The Federal Aviation Administration plans to eliminate airport weather observers due to sequestration cuts, according to an FAA document (.pdf). The move comes on the heels of Congress passing a bill to shift funds to save air traffic controls to be furloughed to help the FAA meet its sequester cuts.
The Smithsonian Institution has closed portions of three exhibits for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, due to across the board funding cuts known as sequestration.
Veterans Affairs Department senior officials who oversee disability claims won't be getting bonuses this year because they failed to meet goals in reducing the backlog of claims processing, VA Spokesman Randy Noller said. The withholdings apply only to executives of the Veterans Benefits Administration. Political appointees are not offered the bonuses.
The Office of Personnel Management suspended all overtime for all employees working in retirement services due to sequestration cuts, OPM Associate Director of Retirement Services Ken Zawodny said in an April 29 blog post. Retirees should expect an increase in the time required to process their claims and respond to inquiries, Zawodny said.
Both chambers passed bills nearly simultaneously, with the Senate unanimously approving its measure, S. 853, the night of April 25 and the House voting 361-41 the early afternoon of April 26 for an exactly-worded bill (H.R. 1765).
But although it would complete the NSC recapitalization program, the plan "calls for a radical change to [Coast Guard] capitalization efforts," said Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), while chairing a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.
SBA requested less money to train small sized small businesses, but created programs to help medium sized small businesses grow their workforce, SBA Administrator Karen Mills said in a fiscal 2014 House Small Business Committee budget hearing of the Small Business Administration.
Despite a constrained budgetary environment across government, continued investment in big data is extremely important to the future of the country, said Farnam Jahanian, assistant director for National Science Foundation's computer and information science and engineering directorate. "We view computation and data as two sides of the same coin. You really need to address both," said Jahanian.
The Federal Aviation Administration could not avoid sequestration-induced furloughs and the resulting flight delays from having fewer air traffic controllers, but passenger safety is not at risk, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said during a House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation hearing April 24.
The average millionaire's federal taxes would increase $82,604 in calendar year 2015 under President Obama's proposed fiscal 2014 budget, according to the Tax Policy Center.