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White House budget: Obama seeks budget bump for education

President Obama’s education budget seeks new funds to provide for students at both ends of the spectrum — early childhood and community college — as well as an increase in the money spent to educate low-income K-12 children and funds to launch a new version of his “Race to the Top” competitive grants, this time […]

White House budget: DOT investment would boost spending well above current levels

The call for a big investment — $478 billion — in roads, bridges, transit and other faltering infrastructure would boost spending well above current levels but still fall far short of the amount that experts contend is necessary to maintain and expand current transportation infrastructure. The stumbling block to progress for several years has been […]

White House budget: All systems go at NASA

The president’s budget keeps NASA on its current trajectory, with an $18.5 billion top-line number and an all-systems-go approach on such key, high-cost initiatives as the Orion crew capsule and the Space Launch System rocket, both of which are still under development, and the James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled for a 2018 launch. […]

White House budget: State Dept. proposal reflects terrorism concerns

The proposed budget for the State Department reflects a world threatened by terrorism in the Middle East and Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, along with the desire to pay more attention to the growing economies in Asia. The budget sets aside $46 billion for the State Department and other international programs like the U.S. Agency […]

White House Budget: Boost for defense with cost-control caveat

The Defense Department would receive an overall boost in spending of about 4 percent next year to more than $585 billion, after several years of flat or declining budgets under the Obama administration. But the increase comes with a big asterisk. It assumes that Congress and the White House will agree on a way to circumvent […]

White House budget: At Interior, a focus on clean energy and climate

President Obama is requesting $12.9 billion for the Interior Department, an increase of about $800 million from the previous year, with a strong focus on two issues that divide the liberal White House and the conservative-led Congress: clean energy and climate change. The president wants $100 million for renewable energy projects on federal lands that […]

White House Budget: Homeland agenda includes airport security and plugging gaps

President Obama strongly backs the often-criticized Department of Homeland Security in his budget request, urging a 9 percent increase in DHS’s budget that would include a massive hike in airport security to combat a growing terrorist threat and additional funds for the White House complex following a series of security lapses. Under the president’s proposal, […]

White House budget: EPA would get boost to meet greenhouse gas standards

The Environmental Protection Agency would see a jump in spending of nearly nine percent next year, to $8.6 billion, reflecting new aid to states to help them meet requirements for slashing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But it’s far from clear whether the proposed hike will fly with  Congressional Republicans who oppose the White […]

White House Budget: Over-strapped Department of Veterans Affairs gets a proposed 7.8 percent budget boost

The proposed 2016 budget includes $70.2 billion in discretionary resources for 2016 for the overtaxed Department of Veterans Affairs, a 7.8 percent increase over 2015 for everything from offering “timely health care,” to ending veterans homelessness, getting veterans jobs and helping veterans quickly earn benefits. The boost is an attempt to serve the nearly 1 […]

What to expect with the White House’s 2016 budget

The White House is scheduled to release its 2016 budget request on Monday morning, and the Federal Eye plans to publish agency-by-agency details with help from reporters throughout the Post newsroom. The budget proposal is not law, but instead a wish list that lays out the White House’s spending and tax priorities, this time for President Obama’s final year […]

Obama to ask for 1.3 percent pay raise for federal workers and military troops

President Obama wants to give federal employees and uniformed members of the U.S. military a 1.3 percent pay raise in fiscal year 2016, according to two government officials familiar with his plans. Obama will formally request the pay raise as part of his budget request set for release on Monday, said the two officials, who […]

GOP senator proposes barring bonuses for tax-delinquent federal employees

An inspector general’s report in the spring revealed that the Internal Revenue Service doled out more than $1 million in bonuses to hundreds of tax-delinquent IRS employees. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Friday proposed putting an end...Show More Summary

Is Rep. Mark Meadows, new chair of House Oversight, open to federal workers?

Mark Meadows is a difficult man to predict. As the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on government operations, the North Carolina Republican is in a key position to affect federal workplace and employee issues. But what should they expect from him? While his right-wing credentials shine, he appears more open […]

Report criticizes DEA’s poor monitoring for racial bias in ‘cold consent’ stops

Federal drug agents who questioned a black Pentagon attorney for suspicion of drug trafficking as she prepared to board a plane for government business triggered a critical watchdog review of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “cold consent encounters” program. Show More Summary

Grassley and Leahy challenge Big Brother, question new domestic-surveillance programs

The heads of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week challenged Big Brother with the latest in a series of letters to the Obama administration questioning controversial new methods for domestic surveillance. On Wednesday, Sens. Charles...Show More Summary

Panel approves vets bill despite partisan tussle

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform seemed poised to move beyond its reputation as a rancorous, partisan pit at its opening meeting of the 114th Congress on Tuesday. That lasted about five minutes. Despite chummy words between the panel’s top Republican and Democrat, the ghost of the chairman past seemed to hover, unseen […]

Index shows Americans increasingly unsatisfied with federal services

Public satisfaction with federal services has reached its lowest level in at least 15 years, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The annual index, developed at the University of Michigan, showed that Americans are less happy with federal services than any time since 1999, when the numbers first covered views on the U.S. Show More Summary

DHS, Social Security and SEC take top honors for plain federal writing

The guardians of clear and concise writing in government awarded top honors Tuesday to the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission for the best job last year turning bureaucratese into plain writing for the public. Based on 126 documents submitted by the agencies, the Center for Plain Language […]

TSA intercepted a record number of firearms, plus these bizarre items, in 2014

Sometimes we can’t help but wonder what travelers are thinking when they pass through airport security. The Transportation Security Administration last year intercepted a record number of firearms and a host of bizarre and potentially dangerous items during passenger screenings. Show More Summary

IRS now paying company that muffed work

The Canadian company that played a major role in creating the once glitch-plagued Web site is working on a $4.5 million contract to help the Internal Revenue Service handle its responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. The IRS hired CGI Federal to help “integrate various work projects” related to the health-care law, according to a statement […]

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