Bloomberg Exclusives

Pentagon seeks to cut in half the time it takes to buy weapons

The Defense Department is seeking to cut in half the time it takes to award contracts for major weapons systems, according to Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief.

Food aid program should stay linked to farm bill: USDA’s Perdue

The Department of Agriculture’s main food and nutrition assistance program should remain linked to the farm bill when the latter comes up before Congress in 2018, despite past efforts to decouple the two, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Bloomberg Government.

House Homeland Panel weighs hearings on sexual harassment

Members of the House Homeland Security Committee are signaling an openness to holding hearings in response to an open letter from 223 women detailing sexual harassment in the national security community.

Plan to avert shutdown in doubt as conservatives balk at timing

Republican leaders’ plan to avoid a federal shutdown by funding the government past Friday has been thrown into disarray as House conservatives push back over the timing of a stopgap spending measure.

DOD, Civilian audit support show diverging spending patterns

The U.S. Department of Defense’s demand for audit support grew in fiscal 2017 as demand from civilian agencies declined, according to Bloomberg Government analysis.

Congress must step up to improve ethics enforcement: Shaub

Congress should restore the enforcement of standards that have been ignored by the Trump administration, the U.S. government’s former ethics chief told an international conference Monday.

Trump defense plans could balloon spending in 10 years, CBO says

The defense budget 10 years from now could balloon by 20 percent over the peak buildup during the Ronald Reagan administration, the Congressional Budget Office projected in a new report.

Bloomberg Government’s guide to a possible government shutdown

A fiscal 2018 spending deal between the White House and Republican and Democratic leaders appears elusive as the Dec. 8 deadline approaches.

Some House armed services Republicans wary of short-term funding

House Armed Services Committee Republicans are keeping their options open on whether they’ll support a short-term funding bill meant to avoid a potential government shutdown.

FEMA chief says don’t let emergency spending bills be new normal

The rolling 10-year average used to help calculate how much goes into the Disaster Relief Fund has been thrown off by the three big hits the U.S. took during this year’s hurricane season, FEMA Administrator William Long told Congress today.