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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.