The House and Senate appropriations packages are far from the only priority for Congress this fall — and many of the other to-do items have direct impacts for federal employees.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Small Business Committee, introduced the Accountability and Clarity in Contracts to Engage Small Suppliers and Small Businesses (ACCESS) Act today as the first step to make these and other major changes to federal small business contracting.
In today's Federal Newscast: A senator and congressman are moving to end government shutdowns once and for all. The Office of the National Cyber Director is developing a new cyber-posture report to help evaluate the current state of American cybersecurity. And victims exposed to Camp Lejeune's contaminated water have a new way to resolve their claims.
The detailed work in Congress is done not by members, but rather by the 30,000-odd staff members. Right now, a group of overworked, and probably underpaid, minions are what they call "conferencing" over one of the most important yearly laws: the National Defense Authorization Act.
The Senate has returned to Washington. The House remains on recess for another week. Either way, Congress faces a haystack of work, and precious little time in the fiscal year to do it. For an update, Federal Drive Host Tom Temin spoke with Bloomberg Government congressional reporter, Zach Cohen.
The massively bipartisan Chance to Compete Act aims to modernize federal hiring — but experts say limitations in HR offices could stunt its potential, while others think the bill doesn’t take hiring reform far enough.
The White House says Congress should pass a short-term funding measure to ensure the government keeps operating after the current budget year ends Sept. 30. An official with the Office of Management and Budget says lawmakers would very likely need to pass a temporary spending measure in September to prevent a potential partial shutdown. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the administration’s plans and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Without such congressional approval, parts of the federal government could shut down when the new budget year begins Oct. 1. That would jeopardize federal programs on which millions of U.S. households rely.
In today's Federal Newscast: Following a critical report, TSA is taking steps to improve its cybersecurity practices. Federal labor unions want the Senate to move fast to confirm Martin O’Malley to lead the Social Security Administration. And Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst wants an IG to see how badly telework has led to feds "phoning it in."
The government's pursuit of false-claims cases never takes a break. So far this year, recoveries have totaled just under $500 million and they appear to be on pace for a full-year-yield of around $2 billion.
Although USDA met its obligations to notify Congress about a transfer of funds to support NIFA’s relocation, the department did not meet the same requirements for ERS’ relocation, GAO found.
Just because Congress is on recess, natural disasters don't stop. Now FEMA is running out of money, thanks in part to the fire in Maui. Just add it to the pile of Hill urgent issues. For the latest, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with WTOP Capitol Hill Correspondent Mitchell Miller.
Federal News Network and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hosted a panel reflecting on the vision of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and how agencies are still carrying forward and expanding on its promises.
President Joe Biden’s decision to allow allies to train Ukrainian forces on how to operate F-16 fighter jets — and eventually to provide the aircraft themselves — seemed like an abrupt change in position but was in fact one that came after months of internal debate and quiet talks with allies. Biden announced during last week’s Group of Seven summit in Japan that the U.S. would join the F-16 coalition. But over the past three months, administration officials shifted toward the view that it was time to provide Ukraine’s pilots with the training and aircraft needed for the country’s long-term security needs. This is according to two officials familiar with the deliberations.
Some of the article’s proposed pilot projects include installing gender-neutral bathrooms, implementing DEIA training for EPA employees and diversifying hiring panels.