Thousands of federal employees won't have their financial disclosure forms publicized online after all. President Obama signed into law April 15 modifications to the Stop Trading on Congressional...
President Obama sent to Congress Wednesday a $3.77 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2014, a total amounting to about $14 million less than estimated fiscal 2013 spending. When accounting for White House-projected inflation, that proposed topline is 0.37 below current year spending.
The request, which does not include the classified intelligence agency IT request nor embedded IT systems in things such as weapons systems and satellites (and has other accuracy limitations as well), amounts to $81.996 billion. When taking into account Office of Management and Budget projections for inflation, the fiscal 2014 proposed spend is slightly less than current year amount under the continuing resolution.
Raising taxes on the wealthy, reforming retirement programs and investing in high-tech manufacturing will help lower the deficit, President Obama said in a weekly radio address previewing his upcoming budget proposal, set to be released April 10.
President Barack Obama nominated Brian Deese as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget Monday, according to a White House press release . Obama tapped Sylvia Burwell for the top spot at OMB on March 4. The confirmation process is expected to go smoothly, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said at a March 19 press briefing .
As he announced the initiative, Obama said it could be "the next great American project" and could lead to improved understanding of Alzheimer's disease, autism, and strokes, in addition to other unforeseeable discoveries. "There's this enormous mystery waiting to be unlocked," he said.
Under the cybersecurity executive order signed by President Obama in February, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is to develop within one year a framework for incorporating "consensus standards and industry best practices" for voluntary adoption by operators of critical infrastructure.
At the Office of Management and Budget, 480 employees have received furlough notices, Carney said. He did not specify which other EOP offices notified their employees of upcoming furloughs. The EOP has also slowed new hiring and left open positions unfilled, he said. Components have reduced purchases of equipment and supplies, the use of air cards for Internet access, and staff travel.
In the past year, GSA canceled 39 conferences, avoiding more than $10 million in associated costs, he said. "I'm worried, though, that we're going to lose a year of training," he added, because the agency canceled useful conferences where GSA employees would have gone to update their skills and knowledge.
In 2012, agencies processed more than half a million FOIA requests, but they only released information with no redactions in 41 percent of requests, according to the report, released March 13. It drew on data from 25 major federal agencies, including most cabinet-level departments.