Tagged: Budget

The latest proposed budget cuts are receiving a cold reception from Cognress. (Credit: Pexels)

Congress Creates Plan For Next Decade Of Federal Spending

With the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dominating congressional news this week, one important tidbit might have slipped by – Congress passed a budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 3) that would increase the deficit by $9 trillion from Fiscal Years (FY) 2018-2026.

The Office of Management and Budget put out a memorandum that included guidance for federal agencies regarding conference attendance (Credit: Amy/Flickr)

Waste Not, Want Not: OMB Memorandum Promotes Efficient Agency Spending

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memorandum last week titled “Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency Operations.,” The document builds on years-long efforts to save taxpayer dollars by improving agency operations and efficiency. Section Two of the memo focuses on oversight of expenses related to federally-sponsored and-hosted conferences, which “play an important role in the federal government” through improved collaboration and knowledge sharing.

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017, passed both chambers last week and now awaits President Obama's signature. (Credit: Greg Bishop/Flickr)

Defense Appropriations Bill Blocked Again

For a third time, Senate Democrats kept the chamber from moving on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 5293). In July, efforts to move the bill to the floor stalled out after...

The U.S. Capitol Building. (Credit: Architect of the Capitol.)

Ocean Policy Wrap Up for June 2016

Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.

U.S. Capitol. (Credit: Architect of the Capitol)

House Water, Power And Oceans Hearing On FY 2017 Budget Request Gets Heated

Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Reclamation, Western Area Power Administration, and the Bonneville Power Administration found themselves in hostile territory earlier this week at a hearing held by the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans.

Dr. France Córdova

House Subcommittee Supportive Of NSF’s FY 2017 Budget Request

Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Dr. Dan Arvizu, Chairman of the National Science Board, found a generally supportive bipartisan audience during their recent fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) budget overview hearing before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology.