While most agencies have been feeling the crunch of sequestration, federal regulatory agencies have not been hit hard by sequestration budget cuts, says a July 22 joint report (.pdf) by Melinda Warren of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis and Susan Dudley of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center.
The directive sets out goals for the task force, one of which is to identify existing and recommend new policies that would help the expansion of national service and volunteer opportunities, such as AmeriCorps, FEMA Corps and other programs under the CNCS umbrella.
"I have dealt with the growing demands to produce more information, faster and less expensively through adoption of new technology and data sources," demands that the Census Bureau faces too, John Thompson told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The White House issued a July 8 veto threat against the House version of the energy and water appropriations bill in a policy statement (.pdf), the latest salvo in a looming appropriations and debt ceiling crises.
n its mid-session economic review, President Obama expects the gross domestic product to rise less than had been expected in April when he released his proposed budget, but the deficit to be less than predicted, a July 8 Office of Management and Budget report (.pdf) says. OMB predicts the GDP will rise to 2 percent this year and 3.1 percent next year, which is less than the 2.3 percent and 3.2 percent forecast back in April, the report says.
European confidence in U.S. data privacy protections, never particularly great, has been shaken further by revelations that the National Security Administration bugged the European Union diplomatic building in Washington, D.C., and infiltrated its computer network, as well as spied on EU institutions in Brussels.
President Obama delayed implementation of a portion of the Affordable Care Act to give employers more time to comply with ACA rules, a July 2 White House blog post says. The part of the ACA that requires all employers with more than 50 employees to provide coverage to its employees will be pushed back until 2015.
For example: What attributes of guns, ammunition and gun users affect whether a gunshot injury will be fatal or not? When guns are used in self-defense, how often do they actually prevent injury to the crime victim? What types of weapons do youths obtain and carry?
The Democrat-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee released a $1.06 trillion discretionary spending plan (.pdf) for the coming fiscal year. That's $100 billion less in discretionary spending than President Obama's $1.16 trillion discretionary spending request (.pdf) and $87.4 billion less than the House's $972.6 billion plan (.pdf).
The part of the Voting Rights Act that requires some states to seek federal preapproval for changes to voting rules is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled (.pdf) June 25 in a 5-4 decision.