In addition to a modest pay increase for federal employees, the president's fiscal 2016 budget request lays out additional plans that could help the government attract and retain talent, and improve employee morale.
Agencies won't have to deal with sequestration related budget cuts this fiscal year because discretionary appropriations have come in under the budget caps established in the bipartisan budget deal back in 2013, says a Jan. 20 Office of Management and Budget report and letter to Congress.
Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan came out against a House resolution that would change the way Congress calculates he expected cost of legislation.
The federal grants process is changing. The Council on Financial Assistance Reform issued an interim rule that would implement guidance that effects how the federal government hands out $600 billion in grants every year.
In reviewing and analyzing information from six randomly selected federal agencies, as well as interviewing many others, GAO found a few agencies' websites haven't incorporated responsive design and that could make it harder for users to find content.
Agencies are meeting governmentwide performance goals that President Obama set nearly a year ago, said the Office of Management and Budget in a Dec. 18 OMB blog post. In his fiscal 2015 budget request earlier this year, Obama established 15 new Cross-Agency Priority goals meant to improve agency performance governmentwide.
Two and a half years in, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to help agencies and departments more quickly and securely procure cloud services, is being adopted in pockets across the federal government, but not always correctly, say General Services Administration officials during a Dec. 16 press briefing.
Try as it might, the federal government doesn't have the best track record on publicly reporting spending data, Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office, told lawmakers Dec. 3. USASpending.gov's success thus far could serve as a cautionary tale for the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, said Dodaro during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The amount of money that the Veterans Health Administration pays for its support services more than doubled between fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to a recent Veterans Affairs Department inspector general report.
The Food and Drug Administration doesn't test for some of the most commonly used pesticides when it looks into the amount of residue left on fruits and vegetables, says a Government Accountability Office report released Oct. 7. And the agency isn't releasing that information in their annual monitoring reports, according to congressional investigators.