Shakeups In the Obama Cabinet – Plus the DorobekINSIDER’s 7 Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

The SEVEN stories that impact your life

  1. The Obama administration is proposing a significant budget cut next year for information technology modernization and new initiatives. Federal Times reports, despite considerable rhetorical support from senior Obama administration officials for more IT modernization, funding for such projects would drop about 9 percent from $19.6 billion in fiscal 2012 to $17.9 billion in fiscal 2014.
  2. Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been nominated to be the next secretary of the Transportation Department. Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who served the last four years at the helm of DOT. Federal News Radio reports, LaHood was one of the few Republicans to serve in the Obama administration. Foxx has experience in boosting transit infrastructure and using those projects to create jobs. He was first elected mayor of Charlotte in 2009.
  3. Hiring in the federal government has dropped by a third over the past three years as budget cuts have taken their toll. Federal Times says experts fear the collapse in federal hiring could lead to serious gaps in the workforce, hurting the government’s ability to accomplish its mission in the coming years.
  4. Scott Gould is leaving as the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, Federal News Radio has learned. Gould’s last day is May 17. But industry and government sources confirmed Gould’s decision to move on after four years of being the chief operating officer of the largest civilian agency in government. Gould would be the fourth senior VA official to leave in the last two months.
  5. Mike Donley, the current secretary of the Air Force will step down this summer. Federal News Radio reports Donley has served in his post for the last five years. He’s the longest-serving secretary in the service’s history. Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates hired Donley after a shakeup that led to the firings of both the Air Force secretary and chief of staff in 2008. Before that, Donley had served as the Pentagon’s director of administration and management and as a professional staffer for the Senate Armed Services committee. His last day on the job will be June 21.
  6. A letter signed by a bipartisan group of 67 senators was sent to the White House Monday urging President Obama to take direct action in resolving the backlog of veterans disability claims. Federal Times reports, number of disability claims pending with the Department of Veterans Affairs is nearly 900,000, with more than 600,000 in the system for more than 125 days.
  7. And on GovLoop, you can now register for the May 15th DorobekINSIDER Live panel. This time around we are talking about the one year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy. The free online webinar will feature government and industry experts. Register Now!

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