Some information technology staff at the Veterans Affairs Department would continue to report to work in the event of a government shutdown, its acting chief information officer told reporters.
The Defense Department could save almost $50 billion in fiscal 2015 if it cuts excess personnel reduces active forces, a Sept. 23 Stimpson Center report says. If the sequester continues, DoD would need to cut its spending by $47.7 billion by fiscal 2015, the report says.
The Postal Service will request the Postal Regulatory Commission approve a 1.6 percent rate increase in first class and standard mail and a 90-day review for an additional 4.3 percent rate increase, USPS Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett says in a Sept. 25 letter.
If Congress can't pass a bill to fund the government by midnight of Sept. 30, large parts of the federal government will shut down. Agencies that provide entitlements such as social security, Medicare and Medicaid will keep providing those benefits.
A new Pew survey shows the public is divided over who to blame if the government shuts down because Congress fails to pass a temporary spending bill. About 39 percent would blame Republicans and 36 percent would blame Democrats, the Sept. 23 survey says. About 17 percent would blame both sides.
The House voted Sept. 20 to approve a continuing resolution that would fund the government below sequestration levels until Dec. 15 and strip the Affordable Care Act of funding. The CR (H.J. Res. 59) would fund the government at an annual rate $986.3 billion, less than the current fiscal 2013 post-sequestration amount of $988 billion.
The federal debt now amounts to 73 percent of the gross domestic product and could hit 100 percent of GDP by 2038 because more baby boomers will be drawing from entitlement programs, a Sept. 17 Congressional Budget Office report says.
Since USASpending.gov's launch 6 years ago, the quality of financial data reported by agencies has worsened, said Tom Lee, director of the Sunlight Foundation's Sunlight Labs. "According to USASpending.gov the United States spent zero dollars on Medicare insurance and zero dollars on Medicare prescription drugs in 2011, 2012 and 2013," Lee told a Senate Committee.
House Republicans moved ahead with a continuing resolution that ties defunding of the Affordable Care Act to temporary government funding. A vote could come as early as Thursday, but will likely come Friday. The CR (H.J. Res. 59) would fund the government at an annual rate of $986.3 billion through Dec. 15, slightly less than the current fiscal 2013 post-sequestration amount of $988 billion and deny any funding to ACA implementation.
Agencies should prepare for a government shutdown by updating what programs would be exempt from a shutdown and which employees would be necessary for the agency's continued performance of those programs, a Sept. 17 Office of Management and Budget memo says. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pledged Wednesday to attach an amendment to the continuing resolution that would defund the Affordable Care Act.