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DHS can make significant reforms by looking at past Pentagon history, RAND analyst says

The Goldwater-Nichols Act, also known as the Department of Defense Reorganization Act, implemented "thoughtful, serious and reasoned reforms" at the Pentagon and similar legislation can help reform and improve DHS management and operational activities, wites Daniel M. Gerstein.

Report: Obama to request boost in Defense funding

Obama plans to announce his budget request Feb. 2 and with that will come a $585 billion request for the Defense Department, a Jan. 27 Politico article says. That's a $38 billion increase over the current fiscal year's DoD budget. The request includes $534.3 billion for the base DoD budget and $50.9 billion in overseas contingency operations.

OMB: Agencies came in under budget caps for fiscal 2015 appropriations

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.

One-third of federal managers in the dark on agency digital engagement, finds poll

One-third of senior federal employees don't know if their stakeholders are satisfied with the way their agency engages them digitally, and 35 percent don't think that their agency knows either, according to a report by ICF International, commissioned by the National Academy of Public Administration.

NNSA should remain within Energy Department despite overlap with other agencies, says panel

As National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories shift away from a focus on nuclear projects and undertake more assignments from other agencies to address broader national security concerns, a larger debate over their governance has also emerged.

Sea-level rise, climate change should be among top research priorities over next decade, report says

A new National Research Council report identifies sea-level rise, the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and better forecasting hazards among the top research priorities for ocean science over the next 10 years as scientists deal with flat or declining budgets.

Air Force wants a round of BRAC to make up for deflated budget

The Air Force plans to ask Congress again this year to let it close some bases and retire aging aircraft, even though Congress has continually rejected those requests over the last few years. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters in a Jan. 15 press conference that due to tight budgets, the service will need to make adjustments elsewhere when it proposes its fiscal 2016 budget request in the coming months.

House OKs bill funding DHS, but Senate likely to kill it due to immigration amendments

The House passed a nearly $40 billion spending measure that fully funds the Homeland Security Department, but the bill, which includes several controversial immigration amendments, will likely die in the Senate.

Donovan: Adopting new way of calculating legislation cost would muddy the process

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.

IRS commish: Taxpayers won't get their refunds on time due to budget cuts

Internal Revenue Service budget cuts for fiscal 2015 will hamper enforcement, reduce taxpayer services and delay tax refunds, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a press conference Friday. At the press conference, Koskinen echoed a call he's made several times since taking over the IRS almost a year ago.