The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) releases its 2007 National Government Ethics Survey
(NGES), the fourth in a longitudinal study of U.S. government Workplaces.
GAO chief reprises warning of unsustainable deficits
Walker told the Senate Budget Committee that "the federal budget is on an imprudent and unsustainable path" and that "the passage of time only serves to worsen this situation." Congress and the next president, he said, have about five years to get a firm grip on the problem or burden taxpayers with huge tax hikes and beneficiaries of federal programs with steep cuts in aid. As of the start of this year, Walker said, the nation's debt was $9 trillion – up from $5.8 trillion in 2001.
Bush budget lists programs slated for cuts
The Bush administration cited poor performance and redundancy in its proposal to eliminate or slash the budgets of 151 federal programs in fiscal 2009. The cuts, touted during the president's State of the Union address and outlined in budget documents released Monday, would save approximately $18 billion.
GSA seeks funding boost for DHS headquarters project
The General Services Administration requested its fiscal 2009 discretionary budget to more than double to cover the initial costs of constructing the new -- and controversial -- headquarters for the Homeland Security Department.
House chairman compiling list of IGs' unused recommendations
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is gathering from federal inspectors general lists of their unimplemented recommendations under President Bush, information that will allow Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to step up monitoring of agencies and IGs.
Agencies report more improper payments, take steps to address them
Major federal agencies reported about $55 billion in erroneous payments for fiscal 2007, according to the Government Accountability Office. While the estimate was up about $14 billion from 2006, GAO said agencies are making strides in reporting, and with continued effort should lower the number of improper payments.
Hill Still Doesn't Get the Web
Web sites developed by U.S. senators and representatives still have a long way to go to take full advantage of the Internet, according to a recent report released by the Congressional Management Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan group advocating a more effective Congress.
Senator takes aim at agency 'skimming' of earmarks
Census program to use handheld computers said to be in 'serious trouble'
Current federal spending track called 'unsustainable'