Tired of shutdown battles? This bill would end them for good.

The proposal would automatically extend existing funding levels whenever Congress fails to pass appropriations. Would Republicans support such a measure?

    The Federal Eye

    NTEU president to retire after 16 years as head of federal union

    NTEU national president Colleen M. Kelley plans to retire this summer after four terms as head of the second-largest federal-employee union.

      Report: FBI system can chill potential whistleblowers

      A GAO report and Senate hearing look at protocol that dissuades feds from pointing out waste or abuse.

        VA illegally shifted funds to pay for new IT system — in Frank Underwood fashion

        A recent federal review found that two VA officials violated federal law by steering more than $90 million in funding away from its intended purpose to pay for another project.

          House set to allow ‘clawback’ of VA employee awards

          The House could vote as soon as Monday evening to give the VA wide discretion to rescind awards paid to its employees.

            Why a DHS shutdown won’t stop Obama’s immigration orders

            Republicans cannot block Obama’s controversial immigration actions with a DHS shutdown alone. Here’s why.

              The Federal Diary

              Report says procedures put a chilling effect on potential FBI whistleblowers

              A GAO report and Senate hearing look at protocol that dissuades feds from pointing out waste or abuse.

              Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services and collections

              IRS officials tell Congress about stark reductions in taxpayer services because of staff and budget cuts.

              VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

              FILE - In this May 29, 2014 file photo, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. speaks Capitol Hill in Washington. Fewer veterans are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that plagued  VA facilities nationwide. In fact, so few veterans are signing up for the much-ballyhooed Choice cards that allow access to private health care that the Veterans Affairs Department says it wants to redirect some of the $10 billion Congress allocated for the program. Republicans say the VA should do a better job selling the choice program. Lawmakers also want to address a quirk in the law that makes it harder for veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA clinic. The government measure the distance as the crow flies, rather than driving miles, leaving thousands of veterans out of the choice program.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

              House chairman leads agency employee changes that could be government-wide template.

              In the Loop

              Ed Gillespie: Can he get by with a little help from his wealthy friends?

              SPRINGFIELD, VA - NOVEMBER 4:   Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner gives remarks at his election night party in Springfield, VA on November 4, 2014. In a year that was expected to be bad for Democrats, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner was locked in a surprisingly tight race with Republican strategist and challenger Ed Gillespie.  (Photo by Kate Patterson for The Washington Post)

              A fundraiser is being organized to help him retire campaign debt, but he still may lose a pile of money.

              Harold Varmus stepping down as head of National Cancer Institute

              National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute Director  Harold Varmus, testifies before a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing to examine the fight against cancer, focusing on challenges, progress, and promise, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

              Varmus, a Nobel Prize winner, is leaving after five years.

              Oversight panel slams government official over use of personal e-mails

              House Oversight slams agency head for using personal e-mails to do official business. Sound familiar?

              Fine Print

              Fighting the Islamic States involves more than just boots on the ground

              President Barack Obama speaks at AARP in Washington, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. President Barack Obama says too few Americans approaching retirement have saved enough to have peace of mind during their later years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

              The U.S. needs to answer a crucial question: Who will fill the vacuum when the extremists are defeated?

              Back to the future on nuclear spending?

              Obama’s 2016 budget calls for more spending on weaponry, but it seems like an unnecessary trip to the past.

              Seeking a strategy-driven defense budget

              Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, listens during a hearing with former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and Madeline Albright, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The hearing was titled 'Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** John McCain

              FINE PRINT | Increase in defense spending plan is meant to assist in many foreign challenges.

              The High Court

              Intense fight over Obamacare extends to those named in the challenge

              This photo taken Oct. 3, 2014 shows the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court handed down opinions in three cases Tuesday and declined to hear arguments in dozens more.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

              Would the four plaintiffs really suffer the specific injuries that federal courts are empowered to correct?

              Appeal to reverse baseball’s antitrust rule is a desperate swing for the fences

              OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  An Oakland Athletics fan waves a flag in the stands during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at O.co Coliseum on September 23, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

              San Jose wants Supremes to do away with antitrust ruling, but it shouldn’t count on it

              Justices framing the question on gay marriage

              WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: A view of the Supreme Court, January 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. On Friday, the Supreme Court is meeting in closed conference to decide whether it will take up cases on the issues of same sex-marriage and marriage recognition from several states. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

              On Friday, they agreed to hear arguments and set the table for what some see as a narrowed focus.

              The Federal Coach

              Keeping watch over Health and Human Services

              Inspector General Daniel Levinson talks about the leadership lessons he’s learned in a decade on the job.

              How to diplomatically get out of horrible meetings

              What would it take to make meetings that are actually worthwhile and productive?

              Bringing a city back from rock bottom

              Tom Murphy, the former longtime mayor of Pittsburgh, talks about being both visionary and vexing to bring about change.

              Federal Player of the Week

              John Golder: Teaching the science of fire to arson investigators-in-training

              John Golder manages ATF’s Certified Fire Investigator program and teaches the science of fire.

              Latest Federal News

              Supreme Court justices split in key challenge to Obamacare subsidies

              Supreme Court justices split in key challenge to Obamacare subsidies

              Justices are weighing the most serious challenge to the Affordable Care Act since they upheld it three years ago.

              Column

              Ed Gillespie: Can he get by with a little help from his wealthy friends?

              Ed Gillespie: Can he get by with a little help from his wealthy friends?

              A fundraiser is being organized to help him retire campaign debt, but he still may lose a pile of money.

              Harold Varmus stepping down as head of National Cancer Institute

              Harold Varmus stepping down as head of National Cancer Institute

              Varmus, a Nobel Prize winner, is leaving after five years.

