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    TRUMP TO NOMINATE WHEELER AS PERMANENT EPA HEAD

    Nov 16, 2018

    President Trump announced Friday that he would nominate acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to be the agency’s leader on a permanent basis. Trump made the announcement at the start of a ceremony to award seven people with the Presidential Medal of Freedom when r...

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    PROVISIONAL BALLOTS PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS WHEN THEY ARE COUNTED

    Nov 16, 2018

    More than a week after Election Day much remains murky in Georgia and Florida. But one thing is clear: Provisional ballots, often forgotten and minimized, will determine the results. Provisional ballots are a proven fail-safe for voters across the country, but their role in the political dramas play...

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    PRESIDENTIAL RANK AWARD WINNERS TOTAL 131 FOR 2018

    Nov 15, 2018

    The professional association for career senior federal executives earlier this week announced that 131 top-performing career federal executives will receive the prestigious Presidential Rank Award for 2018. The 131 recipients whose full titles and biographies are still being assembled will be honore...

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    $85 MILLION ON INELIGIBLE PATIENTS? LOUISIANA MEDICAID MAY HAVE MISSPENT

    Nov 15, 2018

    The Louisiana Department of Health may have spent anywhere from $61.6 to $85.5 million more than it should have on Medicaid recipients who are ineligible for the program, according to an audit released Tuesday (Nov. 13). Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s report found that the LDH’s cur...

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    FEDERAL SALARY COUNCIL REVIVES FIGHT OVER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAY COMPARABILITY

    Nov 14, 2018

    Members of a group tasked with advising agency officials on how to eliminate pay disparities between federal employees and their private sector counterparts are in the midst of a debate on how best to calculate that pay gap, with Trump administration appointees on one side and labor groups on the ot...

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    WITH ELECTION OVER, TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATES EYE 2019 BATTLES

    Nov 13, 2018

    Last week’s elections had enough good news to keep up the spirits of transportation advocates an effort to roll back a California gas tax hike failed, candidates, promising to fix roads were elected as governors and dozens of local transportation ballot measures passed. But there are still rea...

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    KEY HOUSE DEMOCRAT SAYS PENTAGON WILL HAVE TO BECOME MORE TRANSPARENT

    Nov 13, 2018

    The Defense Department under President Trump has been too secretive, politicized, hawkish on nuclear weapons and discriminatory toward minorities, according to the Democrat most likely to take over the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the current ranking member, sent his cau...

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    FEDERAL SALARY COUNCIL RECOMMENDS LOCALITY PAY FOR DES MOINES, OTHER AREAS

    Nov 13, 2018

    An advisory council of political appointees and federal employee stakeholders on Tuesday recommended that Des Moines, Iowa, be added to the list of regions where federal workers received increased pay and suggested widening two existing pay areas beginning in 2020. The Federal Salary Council, which ...

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    HERE'S WHAT INCOMING DEMOCRATIC LEADERS HAVE IN MIND FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES

    Nov 12, 2018

    As Democrats prepare to take control of the House in the 116th Congress, their leaders are promising a dramatic increase in oversight over an array of issues they say the Republican majority neglected to properly investigate. As ranking members become chairmen in committees across the lower chamber,...

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    WHY JEFF SESSIONS’ FINAL ACT COULD HAVE MORE IMPACT THAN EXPECTED

    Nov 12, 2018

    Jeff Sessions hides emotion poorly his face is reflexively expressive and last Wednesday night, it betrayed a mixed set of sentiments as he stepped out of the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in downtown Washington. He had the stunted appearance of a hostage emerging out of an underg...

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    TRUMP REPEATEDLY THREATENS RETALIATION AGAINST RUSSIA INVESTIGATORS

    Nov 08, 2018

    The day after Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives, Donald Trump threatened retaliation against lawmakers who “waste Taxpayer Money” by scrutinizing him and his administration and boasted of his power to end Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into po...

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    HOW TO CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING WITHOUT A HIRING FREEZE

    Nov 07, 2018

    Recently, the White House instructed Cabinet secretaries to cut 5 percent from their budget for next year. “Time for another hiring freeze,” you may have thought to yourself. Faced with pressures to substantially reduce spending, organizations often follow a familiar script: Impose hirin...

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    WHAT DEMOCRATS WINNING THE HOUSE MEANS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

    Nov 06, 2018

    Democrats on Tuesday won dozens of House seats across the country and will control the lower chamber in the next Congress, a result that promises a big impact on the jobs and compensation for federal employees. Republicans will sit in the House minority for the first time since 2010, which has many ...

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    JUDGE SAYS GOVERNMENT FACES ‘UPHILL BATTLE’ TO PROVE OPM HACK VICTIMS DON’T HAVE STANDING TO SUE

    Nov 02, 2018

    The federal government was once again forced to defend itself against accusations of negligence and “reckless indifference” in allowing the personal information of millions of federal employees and other individuals to be hacked in 2015, with a federal court on Friday heard oral argument...

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    SENATORS DEMAND OPM END AGENCIES' CIRCUMVENTION OF WORKFORCE COURT ORDER

    Nov 02, 2018

    A group of 16 Democratic senators on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” with how some federal agencies have appeared to move forward with implementation of provisions of a series of controversial workforce executive orders, despite a court order barring them from doing so. In August, ...

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    WORK REQUIREMENT APPROVED FOR WISCONSIN MEDICAID

    Nov 02, 2018

    President Donald Trump's administration has approved Gov. Scott Walker's controversial plan to require childless adults on Medicaid to work or lose coverage, but the federal government rejected Walker's proposal to require drug screening and testing. The state on Wednesday received permi...

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    THE U.S. MILITARY HELD AN AMERICAN AS AN ENEMY COMBATANT FOR OVER A YEAR. HERE’S WHAT THAT MEANS.

    Nov 01, 2018

    For 13 months, the U.S. military held an American citizen known only as “John Doe” in custody in Iraq as a suspected ISIS member. The case had the potential to answer a controversial question that has bedeviled the past two administrations: Does the current congressional authorization fo...

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    THE NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR'S AMBITIOUS CLIMATE GOAL

    Nov 01, 2018

    North Carolina would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025 under an ambitious statewide goal set by Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday. With Cooper's signing of the executive order, North Carolina joins states like Colorado, California, and others that have set statewide targets for redu...

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    MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SPENDING JUST POSTED BIGGEST SPIKE IN A DECADE

    Oct 31, 2018

    Pentagon intelligence spending rose nearly 18 percent over the past year, a sign the military is ramping up its spying-and-intel-gathering activities around the world. While military intelligence spending has risen between two and seven percent since 2016, the increase from $19.2 billion in fiscal 2...

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    AHEAD OF MIDTERMS, JUST 21 STATES HAVE UNDERGONE FEDERAL ELECTION SECURITY REVIEWS

    Oct 31, 2018

    With only a week left before the 2018 midterm elections, fewer than half of U.S. states have submitted to a Department of Homeland Security assessment of their vulnerabilities to vote to hack. Under the department's National Protection and Programs Directorate, the agency branch that coordinates...

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    THE MIDTERM RACE WHERE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE ISSUES ARE FRONT AND CENTER

    Oct 31, 2018

    As Democrats fight to take control of Congress from Republicans, an unusual issue is playing a decisive role in a key race that could determine control of the House: the federal workforce. Virginia’s 10th congressional district, currently represented by Republican Barbara Comstock, is one of t...

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    INTEL COMMUNITY PROMISES SECURITY CLEARANCE STANDARDS WITHIN THE YEAR

    Oct 30, 2018

    The government’s security clearance background-check backlog is set to drop from 600,000 currently to half that by next spring, Sue Gordon, principal deputy director of national intelligence, said on Tuesday. By the end of the year, she added, the Office of the Director of National Intelligenc...

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    VOTING MACHINE GLITCHES ARE REPORTEDLY CHANGING VOTES IN TEXAS

    Oct 30, 2018

    Some straight-ticket voters have reported that voting machines recorded them selecting the candidate of another party for U.S. Senate, exposing a potential problem with the integrity of the state's high-profile contest between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O'Rourke and leading good...

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    OREGON VOTERS COULD MAKE IT HARDER TO RAISE REVENUE

    Oct 29, 2018

    Some two decades ago, Oregon joined more than a dozen states in passing a constitutional amendment that requires a legislative supermajority to approve tax hikes. Three years ago, the state Supreme Court and a subsequent legislative counsel opinion created what some say is a loophole. In November, v...

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    TRUMP SIGNS LAW TO CURB POSTAL SERVICE'S UNINTENTIONAL ROLE IN OPIOID CRISIS

    Oct 26, 2018

    President Trump this week signed into law a measure to overhaul the international mailing system in an effort to close a loophole that has led to the U.S. Postal Service becoming an unwitting courier for illicit drug manufacturers and contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis. Many lawmakers ...

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    IRS STAFF CUTS IMPEDE PROGRESS ON APPEALS BACKLOG, GAO FINDS

    Oct 25, 2018

    The Office of Appeals at the Internal Revenue Service handles some of the most complex tax cases. But staff cutbacks and an anticipated retirement wave threaten its ability to perform timely decision making of the caliber that is the taxpayer’s right, according to a Government Accountability O...

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    FEDERAL OFFICERS ASSOCIATION ASKS OPM TO ROLL BACK 2016 ANNUITY CHANGE

    Oct 24, 2018

    A group representing the federal law enforcement community last week sent a letter to acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert asking her to roll back an Obama administration decision to change how payments to divorced retirees are distributed to them and their former spouses. The Federal Law Enforceme...

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    AMAZON, WALMART, CIGNA AMONG COMPANIES ANNOUNCING COMMITMENT TO OPIOID CRISIS AS TRUMP SIGNS NEW LAW

    Oct 24, 2018

    As President Donald Trump held a ceremony to sign a massive package aimed at combating the opioid crisis into law on Wednesday, the administration also announced commitments of support from large companies including Amazon, Cigna, CVS Health, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart. Speaking from the East ...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TOOK NO STEPS TO PLAN FOR SEPARATING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES, AUDIT FINDS

    Oct 24, 2018

    The Trump administration took virtually no steps to prepare for the consequences of separating immigrant parents from their children, according to a new audit, leading to widespread confusion at federal agencies and a chaotic reunification process. Impacted officials at the departments of Homeland S...

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    AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES 136 BIDS FOR SITES OF OFFICE MOVES

    Oct 23, 2018

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appeared pleased by the response by 136 localities and stakeholders who offered to be the host site for his controversial plan to move two key research units outside of Washington, D.C. The “expressions of interest” for being the landlord to 700 employe...

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    DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO BECOME THE MAJORITY

    Oct 22, 2018

    The polls for congressional races are inducing uncertainty about how much of a blue wave there will be on Election Day. But in the gubernatorial races, the Democrats’ midterm outlook has improved significantly. Since our last handicapping in mid-September, one incumbent governor has ended his ...

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    COURT DENIES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REQUEST TO EXPEDITE APPEAL OF WORKFORCE EO DECISION

    Oct 19, 2018

    A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Thursday mostly denied a request by the Trump administration to expedite its appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling overturning the key provisions of three controversial workforce executive orders. Last month, lawyers with the ...

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    NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTS TRUMP’S COORDINATION WITH GSA ON FBI HEADQUARTERS PLAN

    Oct 18, 2018

    Newly released emails and an official White House photo provide evidence suggesting that President Trump himself directed the General Services Administration and the FBI to modify a years-in-the-works plan to move the FBI’s downtown Washington headquarters. A letter sent Thursday by Rep. Elija...

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    FORMER TRUMP CABINET MEMBER: CHAOS A 'PRETTY ACCURATE' WAY TO DESCRIBE ADMINISTRATION

    Oct 15, 2018

    The former head of the Veterans Affairs Department said on Monday that the Trump administration operated chaotically, whereas the Obama administration was a “well-run machine.” David Shulkin, the former VA secretary, said he followed a much clearer path to meet with the president and hav...

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    LEARNING FROM GOVERNMENT’S PAST TO ANTICIPATE ITS FUTURE

    Oct 15, 2018

    At any given moment in time, governments in the United States and around the globe are carrying out key missions in service of their citizens, learning from and engaging with partners in other sectors, and acting as cost-effective stewards of public resources. The countless positive daily actions of...

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    DHS SAYS IT’S FINALLY HIRING MORE BORDER AGENTS THAN IT’S LOSING

    Oct 12, 2018

    Since nearly his first day in office, President Trump’s administration has said it will dramatically boost the number of agents at the nation’s borders. There was a holdup, however: the Homeland Security Department has been failing for years to bring on more Border Patrol agents than it ...

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    AGENCIES BACKSLIDE IN FIGHT AGAINST JARGON, AMID HIGH STAFF TURNOVER

    Oct 12, 2018

    Despite innovative efforts by government wordsmiths and designers, agency grades in jargon-free communications dropped from a B average last year to a C average, according to the 2018 report card released on Friday by the nonprofit Center for Plain Language. One possible reason: high turnover during...

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    DEFENSE CONTRACTOR THAT POSED AS SMALL BUSINESS FORFEITS $7.8 MILLION

    Oct 11, 2018

    A company that rents tents and other outdoor structures for events agreed to pay the government $7.8 million to settle charges that it wrongly won Defense Department set-aside contracts reserved for small businesses. Arena Americas, which does business from multiple locations as Arena Event Services...

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    OBAMACARE PREMIUMS WILL DROP FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND BY DOUBLE DIGITS IN SOME STATES

    Oct 11, 2018

    Health insurance premiums in the 39 states that use HealthCare.gov will fall 1.5 percent on average for the most commonly purchased plans in 2019, marking the first time that rates have dropped since the 2010 health care law was implemented. The decline is a significant departure from steep increase...

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    NEW OPM CHIEF TAKES FIRST ACTION IN IMPLEMENTING PART OF LARGELY OVERTURNED WORKFORCE EOS

    Oct 10, 2018

    The Trump administration is moving forward with at least one provision of its series of reforms aimed at the federal workforce, most of which were previously struck down in federal court. The provision calls on federal agencies to permanently maintain all entries to employees’ personnel record...

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    IT'S A BIG YEAR FOR VOTING RIGHTS AT THE BALLOT BOX

    Oct 10, 2018

    There is an "unprecedented" number of measures this fall designed to make voting and registration easier. There are also some that would make voting harder. States have spent much of the past decade enacting restrictive voting and voter registration laws, such as voter identification requi...

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    ADMINISTRATION TO REVIEW GOVERNMENT ‘COMPETITIVENESS’ ON COMPENSATION

    Oct 09, 2018

    The offices of Personnel Management and Management and Budget will spend the next year studying the “competitiveness” of federal compensation with that of agencies' private sector counterparts, according to a quarterly update to President Trump’s management agenda. The report o...

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    IRS REBRANDS OBAMA-ERA 'FUTURE STATE' EFFICIENCY REORGANIZATION

    Oct 09, 2018

    Like many presidential administrations, the Trump team’s political appointees prefer to put their own mark on inherited efficiency improvement efforts. The managers at the Internal Revenue Service are no exception. The tax agency’s plan for “Future State,” launched in 2014 un...

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    THE HIDDEN COSTS OF DECADES OF DECLINING CIVICS EDUCATION

    Oct 08, 2018

    It’s widely known that young adults in the United States tend to vote at lower rates than older Americans, but it’s easy to gloss over just how stunning the numbers really are especially at a time of such intense political polarization and divisiveness. Only half of the eligible adults b...

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    WHITE HOUSE REPLACES FEDERAL PERSONNEL DIRECTOR IN SURPRISE SHAKEUP

    Oct 05, 2018

    The White House on Friday announced that Margaret Weichert, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, is now leading the Office of Personnel Management as its acting director. The announcement came as OPM’s Senate-confirmed director, Jeff Pon, abruptly announce...

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    STATES INTENT ON TAXING BIG PHARMA OVER THE OPIOID CRISIS

    Oct 05, 2018

    States haven't been very successful at taxing drug companies to help pay for the opioid crisis. But that won’t stop them from trying again next year. Minnesota State Rep. Dave Baker, a Republican who sponsored a failed “penny a pill” bill during this year's session, has sai...

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    TRUMP WANTS CHINESE PARTS OUT OF AMERICAN WEAPONS

    Oct 05, 2018

    The Pentagon intends to invest in domestic manufacturing to reduce its over-reliance on Chinese and other foreign-made parts in American weapons, top defense officials said Thursday. The U.S. reliance on China is one of many areas discussed in a 146-page report about the health of the defense indust...

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    A LEGAL BATTLE ENSUES OVER SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING CUTS IN TEXAS

    Oct 04, 2018

    After arguing its case in a federal appeals court Wednesday, Texas will soon know whether its decision to spend $33.3 million less on students with disabilities in 2012 will cost it millions in future federal funding. The U.S. Department of Education is attempting to withhold that same amount from T...

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    AFTER BUDGET CUTS, THE IRS’ WORK AGAINST TAX CHEATS IS FACING 'COLLAPSE'

    Oct 04, 2018

    Tax evasion is at the center of the criminal cases against two associates of the president, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. The sheer scale of their efforts to avoid paying the government has given rise to a head-scratching question: How were they able to cheat the Internal Revenue Service for so m...

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    OPM CALLS ON AGENCIES TO IMPLEMENT COACHING PROGRAMS FOR EMPLOYEES

    Oct 03, 2018

    The Trump administration is calling on federal agencies to expand their use of “coaching,” an “experimental” and “creative” process designed for individuals to help other government workers realize their full potential. Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff...

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    PENTAGON BACKS OFF CONTROVERSIAL CHANGES TO CONTRACTOR PAY SCHEDULE

    Oct 02, 2018

    Faced with opposition from industry and the chairmen of the Armed Services Committee, the Defense Department on Monday rescinded a plan announced in August to pay contractors less money during the early phases of a contract. As reported first by Inside Defense and then the Washington Post, both Sens...

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    WITH OR WITHOUT CONGRESS, WOULD-BE GOVERNMENT REFORMERS ARE EAGER TO GET STARTED

    Oct 01, 2018

    Last week’s rollout of yet another white paper on government reform brought to the fore a perhaps not-so-public reality: many experienced agency workforce planners are chafing at the bit to be allowed some experimentation. The new set of recommendations for creating a 21st-century public servi...

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    TRUMP SIGNS SPENDING BILL TO STAVE OFF SHUTDOWN UNTIL DECEMBER

    Sep 28, 2018

    President Trump on Friday signed into law a spending bill that will provide full-year appropriations for several federal agencies and stopgap funding for a portion of government, staving off a partial shutdown at least until December. Trump had flirted with potentially not signing the “minibus...

