I Helped Balance the Federal Budget in the 1990s – Here’s Just How Hard It Will Be for the GOP to Achieve that Same Rare Feat

House Speaker McCarthy wants to put the US on a path to a balanced budget as debt ceiling negotiations begin with President Biden. Here’s why it won’t be easy to repeat what Bill Clinton accomplished.

USDA to Use Outdoors Recreation to Boost Economy Around National Forests, Grasslands

The USDA is working on a broader push to help communities reap economic rewards from the growing recreation sector.

The National Intelligence Director: Over-Classification Undermines Democracy

The ongoing investigations into handling of sensitive documents by former presidents and vice presidents have brought potential problems with the classification system back into the spotlight. 

That Time the Federal Government Was Ruled By Czars

How a term for Russian oligarchs came to be applied to American government officials.

Coronavirus Roundup: Changes at the CDC; the Republicans on the COVID Panel

There’s a lot to keep track of. Here’s a list of this week’s news updates and stories you may have missed.

Couch, Private Meeting Booth or Desk? Feds Can Come Try Out New Office Digs in D.C.

This is part of GSA’s “workplace 2030” initiative as federal agencies work on their post-pandemic plans.   

The House Wants Agencies to Reveal the Deals They Cut to Avoid Lengthy Legal Battles

The settlement agreements federal agencies enter into would become more transparent under a bill passed Tuesday.

A NOAA Employee Ignored the Hatch Act Repeatedly. It Took a Decade For Him to Be Fired.

The employee ran for Congress several times beginning in 2012, and was warned this was a violation of the law. 

The USPS Is Leaving Money on the Table With a Poor Investment Strategy, IG Says

The current approach is also leaving the Postal Service vulnerable to unnecessary risk, the watchdog found.

The Federal Government Can Use Its Buying Power to Help the Environment and Save Taxpayers Money

Even small shifts in procurement rules that encourage reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will have a ripple effect.

Taxpayer Advocate Pushes For IRS to Make Its Own Free, Direct e-File System

A new report calls the current e-file program, a collaboration between private tax prep companies and the IRS, greatly underutilized and advises the agency to develop a new system.

Influx of Federal Cash Headed to Trail Projects Nationwide

Some of the money is from new earmarks included in a recent federal spending package. The funding comes as bike and pedestrian trail use has been on the rise.

Coronavirus Roundup: Two Years of the Biden Administration

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s this week's list of news updates and stories you may have missed.