Where are we lately?

As you may know, the House passed a measure to keep U.S. transportation investment and maintenance moving along until May 2015. Here’s the link to the summary and some details. I like this summary. Newspapers generally summarize the summary which makes me more confused. So to clear things up in my head, I like to go to the source.

https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/5021

Next steps – Senate has to do something. Whatever that may be. Time is flying.

Other things to notice:

– The current federal budget ends September 30, 2014. A new one or some sort of extension of the current version must be in place on October 1, 2014. Hopefully something will be in place to avert another government shutdown. No one would want this in an election year.

Here’s the link to the President’s budget submission.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget

The House and Senate are working on their own versions. House version, if approved by the Senate may be vetoed by the President if heavy cuts to IRS budget remains. The House version contains language for a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees.

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/house-oks-bill-allowing-1-percent-pay-raise-despite-obama-veto-threat/88894/?oref=dropdown

– I love data so any reports that more data will be made available to the general public is interesting to me. Particularly free data. The Department of Commerce has a lot of data. Useful stuff. Commerce appears to be making moves to help us data lovers use their data better.

Check out this link for more info – http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-it/commerce-department-ramps-up-data-investments-with-new-position/2014/07/20/64687e7a-0dc9-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html

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About djaubey

I am a proud thirty-year federal employee and civil servant. Now retired. As a creative writer (both traditional and innovative), I provide a fresh perspective with a sound foundation in all my work. I am a researcher, writer and speaker with a love of the written word and in search of the truth.
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