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Clock ticks for Congress to pass full DHS budget; Johnson warns of impacts to department

The Senate Feb. 26 is poised to pass a clean bill that it advanced the day before by a 98-2 vote. It fully funds DHS, which has been operating on a continuing resolution for fiscal 2015. That resolution expires on Feb. 27 at 11:59 p.m. 

Helping communities deal with climate change is major focus in '16 budget, says OMB official

The White House is increasing investments to help communities improve their preparedeness and resilience to the effects of climate change in the proposed fiscal 2016 budget.

OMB: Resuming sequestration will hamper federal agencies from doing their jobs effectively

If Congress doesn't repeal sequestration budget cuts for fiscal 2016, the government won't have the resources to do its job effectively, says OMB. Governmentwide budget cuts will force agencies to reduce their discretionary spending by nearly $91 billion, collectively.

Reforms to IGs, acquisition, FOIA included in POGO's 'Baker's Dozen' of congressional priorities

POGO's 2015 "Baker's Dozen" includes areas for legislative reform as well as issues that would benefit from improved oversight.

USPS OIG asks Congress for Fiscal 2016 budget increase for healthcare and disability fraud investigation

The Postal Service Inspector General Office is asking Congress for $250 million for fiscal 2016, says a Feb. 11 UPS OIG budget document. The amount represents a 2.8 percent increase over what the OIG had to spend in fiscal 2015, the document says.

Lack of continued DHS funding would greatly disrupt operations, several agency officials say

Several Homeland Security Department officials testified at a congressional hearing that their agency's operations, staff and work with emergency officials and the private sector would be significantly jolted if lawmakers don't fund the department past Feb. 27.

DHS funding bill fails again in Senate, shutdown could furlough 30,000

A third attempt to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of fiscal 2015 failed last week, bringing the department within 20 days of a shutdown.

The president's 2016 budget request: Transportation Security Administration

The agency, which screens passengers at airports, is requesting $7.35 billion for next fiscal year. Of that total budget authority, $7.09 billion is gross discretionary spending.

The president's 2016 budget request: Veterans Affairs Department

VA's Office of Information and Technology, or OI&T, requests a total budget authority of $4.13 billion in fiscal 2016 – $231 million more than the fiscal 2015 enacted level and $430 million more than the fiscal 2014 budget.

The president's 2016 budget request: Federal Aviation Administration and NextGen

The Federal Aviation Administration has requested $15.83 billion under the president's fiscal 2016 budget proposal – including almost $1 billion for Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen.