Workforce

CBO predicts defense cost overruns

The DOD disputes a prediction that it will overspend its budget over the next five years, but calls for Congress to allow it more freedom to take cost-cutting measures.

Acquisition

8 best bets for contractors to survive sequestration

As sequestration looms on the horizon, here are some ways government contractors can best prepare.

Workforce

BRAC bleeding DOD by the billions

The 2005 round of base realignment has cost $14 billion more than planned, so far, according to the GAO.

Congress: Do we need all those GAO reports?

GAO and its many reports face renewed scrutiny as budget pressure heats up in Washington.

Senate defense bill takes first steps to undo sequestration

Congress is demanding Defense Secretary Leon Panetta furnish a comprehensive report on the potential effects of sequestration, which could take effect Jan. 2, 2013.

Acquisition

Tracking the IT budget's upward curve

Apart from a couple of minor dips, the federal IT budget has been growing steadily for the past 25 years.

Evidence-based budgeting: Everything old is new again

Steve Kelman charts the history of evidence-based budgeting.

Workforce

Providing evidence for funding will challenge agency thinking

Meeting OMB's new directives will require careful attention to detail in providing evidence, experts say.

OMB asks for evidence-based budgeting

Agencies should base their fiscal year 2014 budget requests on evidence of programs' effectiveness, with an eye toward spending less, OMB says.

Cybersecurity

DHS budget gets 1.2 percent cut under House GOP committee plan

The Homeland Security Department escaped major spending cuts under a budget package presented by the GOP-run House Appropriations Committee.

Republicans, Obama in stalemate on avoiding automatic spending cuts

The Obama administration has given a framework to avoid the looming sequestration, but House Republicans say the proposals won't pass in either chamber. What now?

House panel to probe ‘outrageous’ GSA spending

GSA's money management comes under spotlight in the wake of the report that revealed frivolous spending at a 2010 conference.

Workforce

For CIOs, tight budgets have a silver lining

Fiscal pressures provide CIOs with an opportunity to prove their value, writes Alan Balutis.

GSA acting administrator to review travel policies

Under new direction, the agency is canceling several events and reviewing its conference guidelines.

Workforce

GOP budget plan gets thumbs-up from House panel

Plan includes extending federal pay freeze, reducing workforce.

Acquisition

How OMB's guidance fails to prevent duplication at federal agencies

Efforts to prevent the proliferation of overlapping programs have fallen short.

National Archives to see dip in its budget next year

NARA takes small budget hit, leader expresses confidence.

Workforce

Transparency on government spending: The missing links

Data on spending is available through existing programs, but gaps make it difficult to get the kind of details that many people would like.

Cybersecurity

US-VISIT could move again

The White House's budget request for fiscal 2013 proposes another shift in oversight for the Homeland Security Department's US-VISIT biometric technology program, among other IT-related changes.

Whoa, what a week!

Trying to boil down readers’ reactions to the recent spate of legislation calling for pay freeze extensions and cutbacks on federal retirement benefits might be best expressed by a quote frequently uttered by Popeye the Sailor (right before he blew his top) …

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