The Postal Service exceeded its expected revenue in both fiscal 2012 and 2013 by more than a billion dollars each year, a Feb. 27 USPS inspector general report says.
The government shutdown in 2013 caused a loss of more than $400 million in visitor spending in towns nearby national parks, a Mar. 3 National Parks Service report says. In October 2013, 7.88 million fewer people visited national parks compared to that month's average over the previous three years, the report says.
Federal oil and gas inspectors will likely always earn less than the private sector engineers they oversee, DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary Ned Farquhar told the House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee on energy and mineral resources in a Feb. 27 hearing. Office of Personnel Management data show the fiscal year 2012 attrition rate for petroleum engineers at BLM was more than 20 percent.
Several scholars told a House panel Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission should develop clearer guidelines about its enforcement powers to help it balance its responsibility to both protect consumers and promote competition.
The federal government would have to steer 25 percent of its prime contracting dollars to small business – up from the current goal of 23 percent – under a bill introduced by House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) on Feb. 26.
Defense Department officials say the Defense Health Agency, which DoD stood up in October 2013 to streamline and centralize the military health system, is already realizing cost savings. But the Government Accountability Office says the department's numbers are fuzzy because it has no clear method for monitoring implementation costs.
The House passed Wednesday a bill that would make it easier to file Freedom of Information Act requests through a centralized portal.
The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether the Environmental Protection Agency can unilaterally modify pollution thresholds that require permits and base them on the type of pollutant – a case that could challenge President Obama's executive authority at a time when he's called for more action through executive powers. Clean Air Act requires permits for all sources that can annually emit 100 to 250 tons of pollutants.
The Internal Revenue Service managed last year to convict 25 percent more people than the year before for crimes relating from tax fraud to identity theft – despite a staff level at the agency's criminal enforcement the lowest its been in years.
To reduce Defense Department costs for the fiscal 2015 budget, the agency will request increased healthcare copays, a 1 percent cap on raises and reduction to the subsidies military families get for housing and goods, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a Feb. 24 press briefing.