Oversight

Elections Agency Commissioner: ‘The Biggest Story at the FEC Is What’s Not Happening’

Agency received a funding increase in Trump’s 2021 budget request, but that won’t matter unless commission regains a quorum.

Management

Trump’s Budget Seeks to Increase Funding for the Internal Revenue Service

Staff would grow by a net 1,700 positions from 2020 levels, if $400 million in “cap adjustments” to exceed spending levels in the 2019 budget agreement is included.

Management

White House Budget Gives Election Agency More Funding, But Expert Says It's Not Enough

"A budget should be doubling down on funding [election-related] institutions," the observer argued. 

Tech

U.S. Defense R&D Funding Falls As China’s Keeps Growing

2021 budget request would see Pentagon funding shrink from $64.5 billion to $59 billion.

Workforce

Would Your Agency Gain Jobs Under Trump's 2021 Budget?

While the budget request cuts spending at many agencies, the numbers of full-time employees aren't expected to drop as much.

Management

Trump’s Fiscal 2021 Budget Seeks to ‘Resize’ the Bureaucracy

Among other things, the White House wants to rein in “improper end-of-year spending” by agencies.

Pay & Benefits

White House Revives Controversial Retirement Cut Proposals

The Trump administration’s fiscal 2021 budget proposal would require federal workers to contribute more to their retirement benefit programs and reduce annual cost of living adjustments.

Defense

Pentagon 2021 Budget Would Trim Arsenal, Shift Funds To Arms Development

Some experts say the budget proposal assumes a worrying amount of near-term risk.

Management

How Would Your Agency Fare Under President Trump’s Fiscal 2021 Budget?

All but five major agencies would be slated to receive spending decreases, with many dropping by double-digit percentages.

Management

Trump’s 2021 Budget Would Slash Civilian Agencies, Boost Defense and Veterans Affairs

The White House also reportedly will propose moving the Secret Service back to the Treasury Department.

Management

IRS Chief Acknowledges Budget Constraints, But Says He Is Confident the Agency Can Handle Tax Season

Two advantages over last year are that the agency is not recovering from a shutdown or implementing a new tax law, former commissioners note.  

Management

New Funding for Election Security Assistance Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Experts Say

Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Congress appropriated $425 million for states to help secure election infrastructure.

Defense

Space Force Is Go for Launch, But ‘Thousands’ of Decisions Remain

The 2020 defense authorization act ushers in the first new service branch in 72 years.

Management

Senate Sends Shutdown-Averting Spending Bills to Trump

President is expected to sign the $1.4 trillion measures that would boost funding for most agencies and provide a 3.1% pay raise to civilian feds.