In today’s Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office says agency spending on products and services in 2018 reached its highest level in seven years.
House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government subcommittee released its first draft of the 2020 spending bill that includes less money for the Technology Modernization Fund and other IT modernization efforts.
The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Monday easily cleared its 2020 funding bill, which includes a 3.1% federal pay raise for civilian employees.
The General Services Administration sent the House a letter from the FBI which took full responsibility for deciding to keep its headquarters downtown.
The House-passed version of the defense authorization act does not include the Trump administration’s proposed changes to federal retirement.
The General Services Administration says it wants to move away from leases in favor of federally-owned property.
The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee stayed quiet on federal pay in its 2018 bill. Without action from Congress, federal civilian employees would receive a 1.9 percent raise next fiscal year. The appropriations bill also includes significant spending cuts to key priorities at the General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management.
Congress is skeptic of the Office of Personnel Management’s new IT infrastructure project, otherwise known as “Shell,” due to previous warnings from the agency’s inspector general. OPM’s former IG referred to the system as “at risk of project failure.” OPM is asking for $37 million to begin planning and migrating old systems to the new infrastructure in fiscal 2017.
The IRS would face even greater financial constraints and federal building construction would grind nearly to a halt under a $20.2 billion FY 2016 spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency won’t have to shut down for two days this fiscal year, as he earlier had warned employees. The IRS can make its current budget last until September because of other cuts it has made, he said.