President Obama could go farther in wielding executive power to push through policies that don't make it through Congress, says an April 15 Brennan Center for Justice report. "Bold executive action can help unstick some of the very gridlock that plagues government," says Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center and former Bill Clinton speechwriter.
President Obama, Tuesday, issued two directives aimed at eliminating the gender pay gap in the federal contractor workforce. An April 8 executive order protects a federal contractor employee's right to openly discuss pay with coworkers and prohibits the employer from retaliating against those employees who disclose their pay.
More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance through healthcare.gov or state exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama announced Tuesday.
European Union leaders and President Obama today announced a new effort to formalize and broaden cooperation on cyber issues.
The days of bulk storage of communications metadata by the National Security Agency may be numbered with the addition of reform proposals from President Obama and House Intelligence Committee leaders – although both are under criticism from privacy watchdogs for not going far enough.
The Postal Service's healthcare prefunding requirement would be restructured and Saturday mail delivery elimated under President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget plan.
President Obama released a $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget proposal Tuesday that works within the recently passed Murray-Ryan framework to provide $1.014 trillion in discretionary spending.
President Obama released Tuesday a $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget request that would set discretionary spending levels at $1.014 trillion. Discretionary spending in the proposal would be $2 billion over this year's fiscal years enacted level. Defense discretionary spending would come in at $495.6 billion which is $4 million less than the enacted fiscal 2014 level.
Federal agencies must come up with a significant new project to include in updates to their open government plans due June 1. In a Feb. 24 memo (.pdf), Todd Park, the federal chief technology officer, called on agencies to "introduce bold, ambitious new open government initiatives," relating to either transparency, participation or collaboration.
President Obama's re-election and the co-opting of fringe ideas by mainstream Republicans appear to have led to a decline in far-right extremist and hate groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.