Veterans Affairs Department information technology spending would receive $3.7 billion in the coming fiscal year under a spending bill marked up June 18 by the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on military construction and veterans affairs.
The House approved June 6 a spending bill funding the Homeland Security Department for the coming fiscal year with $38.9 billion in discretionary spending. That amount totals $34.9 million less than the White House request and $617.6 million below the current year enacted level, an House Appropriations Committee statement says. The total amounts to $981 million more than DHS spending under sequestration, it adds.
The White House just launched an online catalog of federal programs that centralizes information available on individual agency websites. The website mission is to provide the public with an easily accessible and searchable inventory of government programs.
Along with its Open Data Policy, the White House unveiled May 9 Project Open Data, a GitHub-hosted tool kit it hopes will be the living, breathing implementation arm of its policy. The online repository provides tools for coders to adopt the policy within agencies' 6-month timeline.
The strategy lays out a data-management framework for earth-observation data generated, disseminated and used by federal agencies. The framework aims to maximize the likelihood that Earth data is available in a timely and usable manner; facilitate the use of open, machine readable-formats and APIs; and encourage uniform tools and practices to increase interoperability, says the strategy.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be treated as an "enemy combatant" following his April 19 apprehension and subsequent hospitalization, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice," Carney said, adding that the courts system had proven many times its ability to handle terrorist cases.
The fiscal 2014 budget request that President Obama sent to Congress April 10 includes $59.959 billion for the Homeland Security Department, a slight decline from its estimated budget for fiscal 2013. Of the major components within DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement would take the biggest hit under Obama's request, losing more than 11 percent of its fiscal 2013 budget.
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.
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.