Federal Manager's Daily Report

fedweek.com: park service, blm underfunded

The House has joined the Senate in passing (HR-1957), to create a special fund of up to $1.9 billion per year to address deferred maintenance projects at public lands agencies.

The measure would divert a portion of federal revenues from energy development on federal lands and waters into the fund, which in turn would be used to address the estimated $12 billion in needed repairs to roads, buildings, trails and other infrastructure—primarily at the National Park Service but also at the Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Education.

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That backlog has built up over the years due to under-funding through the regular appropriations process, sponsors said.

Meanwhile, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved bills including: S-3038, to increase small business contracting with the government through greater use of SBA programs, reducing barriers to small business participation in bidding, and more sharing of best practices within the acquisition community; S-3455, to bar the Tik Tok app from government-issued devices; S-3896, to increase the information available on politically appointive positions in agencies and who currently is holding those positions; S-4200, in which GSA would establish an IT modernization centers of excellence program for helping agencies adopt cloud computing, among other responsibilities; and S-4222, to require agencies to report to GAO on rules that are revoked or otherwise made ineffective.

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