The FBI requests $8.44 billion to for fiscal 2014, according to a FBI budget request summary (.pdf). That's 0.92 percent less than the 2013 estimated budget of $8.18 billion, when adjusted for White House-projected inflation. The request includes $81 million for construction and $8.36 billion for salaries and expenses, funding 34,787 positions, agents accounting for 13,082 of the total.
The Environmental Protection Agency will furlough about 17,000 employees for 4 non-consecutive days starting April 21. The first phase of furloughs will run from April 21 to June 15 at which point the EPA will reassess to see if more days are needed. The Internal Revenue Service plans to furlough workers up to 7 days due to sequestration cuts after tax season ends.
A group of technology company associations say a provision in the continuing resolution funding the government through the rest of the fiscal year that requires some federal agencies to certify a national interest before purchasing any technology made by a company with any direct ties to the Chinese government is counterproductive.
Ensuring that law enforcement agencies don't unknowingly upset each other's operations when conducting a raid or sending out undercover officers requires software to deconflict those events--but the Government Accountability Office says interoperability obstacles between federal deconfliction systems persist.
Quatitiative and qualitative analysis led researchers to identify the most significant factors that cause erroneous conviction. Report authors claim their model can accurately predict an erroneous conviction versus a near miss nearly 91 percent of the time.
The Department of Justice is using metadata in its effort to improve public access to government documents through the Freedom of Information Act. Using metadata to tag information will allow citizens to easily look up FOIA documents with a simple keyword search, either directly through a government site such as FOIA.gov, or through an Internet browser, a DOJ statement reported.
Funding for Homeland Security Department information technology programs fare well under the continuing resolution (H.R. 933 [.pdf]) signed into law by President Barack Obama March 26. The law funds the government through the end of fiscal year 2013, and maintains $85 billion in automatic budget cuts under sequestration.
Federal prison employees won't be furloughed, but other agencies are examining how the latest continuing resolution will affect their employees.The Defense Department pushed back furloughs due to the new CR and will reevaluate whether it needs to furlough any of its 800,000 civilian employees by April 5.
As a result of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, law enforcement agencies currently need only obtain a subpoena to access stored emails older than 180 days. The ECPA also permits law enforcement to obtain with a subpoena the contents of opened emails of any age, but some federal courts--including the Sixth Circuit (.pdf)--have found that ECPA provision to be unconstitutional.
Justice Department employees tasked with upholding voting rights harassed other employees based on race and political ideology and DOJ managers did not respond to the incidents appropriately, finds a departmental inspector general review (.pdf) of the voting rights section of the civil rights division.