More than 60 percent of all federal IT specialists cannot say for sure or do not believe their working units are able to recruit the talent necessary for their jobs, according to a federal poll of all the government's workers.
The government narrowly avoided a shutdown last night when the House followed the Senate in passing a temporary spending bill that will fund the government through Dec. 11.
The House and Senate came to an agreement Tuesday on a fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that sets out more than $600 billion in spending.
With the fiscal year ending in just three days, leadership in both the House and Senate are scrambling to avoid a government shutdown through a continuing resolution that would fund the government long enough to make a budget deal.
The Environmental Protection Agency is not properly recording its information technology investments, which totaled more than $334 million in fiscal 2014, finds an internal audit.
The continued failure of Congress to pass spending bills each fiscal year is taking a toll on federal workers and eroding agencies' ability to do their jobs, according to a Sept. 17 Partnership for Public Service report.
The number of calls that the Internal Revenue Service was able to field during the 2015 tax filing season was cut in half compared to last year due to budget constraints placed on the agency, according to a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.
Several Senators with constituents in the D.C. area have introduced legislation that would guarantee back pay to federal workers in the event of a shutdown come October.
The Republican Study Committee has issued a new fiscal 2016 budget proposal that would set spending levels below Budget Control Act-imposed caps to avoid sequestration cuts, but would also defund the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood.
To fix this in the long term, administration officials said Congress should permit spending on firefighting to be scored as an adjustment to discretionary spending caps during bad fire seasons, similar to other federal disaster responses.