This article states that acting budget director Jeffrey Zients has tasked all agency heads with incorporating greater evidence and more rigorous performance evaluation in their fiscal 2014 budget requests, saying that in tight budget times proposals are more likely to win presidential approval if they link evidence to program outcomes.
This article mentions that the Obama administration still holds out hope of avoiding the across-the-board budget cuts required under the 2011 Budget Control Act, but it is nonetheless instructing federal agencies to begin preparing their fiscal 2014 budget requests assuming a 5 percent cut in discretionary spending.
This article details that despite uncertainty about the coming U.S. Supreme Court decision on its constitutionality, the 2010 health care reform law already has triggered a long-term transformation in the way U.S. health care is delivered and paid for, a panel of specialists have said.
This article details that CNN reports that the government has arrested 100 people in another huge health care fraud bust, and based on previous instances of this kind, there are bound to be some scandalous details forthcoming.
This article details that the U.S. Postal Service announced plans Wednesday to reduce operating hours to enable it to keep open rural post offices previously slated for closure -- a sharp change of course for the cash-strapped agency.
This article states that a U.S. Postal Service watchdog expressed confidence that the agency will move slowly and deliberately in implementing any changes related to the consolidation or closure of post offices across the country.
This article starts by stating that while much of the defense press was focused yesterday on the HASC markup and the SASC hearing about the F-35, my colleague at DoDBuzz spotted a good story about sequestration.
This article describes that the Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance, directing federal agencies to cut travel spending by 30 percent starting in October and prohibiting more than $500,000 to be spent on conferences.