• SNAP running tests to expand online grocery buying option nationwide

    Associate Administrator for SNAP, Jessica Shahin, gave Federal Drive with Tom Temin details about the program aiming to expand online shopping.

  • USDA buys time for SNAP under shutdown — but for how long?

    Experts say the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would venture into uncharted territory if a partial government shutdown continued through February. 

  • Report: Shutdown is costing U.S. economy $430 million a day

    In today’s Federal Newscast, analysis shows the loss of salary from federal workers, and the loss of income substitution provided through USDA because of the government shutdown will have a significant effect on the nation’s economy.

  • Should Congress get paid during a shutdown? One member says no

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a bill introduced by Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) would authorize congressional payroll administrators to dock pay for members of Congress for as long as a government shutdown continues.

  • USDA to pay SNAP benefits through February despite shutdown

    Faced with a partial government shutdown with no certain end in sight, the Agriculture Department has come up with a budgetary workaround to ensure Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits continue to be paid out through February. 

  • Rep. Comstock offers legislation to give feds paid parental leave

    Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) has offered legislation to give federal employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

  • Tighter quarters could be coming to your agency

    In today’s Federal Newscast, 24 agencies plan to consolidate their office space in the coming years according to the Government Accountability Office.

  • Numbers tell the government story, sort of

    Sometimes the federal government seems like a kaleidoscope of numbers when it comes to its budgeting.

  • CBP searched through record number of electronic devices in 2017

    In today’s Federal Newscast, Customs and Border Protection says it reviewed over 30 thousand electronic devices last year, while also announcing changes its making to the search process.

  • Kay Brown: USDA’s SNAP programs face state-level disconnect

    The Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service relies on state agencies to detect and stop fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP). States don’t all have the people and money required to fully monitor their SNAP programs, and USDA doesn’t have what it takes to watch the states. Kay Brown, director of education, Workforce and Income Security issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.