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    OPM ANNOUNCES LOWEST FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH CARE PREMIUM INCREASE IN TWO DECADES

    Sep 26, 2018

    The Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday that federal employees will see the cost of their health insurance increase by 1.5 percent in 2019, the smallest hike in more than 20 years. Enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program with coverage only for themselves will on ave...

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    PENSIONS ARE SHELLING OUT BILLIONS IN FEES -- AND IT'S NOT PAYING OFF

    Sep 26, 2018

    Public pension plans spend at least $2 billion a year on investment fees to high-priced Wall Street firms to boost their returns. But, according to a new report, it doesn’t appear to be paying off. The report, released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts, attributes the steep bill to the fa...

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    LAWMAKERS SEND SHUTDOWN-AVERTING SPENDING BILL TO TRUMP'S DESK

    Sep 26, 2018

    The House on Wednesday passed a spending bill that included full-year appropriations for a portion of the government and stopgap funding for the rest of federal agencies, sending the measure to President Trump for his signature ahead of a Sunday shutdown deadline. The bill lawmakers approved on Wedn...

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    SOLVING THE RIGHT PROBLEM WITH THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE

    Sep 25, 2018

    Conflict over the government workforce has never been greater. From fighting to protect federal jobs to make it easier to fire poorly performing employees, political battles over the government workforce have grown increasingly fierce. What if these battles are focused on the wrong problem? It&rsquo...

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    LAWMAKERS URGE EDUCATION TO RESCIND UNILATERALLY-IMPOSED UNION CONTRACT

    Sep 24, 2018

    A group of Democratic senators last week urged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to rescind a unilaterally implemented collective bargaining agreement with the nation’s largest federal employee union and return to the negotiating table, in light of a watchdog finding that the department’s ...

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    LARGEST FEDERAL EMPLOYEE UNION FILES CONTEMPT MOTION AGAINST VA

    Sep 21, 2018

    The nation’s largest federal employee union on Wednesday night filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to declare that the Veterans Affairs Department is in contempt of a recent court order invalidating President Trump’s executive orders aimed at cracking d...

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    DEMOCRATIC SENATOR QUESTIONS MULVANEY’S HATCH ACT COMPLIANCE

    Sep 21, 2018

    The acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made waves this summer with his warnings that Republicans face a tough mid-term election climate. Now Mick Mulvaney, the former Tea Party-aligned House member whose main job is White House budget director, has been hit with question...

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    THE FAKE NEWS ERA DEMANDS ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION

    Sep 20, 2018

    Good government requires good communication. Only when the public receives timely and relevant facts about government activities can transparency and accountability be achieved. The public servants who provide that information agency spokespeople, communications specialists, speechwriters, social me...

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    GOP'S OBAMACARE LAWSUITS BOOST DEMOCRATS VYING FOR STATE AG

    Sep 20, 2018

    Democrats believe they have their best chance in years to flip crucial state attorney general seats by trumpeting the same message that drew furious protesters to town halls and to the polls last year: Republicans are trying to take away your health care. These down-ballot races usually fly under th...

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    COMMERCE CHIEF ISN'T FRETTING OVER WATCHDOG’S CRITICISM OF CENSUS COST ESTIMATE

    Sep 19, 2018

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is sticking with a disputed year-old estimate that put the likely cost of the coming 2020 census at $15.5 billion, or a $3 billion increase over an estimate prepared in 2015. Ross responded to a Government Accountability Office report dated for August but released on M...

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    IOWA TO JOIN OTHER STATES IN HALTING OBAMA-ERA WATER RULE

    Sep 19, 2018

    A federal judge on Tuesday said Iowa may join states that have an injunction halting implementation of the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. In the order signed by Chief Judge Daniel Hovland, of the U.S. District Court of North Dakota, Iowa is allowed to enjoin injunction proceedings filed by 1...

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    DECADES-OLD TECHNOLOGY PLAGUES CALIFORNIA MEDICAID PROGRAM

    Sep 18, 2018

    In the shadow of Silicon Valley, the hub of the world’s digital revolution, California officials still submit their records to the feds justifying billions in Medicaid spending the old-fashioned way: on paper. Stacks and stacks of it. Stuck with decades-old technology, the nation’s large...

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    SENATE JOINS HOUSE IN PASSING BILL TO LIMIT POSTAL SERVICE ROLE IN OPIOID CRISIS

    Sep 17, 2018

    The Senate on Monday approved a measure 99-1 to overhaul the international mailing system in an effort to shed the U.S. Postal Service’s reputation as providing a loophole for illicit drug manufacturers abetting the nation’s opioid crisis. Many lawmakers and stakeholders have for years p...

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    OBAMA SWOOPS INTO OHIO TO BOOST CANDIDATE IN CLOSE RACE FOR GOVERNOR

    Sep 14, 2018

    Former President Barack Obama is injecting himself into Ohio's neck-and-neck race for governor, headlining a rally in Cleveland for Democrat Richard Cordray, who was a top appointee in Mr. Obama's administration as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It's one of 44th Pr...

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    CALIFORNIA'S POVERTY RATE, THOUGH IMPROVED, TIES FOR HIGHEST IN U.S.

    Sep 13, 2018

    Nearly one in five Californians still lives in poverty despite the state's vigorous recovery from the Great Recession and its low unemployment rate. The latest numbers, a reflection of the state's high housing costs and low wages, show 19 percent are poor, some 7.5 million people. The calcul...

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    HOMELAND SECURITY AND SENATOR SPAR OVER MOVING FUNDS FROM FEMA TO IMMIGRANT DETENTION

    Sep 12, 2018

    With Hurricane Florence headed for landfall in the Carolinas, an Oregon senator on Tuesday night accused the Homeland Security Department of inappropriately transferring $10 million from disaster response to detention centers needed for the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. Democra...

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    IRS IMPROVES ITS PERFORMANCE DURING TAX SEASON DESPITE STAFF AND BUDGET CUTS

    Sep 11, 2018

    Despite an untimely hardware outage on this April’s Tax Day, the Internal Revenue Service overall improved its performance in handling the 2018 filing season, a watchdog found. The tax agency met target dates for processing returns and delivering refunds while also reducing call-waiting times ...

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    NEW PIPELINE BAN MAY BLOCK TRUMP'S OFFSHORE DRILLING PLANS IN CALIFORNIA

    Sep 10, 2018

    In a move aimed at stopping President Trump's plans to expand offshore oil drilling along the California coast, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two laws that prohibit construction of new pipelines that could bring the oil and gas to shore. "Today, California&#...

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    CONSUMER BUREAU HIGHLIGHTS THAT IT HAS TAKEN ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS UNDER MULVANEY

    Sep 07, 2018

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday released its first enforcement highlights report under acting Director Mick Mulvaney, drawing attention to fixes made by lending companies to bring themselves into compliance with consumer ...

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    JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO DISCUSS TECH COMPANY CRACKDOWN WITH STATE AGS

    Sep 07, 2018

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with state attorneys general later this month to discuss concerns that tech companies "may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms," the Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday...

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    3 WAYS BLUE STATES COULD STILL GET AROUND TAX REFORM

    Sep 06, 2018

    The Internal Revenue Service issued new regulations late last month in an effort to end workarounds by blue states hoping to bypass the state and local tax deduction cap introduced under December's federal tax overhaul. But observers say that even with the new regulations, states still have seve...

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    HOUSE REPUBLICANS ORGANIZE LETTER ASKING TRUMP TO REVERSE PAY FREEZE

    Sep 06, 2018

    A group of House Republicans is organizing a letter to President Trump asking him to reverse his decision to freeze federal employees’ pay in 2019. The letter, which lawmakers will send to the White House on Friday, has bipartisan backing and was spearheaded by Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va. It foll...

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    DEFENSE SECRETARY MATTIS DENIES COMPARING TRUMP TO 'A FIFTH- OR SIXTH-GRADER'

    Sep 05, 2018

    In his new book, investigative journalist Bob Woodward recounts a meeting in which President Trump wondered why the United States was working to maintain security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. “We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III,” Defense Secretary Jim M...

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    MARYLAND GOVERNOR PITCHES $1 BILLION 'ASPIRATIONAL' TAX CUT TO WIN OVER RETIREES AGAIN

    Sep 05, 2018

    On the campaign trail, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan often talks about how he wants lower taxes for retirees including exempting 100 percent of retirement income from Maryland taxes. The Republican governor pitched a similar proposal to senior voters when he was running four years ago, including at a fo...

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    FEDERAL UNION ACCUSES VA OFFICIAL OF ILLEGAL TAPING OF DELIBERATIONS

    Sep 05, 2018

    A federal employee union on Wednesday accused the management negotiating team at the Veterans Affairs Department of surreptitiously recording the union negotiators’ private conversations. Last week, National Federation of Federal Employees officials met with VA's management representatives...

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    TRUMP’S ROLLBACK OF POLLUTION RULES WILL HIT COAL COUNTRY HARD

    Sep 04, 2018

    It’s coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: nor...

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    DESPITE FEDERAL MANDATE, TEXAS SAYS IT WON'T FUND EDUCATION FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN IN SHELTERS

    Sep 04, 2018

    Texas’ top education officials told school district administrators Friday that they cannot use state funding to provide schooling for children housed in migrant shelters. The announcement issued in a letter sent to all school superintendents statewide has raised concerns for both shelters and ...

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    HOMELAND SECURITY LACKS RELIABLE DATA ON MISCONDUCT AT KEY AGENCIES

    Aug 31, 2018

    It is critical that the Homeland Security Department do a better job of tracking conduct lapses among the more than 100,000 employees at three key agencies—Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration—a watchdog reporte...

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    DISNEY WALKS AWAY FROM MILLIONS IN ECONOMIC INCENTIVES

    Aug 31, 2018

    Earlier this month, the Walt Disney Company presented the city of Anaheim with a surprising request: It asked the California city to terminate two agreements that provide Disney with hundreds of millions of dollars in economic assistance. The request comes as Disney’s relationship with Anaheim...

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    WHY TRUMP'S PAY FREEZE MOVE SHOULDN'T HAVE SURPRISED ANYONE

    Aug 31, 2018

    It’s a ritual only a wonk (or a federal employee) could fully appreciate: Every year since 1994, the president, by the end of August, must submit to Congress a plan for paying federal employees in the following fiscal year. That’s what President Trump did yesterday. This “alternati...

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    WHITE HOUSE EXPECTED TO KEEP POSTAL TASK FORCE REPORT SECRET UNTIL AFTER MIDTERMS

    Aug 30, 2018

    The Trump administration is planning to keep secret until after the mid-term elections a report delivered to the president earlier this month with suggestions for reforming the U.S. Postal Service, according to individuals with knowledge of the plan. Led by the Treasury Department, the task force de...

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    CALIFORNIA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO END CASH-BAIL SYSTEM

    Aug 29, 2018

    California will become the first state to let people leave jail before trial without having to post bail, under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday that largely leaves pretrial release decisions up to local judges a change praised by legislative and judicial leaders but condemned by some cri...

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    OPM INSTRUCTS AGENCIES TO COMPLY WITH COURT DECISION ON WORKFORCE EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    Aug 29, 2018

    The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday issued guidance instructing agencies to roll back any already implemented provisions of President Trump’s controversial workforce executive orders that are in violation of a recent court decision that found the meat of the orders to be unlawful. ...

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    LABOR DEPARTMENT OPENS NEW OFFICE FOR REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

    Aug 29, 2018

    Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Tuesday announced the opening of a new office aimed at complementing labor law enforcement with outreach to help employers and workers comply with regulations. Speaking at a Nashville safety symposium run by the nonprofit Voluntary Protection Programs Participants'...

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    FINANCIAL TRAIL FOR FLORIDA GOVERNOR LEADS TO CAYMAN ISLANDS TAX HAVEN

    Aug 28, 2018

    The portfolio of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, Ann Scott, includes earnings last year of at least $2.9 million in two dozen hedge funds registered in the Cayman Islands, a well-known tax haven for U.S. and foreign investors. The investments had a minimum total value of $25 million and a pote...

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    BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD REVERSE TRUMP'S ORDER ON EXECUTIVE BRANCH JUDGES

    Aug 28, 2018

    A pair of senators is looking to reverse a recent executive order issued by President Trump to remove administrative law judges from the competitive service, which critics have warned could strip the executive branch employees of their independence. President Trump in July issued an executive order ...

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    GOVERNOR MUST SUBMIT MEDICAID EXPANSION PLAN, MAINE SUPREME COURT RULES

    Aug 27, 2018

    Maine's high court ruled on Thursday that Gov. Paul LePage's administration must follow an earlier court order to submit a Medicaid expansion plan to the federal government, even as the justices sent significant constitutional questions about implementation back to a lower court. The 6-1 rul...

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    JUDGE STRIKES DOWN TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS LIMITING FEDERAL EMPLOYEE UNION BARGAINING

    Aug 25, 2018

    U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson late Friday night struck down most provisions of the Trump administration's controversial workforce executive orders, concluding that they conflicted with the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act. Jackson found that the three executive orders, which seek ...

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    IRS MOVES TO BLOCK BLUE STATES FROM GETTING AROUND GOP LIMITS ON TAX DEDUCTIONS

    Aug 24, 2018

    The Trump administration has delivered another blow to California. The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department on Thursday moved to block efforts by lawmakers in California and other Democratic-controlled states to help their residents avoid a new limit on state and local tax deductions. Th...

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    NEW ILLINOIS LAW BOOSTS MENTAL HEALTH, ADDICTION TREATMENT COVERAGE

    Aug 24, 2018

    Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Wednesday that strengthens insurance coverage for mental health conditions and addiction treatment a measure that advocates say is one of the strongest of its kind in the nation. Federal and state laws already prohibit insurers from covering mental health and substanc...

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    MICHAEL COHEN SUBPOENAED IN TRUMP FOUNDATION PROBE BY 'MULTIPLE CUOMO ADMINISTRATION AGENCIES'

    Aug 23, 2018

    The Cuomo administration issued a subpoena Wednesday to Michael Cohen, a day after the former lawyer to President Trump pleaded guilty on eight felony counts in a tax, bank fraud and elections law case. A state official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Cohen personally called the state tax ...

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    22 STATES ASK COURT TO REINSTATE NET NEUTRALITY RULES

    Aug 23, 2018

    A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate the Obama administration’s 2015 landmark net neutrality rules and reject the Trump administration’s efforts to preempt states from imposing their own rules guaranteeing ...

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    NEW EPA COAL REGULATIONS COULD LEAD TO UP TO 1,400 MORE PREMATURE DEATHS A YEAR

    Aug 22, 2018

    The link between air pollution and premature death is widely accepted by the scientific community. And a new Trump administration rule is set to cause between 470 and 1,400 more of those pollution-related early deaths per year in the U.S. by 2030. A new coal plant emissions rule, signed by the actin...

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    LABOR RELATIONS BOARD TO OFFER BUYOUTS, EARLY RETIREMENT

    Aug 22, 2018

    The National Labor Relations Board announced this month that it is offering buyouts and early retirement to some of its employees as part of an effort to rebalance its staff. In a press release August 7, the NLRB confirmed that it had received authorization from the Office of Personnel Management to...

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    SENATOR TRIES TO ENSURE THAT AT LEAST 14,000 FEDS HAVE THEIR PAY FROZEN NEXT YEAR

    Aug 21, 2018

    As the Senate began debate Monday on another minibus spending bill, one Republican lawmaker renewed his push to freeze federal employees' pay, albeit on a much smaller scale than President Trump has proposed. Last week, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., introduced an amendment to the fiscal 2019 appropr...

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    OBAMA ENDORSES BILLIONAIRE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR ILLINOIS GOVERNOR

    Aug 21, 2018

    Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker's campaign on Monday unveiled a web video featuring Barack Obama, marking another foray into his home state's politics for the former president. In the 90-second spot, Obama speaks to the camera about Pritzker's work with nonprofits and technol...

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    TRUMP'S UNPRECEDENTED RETALIATION DRAWS UNPRECEDENTED REBUKES

    Aug 20, 2018

    There isn’t any obvious precedent for a former CIA head to publicly call a sitting U.S. president “treasonous.” But John Brennan’s July 16 tweet which condemned President Trump’s conciliatory appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was just par...

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    SOME STATES HOLD MILLIONS FOR RAINY DAY FUNDS. CITIES WANT A CUT.

    Aug 20, 2018

    Welcome to Lorain, where the mayor, Chase Ritenauer, would like to show you around. The police car over there? It broke down during a pursuit not long ago, leaving the officer to continue the chase on foot. The new high school? It is part of a school system so badly underfunded that it is now overse...

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    DEFENSE ANNOUNCES CONTRACT TO REPLACE CUMBERSOME TRAVEL BOOKING SYSTEM

    Aug 17, 2018

    Within the next few years, it may become easier for Defense Department employees and military personnel to book travel or be reimbursed for official expenses. The department announced Thursday that it had awarded a $9.3 million contract to a company to develop a replacement for its travel booking sy...

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    FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR KILLED A HIGH-SPEED RAIL PLAN. NOW, WITH A FINANCIAL STAKE, HE WANTS TO REVIVE IT.

    Aug 17, 2018

    As one of his first acts in office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott canceled a $2.4 billion federally funded and shovel-ready bullet train from Orlando to Tampa because it carried “an extremely high risk of overspending taxpayer dollars with no guarantee of economic growth.’’ It was a poli...

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    THE FAMILIES TRUMP SEPARATED AND DEPORTED WILL LIKELY TRY TO COME BACK TO THE U.S.

    Aug 16, 2018

    Asylum-seeking families and children who turn up in Mexico and at the U.S. southern border from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are escaping terrible violence and poverty. A newly published UNICEF report titled Uprooted: Central America and Mexico found that the Trump administration’s toug...

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    INSPECTORS GENERAL FACE UNCERTAIN AND OPAQUE FUNDING, SENATE REPORT SAYS

    Aug 15, 2018

    Despite a recent law requiring more transparent budgeting, various inspectors general are being targeted for budget cuts by the Trump White House, some of them at agencies the administration proposed for funding hikes, according to a report released Wednesday by Democratic staff on the Senate Homela...

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    EPA’S BID FOR ‘CONSISTENT AND TRANSPARENT’ RULEMAKING DRAWS FIRE

    Aug 14, 2018

    One enduring legacy of former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt may be a rule that recasts the agency’s approach to the complex art of cost-benefit analysis in weighing regulations. On June 7, less than a month before he resigned, Pruitt announced a coming proposed rulemaking ...

