President Obama nominated Acting General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini to be the permanent administrator, Obama said in a May 22 statement . Tangherlini had held the role of acting administrator since April 2012.
The continuing resolution signed into law by President Obama in March included new restrictions around conferences, which the Office of Government Ethics outlines in an advisory (.pdf) published May 15.
The Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as energy secretary on May 16 by a 97-0 vote. Moniz, previously a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was nominated in March to replace Steven Chu, also a former physics professor.
Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven Miller resigned Wednesday night, President Obama said that same day, after a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report showed the IRS used inappropriate criteria to select tea party organizations for tax-exempt status review.
The chained consumer price index method of tracking price inflation takes consumer spending habits into account better than the standard consumer price index currently in place, a May 8 Congressional Research Service report (.pdf) says.
President Obama called on the Office of Personnel Management to plan a governmentwide strategy to reduce the gender pay gap in the federal workforce, May 10 memo says. Within 180 days, OPM must submit a strategy that addresses whether a chance in the General Schedule classification system would address the gender pay gap.
A White House memo and executive order ordering agencies to make machine-readable open data the default when standing up new systems or modernizing existing ones will "create opportunities around transparency and efficiency inside the walls of government as well as fuel economic opportunity on the outside," said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel during a May 9 White house press call.
The rate of sexual assault in the military jumped in 2012 from 2010, a Defense Department anonymous survey of 108,000 active-duty service members says (.pdf). The survey estimates 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in 2012, significantly more than the estimated 19,300 in 2010.
President Obama's judicial nominees who were confirmed during his first term endured a longer confirmation process on average than the nominees of the four previous presidents, an analysis from the Congressional Research Service shows.
President Obama nominated his last four open cabinet positions including the most recent, Penny Pritzker for Commerce Department secretary. All four nominations still need to be confirmed by the Senate.