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  • Federal Managers Have Some Bad News For Government Workers

    08/17/2017 5:02:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | August 16,2017 | Jazz Shaw
    They’re going to have to start laying some people off, and for much of Washington, DC, that’s a completely foreign concept. Agencies are “pretty certain” they will need to institute reductions in force as they aim to satisfy an executive order from President Trump and ensuing guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, said Leslie Pollack, deputy associate director of OPM’s HR Strategy and Evaluation Solutions, on WJLA’s “Government Matters” program. Those documents required executive branch agencies to reorganize themselves and, in the process, cut the size of their workforces. Pollack’s office, which provides human resources consulting to federal...
  • Citizens Against Government Waste Names Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz July 2017 Porker of the Month

    07/31/2017 12:03:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) its July 2017 Porker of the Month for advocating for taxpayer-funded housing for members of Congress.During an interview with The Hill on June 26, 2017, then-Rep. Chaffetz said, “I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress.” He admitted that the current political climate made such a proposal legislatively arduous, but claimed that, “A $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in...
  • Feds Subsidized Housing for ‘Nonexistent Tenants’

    07/26/2017 11:35:44 AM PDT · by ptsal · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 26, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    [snip] The Department of Housing and Urban Development spent over $500,000 on apartments for people who "did not exist," ...and paid the complex $1.8 million between January 2013 and December 2015. [snip]..."Beverly Place's owner did not administer its project-based Section 8 program in accordance with HUD regulations," the inspector general said. "Specifically, the owner billed HUD for at least 97 tenants who did not exist or whose income eligibility was either falsified or unsupported." The inspector general noted that "nonexistent tenants" were ghost tenants
  • GOP trashes Trump’s plan to end dozens of government programs

    07/24/2017 5:23:40 AM PDT · by be-baw · 79 replies
    McClatcy DC Bureau ^ | July 21, 2017 | WILLIAM DOUGLAS AND ANSHU SIRIPURAPU
    President Donald Trump’s plan to eliminate dozens of federal agencies and programs has collapsed, as a conservative Republican Congress refuses to go along. Among the programs spared are agencies promoting rural business development and the arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Community Development Block Grants and the National Wildlife Refuge Fund. Those and many others are getting money in bills approved by the GOP-run House appropriations committee. The House plans to vote on spending bills throughout next week, and the Senate is expected to consider spending plans shortly. Trump unveiled his $4.1 trillion budget plan in March, pledging to “reduce...
  • Trump: I Don’t Want To Spend Trillions In The Middle East, I’d Rather Fix Roads Here

    07/16/2017 5:48:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/13/17 | Alex Pfeiffer
    President Donald Trump continued his non-interventionist rhetoric from the campaign trail in an interview that aired Thursday on the Christian Broadcasting Network. “We have to rebuild our country. Our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our schools,” Trump told Pat Robertson. “We will have in another few months, have spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Seven Trillion.” This number President Trump is using falls in line with the high end of expenditure studies. A Brown University study said: “By 2053, interest costs will be at least $7.9 trillion unless the U.S. changes the way it pays for the wars.” Trump...
  • President Trump’s Budget Would Reduce Deficit By $160 Billion and Increase GDP Growth

    07/14/2017 1:00:54 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies ^ | 7/13/17 | Ali Meyer
    President Donald Trump's proposed budget for 2018 would reduce the deficit over the next decade by $160 billion and increase GDP at the same time, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Trump's budget proposes a cut back in mandatory and discretionary spending that would not only reduce the deficit, but the debt as well. Relative to the size of the economy, federal budget deficits are projected to decline by 2.6 percent to 3.3 percent of gross domestic product over the next 10 years. This would mean that the deficit would be roughly one-third smaller than it was...
  • CBO and OMB Agree: Federal Spending Will Top $4T for First Time This Year

