House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent letters to 23 agencies asking for details about the number of political appointees they’ve converted to career federal employees. Meanwhile, the topic of “burrowing in” is gaining special attention from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The FBI will hire more than 230 National Instant Criminal Background Check System examiners and other specialists, nearly double its existing workforce, to help process mandatory background checks. The agency is also partnering with the U.S. Digital Service to overhaul the NICS.
With Congress poised to finally pass a funding bill for fiscal 2016, here’s an easy reference guide for some major agency appropriations.
While a continuing resolution seems likely in the waning days of the short-term spending bill the government is currently operating under, federal employees once again have found themselves looking over their shoulders for any sign of a shutdown.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work says the Pentagon is making plans in case Congress cannot reach a budget deal or continuing resolution before Sept. 30.
A group of freshman Republican members are pushing for a short-term, continuing resolution to keep the government open past Sept. 30.
While the number of people in Congress calling for the OPM director to resign grows, the White House is voicing support for Katherine Archuleta. NTEU and NARFE have sent letters to OPM asking for more details on the second breach.
J. David Cox, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said the Office of Personnel Management needs to provide more detailed information about the recent cyber breach.
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team released in May an analysis report detailing nine incidents between July 2014 and May 2015 where hackers stole what they call ”bulk personally identifiable information (PII)” from public and private sector organizations. Secretary Jeh Johnson issued the first-ever Binding Operational Directive to agencies in May, mandating they fix all ‘critical vulnerabilities’ in 30 days.