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Government financial managers are “looking at multiple tracks” to plan for continuing resolution

The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee agree the budget process is starting later than ever this year. That means at least one continuing resolution, a congressional measure to fund the government for a limited time, is likely. Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby of Alabama says, “it’s going to be […]


Federal budget process should go beyond program cost, says former agency chief financial officer

The federal budget request process is officially 100 years old. A group of former federal budget officials argues it desperately needs an update. Doug Criscitello, former chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business Administration, said it is necessary to look at the benefits of programs relative to […]


Federal Emergency Management Agency works with private sector in disaster response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working 121 major disasters. The pandemic has caused almost half of them. Emergencies like ransomware attacks and COVID vaccine distributions on top of prepping for hurricane and wildfire season all fall to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, confirmed by the Senate on April 22. Criswell said her agency works […]


Department of Veterans Affairs has seen dramatic increase in trust scores

New data from the Veterans Experience Office at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says 79% of veterans trust the agency. Trust of the VA from veterans is up 24% from 2016. John Boerstler, chief veterans experience officer at the VA, said the VSignals Survey, which the department has been issuing since 2016, shows a […]


Agencies should not wait to reduce office space, advises former Public Buildings Service commissioner

The Biden administration says federal agencies can lift limits on the number of employees agencies allow in the workplace. Agencies have to turn in their return-to-office plans by July 19. Those plans could affect federal property strategy. Daniel Mathews, former commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) at the General Services Administration, said the federal […]


Human capital expert advises agencies to create detailed return-to-office plans

Federal agencies have to finalize their return-to-office plans by July 19 at the request of the White House. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force asks agencies to include phased reentry schedules and safety measures into their plans. Jeff Neal, former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said agencies should include a […]


Redistributing chief management officer duties may not be as simple as it seems

The new Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Mike McCord will be one of the leaders at the table as the department figures out how to break up the Chief Management Office at the Defense Department. McCord said at his confirmation hearing the breakup would be one of his top jobs. Beth McGrath, former Deputy Chief […]

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