Telework Yields $32 Million in Snow Day Savings – Plus The 7 Gov Stories You Need To Know

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But up front: The Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget

The Obama administration released its budget for fiscal 2015. As we mentioned yesterday, there are questions about whether the president’s budget even matters.

That being said, here are the initial highlights:

GAO: Navigating the Complexities of the Federal Budget: They include a budget glossary, agency level questions, long-term fiscal outlook

The SEVEN stories that impact your life

  1. Washington Post: Hard-hit federal training gets attention in Obama’s 2015 budget proposal - “When President Obama presents his 2015 fiscal year budget proposal Tuesday, he’ll serve an appetizer to a crucial area of government that has been on a starvation diet — federal employee training.

  2. NextGov: Telework Yields $32 Million in Snow Day Savings - “Global Workplace Analytics estimates that agencies could have saved an additional $68 million over those four days if all employees who were eligible or wanted to telework actually did so.”

  3. Federal News Radio: Education bucks the cyber trend, brings capabilities in-house - “The Education Department decided the outsourcing approach to cybersecurity is no longer working. So, it brought a host of enterprise capabilities back in-house — something that is rarely done in the government.

  4. Federal News Radio: Air Force to accelerate headquarters staff cuts - “The Air Force will not only meet but exceed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel edict to the military services and Defense agencies to cut back their headquarters-level spending by 20 percent over the next five years. And the service will do so more quickly than required.

  5. Military Times: DoD official: Asia pivot ‘can’t happen’ due to budget pressures - “Officials have previously insisted that the pivot, or “rebalance,” would proceed regardless of funding levels due to strategic needs.”

  6. GovExec: Shutting Down National Parks Last Year Was Bad For Local Communities - “Every dollar of emergency funding states ponied up for 14 national parks before the end of the shutdown generated an estimated $10 in visitor spending in local restaurants, hotels, gas stations and outfitting stores, according to an agency report on the economic impact of the 2013 shutdown released Monday.

  7. Politico: The Texas tea party’s best days may be behind it - “In the five years since the tea party was born, Texas has been a hotbed of the movement: It was tea party activists who powered Gov. Rick Perry to a crushing reelection win and catapulted Sen. Ted Cruz to national fame. But as voters go to the polls Tuesday for the state’s primary election, it’s clear the tea party’s heyday in the Lone Star State — at least for the moment — has passed.

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