Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is the author of the 2010 overhaul of the standards used to judge how well federal programs deliver services, the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (PL 111-352). He said he intends to use fiscal 2014 appropriations to compel the Department of Homeland Security to devise better metrics for measuring its performance. Cuellar had an order included in the report for the Homeland Security bill directing the department to work with the Government Accountability Office on new metrics, and he said he is working to ensure that it accompanies the final fiscal 2014 funding bill.
Homeland Security is one of four of the 12 fiscal 2014 bills that have passed the full House and are teed up to be included in a final package. The others are Defense, Energy-Water (HR 2609) and Military Construction-VA (HR 2216). House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., also spared both the Agriculture and Commerce-Justice-Science bills from the deep double-digit spending cuts that he proposed on other domestic fiscal 2014 measures, a strategy that may help those bills be included in the final package.
But there’s little expectation of seeing a Labor-HHS-Education or Interior-Environment bill completed.
The programs funded by these bills are among the most likely to be funded through a long-term CR for fiscal 2014, as they have been for fiscal 2013, leaving lawmakers little chance to advance any special directions.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.