The president’s 2018 budget proposal includes cuts to the Transportation Security Administration and grant programs for local law enforcement. But some senators say the funding increases at other parts of the Homeland Security Department come at the expense of valuable tools to respond to threats at United States ports of entry and smaller scale and local incidents.
The General Services Administration will encourage agencies to collectively share their ideas and explorations around blockchain, in a new initiative GSA will launch this summer. It’s part of GSA’s ongoing effort to collect business cases and best practices from agencies who already are exploring artificial intelligence and other technologies, and develop a framework that other departments can use on their own.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced his intention to drop VistA and move the department to a commercial, off-the-shelf electronic health record.
The Veterans Affairs Department has director for human resources and administration. Long-time HR veteran Peter Shelby will oversee human resources, diversity and inclusion initiatives, labor-management relations, senior executive management, conflict-resolution and veterans employment.
As part of its ongoing Future State initiative, the IRS will refresh its website starting this summer. The agency is also continuing to develop a secure online account for taxpayers to check the status of their balances, as well as a new digital communications tool where citizens can correspond with the IRS in a secure environment.
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the agency that administers the Thrift Savings Plan, is also keeping a close eye on 2018 budget process. The board says the proposed changes to the federal retirement system included in the president’s budget request could have significant impacts for retirees and how they participate in the TSP.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin delivered his diagnosis of the department in a “State of the VA” briefing before reporters Wednesday morning. He outlined 13 areas where the department needs to improve and the legislative and administrative fixes it needs in order to see progress.
The Merit Systems Protection Board is moving forward with a whistleblower case from James Wilson, the chief human capital officer for the Office of Special Counsel, who filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint against OSC. The agency plays a key role in investigating cases of whistleblower reprisal and protecting federal employees from prohibited personnel actions.
Among the major items in the President’s 2018 budget request are a few other provisions that have the potential to impact federal employees and their agencies.
President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request suggests personnel cuts at the majority of the 24 largest federal agencies. But the Homeland Security Department is one of the few that could undergo a bit of a hiring spree next year.
The Veterans Affairs Department may get a big budget boost in fiscal 2018 under the president’s proposal. Most of the additional funding will go toward health care, both in and outside the department. But the budget proposal does suggest cuts, and lawmakers said they’re concerned by possible spending reductions to VA information technology and medical research.
President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate George Nesterczuk, a former senior adviser with broad government experience, to lead the Office of Personnel Management.
The President’s full 2018 budget proposal offers a 1.9 percent pay raise for civilian employees and a 2.1 percent raise to members of the military. But federal employee unions and organizations say the raise does little to undo the damage the President’s proposed cuts to federal retirement benefits will have on current employees and retirees and future government workers. The budget also details workforce reductions at some agencies.
Proposed changes to the federal retirement system could force current federal employees to delay retirements and spark financial hardship for current retirees. Federal financial experts discuss these proposals, which President Donald Trump included in his full fiscal 2018 budget request.