It may be hard for Congress to agree on a budget, but not doing so leads to reduced effectiveness and added expenses.
Freedom of Information Act could be in for legislative revision, while witnesses and lawmakers champion the DATA Act as another needed transparency measure.
Continuing resolution includes IT provisions for DHS, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs in addition to avoiding March 27 shutdown.
Like a House bill already passed, the Senate's proposed measure to fund the government would also eliminate a pay increase for the federal workforce.
Senate hearing touches on effects of budget cuts and challenges of moving new legislation, as old disputes resurface.
Three senators are trying to get a reduction to the compensation cap added to the continuing resolution.
A bill that's been around in various forms for 10 years is back, seeking to open public access to government research.
Measure, pending Senate passage, would prevent government shutdown.
Forgoing some new hires could reduce pressure to furlough current employees, senator argues.
Washington D.C.'s non-voting member of Congress offers encouragement to federal employees, pledges support.
Committee chairman says across-the-board cuts can be avoided if agencies can identify unnecessary or wasteful programs, while White House draws on pop culture to promote president's plan.
Witnesses testifying at House committee hearing emphasized the 'poisoned atmosphere' that acquisition officials must work in, as part of an effort to shape an upcoming reform bill.