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    SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL UP NEXT FOR ALL 4 WEST VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

    Aug 14, 2018

    West Virginia's House of Delegates voted to impeach all four justices on the state's Supreme Court of Appeals on Monday, saying they will face an impeachment trial in the Senate over the use of state funds to renovate Supreme Court offices. The four are Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Jus...

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    HOUSE REPUBLICANS URGE WHITE HOUSE TO STABILIZE CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD

    Aug 13, 2018

    Two key figures on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have taken up the baton from their predecessors in casting a skeptical eye on the functionality of the independent Chemical Safety Board. Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., joined by environment subcommittee chairman Gre...

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    CALIFORNIA REQUESTS FEDERAL DOCUMENTS ON EFFECTS OF IMMIGRANT CHILD SEPARATIONS

    Aug 13, 2018

    California officials asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to release documents indicating whether officials considered the potential psychological impact of the federal “zero tolerance” policy on children separated from their immigrant parents after crossing the border. State Atty...

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    EXTRA SCHOOL FUNDING RESULTS IN TAX RELIEF FOR NEW JERSEY HOMEOWNERS

    Aug 10, 2018

    After years of mostly stagnant state funding, a majority of New Jersey school districts received unexpected increases under Gov. Phil Murphy’s inaugural budget. How will these extra funds be used by the districts? The state will dole out $8.5 billion of its $37.4 billion budget in direct aid t...

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    NSA DIRECTOR: THE AGENCY 'SELLS ITSELF' TO POTENTIAL RECRUITS

    Aug 10, 2018

    The highly secretive National Security Agency is taking advantage of a flood of employment applications to ensure a diverse workforce equipped for future innovation. So declared Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who was sworn in this May as the three-hatted lead of NSA, U.S. Cyber Command and the lesser-know...

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    TRUMP CONSIDERS LIMITING U.S. CITIZENSHIP ACCESS

    Aug 08, 2018

    Immigration lawyers and advocates saw red Tuesday amid reports that the Trump administration plans to make it all but impossible for legal immigrants to become citizens if they have ever relied on public welfare programs such as the Affordable Care Act. The overhaul is part of senior White House adv...

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    THE PENTAGON COULD SAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY FIXING PROBLEMS IT ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT

    Aug 07, 2018

    The Defense Department could save $2.3 billion by implementing nearly three dozen outstanding reforms proposed by its inspector general, the auditors said in a recent report outlining the more than 1,500 open recommendations that the Pentagon has yet to address. More than 50 of those recommendations...

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    FOR FIRST TIME, SOME AMERICANS CAN VOTE USING A SMARTPHONE

    Aug 07, 2018

    West Virginians serving overseas will be the first in the country to cast federal election ballots using a smartphone app, a move designed to make voting in November's election easier for troops living abroad. But election integrity and computer security experts expressed alarm at the prospect o...

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    DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR PUSH SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE

    Aug 06, 2018

    Wherever he takes his campaign for governor, Abdul El-Sayed is followed by activists handing out information about “Medicare for all.” When he grabs the microphone, El-Sayed makes a promise: He’ll bring universal health care to Michigan. “Why can the CEOs of big insurance cor...

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    FEDERAL RETIREMENT CLAIMS UP NEARLY 16 PERCENT SO FAR IN 2018 OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR

    Aug 06, 2018

    The number of federal workers who filed retirement claims with the Office of Personnel Management from January to July is 15.6 percent higher than it was over the same period last year, according to statistics released by the agency Monday. Between January and July 2017, 59,987 federal employees had...

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    FBI BROUGHT DOWN FOREIGN AGENTS IN THE PAST

    Aug 04, 2018

    The public has recently gained an opportunity for deeper insight into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the FBI’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. On July 21, the Trump administration released the FBI’s application for a warrant to begin electron...

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    NONPROFIT FILES HATCH ACT COMPLAINTS ON 10 WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS

    Aug 03, 2018

    Noting that President Trump last February announced that he is running for reelection in 2020, an ethics group has seized on celebratory tweets from high-level White House staff that it says violate the Hatch Act’s ban on partisan political activity in the federal workplace. In a series of let...

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    SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE WINS $475K IN LEGAL FEES AFTER 4-YEAR FIGHT WITH GOVERNMENT

    Aug 03, 2018

    After four years and expenses of more than $700,000, a California-based small business advocate on Thursday won an agreement from the Justice and Defense departments to pay his legal fees for litigation forcing the government to release confidential contracting data. Lloyd Chapman, the outspoken fou...

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    FACING 24% PREMIUM HIKE, NEW YORK TAKES A STAND AGAINST INSURERS AND TRUMP

    Aug 02, 2018

    Gov. Cuomo on Monday said he wants to codify Obamacare into New York law while at the same time directing the agency that oversees the insurance industry to reject proposed large health care rate hikes. The insurance industry is seeking to hike health premiums by an average of 24% on individual poli...

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    COURT DEEMS TRUMP'S SANCTUARY CITIES POLICY UNCONSTITUTIONAL BUT ALLOWS IT OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 02, 2018

    A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that the Trump administration may not withhold federal funds from California's immigrant-friendly "sanctuary" cities and counties. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, upheld a district judge's ruling in favor of San Fr...

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    CITING RUSSIA, DHS LAUNCHES CYBER HUB TO FIGHT ATTACKS ON U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE

    Aug 01, 2018

    Among the many things the current administration has been criticized for is its lack of a unified strategy to combat cyber threats, especially in light of ongoing election interference and psy ops perpetrated by Russia. The Department of Homeland Security is advancing the ball with the creation of t...

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    SENATE SENDS TRUMP DEFENSE BILL WITH 'ARBITRARY' CUTS THAT MAY NOT SAVE MONEY

    Aug 01, 2018

    The Senate on Wednesday sent to President Trump’s desk an annual defense policy bill that included language setting up several Pentagon agencies to slash their operations by 25 percent over the next few years. The cuts were a controversial piece of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorizatio...

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    PENTAGON TO START CREATING SPACE FORCE EVEN BEFORE CONGRESS APPROVES IT

    Jul 31, 2018

    The U.S. Defense Department this week will take the first steps to create the Space Force, a new branch of the military ordered up by President Trump but not yet fully backed by Congress. In coming months, Defense Department leaders plan to stand up three of the four components of the new Space Forc...

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    TRUMP SPURNS MEDICAID PROPOSAL AFTER FURIOUS WHITE HOUSE DEBATE

    Jul 31, 2018

    Hoping to head off a full expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, some senior officials in the Trump administration and Republican governors have been pushing hard for a smaller expansion to satisfy a growing political demand in their states. But President Trump decided on Friday to shu...

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    STATES SUE TRUMP OVER EXPANSION OF NON-OBAMACARE-COMPLIANT HEALTH PLANS

    Jul 30, 2018

    A group of 11 states and Washington, D.C., are suing the Trump administration in an attempt to roll back a regulation that allowed for the expansion of certain health plans that skirt ObamaCare regulations. The lawsuit, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D) and Massachusetts Attorne...

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    SENATORS UNVEIL LEGISLATION TO OVERHAUL THE IRS

    Jul 30, 2018

    Twenty years after he co-chaired a commission to restructure the Internal Revenue Service, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Thursday announced his plan for a 21st-century update. The draft “Taxpayer Protection Act,” co-sponsored with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., aims to improve customer service, ...

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    EPA PRESS STAFF UNDER PRUITT SOUGHT TO DISCREDIT DEPARTING CAREER STAFF

    Jul 27, 2018

    Communications staffers working at the Environmental Protection Agency during the early days of the Trump administration created press strategies to discredit at least two career staffers who left after leveling harsh criticism of policy changes made by since-resigned Administrator Scott Pruitt. Int...

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    HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT TELEWORK AT AGENCIES

    Jul 26, 2018

    Democratic House members introduced legislation Thursday to protect and expand the use of telework at federal agencies, partly in response to recent policies to limit the practice at the Education and Agriculture departments. The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act introduced by Reps. Gerry Connol...

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    DEVOS PROPOSES REPLACING OBAMA-ERA STUDENT LOAN RULES

    Jul 26, 2018

    Students who are defrauded by their schools would have a harder time getting their federal loans erased under new rules proposed by the Trump administration Wednesday. The proposal, which aims to replace a set of Obama-era rules that were never implemented, drew applause from the for-profit industry...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RESUMES OBAMACARE PAYMENTS

    Jul 25, 2018

    The Trump administration is resuming Obamacare’s risk adjustment program, just weeks after it abruptly froze billions of dollars in insurer payments citing a court ruling invalidating parts of the program. CMS on Tuesday night issued a final rule that it said clarifies the program methodology ...

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    MORE MAYORS ARE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR

    Jul 25, 2018

    A decade ago, it was rare for a mayor to run for governor and even when they did, they weren't especially successful. Today, mayors continue to face obstacles when running for governor, ranging from skepticism from rural voters to rivalries between big cities. But a mayor seeking the governorshi...

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    TRUMP LOOMS OVER REPUBLICAN NOMINATING CONTEST FOR GEORGIA GOVERNOR

    Jul 24, 2018

    Republican voters in Georgia will choose their party’s nominee for governor on Tuesday in a two-man faceoff that has become a proxy battle between U.S. President Donald Trump and the state’s popular Republican governor, Nathan Deal. In May, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, who has Deal&r...

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    FIRST BLACK POLICE CHIEF NAMED IN BOSTON

    Jul 24, 2018

    Boston police veteran William G. Gross made history yesterday when he was named the city's first black police commissioner an appointment that drew cautious praise across the board. Gross, 54, now serving as the departments second in command, will replace William B. Evans, who is retiring Aug. 4...

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    CONSUMER BUREAU NOMINEE APPEARS TO SURVIVE SENATORS' GRILLING

    Jul 23, 2018

    A Montana Democrat told President Trump’s nominee to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week that she “probably has the votes to be confirmed.” But like several Democrats on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Jon Tester challenge...

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    PROTECTING ABORTION RIGHTS NOW A COMMON CAMPAIGN THEME AMONG DEMOCRATS

    Jul 23, 2018

    The Supreme Court confirmation fight brewing in Washington has made abortion a front-burner issue in governors races around the country, as Democrats warn that Republicans could try to ban the practice in their states if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The possibility that the Supreme Court will leave it...

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    AMID ELECTION VENDOR CONTROVERSY, HOUSE SEEKS TO LIMIT FOREIGN INFLUENCE

    Jul 20, 2018

    Maryland lawmakers have introduced two U.S. House bills seeking to better safeguard election systems following the disclosure that a state election software vendor had ties to a Russian investor. A measure by Democratic Rep. John Delaney and Republican Rep. Andy Harris would mandate that vendors ass...

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    KENTUCKY MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS TO GET NEW LOOK BY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

    Jul 20, 2018

    The Trump administration is taking a new step forward in its plan to impose work requirements in Kentucky’s Medicaid program, despite a federal judge blocking the move last month. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said Wednesday that it is going to reopen a new 30-da...

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    TRUMP NAMES THIRD DOW EXECUTIVE TO THE HELP RUN USDA

    Jul 19, 2018

    Donald Trump selected a new head of scientific research for the Department of Agriculture this week: Scott Hutchins, an entomologist who has spent his career at Dow Agroscience’s pesticide and seed division. His work focuses on chemical solutions to farm pests. The unit became known as Cordova...

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    OBAMACARE CONUNDRUM: IF THE STATES SUING TO OVERTURN IT WIN, THEIR RESIDENTS WILL SUFFER MOST

    Jul 19, 2018

    If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose. “These states have been opposed to the ACA from the beginning,” said Gerald K...

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    AMID IMMIGRATION DEBATE, NEW MEXICO SEEKS MORE OVERSIGHT OF PRIVATE DETENTION CENTERS

    Jul 18, 2018

    Some New Mexico lawmakers expressed support Monday for reining in private prison growth in the state or doing away with private prisons altogether amid a roiling national debate over housing immigrant detainees. During the meeting of an interim legislative committee at the Roundhouse, several legisl...

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    TEMPERS FLARE AS WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS REORG PROPOSAL AGAINST ACCUSATIONS OF STONEWALLING

    Jul 18, 2018

    A White House official faced a testy hearing while appearing before a Senate committee to explain and defend the Trump administration’s proposals to reform and reorganize the federal government, with lawmakers criticizing officials broadly for failing to offer insight into the analysis that sh...

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    GOP CANDIDATE FOR COLORADO GOVERNOR PICKS EX-DEMOCRAT AS RUNNING MATE

    Jul 17, 2018

    Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton announced Lang Sias as his running mate Wednesday. Sias, 59, is a former U.S. Navy pilot and currently represents House District 27, which covers Arvada. Stapleton's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, picked cancer foundation ...

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    4 STATES JUST SUED OVER THE FEDERAL TAX LAW. HERE'S WHY THEY MIGHT LOSE.

    Jul 17, 2018

    Four blue states sued the federal government on Tuesday over tax changes that the GOP-controlled Congress adopted in December. Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York filed a joint lawsuit alleging that the federal government's new $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes is un...

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    JUDGES' UNION: SUPREME COURT DECISION AN 'EXCUSE' TO POLITICIZE ALJS

    Jul 16, 2018

    The Association of Administrative Law Judges denounced the Trump administration’s recent executive order removing the judges from the competitive hiring process, calling it an effort to politicize a segment of the civil service. Last week, President Trump signed an executive order moving the h...

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    FBI INTERNAL SURVEY SHOWS MORALE WAS HIGHER BEFORE COMEY WAS FIRED

    Jul 16, 2018

    A newly disclosed internal poll of FBI employees reveals a sharp decline in confidence in the bureau’s senior leadership under Director Christopher Wray, according to an analysis by Lawfare, a legal blogging outlet that obtained the survey results under the Freedom of Information Act. “A...

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    U.S. PLANS ‘CONTINUOUS EVALUATION’ OF NEW AND EXISTING SECURITY CLEARANCES

    Jul 13, 2018

    When the Pentagon starts handling all federal security clearances this fall, it will usher in a brand-new approach to figuring out who can be trusted with dangerous secrets. Whereas the Office of Personnel Management performed an initial background check on individuals who requested clearances, then...

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    AFGE RECOUNTS EVICTIONS, 'UNION BUSTING' AT FEDERAL AGENCIES

    Jul 12, 2018

    Officials at the largest federal employee union said Thursday that agencies’ recent efforts to implement a series of controversial workforce executive orders are intended to prevent them from performing duties that are required by law. In a call with reporters, American Federation of Governmen...

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    DONALD TRUMP WANTS TO REPAINT AIR FORCE ONE TO LOOK 'MORE AMERICAN'

    Jul 12, 2018

    Donald Trump is not a man tied down by convention. So it’s only fitting that he wants to do away with the iconic robin’s egg blue that has been the symbol of the presidency in the sky for decades. According to Axios, during the negotiations with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg earlier this ...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CUTS GRANTS TO HELP PEOPLE GET OBAMACARE

    Jul 11, 2018

    The Trump administration is cutting most of the funds previously provided to groups that help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and will push them to promote plans lacking the law’s benefits and protections, a government agency said on Tuesday. Under the latest cuts, so...

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    HACKER CAUGHT SELLING MAINTENANCE MANUALS FOR MILITARY DRONES

    Jul 11, 2018

    Until last week, you could have purchased one of the U.S.military’s training manuals for the MQ-9 Reaper drone, along with a maintenance manual for the Abrams tank, a guide to defeating IEDs, and other sensitive materials, thanks to a hacker who put the stolen materials up for sale online. The...

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    DEMOCRATS, ADVOCACY GROUPS PAN ORDER MOVING ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGES OUT OF COMPETITIVE SERVICE

    Jul 11, 2018

    President Trump’s executive order giving broader latitude to agency heads in hiring administrative law judges drew swift opposition from advocacy groups and Democrats in Congress Wednesday. The order, signed Tuesday, pulls ALJs out of the competitive service, where candidates are vetted by the...

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    IRS SPENT NEARLY $400 MILLION FOR SCANT PROGRESS IN COLLECTING OVERSEAS TAXES

    Jul 10, 2018

    The Internal Revenue Service, tasked with implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act with no new funds, spent $380 million on a roadmap for documenting overseas assets but made little progress, a watchdog found. The tax agency “has taken limited or no action on a majority of the plann...

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    THE U.S. EMBASSY IN LONDON HAS WARNED AMERICANS TO 'KEEP A LOW PROFILE' DURING TRUMP’S VISIT

    Jul 10, 2018

    When Donald Trump arrives in the UK later this week, he’ll be laying unusually low for a U.S. president visiting Britain, thanks to the throngs of protests expected in central London. The U.S. embassy in London suggests he’s not the only one who should do so: It told U.S. citizens in Bri...

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    OBAMA-ERA DEPUTY DEPARTS CONSUMER BUREAU, ABANDONS SUCCESSION LAWSUIT

    Jul 09, 2018

    In a victory for the Trump administration’s deregulatory push, the deputy head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has quit her position along with her lawsuit challenging the White House’s appointment of its own budget director as acting bureau chief. Leandra English, according ...

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    THE IRS DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH AMERICAN EXPATS. BUT IT CAN REVOKE THEIR PASSPORTS

    Jul 09, 2018

    Thousands of Americans could be denied a new or renewed passport if they don’t settle their tax bills soon. But if they live abroad, they may not even know that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service the tax agency reportedly struggles to send mail to foreign addresses. At least 362,00...

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    10 WAYS TO GET GOOD ADVICE FROM FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES

    Jul 06, 2018

    Across the federal government, about a thousand committees governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act and an untold number of additional committees meet each year to offer advice to improve government performance. Federal leaders devote considerable effort to planning, scheduling and staffing th...

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    COMMERCE HOPES TO DERAIL LAWSUITS ON CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

    Jul 06, 2018

    The decision in March by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census has provoked multiple lawsuits, one of which got a key boost this week when a New York judge allowed discovery to proceed. Judge Jesse Furman of Manhattan’s Southern District ...

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    U.S. MOVING SOME DETAINED MIGRANTS TO SITES CLOSER TO THEIR CHILDREN: HHS SECRETARY

    Jul 05, 2018

    The U.S. government is moving some migrant parents to detention sites closer to the young children they were separated from while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to meet a court-imposed deadline to reunify families, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said on Thursday.U.S. Judge Da...

