Improper Payments at an All-Time High

As we enter calendar year 2017, the Federal government will be dealing with new and continuing payments which could be considered improper. An improper payment is any payment that should not have been made or was made in an incorrect amount. This include overpayments, underpayments, payments made to ineligible recipients, or payments that were not properly documented. Improper payments are always an area of concern for the federal government. For the fourth straight year, the Federal government increased the amount of money described as “improper payments” in 2016.

Senate Approves Last-Minute Spending Bill

On Friday December 9th, 2016, the Senate voted on a Spending Bill resulting in a passing 63-36 vote. This vote could have ended in a U.S. government shutdown for the 19th time in U.S. history. Government shutdowns occur as the result of many different scenarios. The Executive Branch may fail to pass funding to government operations and agencies resulting in a “funding gap.” It can also occur if Congress passes a funding bill, sends it to the President, and the President vetoes the bill. The first government shut down occurred in 1976, when President Ford vetoed a funding bill for the U.S.

President-elect Trump Plans to Reshape the Federal Workforce

Donald Trump was elected on November 8, 2016 to be our next President of the United States. He will soon determine how to lead our nation, govern our agencies, and oversee the administration. Once sworn-in on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, 2017, the new President will begin executing his new agenda items… one of which will be shaping the federal workforce.

Can OMB hurdle the New Budget by Inauguration Day?

On November 8, 2016, people from around the country will be lining up to cast their vote for the next U.S. President. Their votes will determine who will lead our nation, government-wide agencies, and administrations. The winning candidate will be sworn into office on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, 2017. Once sworn in, the new President can start crafting and addressing his or her new agenda items. One of the most difficult agenda challenges is the U.S. Federal Budget.

NBIB Increases Cost for Security Clearances

Back in July 2015, agencies underwent an increase in cost to process security clearances. The reason for the increase was to offset costs from the massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) computers uncovering sensitive information of millions current and former federal employees and their families. As a result of this breach, the U.S. government decided to create the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB).

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