Latest U.S. Office of Management and Budget News

Higher Anchorage property tax bills linked to school funding

May. 28, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage property tax bills have increased over the last year, rising to an average of $1,675 per $100,000 of property. The increase is related to a transfer of school bond debt reimbursement burden from the state to local taxpayers resulting from a veto by Republican Gov. Mike...

A medical worker talks with a customer at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. The state's business and gathering restrictions are being eased for most of the state beginning Friday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana jobless rate hits 16.9%; state plans big budget cuts

May. 22, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s unemployment rate hit 16.9% for April from widespread business closures during the coronavirus outbreak, and state officials warned Friday of steep spending cuts in reaction to plummeting tax revenues. Officials pointed to some hopeful signs of economic recovery as...

President Donald Trump talks to reporters before departing the White House for a trip to Michigan, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump slams mail-in balloting promoted by his own campaign

May. 21, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against mail-in balloting that in some cases has been promoted by his own reelection campaign, alleging without evidence that it leads to “total election fraud." A day earlier, Trump threatened to pull federal money for states that support...

FILE - In this March 28, 2005 file photo a sign posted outside a water well indicates perchlorate contamination at the site in Rialto, Calif. The Environmental Protection Agency has said since last year it is considering four options for dealing with perchlorate contamination in drinking water, including not adopting any regulation at all. EPA spokeswoman Corry Schiermeyer denied reports that the Trump administration had decided to go with the do-nothing option. She confirmed, however, that the agency expected to send a recommendation to the White House Office of Management and Budget “shortly.”  (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)

EPA: Still deciding on contaminant that lowers kids' IQs

May. 14, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency proposal to drop any federal regulation of a water contaminant shown to damage infant brains would translate to lower IQs and other problems for an unknown number of American babies, pediatrician and public health groups say. The EPA has said since last...

FILE - In this May 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the coronavirus during a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A former chemical industry executive who Trump has nominated to become the nation’s top consumer safety watchdog was involved in sidelining detailed guidelines to help communities reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, internal government emails show. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Emails: Trump nominee involved in shelving CDC virus guide

May. 14, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former chemical industry executive nominated to be the nation’s top consumer safety watchdog was involved in sidelining detailed guidelines to help communities reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, internal government emails show. Now the ranking Democrat on the Senate...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump passes Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

AP Exclusive: Docs show top WH officials buried CDC report

May. 9, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The decision to shelve detailed advice from the nation’s top disease control experts for reopening communities during the coronavirus pandemic came from the highest levels of the White House, according to internal government emails obtained by The Associated Press. The files...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, doors at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building are locked and covered with blinds as a sign posted advises that the office will be closed during the partial government shutdown in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Rangers, IRS volunteers lead in returns of federal workers

May. 9, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Returning Internal Revenue Service workers in Kansas City are being directed to a room well-stocked with face masks, while some other IRS offices were still telling staffers to buy or make their own as the Trump administration starts rolling out a location-based plan for returning more of...

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting about the coronavirus with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, not pictured, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Just in case: Trump to prep for transition in case he loses

Apr. 29, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still all-in on getting reelected, but he's also set to take the first steps to formally prepare someone else to take over if he loses on Nov. 3. Trump is standing up a council under the first deployment of the Presidential Transition Act by an incumbent running...

FILE - In this March 20, 2002 file photo, U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill holds a news conference at the U.N. Conference for Financing of Development in Monterrey, Mexico. O’Neill, a former Treasury secretary who broke with Bush over tax policy and then produced a book critical of the administration, died Saturday, April 18, 2020. He was 84. (AP Photo/John Moore)

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill dies at age 84

Apr. 18, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

Paul O’Neill, a former Treasury secretary who broke with George W. Bush over tax policy and then produced a book critical of the administration, died Saturday. He was 84. O’Neill’s son, Paul O’Neill Jr. confirmed that his father died at his home in Pittsburgh after battling lung cancer...

FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo in Washington, a label states that these pans do not contain PFAS, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The White House has intervened to weaken one of the few public health protections pursued by its own administration. Documents released Friday, April 17, 2020, show the White House stepped in to limit the scope of a pending rule that would target imports of products tainted with PFAS, used in nonstick and stain-resistant frying pans, rugs, and countless other consumer products. (AP Photo/Ellen Knickmeyer, File)

White House moves to weaken EPA rule on toxic compounds

Apr. 18, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump White House has intervened to weaken one of the few public health protections pursued by its own administration, a rule to limit the use of a toxic industrial compound in consumer products, according to communications between the White House and Environmental Protection Agency....