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    LITERACY IS NOT A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT, RULES JUDGE IN CASE AGAINST MICHIGAN

    Jul 05, 2018

    Few could dispute the importance of literacy. But children have no fundamental right to learn to read and write, according to a federal judge whose ruling in a closely watched lawsuit Friday left some disheartened and others raising questions. "I'm shocked," said Ivy Bailey, president ...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO REVOKE OBAMA-ERA COLLEGE ADMISSION GUIDELINES ON RACE

    Jul 03, 2018

    The Trump administration is ready to roll back Obama-era policies encouraging colleges to look at a race during the admissions process, according to a report Tuesday. The guidelines, meant to promote diversity, laid out legal recommendations that Trump officials argue go beyond Supreme Court precede...

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    EPA BEEFS UP ETHICS OFFICE AS PRUITT’S TROUBLES MULTIPLY

    Jul 03, 2018

    The Environmental Protection Agency is hiring for ethics positions as its chief ethics official has grown more concerned about mounting reports of misconduct by Administrator Scott Pruitt. An agency spokesman on Tuesday confirmed to Government Executive the existence of a letter to the government-wi...

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    BIPARTISAN GROUP OF LAWMAKERS FILES BRIEF SUPPORTING UNIONS' LEGAL CHALLENGE AGAINST WORKFORCE EOS

    Jul 02, 2018

    A bipartisan group of current and former lawmakers on Monday filed a legal briefing in support of federal employee unions’ legal challenge against three controversial executive orders that seek to make it easier to fire federal workers and reduce the influence of federal employee unions. Reps....

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    NEW HAMPSHIRE'S GOP GOVERNOR EXTENDS MEDICAID EXPANSION BUT ADDS WORK REQUIREMENT

    Jul 02, 2018

    Gov. Chris Sununu used more than two dozen pens Friday to sign his name to sweeping legislation that preserves government-paid health insurance coverage for more than 50,000 low-income adults through 2023. The first-term Republican chief executive said he had many more than 24 influential players to...

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    IN RARE MOVE ARIZONA TAKES CONTROL OF A LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Jun 29, 2018

    When Robert Donofrio retired as the longtime superintendent of Murphy Elementary School District in 2004, the small district had a "well-regarded" reputation, he said. Murphy led its cohort of low-income, urban Phoenix schools in student achievement, and the district appeared to be a model...

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    TAXPAYER ADVOCATE AGAIN PLEADS FOR BIGGER IRS BUDGET TO BOOST CUSTOMER SERVICE

    Jun 28, 2018

    Despite a recent budget hike to implement the new tax law, the Internal Revenue Service “doesn’t have enough employees to answer the phones, to conduct outreach and education, or to provide basic taxpayer service,” the National Taxpayer Advocate said in her latest report. The 2018 ...

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    OMB SHARPENS GUIDANCE FOR IMPROVING PROGRAMS AND CURBING IMPROPER PAYMENTS

    Jun 28, 2018

    In a pair of memos to agency heads this week, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney laid out how his office will monitor progress toward formalizing the improvement of program management and getting a better handle on long-standing efforts to avoid government payments to undeserving parties. The...

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    WATCHDOGS INVESTIGATE HOMELAND SECURITY, HHS HANDLING OF SEPARATED MIGRANT CHILDREN

    Jun 28, 2018

    The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it would investigate federal departments’ actions in the separation and detention of thousands of migrant children taken from their parents under the Trump administration’s aborted “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigrat...

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    WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION PROPOSALS AMID CONGRESSIONAL CRITICISM

    Jun 27, 2018

    The White House fended off a barrage of criticisms and concerns over its plan to reorganize the federal government during a hearing to review the proposal on Wednesday, with members of both parties pushing back on key parts of the plan. Facing the objections, Office of Management and Budget Deputy D...

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    WITH TRUMP'S HELP, SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR WINS RUNOFF

    Jun 27, 2018

    Two Columbia natives and State House veterans will face one another in the November general election for S.C. governor. Gov. Henry McMaster won the GOP runoff for governor Tuesday, putting him and his nominee for lieutenant governor, Pamela Evette of Travelers Rest in line to face Democratic nominee...

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    TRUMP'S POSTAL PRIVATIZATION PLAN MET WITH BIPARTISAN REBUKE IN CONGRESS

    Jun 26, 2018

    The White House’s proposal to privatize the U.S. Postal Service is unlikely to find much traction in Congress, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticizing the suggested fundamental overhaul of the mailing agency. Lawmakers across the ideological spectrum who have expressed an interes...

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    8 KEY PROPOSALS FOR FEDS IN TRUMP'S REORGANIZATION PLAN

    Jun 25, 2018

    An array of proposals put forward last week by the Trump administration to reorganize and reform federal agencies would have major impacts on their workforces. The plan did not spell out specific procedures for shedding federal jobs as the White House initially called for and officials said they wer...

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    ANALYSIS CORRUPTION IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS SPREADING

    Jun 22, 2018

    You’ve got to at least give credit to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for finding the silver lining or the gold one, as it were. It was late October 2017, just days before the so-called Paradise Papers, a tranche of leaked documents, would reveal that when he divested some of his holdings upon ...

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    SUPREME COURT CLEARS WAY FOR STATES TO TAX ONLINE SALES

    Jun 21, 2018

    In a landmark ruling that could provide a big boost to state and local revenues, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a two-decade-old ruling on Thursday that barred states from collecting sales taxes for online purchases. Calling the old precedent “flawed” and a "tax shelter for busin...

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    A POSSIBLE PAY RAISE, A PANEL PUSHES BENEFITS CUTS, AND MORE

    Jun 20, 2018

    A House panel on Tuesday released its blueprint for fiscal 2019 spending, which echoes the Trump administration’s proposals targeting federal employee retirement programs. Republicans on the House Budget Committee said its “Budget for a Brighter American Future” would balance the b...

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    TRUMP WANTS ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO HELP HOUSE DETAINED IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

    Jun 20, 2018

    President Trump on Wednesday called on all federal agencies to play their parts in helping the administration handle immigrants arriving at the border, saying leaders should make facilities available to hold families awaiting court proceedings. The order came amid significant backlash on Trump&rsquo...

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    SENATE APPROVES MAJOR GOVERNMENTWIDE PAY AND HIRING REFORMS IN DEFENSE BILL

    Jun 19, 2018

    The Senate on Monday passed the annual defense authorization bill, which includes provisions to permanently increase the maximum buyout offers for federal employees across government and ease the hiring process for recent college graduates. The hiring changes included in the Fiscal 2019 National Def...

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    45 SENATE DEMOCRATS DEMAND THAT TRUMP RESCIND WORKFORCE EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    Jun 19, 2018

    A group of 45 Democratic senators on Tuesday demanded President Trump rescind his controversial recent executive orders that seek to make it easier to fire federal workers and severely curb the influence of federal employee unions. In a letter to Trump, the senators, led by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-...

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    HUNDREDS MARCH ON TEXAS TENT CITY HOUSING SEPARATED IMMIGRANT CHILDREN

    Jun 18, 2018

    World Cup soccer and backyard barbecues were set aside Father's Day morning for hundreds of people who chose instead to descend on this small West Texas outpost that's become famous the last 72 hours for being home to an immigration detention center for children. Lawmakers, political candida...

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    TRUMP'S SURPRISE NOMINEE FOR CONSUMER BUREAU DRAWS MIXED REACTION

    Jun 18, 2018

    President Trump surprised purveyors of speculation over the weekend by selecting a White House budget office associate to be the permanent director of the ever-controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kathy Kraninger, a former Senate appropriations staffer with a homeland security special...

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    WHAT TRUMP’S SPACE FORCE ANNOUNCEMENT MEANS

    Jun 18, 2018

    President Donald Trump said Monday that he had directed the Pentagon to establish a Space Force, describing it as a sixth branch of the U.S. military. It would be the first time the Pentagon has stood up a new service since the Air Force received its independence after World War II. Creating a stand...

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    HOUSE DEMOCRATS JOIN FIGHT AGAINST WORKFORCE EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    Jun 14, 2018

    A group of 23 House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Whip Steny Hoyer, demanded Thursday that President Trump rescind three controversial executive orders that seek to make it easier for agencies to fire federal workers and significantly curb the influence of federal employee un...

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    FEDERAL EMPLOYEES LAST YEAR BROKE RECORD FOR PROVING RETALIATION BY MANAGERS

    Jun 13, 2018

    The agency tasked with protecting federal employees from whistleblower retaliation and other actions prohibited by civil service laws issued a record number of decisions favorable to workers last year, sending what it called a “warning” to federal supervisors not to engage in improper co...

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    13 UNIONS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST ALL THREE WORKFORCE EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    Jun 13, 2018

    A group of 13 federal employee unions jointly sued the Trump administration and the Office of Personnel Management Wednesday, challenging the legality of three controversial workforce executive orders. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, marks the third legal chal...

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    A TASK FORCE WILL HUNT DOWN NEW AMERICANS SUSPECTED OF LYING ON CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS

    Jun 12, 2018

    The government’s latest move in its crackdown on immigration is to target U.S. citizens. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is setting up a new office and hiring dozens of lawyers to track down people who may have lied on their citizenship applications, the AP reports. People who are fo...

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    THE POSTAL SERVICE IS NOT SUBJECT TO TRUMP'S WORKFORCE EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    Jun 12, 2018

    President Trump’s executive orders on the federal workforce will carve out about 600,000 federal employees: those at the U.S. Postal Service. The Office of Personnel Management confirmed the exemption to Government Executive after informing one of the major postal unions directly. The orders a...

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    NYC HOUSING AGENCY AGREES TO LEAD CLEANUP UNDER FEDERAL SUPERVISION

    Jun 11, 2018

    The agency overseeing public housing in New York City has reached a deal to settle claims by federal authorities that it failed for years to remedy toxic lead paint and other hazards, according to a filing in Manhattan federal court on Monday. Under terms of the settlement with Manhattan U.S. Attorn...

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    BOOZ ALLEN WINS CORRECTIVE ACTION FROM GSA ON ARMY SOFTWARE CONTRACT

    Jun 11, 2018

    The General Services Administration must reimburse global contractor Booz Allen Hamilton for the costs of a recent bid protest due to delays in agency responses, the Government Accountability Office determined. In a decision from its general counsel dated May 7 but released only in redacted form on ...

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    JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REFUSES TO DEFEND OBAMACARE AGAINST GOP STATES' LAWSUIT

    Jun 08, 2018

    The Trump administration won't defend central provisions of the Affordable Care Act, saying in a legal filing Thursday night that key parts of the Affordable Care Act should be invalidated and that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. The filing came in a lawsuit brought by the state of T...

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    POSTAL STAKEHOLDERS ARE IMPRESSED WITH TRUMP'S TASK FORCE SO FAR

    Jun 08, 2018

    President Trump’s task force to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service is up and running, and despite concerns that its members would simply follow the direction preset by the tweeter-in-chief, stakeholders in the postal community are impressed with seriousness and attention to detail with which the...

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    APPOINTEE WATCH A WAVE OF STATE, DEFENSE NOMINATIONS

    Jun 07, 2018

    Last month, President Trump announced his third pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, following multiple ethics scandals with previous choices. Trump has tapped acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to assume the role on a permanent basis after former presidential physician Ronny Jackson withdre...

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    HOUSE PASSES BILL TO RESCIND $15 BILLION FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES

    Jun 07, 2018

    The House on Thursday approved 210-206 President Trump’s proposal to revoke $15 billion in appropriated funds from federal agencies, the first such rescission package since the Clinton administration. Most of the clawbacks would not affect agencies directly, as they deal with money that Congre...

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    ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL DON’T FORGET WE ALSO WANT TO REWARD GOOD FEDS

    Jun 06, 2018

    A key Trump administration official said on Wednesday that while the attention from President Trump’s recent civil service executive orders focused on disciplinary measures, the president views as equally important the provisions to better reward top performers. With unemployment numbers so lo...

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    GRASSLEY DELAYS NOMINEE FOR TOP COUNTERINTELLIGENCE POST

    Jun 06, 2018

    In another clash between the Senate Judiciary chairman and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Monday placed a hold on President Trump’s nominee to be the first Senate-confirmed director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. H...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RELEASES MEDICAID SCORECARD

    Jun 06, 2018

    The Trump administration Monday released a Medicaid “scorecard” intended to show how the nation’s largest health program is performing. But the nation’s top Medicaid official didn’t want to draw any conclusions. “This is about bringing a level of transparency and ...

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    CONSUMER BUREAU IRKS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS BY DELAYING MEETINGS

    Jun 05, 2018

    Continued postponements of meetings of the Consumer Advisory Board attached to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau prompted 11 of the panel’s 25 nongovernmental members to protest acting bureau director Mick Mulvaney’s failure to convene in-person meetings, citing a possible violati...

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    ANALYSIS THE FLAW IN TRUMP'S OBSTRUCTION-OF-JUSTICE DEFENSE

    Jun 05, 2018

    President Trump’s lawyers, in a letter released over the weekend, staked out bold the ground that the president can’t commit obstruction of justice in his interactions with the federal law-enforcement apparatus—neither by firing investigators nor by interfering with their performan...

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    HOW TO CALCULATE WHAT OPIOID OVERDOSES COST GOVERNMENT

    Jun 04, 2018

    As governments grapple with the rising cost of the opioid crisis, one group may have found a way to predict how high those costs will go. For every three fatal overdoses, a local government's public safety costs can increase by an average of 1 percent, or $150,000, according to research from the...

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    THE U.S. DEFENSE INDUSTRY WANTS AN ARMS-EXPORT CZAR

    Jun 01, 2018

    U.S. defense executives are calling on the Trump administration to create a comprehensive arms-export strategy and put a single official or government office in charge of shepherding weapons deals through the approval process. The two proposals were among the recommendations sent to Secretary of Sta...

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    THE FINE PRINT OF TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON OFFICIAL TIME

    Jun 01, 2018

    President Trump’s recent executive orders aimed at streamlining the firing process and significantly curbing the power of federal employee unions already have produced outrage and lawsuits from employee groups. One of the orders that have drawn particular ire seeks to reduce the use of officia...

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    WHY THE PRESIDENT’S MANAGEMENT AGENDA IS DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS PLANS

    May 31, 2018

    Many Americans have long held that their government can and should operate more smartly and responsively at less cost. With this in mind, administrations of both political parties in recent decades have rolled out a flurry of government reform plans. I’ve helped plan and execute many of these ...

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    NEW MEXICO CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR PROFITED FROM CONTROVERSIAL HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS

    May 31, 2018

    Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the leading Democratic candidate for governor in New Mexico, profited from the state’s use of a high-priced health-insurance program for seriously ill patients, even after Obamacare made such programs virtually obsolete. As most states were shuttering their subsidi...

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    THE FINE PRINT OF TRUMP’S COLLECTIVE BARGAINING EXECUTIVE ORDER

    May 31, 2018

    The executive orders signed by President Trump last week that aim to streamline the firing process and significantly curb the influence of federal employee unions have produced a flurry of activity this week, as the largest union sued to block one order Wednesday and other groups considered similar ...

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    VA’S ACCOUNTABILITY CZAR WILL SERVE AS THE DEPARTMENT'S ACTING CHIEF

    May 30, 2018

    President Trump on Wednesday tapped the Veterans Affairs Department's chief of staff to lead VA on a temporary basis, as the previous acting secretary awaits confirmation to serve as permanent secretary. Peter O’Rourke has now been twice elevated at VA since he first joined the Trump admin...

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    MORE GOVERNMENTS TURNING TO GIG ECONOMY FOR HELP

    May 30, 2018

    Whether it’s hailing a ride or finding help with home improvement projects, the gig economy is slowly transforming the way a lot of work gets done. It’s hardly surprising, then, that governments have started to rely more on these workers, too. A new national survey from the Center for St...

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    RETIRED HOMELAND SECURITY EXEC FAULTED FOR COSTLY TRAVEL, NEPOTISM

    May 29, 2018

    A year after she retired from the agency she led for 15 years, the director of the Homeland Security Department’s law enforcement training center was found to have overspent on airfare and rental vehicles while ignoring agency rules for travel planning. Connie Patrick, who headed the Federal L...

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    HOW NEW JERSEY IS LEADING THE RESISTANCE TO TRUMP’S OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN

    May 29, 2018

    The Trump administration’s bid to expand offshore drilling sounds like a sweet deal when the oil and gas industry sells it: more jobs, increased local revenue and possibly an energy surplus that could lower home heating costs. But Mayor John Moor’s opinion of the proposal to drill off th...

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    THE FUTURE OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

    May 25, 2018

    From its earliest days, American democracy has been rooted in vigorous civic engagement. More recently, there have been fears that increasing distrust in institutions will lead to large-scale disengagement in civic life. However, some optimistic observers are hopeful that the millennial generation w...

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    GOVERNMENTS HAVEN'T HAD RULES FOR REVEALING THEIR PRIVATE DEBT UNTIL NOW

    May 25, 2018

    A new rule is going into effect next month that many believe will shed light on a controversial spending area for state and local governments: how much they owe banks for private loans. The rule, issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), lays out standards for reporting these loa...

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    AGENCIES MET SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTING GOALS FOR FIFTH YEAR RUNNING

    May 25, 2018

    Federal agencies for the fifth year in a row met their mandatory goal of awarding 23 percent of their contracts to qualified small businesses, the Small Business Administration announced. The total governmentwide percentage of 23.88 percent of contract dollars marks a slight drop from last year&rsqu...

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    'HE'S GOING TO SURPRISE A LOT OF PEOPLE' GOP PICKS THEIR CANDIDATE FOR NEW YORK GOVERNOR

    May 24, 2018

    With a charge that Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had brought corruption and shame to New Yorkers while driving the young to seek jobs in other states, Marc Molinaro accepted the Republican nomination for governor Wednesday and asked: "Are you ready to believe in New York again?" Molinaro...

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    LAWMAKER THREATENS USDA OFFICIALS WITH 'LEGISLATIVE METRICS' TO PRESERVE TELEWORK

    May 23, 2018

    A House Democrat during a hearing on government IT reform Wednesday demanded that officials with the Agriculture Department explain recent restrictions on the ability of agency employees to work remotely, and suggested he would introduce a bill on telework “metrics” to reverse the decisi...

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    THE TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT WILL HAPPEN SOON OR LATER OR NEVER

    May 23, 2018

    Ahead of Moon Jae In’s meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday, a South Korean official said his president’s trip to Washington would serve as “a bridge” between the United States and North Korea, so that Trump and Kim Jong Un can conduct successful nuclear negotiations when the...

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    SANCTUARY CITIES' BAN BECOMES TENNESSEE LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE

    May 22, 2018

    Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday said he is allowing a controversial "sanctuary cities" bill to become law without his signature, arguing it does little in light of current federal policies and the "best thing is to move on." Haslam, a Republican, told reporters the legislation has &qu...

