I was in DC last week to talk with Congressional staff about the FY18 and FY19 budgets. It is a crazy time right now. Congress is trying to finish the FY18 continuing resolution, which will take us to this fiscal year end, and to figure out where to add the $60 billion in budget authority just approved in the last continuing resolution.
The National Rural Housing Coalition’s (NRHC) annual meeting was held during the last week of November. Anne Hazlett, assistant to the Rural Development secretary, attended the meeting to talk about issues related to rural housing programs. Most notable in her first presentation
When RCAC received its new short-term contract with Rural Development, I reached out to tell all of you about the new requirement for a “Quality Control Assessment” (QCA). This is a new requirement in the contract and we wanted all of you to be aware of the new process before we started conducting the assessments in conjunction with quarterly meetings.
The T&MA Contractors were asked to submit five month proposals to continue their work. These small contracts were then awarded without interruption, and Rural Development continues to work on the new solicitation. Essentially, this means we are still working on contract extensions and waiting on the new multi-year solicitation.
The President has released what is called the skinny budget for FY 2018. As the President said in his first State of the Union Address, he is proposing a significant increase to the defense budget, which he intends to offset with cuts to domestic discretionary spending.