Latest U.S. Office of Management and Budget News

Lawmakers scramble to finish work ahead of session deadline

Apr. 21, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature is in a race to finish its work and leave at least a handful of days on the books before the constitutional 80-day limit. Lawmakers had hoped to be finished in less than 75 days to give themselves a cushion that could be used in the future to address...

Rosen defends qualifications at Senate Judiciary hearing

Apr. 10, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general defended his qualifications for the post at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, as lawmakers raised questions about his lack of criminal law experience. But the tensest moments of Jeffrey Rosen's confirmation hearing before...

Acting appointments help Trump avoid saying 'You're hired'

Apr. 9, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump looks to reshape the executive branch, he's avoiding the words "You're hired." Trump's choice of Kevin McAleenan as acting replacement for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spotlights the president's increasing reliance on a once-obscure federal...

Louisiana senators expect flood aid decision within weeks

Apr. 2, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's U.S. senators said they received a commitment Tuesday from the Trump administration to decide in two weeks whether to change regulations that have kept thousands of flood victims from receiving federal aid. But Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy don't know if they'll...

Federal authorities detail plan for barn swallow refuge

Mar. 25, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — A former horse stable at the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge that has become a prominent nesting site for barn swallows will be reduced in size over the next two nesting seasons before being demolished in late 2020. An environmental...

UW-Madison settles federal research dispute for $1.5 million

Mar. 22, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials have decided to settle allegations they overcharged the federal government for research projects for $1.5 million. According to U.S. Office of Management and Budget principles, universities that receive federal research dollars must agree to...

Trump orders colleges to back free speech or lose funding

Mar. 21, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding. The new order directs federal agencies to ensure that any college or university receiving research grants agrees to promote free speech and the...

Commission on government efficiencies asks for public input

Mar. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A commission responsible for finding at least $10 million in savings in government efficiencies is asking for public input. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo created the commission in February and included the savings in her budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year, beginning in July....

Trump budget chief defends plan, says deficits will improve

Mar. 12, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House's top budget official acknowledged Tuesday that the federal deficit is ballooning to $1.1 trillion alongside the Republican tax plan but vowed the fiscal picture would improve as a result of projected economic growth. Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of...

Trump proposes record spending, trillion-dollar deficit

Mar. 11, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget on Monday, pushing the federal deficit past $1 trillion but counting on optimistic growth, accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into balance in 15 years. Reviving his border wall fight with...