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    IRS DEFENDS BUDGET THAT WOULD CUT MORE THAN 2,200 FULL-TIME JOBS

    May 22, 2018

    Acting Internal Revenue Service chief David Kautter on Tuesday touted the Trump administration’s $11.1 billion fiscal 2019 budget request for its projected savings of $24.5 million and cuts of more than 2,200 full-time equivalent jobs. Appearing with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin before a ...

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    CONTRACTORS OPPOSE PROPOSED LIMIT ON FEDERAL BID PROTESTS

    May 21, 2018

    As the Senate Armed Services Committee on Monday began its markup of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, a contractors group was pushing committee leaders to reject a Pentagon proposal to curb time-consuming bid protests. Seeking to eliminate what some senators call “frivolous&...

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    HOUSE PASSES SWEEPING BILL TO OVERHAUL VA-FUNDED PRIVATE CARE, SHUTTER FACILITIES

    May 16, 2018

    The House on Wednesday passed 347-70 a major overhaul to veterans health care, voting to expand their access to private sector care on the government’s dime and to bring the Veterans Affairs Department through a process that would close some of its federally run facilities. The Veterans Affair...

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    WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS DEFEND FEDERAL BENEFITS CUTS, MANAGEMENT AGENDA

    May 16, 2018

    Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon defended the Trump administration's proposal to cut retirement benefits for federal workers before a House panel Wednesday, arguing the government should shift from pensions toward a defined contribution program. Pon, answering questions from the ...

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    AFTER 16 MONTHS, STATE DEPARTMENT ENDS HIRING FREEZE

    May 15, 2018

    The State Department formally lifted its hiring freeze on Tuesday, ending a moratorium that has been in place for 16 months. Secretary Mike Pompeo announced the end of the freeze in a message to employees just weeks after his swearing in, fulfilling a promise he made during his confirmation hearing....

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    A RECKONING FOR OBAMA'S FOREIGN-POLICY LEGACY

    May 15, 2018

    Embedded in any policy is some theory of victory some explanation, no matter how inchoate or ill-considered, that explains why this might work. So too with President Trump’s decision to walk away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the agreement with Iran so ungainly that even the acr...

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    TRUMP’S RESCISSION PACKAGE WOULD SAVE FAR LESS THAN WHITE HOUSE CLAIMS, CBO SAYS

    May 14, 2018

    President Trump’s proposed package to revoke federal spending would save only $1 billion in actual outlays over the next 10 years, according to a new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, just 6 percent of the total cuts put forward in the plan. The White House has boasted the resciss...

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    CONSUMER BUREAU DOWNPLAYS MULVANEY’S REORGANIZATION OF STUDENT LOAN DIVISION

    May 10, 2018

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is minimizing the significance of acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s just-announced move to consolidate the bureau’s office focused on student loan issues within its larger consumer education division. As reported on Wednesday by The New York Times, ...

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    5 TIPS FOR ATTRACTING YOUNG PEOPLE TO GOVERNMENT CAREERS

    May 09, 2018

    Getting a government job has frequently been referred to as an exercise in persistence. With lengthy time-to-hire stats and a security clearance process averaging between 200 and 500 days, entry-level professionals have long known if you need a job fast,  you’re probably not going to work...

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    RISING AGENCY LEADERS OVERWHELMINGLY EXPECT A CAREER IN GOVERNMENT, SURVEY FINDS

    May 08, 2018

    Government agencies should push a sense of duty, provide opportunities for professional development, help build professional networks and implement mentor programs to form and maintain a pipeline of leadership, according to a new report. Developing a cadre of “rising leaders” is especial...

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    OPM PROPOSES LEGISLATION TO CUT RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR CURRENT AND FORMER FEDS

    May 07, 2018

    Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan late last week requesting a number of legislative changes that would cut retirement benefits for federal workers. The request, which Pon said would save taxpayers $143.5 billion over the next decade, comes on ...

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    STATE DEPARTMENT CLASHED WITH USAID OVER REDESIGN

    May 07, 2018

    While the Trump administration continues to delay the promised release of last year’s agency-submitted reorganization plans, the inspector general for the U.S. Agency for International Development has offered a detailed portrait of how the “redesign” process unfolded at both USAID ...

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    SEVENTEEN STATES AND D.C. SUE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER VEHICLE EMISSIONS STANDARDS

    May 04, 2018

    Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., sued the Trump administration to prevent it from weakening Obama-era auto emissions standards. Last month, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he wanted to revise standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-25. “Ca...

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    AS MORE GOVERNMENTS GET HACKED, CONCERNS GROW OVER MOUNTING COSTS

    May 04, 2018

    As recent headlines would suggest, states and localities are increasingly under threat of ransomware assaults like the one on Atlanta in late March. But when it comes to the financial ramifications, the cheapest part of the whole affair is the ransom itself. In the case of Atlanta, hackers demanded ...

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    TSP FUNDS LEVEL OFF AFTER MONTHS OF VOLATILITY

    May 01, 2018

    After months of volatility and big swings in the stock markets, portfolios in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program were generally flat last month, with most ending April slightly in the black. The international stocks of the Thrift Savings Plan’s I Fund saw th...

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    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT

    May 01, 2018

    A goal of many public administrators to create reliable, repeatable administrative processes parallels nicely with the promise of artificial intelligence in that AI can improve performance and consistency of public services. But as Tom Davenport and Julia Kirby observe about AI in their recent book,...

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    THE MILITARY WILL AWARD $10 MILLION TO THE COMPANY THAT CAN LAUNCH SATELLITES ON SHORT NOTICE

    Apr 19, 2018

    Military leaders are bullish about small satellites as tools to spy on adversaries and provide secure communications, but there’s just one problem: There isn’t a good way to get them into space, on demand. Inspired by NASA’s partnerships with rocket makers like SpaceX, the Pentagon...

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    PAROLEES GET THEIR VOTING RIGHTS BACK IN NEW YORK

    Apr 19, 2018

    Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday signed an executive order granting parolees the right to vote in New York. Cuomo announced the signing at the annual convention of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. He decried the state's current law blocking those who have been released from prison but are ...

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    TRUMP, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR TRADE JABS OVER BORDER PLAN

    Apr 17, 2018

    Gov. Jerry Brown sought to tamp down any conflict with the Trump administration over sending California National Guard troops to the Mexican border, even as he dismissed a taunting tweet from the president and described heightened concerns about illegal immigration as the province of "very low-...

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    WAYS AND MEANS MOVES 12 IRS REFORM BILLS, MANY WITH TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

    Apr 16, 2018

    With Tax Day looming on April 17, congressional Republicans last week continued their ongoing push to remake the Internal Revenue Service, with the House Ways and Means Committee clearing a dozen tax-related bills for possible floor action this week. “The committee is taking the biggest and bo...

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    APPOINTEE WATCH: FORMER TSP CHAIRMAN NOMINATED TO LEAD SOCIAL SECURITY

    Apr 13, 2018

    President Trump has tapped a veteran of federal employee retirement programs to lead the nation’s retirement safety net. Trump announced Thursday that he will nominate Andrew Saul to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration, a post that carries a six-year term. Saul previously was...

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    THE WEEK IN PUBLIC FINANCE: WHY LOW-TAX STATES COULD COME TO DISLIKE THE NEW TAX LAW, TOO

    Apr 13, 2018

    When Congress capped the state and local tax deduction at $10,000 as part of its tax overhaul late last year, it was mostly officials from high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York that cried foul. But new research shows that taxpayers in more than one-third of states some with rel...

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    IOWA BANS 'SANCTUARY CITIES' AND THREATENS TO WITHHOLD STATE FUNDING

    Apr 11, 2018

    Gov. Kim Reynolds signed 17 bills into law Tuesday, including controversial legislation to impose financial sanctions against local governments that fail to cooperate with federal officials in enforcing immigration laws in Iowa. Senate File 481, which takes effect July 1, will require law enforcemen...

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    ARMY EYES FASTER WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT WITH A NEW COLLABORATION HUB

    Apr 10, 2018

    When the Pentagon wanted to expand its tech outreach beyond Silicon Valley, officials looked to Boston, opening the second DIUx location there in 2016. The Army Research Laboratory is now joining them, setting up its own “open campus” in the city to help make its innovation efforts more ...

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    AN INTERNAL EMAIL CONTRADICTS SCOTT PRUITT'S ACCOUNT OF CONTROVERSIAL RAISES

    Apr 09, 2018

    An email that suggests Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt personally signed off on a controversial pay raise for a favored aide last month is roiling the agency. In the last few days, top staffers became aware of an email exchange between one of two aides who received such a ...

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    TOP GOVERNMENT ETHICS OFFICIAL CALLS SOME ALLEGATIONS AGAINST EPA CHIEF 'EXTREMELY CONCERNING'

    Apr 09, 2018

    The acting director of the top ethics watchdog in the federal government has raised questions about a number of actions by embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. In a letter to EPA ethics official Kevin Minoli, first obtained by The New York Times, David Apol, acting d...

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    DENIED WALL FUNDING, TRUMP SENDS NATIONAL GUARD TO SOUTHERN BORDER

    Apr 04, 2018

    Unable to secure a large funding boost to build a border wall, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an order to send U.S. National Guard troops to the southern border. Key details like how many and how long they’ll be there are still being worked out among the departments of Defense and ...

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    BILL WOULD CREATE FEDERAL CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDARDS

    Apr 04, 2018

    A pair of lawmakers wants federal agencies to provide more consistent and better customer service for the millions of people who interact with them on a daily basis. In an effort to improve the government’s dismal customer experience, Reps. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga. and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., in...

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    PAY CHANGES FOR DEFENSE CIVILIANS, A REQUEST FOR A TIME AND ATTENDANCE STUDY, AND MORE

    Apr 04, 2018

    In a memo to agency leaders last week, Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon highlighted a number of changes and extensions to civilian employee pay programs at the Defense Department, all of which were a result of the National Defense Authorization Act signed last fall. The Reserve Incom...

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    JUDGE RULES COMMERCE CANNOT CHARGE EXORBITANT FEES TO ACCESS IMMIGRATION DATA

    Apr 03, 2018

    Above the forwarded email I sent to my editor in March 2015 were the following remarks: “FYI, FOIAing two databases because they charge $13,000 a piece per year to access them.” Three years later, a federal district court judge says I’m entitled to that data the only near-comprehen...

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    FORMER FLRA EMPLOYEES DECRY PLAN TO CLOSE REGIONAL OFFICES

    Apr 02, 2018

    A group of eight former employees of the agency responsible for investigating labor-management disputes across the federal government denounced a reported plan to shutter two regional offices earlier this month. In a letter to the leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Com...

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    WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING IT ALONE ON INFRASTRUCTURE

    Mar 29, 2018

    If recent history is a guide, President Trump won’t be getting much infrastructure money from Congress anytime soon. Republicans stiffed former President Barack Obama’s repeated requests to splurge on roads and bridges, and they just got done slashing federal revenues through tax cuts an...

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    THE ‘SECRET’ GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD CARE ABOUT

    Mar 29, 2018

    A few weeks ago the Treasury Department published the most important 256-page document that you’ve probably never heard of the annual Financial Report of the United States Government. Your first reaction might be to look at this report as fondly as you look at your credit card account statemen...

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    DESPITE IDAHO'S FAILED PLAN TO DODGE OBAMACARE, ANOTHER STATE TRIES

    Mar 28, 2018

    Earlier this month, the Trump administration shot down a plan from Idaho to sell health insurance that doesn't comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations. “If a state fails to substantially enforce the law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a responsibility ...

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    PROSPECTS UNCLEAR FOR TRUMP’S $1 BILLION PERFORMANCE FUND

    Mar 27, 2018

    The omission of one White House management proposal from the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2018, approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last week, could serve as a bellwether for the administration’s plans to transform the federal workforce. The spending package in...

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    ANALYSIS: A CABINET OF CONSPICUOUS CORRUPTION

    Mar 27, 2018

    For spring cleaning this year, President Trump is looking at his Cabinet. The Associated Press reported Monday that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is near to being removed. When Trump fired H.R. McMaster as national-security adviser, that torpedoed a plan to dismiss McMaster, Shulkin, and ...

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    HAITI HAS A NEW ARMY WITH MUCH OF THE OLD LEADERSHIP. SOME IN THE U.S. AREN’T HAPPY.

    Mar 26, 2018

    Haiti says it has a new army to fight new world problems like cybersecurity and disasters brought on by climate change. But Haitian President Jovenel Moïse’s decision to install army leaders on Tuesday tainted by human rights abuses former soldiers who were members of the same disbanded m...

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    A DOMESTIC BUDGET TO MAKE BARACK OBAMA PROUD

    Mar 26, 2018

    President Obama finally got a Republican-controlled Congress to fund his domestic budget. All it took was Donald Trump in the White House to get it done. In the $1.3 trillion spending bill that President Trump reluctantly signed on Friday, lawmakers did more than reject the steep cuts in dollars and...

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    WHY AMERICANS ARE UNHAPPIER THAN EVER – AND HOW TO FIX IT

    Mar 24, 2018

    March 20 is International Day of Happiness and, as they’ve done every year, the United Nations has published the World Happiness Report. The U.S. ranks 18th among the world’s countries, with an average life satisfaction of around 6.88 on a scale of 10. While that may be relatively near t...

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    THE WEEK IN PUBLIC FINANCE: WHAT'S IN THE CONGRESSIONAL SPENDING BILL FOR STATES AND LOCALITIES

    Mar 23, 2018

    Several major programs some that the White House aimed to eliminate will get a significant funding boost. President Trump signed the bill hours after threatening to veto it. In the federal spending bill that President Trump signed on Friday, several government programs are getting funding boosts, in...

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    SEE HOW MUCH YOUR AGENCY'S SPENDING WOULD INCREASE UNDER THE 2018 OMNIBUS

    Mar 22, 2018

    The $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 funding package sent to President Trump early Friday includes big boosts for almost all of the major federal agencies, thanks to a broader two-year budget deal increasing spending caps that President Trump signed last month. Some of the biggest winners in the omnibus in...

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    FIVE MYTHS ABOUT PENTAGON WEAPONS PROGRAMS

    Mar 21, 2018

    here is an unfortunate array of mythological perceived wisdom in Washington about the development, testing, and production of America’s cutting-edge weapons.
    The defense acquisition system is broken. The United States has possessed the best-equipped military in the world for decades. Th...

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    GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO RETHINK EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION PLANS

    Mar 20, 2018

    The Office of Management and Budget is committed to improving government’s performance. But while reorganizing and eliminating unnecessary jobs could reduce costs, that does not necessarily lead to better results. Reorganizations actually tend to disrupt working relationships so, for a time at...

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    ANALYSIS: TRUMP IS CREATING A TOXIC WORK ENVIRONMENT AT THE U.S.’S LARGEST EMPLOYER

    Mar 19, 2018

    The United States may be about to get a new attorney general, a new national security chief, or maybe a new head of veterans affairs. It could be rolling out new tariffs against China, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, or planning to execute drug dealers—or it may not. At time of publishin...

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    AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR AUTHORITARIAN RULE HAS DROPPED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 23 YEARS

    Mar 19, 2018

    For a country that prides itself on democracy, the US has plenty of citizens who think there might be better forms of government. According to a March 13 poll from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, one in four Americans think it would be good to have a “strong leader” who does not ha...

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    STATE, WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS CONSPIRED TO ROOT OUT DISLOYAL CAREER WORKERS, WHISTLEBLOWER DOCS SHOW

    Mar 15, 2018

    Political appointees at the State Department targeted career employees for their work during the Obama administration and discussed “cleaning” out civil servants not sufficiently supportive of the Trump administration, according to internal documents released by congressional Democrats.T...

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    PENTAGON TELLS LEADERS TO TALK MORE WITH CONTRACTORS AND LESS TO THE PUBLIC AND PRESS

    Mar 14, 2018

    Even as Pentagon leaders restrain military officials' contacts with the public and the press, they are pushing for more engagement with defense contractors. On March 1, U.S. Air Force leaders suspended all interviews, embeds, and base visits for media organizations “until further notice.&r...

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    CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS QUESTIONS PRACTICE OF LAWMAKERS BUNKING IN THEIR OFFICES

    Mar 12, 2018

    It’s a congressional tradition that’s been around for decades and almost always cast in a glowing light: Dozens of lawmakers sleep in their offices while they’re in Washington to escape the exorbitant cost of rent and the corrupting culture of America’s most hated-upon compan...

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    ACTING INSPECTORS GENERAL CAN GET MORE DONE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK

    Mar 12, 2018

    Vacancies atop inspector general offices may not impede the watchdogs’ functions as much as previously thought, according to the Government Accountability Office. A new survey and results of interviews released on Friday posed the question of whether leadership by an acting IG negatively affec...

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    READING BETWEEN THE LINES ON AGENCY MISSION STATEMENTS

    Mar 09, 2018

    Earlier this week, an executive at the Housing and Urban Development Department reportedly sent a memo to senior political staff announcing a change in the 53-year-old agency’s mission statement—one of a half-dozen agencies or offices to change, or consider changes, to their stated core ...

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    U.S. REGULATOR URGES REGISTRATION OF CRYPTOCURRENCY EXCHANGES

    Mar 08, 2018

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday that many online trading platforms for cryptocurrencies should be registered with the regulator and subject to additional rules, in a further sign regulators are cracking down on the digital currency sector. In a statement, the SEC said t...

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    GOVERNOR SAYS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WAGING WAR AGAINST CALIFORNIA

    Mar 07, 2018

    California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump’s administration of declaring war on the most populous U.S. state after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation. The Democratic governor made the charge shortly ...

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    ELECTION ASSISTANCE AGENCY CARRIES ON DESPITE GOP RESISTANCE

    Mar 06, 2018

    These could be tumultuous times for the tiny federal agency called the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. In a mid-term election year in which the threat of Russian meddling in American balloting continues as front-page news, the 30-person staff in Silver Spring, Md., with its $9.2 million budget ...

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    THE THINGS AGENCY LEADERS HAVE GIVEN UP TO GET ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF ETHICS RULES

    Mar 02, 2018

    Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai made headlines when the National Rifle Association named him the recipient of the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award at the Conservative Political Action Conference and announced they would bestow on him a handmade long gun. But on...

