Congress recently approved an omnibus spending package for the remainder of FY2017 which will continue to fund the government though September 30, 2017. Despite an overall reduction in the Department of Labor, many of the federal workforce programs of interest to local Goodwill® organizations saw sustained funding or had a slight increase. One exception is
Once again Congress is faced with the looming specter of a government shutdown. Congressional leaders of both parties are promising that they will avert a shutdown, even if it takes a little longer to complete the funding bills for FY 2017.
It’s that time of year when work productivity allegedly drops as college basketball fans try to keep track of scores and brackets. (Three of my final four are still alive – so I have a chance!) This month, Capitol Hill is partaking in its own style of March Madness.
The Trump Administration is due to release its FY 2018 “skinny” budget by mid-March, but we already know some of what it contains. It’s called a skinny budget because it lacks the full narrative of policy prescriptions found in the full budget.
By Friday evening the House and Senate will have approved another continuing resolution (CR) that, yet again, kicks the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process down the road until April 28. With your help Goodwill ® urged Congress to wrap up all of the FY 2017 spending bills before the end of the year.
While many of you have been focused on turkey this past week, the Goodwill Industries International Government Relations team has focused on duck – lame duck, that is. Lawmakers briefly returned to Washington the week of November 14 before taking a recess for Thanksgiving. Now they are back and trying to wrap up priorities before adjourning. Any bills that don’t pass by the end of this Congress will have to be reintroduced during the new 115th Congress.
Direct deposit—or the electronic transfer of your paycheck from your employer directly into your personal checking or savings account—is a smart idea for several reasons.