The bill (H.R. 1604), sponsored by House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) would transfer to a newly-created National Geospatial Technology Administration geospatial functions now residing in the departments of Agriculture (regarding national forests), Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Federal agencies reported $3.8 billion in cost savings related to real property in recent years, but their decisions about what counted as savings were inconsistent and sometimes dubious, the Government Accountability Office says.
Sequestration will hit harder in fiscal 2014 than it did because cuts will be larger and one-time fixes that mitigated the impacts last year cannot be used again, a Nov. 21 Center for American Progress report says. Sequestration will cut $24 billion more in 2014 than it did in 2013, because Congress partially repealed the 2013 sequester in the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the report says.
The Labor Department fails to communicate in plain language with the public, while the Social Security Administration is the easiest to understand, says Center for Plain Language in its annual report card.
Only one agency--the Education Department--has met all the requirements the Office of Management and Budget established for the PortfolioStat process, a Government Accountability Office report says.
The 16 day government shutdown impacted more than just furloughed workers and the country's economy; it also backlogged government operations including major reports from agencies like the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Census Bureau sent out a revised calendar of report Oct. 21 showing several delayed reports. The reports, which map 12 leading economic indicators, were delayed between one week and 18 days.
The Agriculture Department's subjective eligibility requirements for farm program payments hindered the agency's ability to review whether farmers were compliant with the requirements, a recently released Sept. 26 Government Accountability Office reports says.
As federal workers report back to their offices this morning, it's uncertain how long it will take to get operations back to normal. The government hasn't had to reopen in 17 years and with technological advances along with each agency facing specific issues there isn't a governmentwide guideline to get everyone up and running quickly.
The government shutdown, now in its third week, has had considerable impacts on the world of science, beyond the science activities that federal agencies perform themselves. FierceGovernment spoke with Matt Hourihan of the American Association for the Advancement of Science about the challenges facing scientists and researchers as a result of the shutdown and the overall fiscal climate.
The government shutdown cost more than a billion dollars to the economy in its first week and that number could reach into the tens of billions if the shutdown lasts more than a few weeks. Market research firm IHS projects the economy lost $1.6 billion in the first week of the shutdown and shaved 0.16 percent from fourth-quarter gross domestic product growth.