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    NAVY FOLLOWS THROUGH ON FIRING EMPLOYEE AFTER FAILING FOR 4 YEARS TO ACCOMMODATE HER DISABILITY

    Mar 02, 2018

    The Navy fired a civilian employee this week after a years-long struggle to accommodate her disability, citing her medical condition as the reason for her termination. Government Executive profiled Dawn Dunphy in November, detailing her battle with the Navy, the manufacturer of the speech-assistance...

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    THE AIR FORCE ONE DEAL MAY BE LESS ROSY THAN CLAIMED

    Feb 28, 2018

    An “informal” $3.9 billion deal for new Air Force One jets brokered by President Donald Trump and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg might not be as clear a win for taxpayers as advertised. Although White House spokesman Hogan Gidley touted a “fixed-price” deal on Tuesday, only a &...

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    SCANDAL-PLAGUED VA SECRETARY VOWS TO RID DEPARTMENT OF ADVERSARIES WHO 'DON'T BELONG'

    Feb 27, 2018

    The embattled head of the Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday shook off any indication that he might step down from his post in the wake of a scandal regarding his travel last year, saying he was setting the direction for the agency and everyone should either get on board or find another place to...

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    ICE BROKE CONTRACTING RULES IN ESTABLISHING ITS LARGEST DETENTION FACILITY

    Feb 27, 2018

    The nation’s largest immigrant detention facility was procured improperly, according to a watchdog report, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2014 using an existing agreement with a town in Arizona as a vehicle to establish the center 900 miles away in Texas. Since 2014, ICE has spent...

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    TSP GETS LOWEST POSSIBLE SCORE ON INFORMATION SECURITY AUDIT

    Feb 26, 2018

    The agency that administers the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement program received the lowest of five possible scores on a recent audit to determine its compliance with federal information security standards. Auditors with the consulting firm Williams Adley examined the information ...

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    IT'S GETTING HARDER TO PROSECUTE POLITICIANS FOR CORRUPTION

    Feb 24, 2018

    The high-profile corruption case against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was recently dropped by federal prosecutors after a five-year investigation into gifts and campaign contributions given to the senator by a friend who wanted political help. The trial had ended in a hung jury. Prosecutors then ...

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    WHITE HOUSE, BOEING IN FINAL STAGES OF NEW AIR FORCE ONE DEAL

    Feb 23, 2018

    President Donald Trump and Boeing are in the final stages of negotiating a multibillion-dollar deal for two new Air Force One airplanes, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. Trump met with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg at the White House on Tuesday to try to close stalled nego...

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    USCIS DELETED 'NATION OF IMMIGRANTS' FROM ITS OFFICIAL MISSION

    Feb 23, 2018

    The U.S. should no longer be seen as a nation of immigrants, at least from the perspective of US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The federal agency charged with processing immigrant visas, known as USCIS, removed the characteristic phrase from its mission statement today.

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    EPA AND NATIONAL ARCHIVES SUED OVER SCOTT PRUITT’S RECORD-KEEPING HABITS

    Feb 23, 2018

    The unorthodox operating habits of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have prompted a lawsuit from two nonprofits charging his agency and the National Archives and Records Administration with failing to enforce the Federal Records Act. Pruitt has been reported by news outlets...

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    TRUMP EMPHASIZES ARMING TEACHERS AS RESPONSE TO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

    Feb 22, 2018

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday emphasized that he wants to see trained teachers able to carry concealed guns to ward off potential school shooters, and said he has recently spoken with the National Rifle Association about his ideas.

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    TWO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES PROBE PRUITT’S FIRST-CLASS TRAVEL

    Feb 21, 2018

    Two congressional committees have launched probes into the travel of the Environmental Protection Agency chief, who has faced backlash for his use of first-class travel on the government’s dime. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Democr...

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    HOW TO GROW THE MILITARY WITHOUT BUYING MORE SHIPS, PLANES, TANKS

    Feb 21, 2018

    At any given time, up to one-third of the haze-gray destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships based here are under significant repair. Some have white party tents erected on their decks, others are encased in scaffolding, and a few are lifted completely out of the water on massive drydocks — ...

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    EPA'S PLANNED BUDGET CUTS ALARM FORMER EMPLOYEES, UNION

    Feb 21, 2018

    The Trump administration’s long-planned cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency proposed at 33.7 percent over enacted 2017 levels in the fiscal 2019 budget released on Feb. 12 would render the agency’s staff and support functions “the smallest since the mid-1970s when EPA was f...

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    BUDGET DIRECTOR PICKS FIGHT ON SPENDING 'GIMMICKS' CALLED CHIMPS

    Feb 20, 2018

    Tacked on to the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget unveiled on Feb. 12 is an unusual “addendum” targeting a decades-old budgeting technique that critics say masks the true amounts in annual spending bills. “The higher discretionary caps reached in [this month’s ...

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    U.S. TO EXTEND SKIMPY HEALTH INSURANCE OUTSIDE OF OBAMACARE

    Feb 20, 2018

    The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service...

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    THREE WAYS THE U.S. SHOULD PREPARE FOR THE NEXT FLU PANDEMIC

    Feb 19, 2018

    The flu is wreaking havoc globally this year. Influenza infections are on the rise, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicting that this year’s strain will cause the highest rate of hospitalizations and deaths in a decade.This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the 19...

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    WHY TRUMP’S INFRASTRUCTURE AMBITIONS ARE LIKELY TO STALL

    Feb 17, 2018

    President Donald Trump recently raised the ante with his promise to unleash a wave of new infrastructure spending. During his first State of Union address, he conjured up images of “gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways all across our land” without getting into th...

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    NEW FEDERAL SENIOR EXECUTIVES ARE BEING LEFT IN THE DARK AS THEY START THEIR JOBS

    Feb 16, 2018

    New senior executives in government are often not receiving information about their jobs or how to be successful during their onboarding process, according to a new survey of the government’s top civil servants. The Office of Personnel Management released the first-of-its-kind survey of Senior...

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    NEW GSA BRASS STRUGGLES TO EXPLAIN REVISED PLAN FOR FBI HQ

    Feb 15, 2018

    What was planned as a routine congressional hearing on acquisition and property management at the General Services Administration on Thursday turned into the grilling of a freshly minted agency leadership team on the future of FBI headquarters. Both the chairman and ranking member of the House Overs...

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    TRUMP SAID HE CUT $1B FROM AIR FORCE ONE'S PRICE. HIS NEW BUDGET SAYS HE HASN'T

    Feb 14, 2018

    Two new Air Force One aircraft are still projected to cost $4 billion, despite President Trump’s claims he negotiated with Boeing to take $1 billion off the price tag, Pentagon documents reveal. The figures appear in a document released as part of the U.S. Defense Department’s 2019 budge...

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    WORKFORCE PLAN STRESSES PAY FOR PERFORMANCE, OPM NOMINEE ADVANCES, AND MORE

    Feb 14, 2018

    The Office of Personnel Management joined President Trump’s call for pay-for-performance in the federal civil service when it released its five-year strategic plan last week.The quadrennial Federal Workforce Priorities Report listed a number of priorities for agencies in the realm of workforce...

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    TRUMP WANTS TO END STATES' POWER TO MAKE FOOD STAMPS MORE ACCESSIBLE DURING RECESSIONS

    Feb 14, 2018

    The president, who often stresses the need for states to have more flexibility, wants to give them less when it comes to food stamps. The Trump administration, which often stresses the need for states to have more flexibility, wants to give them less when it comes to food stamps, formally known as t...

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    ALL THE TRUMP BUDGET CUTS CONGRESS WILL IGNORE

    Feb 13, 2018

    Within the thousands of pages the White House transmitted to Congress on Monday morning as part of President Trump’s second annual budget request, there is a line that pretty much sums up the whole ritual. “Many of the eliminations and reductions in this volume reflect a continuation of ...

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    TRUMP SUGGESTS USPS CUT RETIREMENT, HEALTH BENEFITS IN $80B SAVINGS PACKAGE

    Feb 13, 2018

    President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2019 budget released Monday, calling for a slew of changes that would provide the agency with an additional $80 billion over 10 years. Trump’s proposals largely mirrored those submitted in his last budget, as well as le...

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    GSA PROPOSES TO KEEP FBI HQ DOWNTOWN BY SCATTERING STAFF

    Feb 13, 2018

    The General Services Administration chose Monday, budget day, to deliver an overdue report to a Senate panel outlining its revised plan to provide the FBI with a modern and secure headquarters. In a Justice Department press briefing and in the report delivered to the Senate Environment and Public Wo...

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    WHITE HOUSE WILL REVISE ITS 2019 FUNDING REQUEST IN RESPONSE TO BUDGET DEAL

    Feb 09, 2018

    When President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act into law Friday morning, he apparently consigned legions of budgeteers at the Office of Management and Budget to hours of weekend overtime. Because the law blows through the spending caps imposed on agencies under the 2011 Budget Control Act, the...

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    TRUMP’S PICK FOR IRS CHIEF WELL STEEPED IN PARSING TAX CONTROVERSIES

    Feb 09, 2018

    President Trump’s pick for Internal Revenue commissioner would bring a rich background in addressing tax controversies from his work with the agency as well as the tax section of the American Bar Association. Thursday’s White House announcement nominating California private tax attorney ...

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    TRUMP'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS MAY SOUND VERY FAMILIAR

    Jan 30, 2018

    President Trump on Tuesday night will call for a $1 trillion infrastructure program, “fair” trade policies, a wall along the Southern border, a shift to merit-based immigration, a dramatic increase in military spending, and action to combat the national drug epidemic.If that all sounds a...

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    COAL FIRMS PLEAD TO COURTS, TRUMP FOR WEST COAST EXPORT TERMINALS

    Jan 30, 2018

    The ailing U.S. coal industry is ramping up its political and legal offensive to win approval for West Coast export terminals that could provide a lifeline to lucrative Asia markets. Coal producers filed two recent lawsuits against governments in Washington state and California challenging local dec...

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    STATE DEPARTMENT IG LOOKING INTO ALLEGED POLITICAL TARGETING OF CAREER WORKERS

    Jan 30, 2018

    The State Department’s watchdog is “looking into” allegations that the agency is engaged in political targeting and other prohibited personnel practices, the office said Tuesday after whistleblowers sounded the alarm about unfair treatment. The inspector general’s office said...

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    HOUSE OVERSIGHT DEMOCRATS REQUEST SUBPOENA OVER HHS GAG ORDER

    Jan 30, 2018

    Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested Monday that committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., issue a subpoena to the Health and Human Services Department after the agency failed to provide information related to a 2017 “gag order” on employees. In th...

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    NEXT STEPS IN IMPROVING GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

    Jan 29, 2018

    Have government reformers been putting the chicken before the egg? For years, their attention has been on improving performance by focusing on program results.  But a new study released today by the National Academy of Public Administration says a key step has been missing in that approach. The...

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    U.S. TO IMPLEMENT SECURITY UPGRADES TO REFUGEE PROGRAM

    Jan 29, 2018

    New security upgrades to the U.S. refugee admissions program will help block suspected criminals from entering the United States from “high-risk” countries, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday. “We will be rolling out new security measures for applic...

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    WHAT FEDS FURLOUGHED DURING THE SHUTDOWN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR BACK PAY AND LEAVE

    Jan 25, 2018

    When Congress passed a bill Monday to reopen the government after a three-day lapse in appropriations, lawmakers also approved back pay for federal employees who were sent home during the shutdown.The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday put out a memo to agency chief human capital officers t...

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    SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE THAT COULD RESHAPE HOW AGENCIES HIRE SOME EMPLOYEES

    Jan 24, 2018

    Several federal agencies could see their hiring mechanisms for certain civil service judge positions upended in a case the Supreme Court recently decided to hear.The case, Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, involves only administrative law judges at SEC, but attorneys representing the peti...

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    TRUMP TO ISSUE 2019 BUDGET AND WORKFORCE CUTTING PLANS ON FEB. 12

    Jan 24, 2018

    President Trump will unveil his fiscal 2019 budget request on Feb. 12, one week after the White House is technically required to send the blueprint to Congress and just days after current appropriations are set to expire.The cause for the delay, according to the Office of Management and Budget, was ...

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    TRUMP TO ISSUE 2019 BUDGET AND WORKFORCE CUTTING PLANS ON FEB. 12

    Jan 24, 2018

    President Trump will unveil his fiscal 2019 budget request on Feb. 12, one week after the White House is technically required to send the blueprint to Congress and just days after current appropriations are set to expire.The cause for the delay, according to the Office of Management and Budget, was ...

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    JUSTICE INSPECTOR GENERAL GOES TO WORK TO LOCATE DISPUTED FBI TEXT MESSAGES

    Jan 23, 2018

    Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the leader of the government’s watchdogs who is already probing the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election, is now being counted on to find lost bureau text messages some lawmakers believe show unfair treatment of President Trump.

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    HOW THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DISRUPTED SPACEX'S PLANS

    Jan 22, 2018

    For a few stressful days, the massive rocket that Elon Musk hopes will someday carry humans to the moon and Mars got caught in the crossfire of the government shutdown. After Congress missed a deadline to keep the federal government funded and running Friday night, various facilities around the coun...

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    WHITE HOUSE SAYS ALL FEDS SHOULD EXPECT TO RETURN TO WORK TUESDAY

    Jan 22, 2018

    Federal employees should plan to report back to work as normally scheduled on Tuesday, the White House said Monday as a bill to re-open the government passed Congress. The end to a three-day shutdown appeared all but official as of Monday afternoon, with the House and Senate backing a measure to kee...

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    WHAT A NUCLEAR MISSILE ATTACK ON HAWAII WOULD LOOK LIKE

    Jan 22, 2018

    Minutes after the people of Hawaii received an emergency alert on their phones last week, they began calling loved ones to issue tearful goodbyes and putting their children in storm drains. This tells you that the government has a long way to go to better educate people about the realities of nuclea...

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    A WHITE HOUSE OUT-OF-OFFICE MESSAGE BLAMES DEMOCRATS FOR HOLDING THE GOVERNMENT 'HOSTAGE'

    Jan 21, 2018

    Have a message for the White House during the government shutdown? Get ready to hear some politicking. The White House phone line for submitting comments to the president has been set to play a message that blasts Democrats for not making a deal that would keep the government funded and running. &ld...

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    GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS AS SPENDING BILL FACES FAILURE IN SENATE

    Jan 19, 2018

    A government shutdown appeared likely after Congress deadlocked over a proposed four-week stopgap spending bill to keep federal offices open past Friday's deadline. After the House late Thursday passed the measure, 230-197, with strong Republican support, the bill was headed for probable defeat ...

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    IF YOU WANT ENGAGED EMPLOYEES, YOU NEED ENGAGED LEADERS

    Jan 18, 2018

    In a 2016 review of more than 82,000 work units across 230 organizations covering nearly 2 million employees, the Gallup Organization found that “the relationship between engagement and performance at the business/work unit level is substantial and highly generalizable across organizations.&rd...

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    WHAT HAPPENED AT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT DURING THE 2013 SHUTDOWN

    Jan 18, 2018

    Yes, I’m sick of writing about potential government shutdowns, but alas, here we go again. Since the fundamental issues creating the gridlock are largely the same, let’s flash back to 2013, the last time the government did in fact shut down. That 16-day shutdown affected the entire defen...

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    AMERICA QUIETLY STARTS NATION-BUILDING IN PARTS OF SYRIA

    Jan 18, 2018

    Announcing his new Afghanistan strategy in August, President Donald Trump insisted “we are not nation-building again.” The pledge made while increasing indefinitely the American commitment to the government in Kabul put him in the company of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Ob...

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    GOVERNMENT WOULD FUNCTION BETTER IF IGS AND CONGRESS WORKED TOGETHER

    Jan 17, 2018

    Since fiscal 2015, the federal government’s 73 inspectors general have identified $87 billionin potential savings that could be realized if agencies eliminated questionable expenditures and made more efficient use of federal funds. While agencies have adopted many of these findings and address...

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    SENATE DEMOCRAT: SHUTDOWN 'MORE LIKELY THAN NOT'

    Jan 16, 2018

    With just four days left to approve a spending measure, Congress appears to be on the precipice of a government shutdown. Just last Thursday, developments on multiple issues seemed to be moving toward a bipartisan solution to the spending impasse, as a House committee chairman announced he would bri...

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    NUCLEAR COMMAND NETWORK WOULD SEE COMPREHENSIVE UPGRADE UNDER TRUMP PLAN

    Jan 16, 2018

    For all the talk of new ICBMs and small nuclear weapons, the decades-old communications network that would enable U.S. commanders’ hurried pre-launch conversations and the launch orders themselves is in more dire need of an upgrade. The Trump administration is expected to call for widespread u...

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    JUST ONE IN SIX FEDS SAY THEY’RE EXCITED TO IMPLEMENT TRUMP'S AGENDA

    Jan 16, 2018

    Federal employees overwhelmingly believe President Trump does not respect them, according to a new survey, and a plurality think he has negatively affected their agencies’ missions. Overall, 59 percent of federal employees disapprove of how Trump is handling his job as president after his firs...

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    HOW REPUBLICANS PLAN TO REVIVE EARMARKS BY A DIFFERENT NAME

    Jan 12, 2018

    When President Trump offered his out-of-the-blue endorsement for the return of congressional earmarks on Tuesday, he broke the first rule of the hesitant House Republican bid to revive them: Don’t call them earmarks. “Our system lends itself to not getting things done, and I hear so much...

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    WORK REQUIREMENTS MAY BE JUST THE BEGINNING OF MEDICAID CHANGES UNDER TRUMP

    Jan 12, 2018

    After months of speculation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the door on Thursday for states to require some low-income people to work in order to qualify for government-sponsored health insurance. It’s a “large and sharp reversal” from Medicaid in the p...

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    TRUMP ORDERS INTEL AGENCIES TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM ‘UNMASKING’

    Jan 11, 2018

    President Trump, on the eve of a House vote to renew the intelligence community’s authority to conduct restricted domestic surveillance, signed a memorandum ordering intelligence agencies to create new procedures to protect average Americans whose names happen to show up in classified agency t...

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    CONGRESS LIKELY TO CONSIDER ANOTHER SHORT-TERM FUNDING MEASURE

    Jan 11, 2018

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday that lawmakers should expect to vote on yet another stopgap measure to fund the government ahead of a Jan. 19 shutdown deadline. McCarthy announced that another short-term continuing resolution is likely during a discussion with Minority ...

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    THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND PERFORMANCE-BASED BONUSES IS TOTAL BUNK

    Jan 11, 2018

    Compensation is an arcane art. Everyone in business knows how a company determines compensation is extremely important to its health and culture, and yet nobody ever seems to be happy about it. Adding to this problem is the additional fact that nobody wants to sound like a jerk, and so there’s...

