OMB Reducing Burden on Conference Approval Process

Earlier this month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo to federal agencies proposing to roll back guidance on conference spending and travel that have been in place since 2012. According to Jennifer Douris, government affairs director at SPIE, Congress would still have to eliminate the sections within appropriations that codify these… Read more »

Report Finds No FEC Violations in IRS Targeting Scandal

Federal Election Commission employees violated no rules in communicating with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about politically active nonprofit groups, according to a report from the FEC inspector general’s office. As requested by congressional committees investigating the IRS’s targeting several years ago of conservative groups applying for tax-exemption, the FEC inspector general’s office conducted an… Read more »

DHS Still Considering Laptop Ban on Inbound Flights

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly told Congress on June 7 that the administration is still considering banning laptop computers and other larger electronics from the cabins of inbound flights from 71 airports worldwide. The DHS cited security concerns in announcing a new policy in March prohibiting large electronics from being carried on… Read more »

Trump Preparing Government Reorganization Order

The White House is reportedly preparing a new executive order that will require federal agencies to quickly draft plans for improving how each agency meets its mission. The draft order includes a list of elements that agencies need to include in their plans, including programs that are duplicative and assessments on whether state and local… Read more »