipates receiving approximately $1 billion per year over the next 16 years, the report says.
Hurricane Sandy damaged 110 of the Postal Service's delivery vehicles and prompted an update to the agency's emergency preparedness plans.
Career Postal Service workers who belong to the American Postal Workers Union will receive an annual pay increase of $937 starting in September, an Aug. 15 APWU press release says. The raise is part of the 2010-2015 collective bargaining agreement, which preserves cost-of-living adjustments for APWU members, the press release says.
The Office of Management and Budget provided guidance to agencies on how to deal with the Do Not Pay list of government contractors ineligible for work because of past fraud while still adhering to privacy laws, an Aug. 16 memo (.pdf) from OMB Director Sylvia Burwell says. Burwell set out the procedure for using the list, where agencies can access information about the eligibility of contractors.