A Senate Appropriations subcommittee marked up July 16 a spending bill that would permit the Coast Guard to spend $1.23 billion on capital expenditures in the coming fiscal year--slightly greater than the $1.22 billion approved by the House, and substantially greater than the $951 million proposed by the White House.
Congress could promote strategic sourcing by setting goals in legislation that would hold agencies accountable for their use of it, Cristina Chaplain of the Government Accountability Office said July 15. Those who achieve savings might see their budgets cut the next year, Chaplain said.
Sequestration should not cut off the Patent and Trademark Office from its fee revenue, a group of House members from California said in a letter to the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the agency's funding. That funding comes entirely from fees that companies and inventors pay for applications and processing, but the Office of Management and Budget determined that the PTO is subject to sequestration.
The White House is revamping agency management priorities to better focus on delivery of government services, cutting duplicative programs and expanding online government datasets, President Obama said in a July 8 speech. For delivering government services, Obama said he would institutionalize processes similar to how the Federal Emergency Management Agency mobilizes after a disaster.
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.
Same-sex domestic partners who work for the federal government will not be afforded the same benefits after the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act as those who are legally married, an Office of Management and Budget July 3 memo (.pdf) says. The Supreme Court's decision to overturn DOMA addressed the constitutionality of a statute that defined "marriage" and "spouse" for purposes of federal law, the memo says.
Problems with the way the Treasury Department processes consolidated financial statements could lead to inconsistent and inaccurate financial reporting, a June 28 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. During its fiscal 2012 audit, GAO found new internal control deficiencies in CFS processing including timely submission of audited line items, determining the effect of reclassifications of line items and ensuring that the budget statements included in the CFS were prepared in a reliable manner, the report says.
The majority of government manager have difficulty determining performance measures and say different parties use different definitions to measure performance, show results of a Government Accountability survey (.pdf) published June 26.
The Coast Guard has started a portfolio review of its capabilities compared to its missions in light of a shrinking budget, said the service's second in command before a June 26 House panel. The review, which is being conducted with the Office of Management and Budget and the Homeland Security Department, will establish "given levels of funding, what we will be able to do and what we will not be able to do," said Vice Commandant Vice Adm. John Currier.
Coordination challenges could hinder progress made by new grant management initiatives by the Council on Financial Assistance Reform, a recently released May 23 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says. COFAR replaced two former federal boards- the Grants Policy Committee and Grants Executive Board and was charged with identifying emerging issues, challenges and opportunities in grants management and policy.