Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said VA’s supply of masks and personal protective equipment is stronger and at a more comfortable place today than it was at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, when austerity measures were in place for employees.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a bipartisan bill in the Senate would fast-track hiring staff to work for the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery, who’s now one step away from confirmation.
The decision to delay the initial rollout of new electronic health record capabilities at the Department of Veterans Affairs will get a closer look from Congress this week, as the inspectors general at both VA and the Defense Department announced the start of a rare, joint audit of the agencies’ EHR modernization efforts.
When it comes to avoiding wasteful spending in government, avoiding government shutdowns stands out as some of the lowest-hanging fruit.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal 2020 spending bill provision that would restore the IRS’s streamlined critical pay authority until September 2023.
A 3.1% federal pay raise in 2020 is another step closer to reality, as appropriators on Tuesday advanced the proposal to the full House for a vote.
In today’s Federal Newscast, funding to support the Interior Department’s plans to reorganize its bureaus and management functions into 12 unified regions across the country is absent from the House 20-20 appropriations bill.
It will be late this year, probably November or December, before active and retired federal workers find out how much extra money they may have next year.
The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee included a pay raise for civilian employees in its 2020 spending bill.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Management and Budget is expressing its displeasure with the early versions of appropriations bills coming out of the House committee.