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the White House wants to strengthen the inclusion of transgender people in federal services. The FY2023 budget request includes $10 million to improve transgender visibility at the Census Bureau. The White House also wants to expand gender data to the Department of Health and Human Services. Along with this, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will add more gender identification options for those who file discrimination charges. The administration’s new plans to support transgender Americans focus on improving the customer experience, a key priority of the president’s stewardship agenda.
Candidates for President Joe Biden’s Postal Service are considering sweeping reforms at the agency. Former General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini and Derek Kan, former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that they would take a closer look at the key congressional priorities for the agency. . This includes its fleet of next-generation delivery vehicles and the number of electric vehicles the USPS plans to purchase. Tangherlini said the USPS needs to ensure it has the resources to devote to charging infrastructure in order to make electric vehicles a significant part of its new fleet. (Federal News Network)
Representative Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduce legislation to tackle the growing number of abusive payments in government. The agencies estimate that the abusive payment rate in government was 7.2% for fiscal year 2021, or $281 billion. This is the highest amount in nearly 20 years. Connolly’s bill would create an oversight office to help agencies struggling with improper payments and make corrections. Connolly said using high-quality data and modern IT infrastructure is key to ensuring government money goes to the right place.
The leadership of the House Modernization Committee has introduced a bill that would encourage agencies to take the recommendations of the Government Accountability Office more seriously. the Improving Government for the American Taxpayers Act Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and William Timmons (RS.C.) would demand that the Government Accountability Office consolidate its most pressing but unmet recommendations into a single report to congressional leaders. In this report, GAO would indicate how long its priority recommendations have not been met and the estimated cost savings that agencies would realize by implementing those recommendations. Co-sponsors of the bill include the leadership of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
A bill requiring more energy-efficient lighting in federal buildings has passed the Senate. The BRIGHT law demanded that the General Services Administration install the most cost-effective and energy-efficient lights in federal buildings as part of routine maintenance. The GSA estimated that switching agencies to LED bulbs would result in millions of dollars in savings. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Investigations Subcommittee Member Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) introduced the bill. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
The GSA is moving some senior leaders to new positions. It reshuffles their top executives who run the offices of the Federal Acquisition Service. In a memo obtained by Federal News Network, FAS Commissioner Sonny Hashmi described five staff moves as part of his approach to improving the customer experience. Hashmi transferred Erv Koehler from Customer and Stakeholder Engagement to lead the General Supplies and Services office. Charlotte Phelan will succeed Crystal Philcox to lead the Office of Corporate Strategy Management, and Bob Noonan will serve as Senior Advisor for Workplace Programs. (Federal News Network)
A former undersecretary of defense is set to take over the leadership of one of the largest professional associations in government. the National Defense Industrial Association said it has hired David Norquist as its next president and CEO. He will replace Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, a retired Air Force general who has led the NDAA since 2017. Norquist served as DoD Comptroller before serving as Deputy Secretary, and briefly served as Secretary at acting defense during the transition to the Biden administration.
The Air Force said it will take a long time before its pilot shortage problem is resolved. The Air Force said it could take 20 years or more before it feels like it has its pilot shortage problem under control. The service currently has about 1,600 pilots, most of whom are fighter pilots. That’s an improvement from last year when it was down 1,900. Part of the problem is that the Air Force can’t train enough pilots to meet current needs. The service hopes to have the capacity to train 1,500 pilots a year for the next two years. Officials said it would put the Air Force on a more sustainable path. (Federal News Network)
the Defense Logistics Agency is today the main supplier of printing services to the Ministry of Defence. All DoD components, with a few exceptions, must now purchase services through the DLA. The Pentagon said the move could save tens of millions of dollars a year. The DLA will print everything from brochures to shooting targets.
the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency looking for help managing government websites. CISA is conducting market research on domain name system services for dot-gov. The agency plans to issue a solicitation in late spring or early summer. The DOTGOV Act of 2020 gave CISA responsibility for the dot-gov space. It currently includes 7,300 domains, and CISA predicts that dot-gov usage will grow 20% annually over the next few years.
Congress is seeking to make a dent in a massive backlog of applications for veterans records. The Veterans Records Access Act would authorize $60 million for the National Archives and Records Administration to address the impasse at the National Personnel Records Center. The bill was introduced this week by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The backlog at the Archives Center currently stands at approximately 600,000 requests. Delays can make it harder for veterans to access essential services like health care and housing. The new bill aims to help NARA improve response times and digitize paper records.
A former National Security Agency employee is accused of allegedly uploading and emailing classified and top secret data to his personal email address and another person. the justice department said Mark Unkenholz of Hanover, Maryland, sent classified information to a person who was not authorized to handle such documents 13 times between February 2018 and June 2020. If convicted, Unkenholz faces a maximum sentence 10 years in prison for each of 13 counts of willful transmission of classified data and a maximum of 10 years in prison for each of 13 counts of willful retention of classified data.