The White House proposed a 31.2 percent cut from the EPA’s 2020 budget, including reductions in research and development funding by 45.8 percent.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) is launching an official investigation into the influence of three members of President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago golf club, on recent personnel and policy decisions at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As agencies plan for the possibility of another government shutdown at the end of this week, the American Federation of Government Employees is telling its members to prepare as well.
White House tries to hold jittery GOP in line over wall, government shutdown
The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources wanted more explanation for the Energy and Interior department’s plans under the White House government reorganization proposal.
Lawmakers sidelined facilities and questioned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about reports of unethical conduct. They also pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray about plans for a new headquarters.
The Recognizing the Environmental Gains in Overcoming Negligence (REGION) Act would prohibit using money set aside in appropriations bills to consolidate or eliminate EPA offices.
Significant cuts to EPA’s state programs and workforce have sent agency executives and employees’ unions scrambling to get a better understanding of what direction the Trump administration wants to take the department.
The Senate is considering a series of new bills that would alter the Veterans Affairs Department’s current Choice program, which lets veterans find a private care provider rather than a VA doctor. VA leaders and Congress both say the department’s current program is not working.
Information sharing is critical but insufficient, White House cyber chief says. Howard Schmidt said the federal government’s responsibility is broader than its own systems and that is why any cyber bill needs stronger oversight of critical networks.