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    BUREAU OF PRISONS CONFERENCE SPENDING SPARKS OUTRAGE DURING BUDGET CUTS, STAFF SHORTAGE

    Jan 10, 2018

    As 60 Bureau of Prisons employees were returning from an American Correctional Association conference in Orlando, the union representing the agency’s 38,000 workers complained this week that such travel is a poor use of funds at a time of staff cutbacks and a stalled federal budget.

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    IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER FEDERAL PRISONS' USE OF EMPLOYEE RETENTION INCENTIVES IS WORKING

    Jan 09, 2018

    The largest employer within the Justice Department could do more to ensure that its use of monetary incentives is effective in retaining high-quality employees by developing a better system for evaluating the program’s effectiveness, the Government Accountability Office said.

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    NO. 2 SENATE DEMOCRAT THREATENS SHUTDOWN OVER IMMIGRATION ISSUES

    Jan 08, 2018

    While Republican and Democratic lawmakers have indicated that negotiations over a long-term spending bill have been productive, the White House’s hard line on immigration threatens to scuttle efforts to avert a shutdown before the Jan. 19 deadline. House and Senate leaders met with White House...

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    USING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP'S ENEMIES

    Jan 08, 2018

    Amid an otherwise rough week for the Trump administration, the White House got two pieces of good news Friday afternoon. First, The New York Times reportedthat the FBI was once again investigating the Clinton Foundation, apparently asking about potential quid pro quos involving donations and actions...

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    HOW AMERICANS’ EXPECTATIONS ARE TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT

    Dec 29, 2017

    The IBM Center recently released Seven Drivers Transforming Government, a series of essays exploring key drivers of change in government. It is based on research and insights shared by current and former government officials. What follows is an edited excerpt from that report. The way Americans inte...

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    TIRED OF TAX REFORM? 3 OTHER PUBLIC FINANCE TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018

    Dec 29, 2017

    Tax reform has grabbed a lot of attention when it comes to big changes to watch in 2018. But there are plenty of other headline-worthy trends emerging. Here’s a look at three economic and policy issues finance officials across the country will be dealing with next year. Protecting Pot Revenue ...

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    HOW ARTISTS ARE HELPING GOVERNMENTS REACH EVERYDAY PEOPLE

    Dec 28, 2017

    What do table tennis, letterpress printing and drum circles have in common? Government officials are using them to lure citizens into conversations about their community. The city of Bloomington, Minn., for instance, wants to improve the South Loop, an underutilized neighborhood that houses the Mall...

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    ANALYSIS: WHY AMERICANS WILL NEVER AGREE ON OIL DRILLING IN THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

    Dec 28, 2017

    After decades of bitter struggle, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seems on the verge of being opened to the oil industry. The consensus tax bill Republicans are trying to pass retains this measure, which was added to gain the key vote of Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. This bill, however, stands no ...

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    WHAT THE 2018 PAY RAISE MEANS FOR YOU

    Dec 27, 2017

    Members of the Senior Executive Service will see an increase in their pay of between $1,742 and $2,400 come January, according to the new pay table released by the Office of Personnel Management. SES employees at agencies with a certified performance appraisal system can earn a maximum of $189,600 n...

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    NORTHEAST STATES SUE EPA OVER AIR POLLUTION FROM MIDWEST

    Dec 27, 2017

    Eight northeastern states said on Tuesday they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to impose more stringent controls on a group of mostly Midwestern states whose air pollution they claim is being blown in their direction. In the latest development of a legal saga that began dur...

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    THE FEDERAL TAX OVERHAUL MAY BOOST STATES’ BOTTOM LINES, BUT SOME GOVERNORS DON’T WANT THE MONEY

    Dec 22, 2017

    States may soon see an unexpected windfall of tax revenue as a byproduct of the federal tax law, but several governors have said they don’t want the money. Several governors have said they anticipate their state will take in more money because of the changes in the Republican tax overhaul, whi...

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    FEDS AVOID SHUTDOWN, BUT LARGER THREAT LOOMS IN THE NEW YEAR

    Dec 22, 2017

    Federal employees narrowly avoided a shutdown this week, with lawmakers passing another short-term spending bill to tide federal agencies over into the new year until Jan. 19. Congressional negotiators still must reach a deal to raise budget caps that currently restrict the top-line spending levels ...

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    ONE MAJOR FACTOR DRIVING GOVERNMENT TRANSFORMATION: EFFECTIVENESS

    Dec 22, 2017

    The IBM Center recently released Seven Drivers Transforming Government, a series of essays exploring key drivers of change in government. It is based on research and insights shared by current and former government officials. What follows is an edited excerpt from that report. Initiatives to make go...

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    GOP’S TAX VICTORY SHAPES SPENDING BATTLES AHEAD

    Dec 21, 2017

    Congress passed the most significant tax overhaul since 1986 on Wednesday, slashing over a trillion dollars primarily to the benefit of corporations and wealthy Americans—and setting up a series of dramatic fights in the coming years over the size and role of government. While Republicans init...

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    FLIPPING THE SWITCH ON BLENDED RETIREMENT, YOUR BENEFITS DURING A SHUTDOWN AND MORE

    Dec 20, 2017

    After years of planning, officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan are finally ready to provide an employer contribution to members of the military.The blended retirement system is scheduled to go live Jan. 1. The program, which automatically enrolls all new se...

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    OMB’S NEW DEPUTY FOR MANAGEMENT FACES A BIG CHALLENGE

    Dec 20, 2017

    Performance management is not new. Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama each had initiatives to improve management across government. Laws have been enacted; supportive technology installed; goal-based management practices adopted; progress reviews required but the gains have been disappointing.

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    WESTERN STATES POISED TO LOSE MORE THAN $1 BILLION UNDER TAX BILL

    Dec 20, 2017

    As Congress speeds toward a vote on its massive tax overhaul, the lack of funding to cover the costs of the package means Western states are poised to lose nearly $1.3 billion in oil, gas and coal royalties. Neither the House nor Senate versions of the bill are completely funded Republicans argued e...

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    FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE GOVERNMENT, DEPUTY SECRETARIES NEED TO ACT LIKE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICERS

    Dec 19, 2017

    Legislation is pending in Congress that would require every federal department to have a chief data officer and a chief evaluation officer. The bill, based on recommendations from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy, would advance data-driven decision-making in policy and management. Yet, standi...

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    WATCHDOG: OPM CAN DO MORE TO HELP AGENCIES USE RECRUITMENT, RETENTION INCENTIVES

    Dec 18, 2017

    Although a majority of federal agencies said they struggle with using financial incentives to recruit and retain employees due to budget constraints, analysts recommended that the Office of Personnel Management do more to make the approval process more predictable and streamlined.

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    MONTHS AFTER FEDERAL WARNINGS ABOUT RUSSIAN SOFTWARE, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS RESPOND

    Dec 18, 2017

    Last week, due to fears about potential cyberespionage, President Donald Trump signed a bill banning the federal government's use of a Russia-based antivirus software.The legislation comes three months after a federal directive advised civilian agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab within 90 days and...

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    A CHECKLIST FOR WHEN IT'S TIME TO QUIT A JOB, FROM THE ETHICS CHIEF WHO WALKED OUT UNDER TRUMP

    Dec 18, 2017

    The conflict between US president Donald Trump and Walter Shaub, until recently the head of the US Office on Government Ethics, were no secret. Weeks after Trump’s election, Shaub tweeted from the agency’s official account about the incoming president’s refusal to divest from his b...

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    ICE DETAINEES FACE INHUMANE CONDITIONS, IG FINDS

    Dec 15, 2017

    The Homeland Security Department is violating the rights of immigrant detainees and treating them inhumanely, according to a new audit from a government watchdog. The DHS inspector general’s office identified problematic treatment of detainees at four of the five facilities it visited. Immigra...

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    TRUMP’S TOP MANAGEMENT NOMINEE PLEDGES WORKFORCE REFORMS, MORE STRATEGIC CUTS

    Dec 15, 2017

    The Trump administration’s nominee for the top governmentwide management slot promised transformational change for the federal workforce at her confirmation hearing on Thursday, promising to effect change by leaning on her decades of experience in the private sector. Margaret Weichert, Preside...

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    PENTAGON DELAYS DEADLINE FOR MILITARY SUPPLIERS TO MEET CYBERSECURITY RULES

    Dec 14, 2017

    The Pentagon will delay a Jan. 1 deadline for all of its suppliers to meet a set of new regulations largely designed to better protect sensitive military data and weapon blueprints.By year’s end, companies must instead merely show that they have a plan in place to meet the regulations, Ellen L...

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    REPORT: TRUMP TO FREEZE FEDERAL CIVILIAN PAY IN 2019

    Dec 13, 2017

    President Trump will seek a governmentwide pay freeze for all civilian federal employees in 2019, according to a report released late Wednesday by the minority staff on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The pay freeze plan was noted in budget guidance from the Office o...

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    THIS CLEAN ENERGY HOME LOAN PROGRAM HAS PROBLEMS. CALIFORNIA'S TRYING TO FIX THEM.

    Dec 13, 2017

    A decade after California became ground zero for what is now one of the country’s fastest-growing home loan programs, the state has passed unprecedented regulations to protect borrowers from deceptive financial practices. The program, property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, offers loa...

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    TOP DOJ OFFICIAL: OUR EMPLOYEES, EVEN THOSE PROBING TRUMP CAMPAIGN, MAY EXPRESS POLITICAL VIEWS

    Dec 13, 2017

    A top Justice Department official clarified to Congress on Wednesday that all federal employees, even those investigating Donald Trump’s campaign for president and any involvement of the Russian government in meddling with the 2016 election, are entitled to their political views and the expres...

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    FORESHADOWING MAJOR FOOD STAMP CHANGES, FEDS ASK STATES FOR ADVICE

    Dec 12, 2017

    For years, many conservative states have tried to enact policies that would effectively restrict the number of people using food stamps and how they can use those benefits. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) often blocked those attempts out of concern that they...

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    WATCHDOG'S CRITICISMS ADD TO WOES OF AGENCY ALREADY AT RISK OF ELIMINATION

    Dec 12, 2017

    The Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research, established in response to the 2008 financial crisis, has been in the crosshairs of Republican budget cutters while its staff suffers from low morale. Last week, the Government Accountability Office added to its woes. The watchdog weighed...

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    NEWLY INSTALLED SPECIAL COUNSEL WANTS TO ADJUDICATE CASES MORE SWIFTLY

    Dec 11, 2017

    A longtime attorney for whistleblowers has described the investigative process at the Office of Special Counsel as “operating at a molasses pace.” Henry Kerner, President Trump’s appointee to serve as special counsel, now is in a position to change that. The veteran prosecutor and ...

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    OBAMA TREASURY DEPARTMENT MAY HAVE SKIRTED ANTI-DEFICIENCY ACT, WATCHDOG FINDS

    Dec 11, 2017

    The Treasury Department in fiscal 2015 “potentially violated” the Anti-Deficiency Act and other statutes with reimbursements for shared services, prematurely moving monies before interagency agreements were in place, the department’s inspector general found. The watchdog’s au...

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    DAYS BEFORE NET NEUTRALITY VOTE, MAYORS JOIN THE FIGHT

    Dec 08, 2017

    One week before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on repealing net neutrality regulations, nearly 60 U.S. mayors signed a letter in opposition. The repeal proposal, they argue, would lead to greater digital inequality, harm small-business growth and violate principles ...

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    AS MORE PRISONS SHUTTER, GOVERNMENTS WONDER WHAT TO DO WITH THEM

    Dec 08, 2017

    From the moment he saw Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, Pete Waddington wanted to turn the shuttered prison deep in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee into a tourist destination. It hasn’t been easy. The effort started four years ago when Waddington, a businessman from Chattanooga, rode his...

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    MICHIGAN COULD SOON BE THE ONLY STATE WHERE LAWMAKERS' FINANCES ARE UNKNOWN

    Dec 08, 2017

    Michigan could end up being the only state in the country where legislators pass and reject laws without the public knowing about their personal finances, a distinction that good government watchdogs say is an embarrassment that must be changed. Forty-seven states now require lawmakers to file some ...

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    WHY THE UK’S INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY IS ABOUT AS MUCH USE AS A REVISION TIMETABLE

    Dec 07, 2017

    A friend of mine at university, when exams came round, liked to draw up a revision schedule.
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    NEWLY REVEALED EXPERIMENT SHOWS HOW F-35 COULD HELP INTERCEPT ICBMS

    Dec 07, 2017

    Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., raised more than a few eyebrows (and drew a few rolled eyes) when he suggested in November that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could intercept North Korean missiles headed for the United States. Hunter cited analysis from Los Alamos National Labs and other sources, accor...

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    RELIEF FOR FEDS HITTING OVERTIME PAY CAPS, BENEFITS DURING A SHUTDOWN AND MORE

    Dec 06, 2017

    The House voted 407-4 Tuesday to approve a bill that would increase the annual overtime pay cap for employees at the Secret Service. The 2017 Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act (H.R. 3731), introduced by Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., would raise the overtime pay cap...

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    STUDY: HOUSING THE HOMELESS CAN DRASTICALLY CUT THE GOVERNMENT'S HEALTH CARE COSTS

    Dec 06, 2017

    For years, homeless advocates have argued that if governments put up money to house people, they will reap cost savings down the line. A new study appears to validate that argument. Housing for Health, a division of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, places chronically homeless pe...

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    PREACHING FROM THE CHOIR: CONSERVATIVES, DEFENSE EXECS BEG TRUMP TO CHALLENGE RUSSIA, MAKE BUDGET DEAL

    Dec 05, 2017

    Propose a defense-spending hike at the Reagan National Defense Forum, and you’ll draw nods of approval from the lawmakers, defense executives, Wall Street bankers, consultants, and lobbyists who have gathered here annually for five years to talk about ways to strengthen the military. It’...

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    LAWMAKERS ASK TRUMP TO GIVE CIVILIAN FEDS THE SAME 2018 PAY RAISE AS THE MILITARY

    Dec 05, 2017

    A bipartisan group of 12 House lawmakers is calling on President Trump to grant civilian federal employees a bigger pay raise in 2018, equal to what the military receives.Trump must finalize his August plan to increase the pay of federal civilian employees by the end of the year. Feds are currently ...

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    PENTAGON BUILDING WISH LIST FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY SPENDING

    Dec 04, 2017

    The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer is drafting a list of desired technologies as part of a new effort to coordinate the Defense Department’s research and development, including at U.S. laboratories and government-funded research centers. “We think that we have to make choices and foc...

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    CAN WITHERING PUBLIC TRUST IN GOVERNMENT BE TRACED BACK TO THE JFK ASSASSINATION?

    Dec 04, 2017

    The recent release of the JFK files led to a surge of media coverage about the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath. But it’s not like public interest has ever really abated. On any day of the week, visit Dealey Plaza, the downtown Dallas site of the assassination. You’ll see curious ...

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    WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN MAINE PAYING THE OBAMACARE PENALTY FOR LACKING INSURANCE?

    Dec 01, 2017

    Maine has one of the highest rates of health insurance in the nation, with only about 7 percent of the population lacking coverage. But at the same time, many Mainers have paid the federal tax penalty, established under the “individual mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act, for h...

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    POSTAL REGULATOR ALLOWS HIGHER RATES, BUT DENIES USPS AUTONOMY IN SETTING PRICES

    Dec 01, 2017

    The U.S. Postal Service will continue to face a cap restricting its annual price increases, the agency’s regulators ruled on Friday, dealing a blow to the cash-strapped agency looking to boost its revenue as customer demand for traditional mailing services declines.

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    SESSIONS HINTS THAT CRACKDOWN ON RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IS COMING

    Nov 30, 2017

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted Wednesday that the Justice Department may take a tougher stance on recreational marijuana in the near future, a change in policy that would have a significant impact on the five states plus the District of Columbia that already allow the drug to be used for more...

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    TSP PARTICIPANTS ARE LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE, FUND CHANGES, AND MORE

    Nov 29, 2017

    Officials at the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan said Tuesday that some employees are actually investing too much of their paychecks, and as a result they’re leaving money on the table. Geoffrey Nieboer, the Thrift Savings Plan’s chief of business intellig...

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    REPEALING OBAMACARE'S INSURANCE MANDATE COULD WREAK HAVOC IN SOME VERY RED STATES

    Nov 29, 2017

    The Senate Republican plan to use tax legislation to repeal the federal requirement that Americans have health coverage threatens to derail insurance markets in conservative, rural swaths of the country, according to a Los Angeles Times data analysis. That could leave consumers in these regions incl...

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    TILLERSON FILLS IN SOME DETAILS OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT’S UNFOLDING ‘REDESIGN’

    Nov 29, 2017

    Taking offense at accusations that he is “hollowing out” the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday praised the career employees he said are running the controversial “redesign” of his agency, fleshing out his team’s plan for new efficiencies and ...

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    SHUTDOWN NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN TRUMP AND DEMOCRATS BREAK DOWN BEFORE STARTING

    Nov 28, 2017

    Negotiations between President Trump and congressional Democrats over funding the government past Dec. 8 broke down before they even began on Tuesday, with leaders of the minority party backing out of a meeting at the White House that they said was just for show.

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    THE GOP TAX BILLS ARE INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS TOO. HERE’S WHY.

    Nov 27, 2017

    The tax code overhauls being pushed by congressional Republicans might not sound like infrastructure bills, but they contain many provisions that could have a big impact on the ability of states and localities to pay for public works improvements. The proposed plans include major changes to financin...

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    DESPERATE FOR CYBERSECURITY WORKERS, STATES HELP BUILD THE NEXT GENERATION

    Nov 27, 2017

    Internships for veterans, cyber classes for high school and college students and mentoring programs aimed especially at middle-school girls are among the ways states are trying to beef up their cybersecurity ranks. Cybersecurity is the most pressing issue for state information technology officials, ...

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    CULLING VOTER ROLLS: BATTLING OVER WHO EVEN GETS TO GO TO THE POLLS

    Nov 27, 2017

    On its face, the notice sent to 248 county election officials asked only that they do what Congress has ordered: Prune their rolls of voters who have died, moved or lost their eligibility or face a federal lawsuit.The notice, delivered in September by a conservative advocacy group, is at the heart o...

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    NEW JERSEY COUNTY RAISES MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 FOR ITS WORKERS

    Nov 22, 2017

    Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco gave thanks for county workers on Tuesday when he signed an executive order that raises the minimum wage for full-time employees to $15 an hour. Tedesco, riding the progressive wave that swept Phil Murphy into office earlier this month, did his part to help the go...

