Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner join a handful of federal employee organizations to advocate for a quick fix to a complex issue buried in the new tax act that's having unintended and harmful consequences for some federal employees.
Federal employee groups are encouraging fast action from the General Services Administration to quickly update tax regulations and write new guidance on tax deductible moving and travel expenses.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stressed the importance of giving the IRS nearly $400 million annually for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to help implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The IRS' workload is expected to grow under the tax reform legislation President Donald Trump signed into law in December last year, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, says the IRS doesn't have enough funding or employees to implement the tax law.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said his agency's budget reflects the priorities of the overarching fiscal 2018 budget.
Open government and press organizations are fighting back against the new communications policy the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee recently set between his committee and the Treasury Department. The new policy says any communication between the committee and the department will be considered a "congressional record" and therefore isn't subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
Cabinet secretaries, many of whom are newcomers to government, say they're impressed by the dedication and hard work they've seen from colleagues at the career levels of their agencies within the first 100 days of the Trump administration. They offered their congratulations to the 26 finalists of the Partnership for Public Service's prestigious Service to America Medals.
On the personnel front, the Trump administration had an up-and-down week. The departure of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the withdrawal of Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder set Washington abuzz. But the Senate confirmed Michael Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and Budget, Steve Mnuchin as Treasury secretary, and Dr. David Shulkin as VA secretary.