The United States Postal Service backed down from its fight for a modified 5 day delivery schedule that would eliminate Saturday delivery, according to a statement from the USPS Board of Govenors statement . "Absent specific legislative language, a continuing resolution maintains the status quo regarding government funding and operations," the statement says.
A group of technology company associations say a provision in the continuing resolution funding the government through the rest of the fiscal year that requires some federal agencies to certify a national interest before purchasing any technology made by a company with any direct ties to the Chinese government is counterproductive.
Funding for Homeland Security Department information technology programs fare well under the continuing resolution ( H.R. 933 [.pdf]) signed into law by President Barack Obama March 26. The law funds the government through the end of fiscal year 2013, and maintains $85 billion in automatic budget cuts under sequestration .
While the continuing resolution upholds the $85 billion in sequestration cuts across the board, funds were moved around within departments, something that agencies can't do on their own.
The House and Senate both approved a 6 month funding bill ( H.R. 933 ) with only days left before the federal government is set to run out of money. The bill does not overturn sequestration and funding continues at those levels, a 7.8 percent cut in defense spending and an approximately 5 percent cut in discretionary domestic spending, for a total of $85 billion.
Officials testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had to have known they were in for a rough day Tuesday just based on title of the hearing: "DoD and DHS: Implementing Agency Watchdogs' Recommendations Could Save Taxpayers Billions."
With about a week left before the current continuing resolution funding federal agencies expires, the Senate grew closer to a vote on legislation that would fund the government until the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has unveiled a $984 billion plan to fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2013 and avert a shutdown after March 27. The Senate proposal would amend the House CR by adding three full appropriations measures in the form of an Agriculture Department bill, Homeland Security Department bill and a bill with funding for Commerce, Justice, NASA and NSF.
Furloughs will force civilian employees out of work for up to 22 days with very few exceptions, said DoD Comptroller Robert Hale, who expects the action to hurt morale and productivity. Even agencies that are able to level spending with 5- or 10-day furlough periods would be subject to the longer, departmentwide period.
The bill, H.R. 933 , would fund the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year after the current continuing resolution expires March 27. The bill would not reverse sequestration, but by increasing DoD operations and maintenance spending at a level greater than the fiscal 2012 amount permitted under the current continuing resolution, it would result in a $9.59 billion increase to the O&M budget over the amount allowable by sequestration.