              The Supreme Court has heard Obamacare challenge arguments. Here’s what happens next.

              The Supreme Court has heard Obamacare challenge arguments. Here’s what happens next.

              The next steps for the justices, and what happens if the Obamacare subsidies are struck down.

              Recap: A live account from inside the courtroom

              Recap: A live account from inside the courtroom

              How the arguments unfolded.

              NTEU president to retire after 16 years as head of federal union

              NTEU president to retire after 16 years as head of federal union

              NTEU national president Colleen M. Kelley plans to retire this summer after four terms as head of the second-largest federal-employee union.

              John Golder: Teaching the science of fire to arson investigators-in-training

              John Golder: Teaching the science of fire to arson investigators-in-training

              John Golder manages ATF’s Certified Fire Investigator program and teaches the science of fire.

              Report: FBI system can chill potential whistleblowers

              Report: FBI system can chill potential whistleblowers

              A GAO report and Senate hearing look at protocol that dissuades feds from pointing out waste or abuse.

              VA illegally shifted funds to pay for new IT system — in Frank Underwood fashion

              VA illegally shifted funds to pay for new IT system — in Frank Underwood fashion

              A recent federal review found that two VA officials violated federal law by steering more than $90 million in funding away from its intended purpose to pay for another project.

              The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments over Obamacare today. Here’s what that means.

              The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments over Obamacare today. Here’s what that means.

              A look into how the Supreme Court works in advance of arguments in King v. Burwell.

              Column

              The falling pocketbook and the lawmaker it almost knocked out

              The falling pocketbook and the lawmaker it almost knocked out

              When Mrs. Adelson’s purse fell, it happened to hit a congressman Mr. Adelson had tried to defeat.

              Clinton isn’t first senior government leader to use personal e-mail for official business

              Clinton isn’t first senior government leader to use personal e-mail for official business

              The practice apparently became widespread enough that Congress tightened rules on its use late last year.

              Two sides enter the ring for another Supreme Court battle over health care

              Two sides enter the ring for another Supreme Court battle over health care

              The original combatants over the Affordable Care Act will be back to argue both sides of a four-word clause.

              From one ship to another: Andy Lack leaving BBG to go back to NBC?

              From one ship to another: Andy Lack leaving BBG to go back to NBC?

              High-powered media exec Andy Lack, brought in six weeks ago to fix the BBG, may be heading to NBC

              What to look for from Democrats during Bibi’s speech Tuesday

              What to look for from Democrats during Bibi’s speech Tuesday

              Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday is dividing Democrats trying to figure out how to comport themselves.

              Again, a blue dress casts a shadow on Bill Clinton

              Again, a blue dress casts a shadow on Bill Clinton

              The painter of the 42nd president’s official portrait reveals that he sneaked in a Monica Lewinsky detail.

              Can citizens cut state legislators out
              of the gerrymandering equation?

              Can citizens cut state legislators out <br>of the gerrymandering equation?

              Arizona Republicans argued at the Supreme Court that a redistricting panel violates the constitution.

              House set to allow ‘clawback’ of VA employee awards

              House set to allow ‘clawback’ of VA employee awards

              The House could vote as soon as Monday evening to give the VA wide discretion to rescind awards paid to its employees.

              Why a DHS shutdown won’t stop Obama’s immigration orders

              Why a DHS shutdown won’t stop Obama’s immigration orders

              Republicans cannot block Obama’s controversial immigration actions with a DHS shutdown alone. Here’s why.

              Six words might decide the fate of Obamacare at the Supreme Court

              Six words might decide the fate of Obamacare at the Supreme Court

              The law authorizes subsidies in “an Exchange established by the State,” but what of the federal marketplace?

              Pot became legal in D.C. today. Does anything change for federal workers?

              Pot became legal in D.C. today. Does anything change for federal workers?

              A Reagan-era executive order requires the federal workplace and workforce to be drug-free. The rules are especially strict for personnel with security clearances.

              This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down

              This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down

              The Democrat-sponsored legislation would put lawmakers’ salaries in an escrow account until the potential Homeland Security shutdown ends.

              What’s in a name? A lot, the Supreme Court says.

              What’s in a name? A lot, the Supreme Court says.

              The Supreme Court momentarily puts the wrong Goldberg in a court hearing.

              Obamacare threatens John Roberts’s dream of a nonpartisan Supreme Court

              Obamacare threatens John Roberts’s dream of a nonpartisan Supreme Court

              He labors to keep the justices united so they don’t look political. The new case makes that extremely difficult.

              Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services

              Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services

              IRS budget cuts and staff reductions have led to poor service for taxpayers, writes Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson.

              Investigators probing for criminal activity with Lois Lerner’s missing emails

              Investigators probing for criminal activity with Lois Lerner’s missing emails

              “There is potential criminal activity,” a top investigator with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration testified on Thursday.

              Column

              In the Loop: Portrait of (a younger) Eric Holder

              In the Loop: Portrait of (a younger) Eric Holder

              As the attorney general prepares to depart, a very special guest will help unveil his official painting.

              Key senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general

              Key senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general

              Among the bill’s proposals, it would allow inspectors general to subpoena testimony from federal contractors, grant recipients and former employees.

              Keeping watch over Health and Human Services

              Keeping watch over Health and Human Services

              Inspector General Daniel Levinson talks about the leadership lessons he’s learned in a decade on the job.

              Tonya Proctor: Providing help for the homeless

              Tonya Proctor: Providing help for the homeless

              She helps manage two major HUD grant programs that provide funds to communities.