President Obama could go farther in wielding executive power to push through policies that don't make it through Congress, says an April 15 Brennan Center for Justice report. "Bold executive action can help unstick some of the very gridlock that plagues government," says Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center and former Bill Clinton speechwriter.
Private uses of public land that are technically temporary often endure, even when policymakers have other priorities for the land, argues an article published in the Georgetown Law Journal. "Once established, these claims – of which there are hundreds of thousands – seem, in many instances, to take on a life of their own," writes Bruce Huber, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, in the article.
The Interior Department is develping an agencywide way of looking at the the environmental impacts of developing federal land rather than continuing the reactive, case-by-case approach the agency has employed in the past. The DOI is responsible for the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources on federal lands including the impact when developing those lands. It wants an approach to project planning that can be used across its 9 bureaus.
Electronic voter registration makes make voter rolls more accurate and encourage more people to register, a state election official told a Senate panel April 9.
The Affordable Care Act will cost the federal government about $100 billion less than previously predicted mostly due to lower insurance premiums, an April 14 Congressional Budget Office report says. CBO originally estimated the law would cost the government about $1.5 trillion over the next ten years.
The Office of Personnel Management will start charging a fee for charitable organizations that want to be part of the Combined Federal Campaign and will no longer accept cash donations from federal workers, an April 11 OPM final rule says.
A new Government Accountability Office report shows duplication runs rampant at government agencies with 10 programs addressing AIDS in minority communities and eight Defense Department programs dealing with prisoners of war. The April 8 report, now in its fourth year, outlines 11 areas of duplication across the government.
President Obama, Tuesday, issued two directives aimed at eliminating the gender pay gap in the federal contractor workforce. An April 8 executive order protects a federal contractor employee's right to openly discuss pay with coworkers and prohibits the employer from retaliating against those employees who disclose their pay.
A House chairman presiding over the committee with main jurisdiction over postal reform endorsed most of President Obama's plan to overhaul the beleaguered agency. House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has long been pushing his own version of postal reform, said he would "embrace to the greatest extent possible" Obama's plan for the USPS.
The General Services Administration wants to trade two buildings in a section of Washington, D.C. dominated by aging federal structures to developers in exchange for renovation work in its headquarters and buildings at the St. Elizabeths campus.