Former top U.S. security officials decry Trump's emergency bid

Reuters | February 26, 2019

Nearly 60 former senior U.S. national security officials on Monday rejected President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, saying there was “no factual basis” to circumvent Congress to build his long-promised border wall. In an 11-page letter, former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and John Kerry, both Democrats, along with former Republican Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and others, said there was no documented emergency at the U.S. border with Mexico.

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All government organizations are complex entities with large numbers of stakeholders and departments. Making sure they can allocate resources efficiently is one of their biggest challenges, and this can be made difficult by the huge numbers of products and/or services they are expected to provide.

Finding new ways of providing these to the end-user in a way that will reduce costs to the organization is always a priority, and if this can be done in conjunction with improving the user experience online, then efficiency can be increased across the board.

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