Senate Passes Debt Deal, Agency Spending Freeze Bill Headed to Biden's Desk

Bipartisan leaders pledge to pass fiscal 2024 funding bills to avoid a sequestration next year.

Federal Agencies Could Save $6B by Electrifying Their Fleets, Report Finds

President Biden has ordered agencies to take swift action to stop buying polluting vehicles.

House Passes Debt Deal That Would Freeze Agency Spending

The Senate has just a few days to act to avoid forcing federal workers to miss paychecks.

Possible Hold Up of FBI Headquarters Funding Slammed by Democrats

“Reasonable people can debate where the new FBI headquarters should be located, but there is no question that a new headquarters is desperately needed,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.

Budget and Tech Challenges Loom Over IRS's Direct File Pilot

The news of the forthcoming pilot was followed this week by a compromise debt ceiling bill that includes reallocating $20 billion of the funding the IRS got as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Agencies Launch an Initiative to Better Identify Minority-Owned Contractors

The joint effort between the Small Business Administration and the General Services Administration aims to make it easier for federal procurement officials to connect with small, disadvantaged businesses across sectors.

It’s Time to Act on the Workforce Portion of the President’s Management Agenda

Despite human capital reforms being referenced in recent management agendas, not much has actually changed.

​​DOJ Has a Newly Updated Policy on Preventing Bias in Federal Law Enforcement

Advocacy groups said the update to a 2014 version is a good start, but doesn’t go far enough. 

Debt Limit Deal Would Save Feds' Paychecks, But Freeze Agency Spending

The agreement also reduces shutdown threats, plus other takeaways for federal employees.

Government Agencies Work to Document the Painful Past of Indian Boarding Schools

The National Endowment for the Humanities has earmarked $4 million to support the digitization of records from the United States’ system of 408 federal Indian boarding schools.

Debt Defaults are not Shutdowns, But Both Raise Money Fears

Question number one that companies in the government market want answered is how payments for their work on contracts will, or will not, happen in a debt default situation. No one knows for sure.

Coronavirus Roundup: The Last One

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

The People Behind the Federal Spending Cut Dilemmas

Before slashing federal jobs, lawmakers should think about the mission voters would like the government to perform.

Debt Ceiling Furloughs Are Unconstitutional, Union Will Argue Before Court Next Week

The lawsuit seeks to force the Biden administration to take unilateral action to avoid a default.

A Federal Agency Budget Freeze Seems Likely at a Minimum, as Debt Deal Remains Elusive

The contours of a deal are taking shape even as negotiators say they remain divided with less than 10 days until potential furloughs or missed paychecks for feds.