Beyond the inevitable hurdles of avoiding a government shutdown at the end of next month, the September to-do list for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) includes securing a 3.1% federal pay raise and passing a highly-anticipated paid family leave program into law.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) warns that many IT modernization fixes passed already by lawmakers still aren’t working as planned.
There’s still no guarantee we won’t have another government shutdown two months from now, but Congress and the president removed one of the biggest sources of budget uncertainty last week.
The 2019 Bipartisan Budget Act sets defense and non-defense spending limits for the next two years, but much of the real work remains when Congress returns from August recess.
In a letter to acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert, Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) questioned why the administration didn’t warn Congress earlier about the agency’s coming financial challenges.
Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A House-passed minibus of five appropriations bills includes back pay for low wage contractors impacted by this year’s government shutdown.
Members will see appropriations for border security, senators must decide on a course for the Defense Department, and the House gets a budget for VA.
For a near-term look, The Fulcrum editor in chief David Hawkings joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul’s bill would create groups of cyber first responders in the event of a cyber attack on the government or private sector.