    07/06/2017 10:14:55 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 8 replies
    CNSNEWS.Com ^ | July 6, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - Both the Congressional Budget Office and the White House Office of Management and Budget project that federal spending will top $4 trillion for the first time in fiscal 2017, which began on Oct. 1, 2016 and will end on Sept. 30. In its “Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2017 to 2027” published last week, CBO projected that total federal spending in fiscal 2017 will hit $4,008,000,000,000. That is up from the approximately $3,853,000,000,000 that CBO and OMB say the federal government spent in fiscal 2016. In President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal, the OMB estimates...
  • Watchdog says State Dept. failing to adequately track foreign aid

    07/02/2017 8:50:56 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/2017 | John Bowden
    The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have failed to adequately track the more than $30 billion they spend annually on foreign aid, according to a government watchdog report released Friday. The report released by the State Department's Office of the Inspector General noted that the department has failed to build infrastructure for tracking billions of dollars in foreign aid despite being ordered to do so in 2015. "Because the Department had made such limited progress in building the capacity to centrally track foreign assistance data, [the Office of Inspector General] strengthened and reissued the recommendation...
  • Trump administration slashes grant for group combating white extremism

    06/25/2017 8:08:25 AM PDT · by digger48 · 32 replies
    WISH ^ | June 24, 2017 | ap
    BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slashed $400,000 in federal funding for one of the few U.S. groups that combat white extremism but denied it is now focusing only on fighting radical Islamists. A grant announcement by the Department of Homeland Security eliminated funding for the Chicago-based Life After Hate, which was initially awarded the money in January during the closing days of the Obama administration. (snip) In all, Homeland Security awarded $10 million to 26 police and community organizations, none of which has a specific mission to counter groups in the so-called “alt-right,” a hodge-podge of...
  • Durbin Statement On Discovery Of Asian Carp Near Lake Michigan

    06/24/2017 3:10:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 72 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 6/23/2017 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the discovery of an adult Silver Carp near the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam in the Calumet River:“I’m deeply concerned by today’s announcement that an adult Silver Carp was discovered a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan.  If this invasive species reaches the Great Lakes, it could cause significant economic losses and irreversible damage to the ecosystem, and threaten the drinking water of 30 million Americans.  Now more than ever, we must redouble our efforts to prevent their spread by ensuring strong federal funding for the Great Lakes...
  • Two US lawmakers ask Trump admin to cut Pakistan aid for supporting terror

    06/17/2017 2:34:51 PM PDT · by wtd · 7 replies
    The Hindu ^ | June 17, 2017
    Two US lawmakers ask Trump admin to cut Pakistan aid for supporting terror In this May 25, 2017 file photo, Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) speaks during a House Foreign Affairs Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee hearing. | Photo Credit: Reuters Two top lawmakers have accused Pakistan of supporting terrorism and urged the Trump administration to cut military aid to the country, saying the US should make it more difficult for Islamabad to get its hands on American weapons. During a Congressional hearing this week, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Ted Poe, alleged that Pakistan is engaged in terrorism and asserted...
  • Michael Medved Covers Trump's Budget Proposal

    05/25/2017 7:33:51 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 24, 2017 | Michael Medved
    I like Medved's take because he (unlike many other commentators) takes calls which are negative to his view. A good short article on Trump's budget is over at POWERLINE talking about the projected GDP ( The WASHINGTON TIMES notes that this budget is shocking! ( To which I say.... Shock Away!
  • Rep. Steve Scalise Discusses Trump’s Budget

    05/25/2017 7:37:25 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 24, 2017 | Michael Medved
    Michael Medved interviews House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district, Steve Scalise. Steve responds first to a statement by Rachel Maddow that the House Republicans haven’t done anything since they took office. Then the discussion focused on this administrations work to help the middle-class and lower class get work, leave the dependent lifestyle, and the like.
  • Trump's Budget Guts The Safety Net, And Other Myths

