Everyone’s trying to figure out what the next four years are going to be like for the federal government. Are agencies on the chopping block? Where is discretionary spending heading? While we don’t have answers, we do have some clues.
Let’s face it. Homeland Security is shutting down. How long is anybody’s guess. But, the political intransigence is such that nothing’s going to happen any time soon. But, what does it really mean for DHS to padlock its front door?
When the saloon door opens, the bartender looks up to see none other than Thomas Edison walk in and sit at his bar. The tavern keeper eyes him suspiciously and says, “OK, I’ll serve ya, but don’t get any ideas.”
Surely, no one would deny the Veterans Administration’s (VA) commitment to improving the welfare of the men and women who bravely serve their country. But, sometimes, decisions are made that leave you scratching your head. Take contractor eligibility, for example.
In 2012 off the New Zealand coast, scientists stumbled upon two whales never before seen. They only knew the creatures existed because of bone fragments. The feeling of wonder those scientists felt is akin to watching Congress pass a budget.
Remember when you crammed for tests? In December, Congress has to pass a budget, pass a bill to prevent veteran suicides, extend tax credits, and vote on 150+ nominations. Oy! But, it appears as if the DoD will have money.
American fall traditions: football, turkey and dressing, Black Friday, government shutdowns … Wait. What? The government runs out of money December 11, which means the lamest lame duck Congress ever must pass a spending bill. Ready to give thanks, yet?
When Wayne Gretzgy was growing up, he’d sit for hours watching hockey with paper and pen charting the paths the puck would take on the ice. The exercise, he said, helped him see “where the puck was going to be.”
It must suck to be President in the last two years of your second term as the opposition takes over both houses of Congress and polls show that your popularity is on the decline, huh, President Bush. (Wait … What?)
Being an entrepreneur within the federal government is probably kind of like being a sprinter running in a giant vat of molasses. Health and Human Services (HHS) IDEA Lab chief Bryan Sivak wants to change that the old fashioned way