While science research programs received less funding 10 years ago than they do today, they benefitted from the fact that the Energy Department had a better feel for how much money was coming. Today, however, funding levels are in flux, making long term planning difficult, said Pat Dehmer, deputy director of science programs at the DOE's office of science.
Administration officials laid out a plan to bolster the government's role in recruiting foreign investing by coordinating the effort on the federal level, in a Wednesday evening call to reporters. States and cities have been responsible for luring business from abroad, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling told reporters.
The House passed two bills this week that would affect veterans' benefits including one that would seek to improve Veterans Affairs' handling of the backlog of disability claims. The first bill (H.R. 2189) passed the House 404-1 Oct. 28 and would establish within the VA a commission or task force to evaluate the backlog of veterans' disability claims, including the current process used to evaluate claims and appeals, the applicable laws and regulations and the appeals process, the bill says.
Though the military promotes its best officers to the rank of general and admiral, those officers might not be prepared for a job that focuses on a business management position, an Oct. 28 Center for a New American Security report says. "Most officers selected for their first star are operational standouts, heavily steeped in tactics and fighting," the report says. But those officers often lack exposure to the different demands surrounding the corporate management of the military.
The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the White House has informed her that it will stop surveillance of leaders of U.S. allies. In a statement Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also said she is "totally opposed" to the National Security Agency collecting intelligence on those leaders.
Forty-six percent of uninsured, single young adults eligible for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace--or 1.3 million people--could obtain "bronze" plan coverage at a cost of $50 or less per month, finds a Health and Human Services Department report published Oct. 28.
Agencies should not develop their own green building certification systems, a General Services Administration review has concluded. Instead, GSA recommends that they use either the Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system, better known as LEED, or the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes system.
Town halls and public meetings intended to provide the public with access to government provide minimal interaction, no discussion outside the scope of what's on an agenda and result in very few answers for citizens, said Lisa Blomgren Amsler, a public service professor at Indiana University.
The 16 day government shutdown impacted more than just furloughed workers and the country's economy; it also backlogged government operations including major reports from agencies like the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Census Bureau sent out a revised calendar of report Oct. 21 showing several delayed reports. The reports, which map 12 leading economic indicators, were delayed between one week and 18 days.
Due to the recent government shutdown, the 2014 tax filing season will begin one or two weeks later than scheduled, the Internal Revenue Service announced Oct. 22. The April 15 deadline to file tax returns will not change, because the tax code sets the deadline. Even so, anyone can request a six month extension.