    05/24/2017 4:36:39 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/23/2017 | Staff
    Big Government: President Trump's budget is taking its share of hits for supposedly indulging in fanciful accounting, unrealistic assumptions and proposing massive cuts to vital safety-net programs. How much of that is true? You decide. Trump's budget plan proposes to balance the federal budget in 10 years and do so entirely through spending restraint. That alone is enough to raise the hackles of the Washington, D.C., swamp creatures. But critics have other complaints. The main ones: It relies on unrealistic economic projections. Critics say Trump's budget numbers rest on a rosy scenario of future economic growth. The New York Times...
  • Here Are The 66 Programs Eliminated In Trump's Budget

    05/24/2017 4:43:35 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5-24-22017 | Niv Elis
    President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion. Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan. Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block. Agriculture Department — $855 million · McGovern-Dole International Food for Education · Rural Business-Cooperative Service · Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account · Single Family Housing Direct Loans Commerce Department — $633 million · Economic Development Administration · Manufacturing Extension Partnership · Minority Business Development Agency · National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grants and Education...
  • Trump budget to slash entitlements by $1.7 trillion!

    05/22/2017 8:08:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Axios via Associated Press ^ | 05/22/2017 | Pablo Martinez Monsivais
    President Trump's 2018 budget proposal on Tuesday won't reform Social Security or Medicare — in line with his campaign promise — but it will make serious cuts to other entitlement programs. A source with direct knowledge tells me the Trump budget will save $1.7 trillion on the mandatory side over the next ten years.Expected reaction: In the past couple days I've spoken to a number of White House officials about the budget proposal. The best summary, from one White House source: "Conservatives will love it; moderates will probably hate it." These mandatory cuts — especially to politically-sensitive programs like...
  • With This Budget Deal, The Swamp Wins

    05/03/2017 3:56:57 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 64 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/2/2017 | Staff
    Big Government: You can tell whether a spending agreement is good or bad based on who is smiling: the swamp dwellers, or those who want to drain the swamp. This budget made the swamp dwellers very happy. Shortly after announcing a $1.1 trillion — with a "t" — spending deal to fund the federal government's domestic and military programs for the next five months, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a "very good deal for the American people." House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said it "reflects Democrats' values to protect health care, environment and education." Senate Majority Leader Mitch...
  • President Trump Signs HR 244 The Continuing Spending Resolution Into Law

    05/06/2017 9:41:01 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 40 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 5, 2017 | Sundance
    Earlier today President Donald Trump signed HR244 into law. The provisional spending bill that funds government through September 30th, the end of fiscal year 2017. There has been a great deal of anxiety amid punditry about the spending outline itself, and the spending priorities as determined by both houses of congress. Some of the criticism is warranted, most is not. The basic principle the entire professional political class seem to overlook is the reasoning for the CR itself. Congress has been unable to fulfill its budgetary obligation since 2007. In fact, the last federal budget (fiscal year Â’08) was signed...
  • Why did Trump betray us? (Why things never seem to change no matter who we send to Washington)

    05/03/2017 4:21:31 AM PDT · by vannrox · 169 replies
    Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 5MAY17 | Michael Snyder
    Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,Why do things never seem to change no matter who we send to Washington? It seems like for decades many of us have been trying to change the direction of this country by engaging in the political process.  But no matter how hard we try, the downward spiral of our nation just continues to accelerate.  Just look at this latest spending deal.  Even though the American people gave the Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, this deal very closely resembles “an Obama administration-era budget”.  It...
  • House passes $1 trillion government funding bill (309-118)

    05/03/2017 1:45:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 106 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 3, 2017, 4:31 PM ET | VERONICA STRACQUALURSI
    The House of Representatives passed a $1 trillion spending bill Wednesday afternoon, crossing off a major item on lawmakers' to-do list before they begin an 11-day recess. The bill -- which passed by a 309-118 margin, with four members abstaining -- is written to fund the government through September and includes a $15 billion increase in funding for the military. The spending bill also contains $1.5 billion for border security, but leaves out funding for the physical border wall that President Donald Trump wants to be built on the U.S.-Mexico border. It also doesn't block funding for Planned Parenthood or...