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    NO TIMELINE YET FOR LOOSENING OF TSP WITHDRAWAL RULES UNDER NEW LAW

    Nov 22, 2017

    President Trump signed a bill last week that would loosen the withdrawal rules for enrollees in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program, but feds will have to wait a little while longer before they see greater flexibility. The TSP Modernization Act (H.R. 3031) will mak...

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    FEDERAL UNIONS SUPPORT REQUEST FOR SUPREME COURT REVIEW OF DENIED MSPB CASE APPEALS

    Nov 22, 2017

    Officials with the National Treasury Employees Union announced Tuesday that they have filed friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of three federal employees asking the Supreme Court to review their appeals of Merit Systems Protection Board cases.

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    NOW IT'S LIBERAL STATES CLASHING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

    Nov 22, 2017

    The battle over birth control and the Affordable Care Act wages on. A handful of liberal state attorneys general have sued the federal government over its new contraception-coverage rules, which exempt employers with religious or moral objections from including birth control in their employee health...

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    MIAMI-DADE OBEYED TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION. CHICAGO DIDN'T. BOTH JUST GOT $3M POLICE GRANTS.

    Nov 21, 2017

    Miami-Dade and Chicago sit on opposite sides of the debate over sanctuary cities under President Donald Trump: The largest government in South Florida won praise from the president himself for agreeing to detain immigration violators at local jails, while the Windy City is suing the Trump administra...

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    HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S SUIT TO BLOCK A MEDIA MERGER COULD HURT THE TECH INDUSTRY

    Nov 21, 2017

    The Justice Department announced on Monday that it will sue to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, pitting the Trump administration against a media business that has turned to mergers to compete with the rise of tech giants like Facebook and Netflix. The $108 billion deal, which would...

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    SOME POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE ADDING STAFF FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS

    Nov 20, 2017

    For years, the Jersey City Police Department experienced a gradual downsizing of its ranks. Staffing remained flat despite population growth, and it shuttered its police academy. But recently, the department has accelerated hiring  adding more than 300 officers since 2013.

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    THE POTENTIAL PAYOFF FOR APPLYING METRICS AND ANALYTICS TO GOVERNMENT IS SIGNIFICANT

    Nov 20, 2017

    Our recent column on metrics and analytics triggered several stimulating exchanges. One thread running through the reaction to these proven practices, which have been widely used in business for decades, is that they have not gained broad support in government. Corporate managers are inundated daily...

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    LOSE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG OR LOSE FUNDING: ULTIMATUM GIVEN TO ONE FIRE DEPARTMENT

    Nov 17, 2017

    Commissioners in Montgomery County say they will restrict funding to a rural volunteer fire department that for months has refused to take down the Confederate flag that waves over it. Debate over the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department's flag has simmered for months but complaints about it go ba...

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    THE WEEK IN PUBLIC FINANCE: TRUMP'S IMPACT ON TRADE, A PREDATORY LENDING LOOPHOLE AND MORE

    Nov 17, 2017

    Sticks and stones aside, it turns out words really can hurt: President Trump’s protectionist rhetoric over the past year may be leading to lower tax revenue for border states. The findings, laid out this week by Fitch Ratings, suggest that the president’s foreign policy agenda is cutting...

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    FOR MILLIONS OF INSURED AMERICANS, STATE HEALTH LAWS DON’T APPLY

    Nov 16, 2017

    Let’s say you have health insurance through your employer and live in one of 21 states with laws protecting consumers against surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers. Should one of those unwanted bills land in your mailbox, you can turn to your state law and regulators for help, r...

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    ARMY CHIEF: THE US NEEDS MORE TROOPS IN EUROPE

    Nov 16, 2017

    In order for the U.S. military to do its primary job in Europe deter Russian aggression  America will need to send more troops there in the coming years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today. Big moves would depend upon decisions made in the forthcoming National Defense Strategy, he ...

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    EMBATTLED CONSUMER PROTECTION BUREAU CHIEF STEPS DOWN

    Nov 15, 2017

    After months of speculation and years of criticism from Republican lawmakers, Richard Cordray, the first and only director of the six-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced that he will resign at the end of November. In a Wednesday memo to staff obtained by several news organizatio...

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    THE ONLY FEDERAL AGENCY DEDICATED TO HOMELESSNESS COULD BE SHUT DOWN

    Nov 14, 2017

    Last week, Atlanta ended veteran homelessness, placing nearly 1,900 people into permanent housing. The news would have attracted more media buzz if three states and more than 40 communities hadn't already claimed the same achievement in the last few years. Nationally, veteran homelessness has de...

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    NEW YORK BECOMES 28TH STATE TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR PTSD

    Nov 14, 2017

    Veterans and other people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder can now obtain medical marijuana as treatment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday signed a bill allowing people with PTSD to obtain medical marijuana with a doctor's authorization. The bill, which goes into effect immediately, adds...

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    HOUSE SPEAKER SAYS CONGRESS LIKELY TO STAVE OFF SHUTDOWN WITH CR THROUGH 2017

    Nov 14, 2017

    Congress is likely to pass another stopgap spending bill to keep agencies open through the remainder of 2017, according to House Republican leadership. Lawmakers are considering extending the continuing resolution past its current expiration date of Dec. 8, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on T...

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    BRADY: HOUSE WON'T ACCEPT REPEAL OF STATE, LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS

    Nov 13, 2017

    The House wouldn't accept a tax bill that, like the Senate's, would eliminate deductions for all state and local taxes, the chairman of the House's tax-writing committee said. "I'm committed to it," House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said on "Fox News ...

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    STATE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS IT IS OFFERING BUYOUTS TO ENTICE 641 EMPLOYEES TO LEAVE

    Nov 13, 2017

    Citing a need to “reduce unnecessary supervisory levels and organizational layering,” the State Department on Monday confirmed an earlier news report that it is offering staff voluntary buyouts and early retirement incentives. About 641 employee departures above the normal attrition rate...

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    IN HARD TIMES, GOVERNMENT WATCHDOGS ARE OFTEN FIRST TO GET THE AX

    Nov 10, 2017

    The Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General is tasked with keeping track of more than $30 billion a year in state spending. But as the state budget grows larger and more complex, the auditor’s resources keep shrinking. The agency incurred sharp funding reductions for a few years startin...

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    THE WEEK IN PUBLIC FINANCE: THE SENATE'S TAX REFORM PLAN, ELECTION 2017'S IMPACT ON SPENDING AND MORE

    Nov 10, 2017

    Senate Republicans unveiled a draft of their tax plan on Thursday, and it contains both pluses and minuses for state and local governments. The good news: The Senate’s plan likely won’t eliminate private activity bonds, as has been proposed by House Republicans. The bonds are often used ...

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    AFTER MEDICAID EXPANSION PASSES MAINE VOTERS, GOVERNOR INDICATES HE MIGHT BLOCK IT

    Nov 09, 2017

    Just hours after a Medicaid expansion was endorsed by nearly 60 percent of Maine voters, Gov. Paul LePage and his Republican allies in the Legislature were vowing to delay, if not derail, the first-in-the-nation, citizen-initiated law that would provide health care to as many as 70,000 low-income re...

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    IT’S TIME TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT’S USE OF METRICS AND ANALYTICS

    Nov 09, 2017

    The final report by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking promises to refocus attention on the use of performance data. This is not new of course; the use of metrics has evolved over more than two decades across all levels of government. Even with extensive experience, the Commission was cre...

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    IN VIRGINIA AND ELSEWHERE, DEMOCRATS RECOVER SOME GROUND IN STATE LEGISLATURES

    Nov 08, 2017

    At the legislative level, Democrats had a better election night than they could have dared to hope for, making a huge comeback in the Virginia House and picking up seats in special elections from Georgia to Washington state. "The most significant thing about the Democrats winning power is that ...

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    VOTERS APPROVE BIG SPENDING PACKAGES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

    Nov 08, 2017

    Voters were in a mood to spend money on Tuesday  that is, in the comparatively few places where they had the chance to decide tax and bonding questions. Projects totaling roughly $1 billion in each city won approval in Dallas, Denver and Kansas City, Mo. "This gives the people of Denver wh...

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    TRUMP ADMIN TELLS AGENCIES TO STRIP CONTRACT PROVISIONS GUARDING AGAINST WAGE THEFT

    Nov 06, 2017

    Federal contractors will not face requirements aimed at protecting employees from wage theft and unsafe working conditions under a rule the Trump administration finalized on Monday. The rule follows a resolution Republican lawmakers passed and President Trump signed in March under the Congressional ...

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    OPM RETIREMENT BACKLOG BALLOONS AGAIN IN OCTOBER

    Nov 06, 2017

    The Office of Personnel Management on Monday reported a slowdown in its processing of federal employee retirement claims in October, marking the first significant increase to its backlog since July. Last month, OPM received 8,850 new retirement claims from departing federal workers, which was only s...

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    USDA REBUTS AUTHOR’S CRITIQUE OF TRUMP TRANSITION

    Nov 06, 2017

    Celebrity author Michael Lewis, whose ongoing book project explores the Trump administration’s rocky transition to governance, has butted heads with his latest target: the Agriculture Department. Lewis’s Nov. 2 piece in Vanity Fair is a scathing narrative based on interviews with former ...

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    OBAMA’S FOUR RULES FOR PERSUADING PEOPLE AND EFFECTING REAL CHANGE

    Nov 05, 2017

    Former president Barack Obama addressed 500 young leaders, entrepreneurs, and artists from 60 nations and 27 states at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago yesterday. During his welcome speech, “in true dad fashion,” Obama presented a set of four rules he encouraged everyone ...

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    WITH $500 MILLION STILL UNSPENT FROM 2008 HURRICANE RELIEF, WILL TEXAS DO BETTER WITH HARVEY?

    Nov 03, 2017

    The billions in long-term disaster relief dollars that will fund Texans’ recovery from Hurricane Harvey’s devastating blow are still far from reaching state coffers. But there’s already tension brewing over how much federal money  should be spent to fix flood victims' home...

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    FEDERAL PROBE INTO PUERTO RICO POWER SCANDAL EXPANDS

    Nov 03, 2017

    A second federal contract with a company hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s all but collapsed power grid is coming under scrutiny, drawing the attention of federal investigators and even members of Congress even as most of the hurricane-ravaged island remains without power. The news of a second fa...

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    THE STRANGE CASE OF PAUL MANAFORT’S MULTIPLE U.S. PASSPORTS

    Nov 02, 2017

    Among the revelations this week about President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, indicted Monday on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, was the fact that he held multiple passports and had apparently applied for many more over the last decade.

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    THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT WORKING TO SAVE OBAMACARE FROM COLLAPSE

    Nov 02, 2017

    On the first day of open enrollment for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act for 2018, senior administration officials did what you’d expect: The president directed Americans to a government website and encouraged them to sign up, the health secretary conducted media interviews to ...

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    PENNSYLVANIA FINALIZES HOW IT WILL FUND STALLED BUDGET

    Nov 01, 2017

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Monday signed a set of bills to provide $2.3 billion in new revenue for the state and end a four-month impasse with lawmakers over how to pay for the state’s fiscal 2018 budget.

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    LEAVE TRANSFER FOR WILDFIRES, TSP PORTFOLIOS GROW, AND MORE

    Nov 01, 2017

    The Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday that it has established an emergency leave transfer program for federal employees that are victims of the recent wildfires in northern California.Similar to recently approved programs for feds impacted by hurricanes in Houston, Puerto Rico and Flo...

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    NEW JERSEY GOV. CANDIDATES STEER CLEAR OF POLITICAL CENTER

    Oct 31, 2017

    The Democrat running to replace Gov. Chris Christie calls himself “proudly progressive.” He wants to legalize recreational marijuana, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and make New Jersey a “sanctuary state.” His Republican challenger is hammering home the dangers of viol...

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    TRUMP’S GSA NOMINEE GETS ONE STEP CLOSER TO CONFIRMATION

    Oct 31, 2017

    Emily Murphy, the longtime congressional staff procurement specialist who is President Trump’s nominee to lead the General Services Administration, won approval on Monday night from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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    WITH STATES ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF CHIP MONEY, CONGRESS MAY TAKE ACTION

    Oct 30, 2017

    Arguments erupted on the House floor Thursday between Republican and Democratic leaders over the prospect of a vote this week on a GOP-only bill to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced the bill would be debated this ...

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    FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIR PAUL MANAFORT FACES 12 FEDERAL CHARGES

    Oct 30, 2017

    Paul Manafort, the veteran GOP operative who chaired Donald Trump’s presidential campaign during the summer of 2016, along with his business partner Rick Gates, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for a variety of financial and lobbying crimes, charges arising from special counsel Rober...

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    FOLLOWING NYC, PHILADELPHIA PULLS PENSION STOCK IN PRIVATE PRISONS

    Oct 27, 2017

    The Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement voted Thursday to withdraw its investments in the for-profit prison industry, which has been dogged for years by health and safety problems. Francis Bielli, the board's executive director, said the board voted 6-1 in favor of liquidating the $1.2...

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    IN PRO-TRUMP OHIO COUNTY, OPIOID ANNOUNCEMENT DISAPPOINTS

    Oct 27, 2017

    Doug Corcoran is in the trenches every day in the fight against the opioid crisis in the rural Ohio county he helps oversee. So President Donald Trump’s failure this week to formally declare the overdose epidemic a “national emergency” - words that would have freed up more federal ...

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    INTEL IG’S DECISION TO RESCIND JOB OFFER SPELLS TROUBLE FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS, CRITICS SAY

    Oct 26, 2017

    In another sign of shrinking authority for certain whistleblower officials in the Intelligence Community, a key hire for a deputy position at the IC inspector general’s whistleblower outreach operations learned this week that his long-in-the-works job offer was rescinded, Government Executive ...

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    HOUSE PLANS VOTE ON SENATE'S HIGHER-SPENDING BUDGET RESOLUTION

    Oct 26, 2017

    If congressional Republicans are going to enact their ambitious and complicated tax overhaul, they’re eventually going to have to agree to things many of them don’t particularly like in service of the larger goal. That may involve eliminating some loopholes but not others, making some pe...

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    THE IRS TARGETING SCANDAL WAS FAKE, BUT IRS BUDGET WOES ARE A REAL PROBLEM

    Oct 26, 2017

    Conservatives have been seething since 2013 over what they say was an unfair and imbalanced effort by the IRS to scrutinize right-leaning organizations more closely than other groups seeking nonprofit status. As a new report from the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administrati...

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    HOUSE GOP GAUGES TRUMP TEAM’S INTEREST IN EXPEDITING FIRING ACROSS GOVERNMENT

    Oct 25, 2017

    A group of House Republicans and several conservative advocacy groups are planning to send a letter to Trump administration officials to promote and solicit interest in easing the firing process for employees across the federal government. Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., ar...

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    TSP TO TRADE SPEED FOR SECURITY, IRS ANNOUNCES MAX CONTRIBUTION INCREASE, AND MORE

    Oct 25, 2017

    Officials with the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings plan announced Monday that the Thrift Savings Plan participants soon may see some services and requests take longer to process as the agency explores new security measures.

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    CITIES HAVE A NEW TARGET FOR ENDING HOMELESSNESS: LANDLORDS

    Oct 24, 2017

    Families wait years to get off the government's waiting list for a rental voucher, sometimes while living in a homeless shelter. When they finally get that housing aid, they often struggle to find landlords willing to rent to them. Most landlords screen out people who have a criminal background,...

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    COLORADO POLITICAL CANDIDATE PROMISES TO GIVE HIS SEAT TO AN APP

    Oct 24, 2017

    If Camilo Casas is elected to city council in Boulder, Colorado, this November, he doesn't plan to make any decisions himself. If he wins, Casas will instead give up his vote to Parti.Vote, a "liquid democracy" app he built to change how government functions.

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    TRUMP BUDGET DIRECTOR BEMOANS FATE OF PROPOSED SPENDING CUTS

    Oct 23, 2017

    The Trump White House may be excited about Congress’s plans to take up tax cuts, but it is less pleased about the fate of the spending reductions it proposed in March. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that of the $54 bil...

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    HOUSE LAWMAKERS WANT WHITE HOUSE EMAIL DOCUMENTS, BUT DISAGREE ON HOW TO GET THEM

    Oct 23, 2017

    Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee agree on the goal of obtaining documents that may show possible violations of federal records laws by Trump administration officials using personal email accounts to conduct official business.

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    EXPOSE ON DEA OPIOID POLICY PROMPTS REPEAL BILL FROM SENATOR

    Oct 16, 2017

    A Democratic senator on Monday reacted to a weekend expose on loosened enforcement against unlawful distributors of opioids by introducing a bill to repeal a 2016 law that trimmed the prosecutorial powers of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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    HOW TRUMP’S END TO OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES INCREASES THE THREAT OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

    Oct 13, 2017

    Congressional Democrats raised the prospect of a government shutdown over President Trump’s decision to cut off funding for a key Affordable Care Act subsidy, saying the payments may need to be reinstated for their caucus to approve the next round of appropriations.

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    CONFEREES WILL DETERMINE FATE OF DEFENSE BILL PROVISION TO DETER FRIVOLOUS CONTRACTOR BID PROTESTS

    Oct 13, 2017

    As House and Senate negotiators prepare to meet and forge the final version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill, one of many issues to be resolved involves the costs of contractor bid protests.

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    TRUMP TO END OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES, RAISING FEARS OF SKYROCKETING PREMIUMS

    Oct 13, 2017

    The federal government will cease crucial federal payments to health insurers that provide coverage to low-income Americans, the White House announced late Thursday in a move that threatens to send health insurance premiums skyrocketing for millions of Americans and destabilize markets across the co...

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    FOUR U.S. 'SANCTUARY CITIES' MAY BE VIOLATING LAW: U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS

    Oct 12, 2017

    The United States Justice Department singled out four cities and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called “sanctuary policies” that may violate a federal law that says local governments cannot limit information sharing with U.S. immigration officials.

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    TRUMP TRANSITION DECLINED SOME ETHICS ADVICE, REJECTED SOME GAO INTERVIEWS

    Oct 11, 2017

    The Trump pre-inaugural transition team had its financial books in order, but got a late start in tapping government expertise on ethics arrangements, according to a Government Accountability Office review requested by Democratic lawmakers and released on Tuesday. Auditors for the congressional watc...

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    GOVERNMENT'S ETHICS WATCHDOG WARNS TRUMP TEAM TO IMPROVE BEHAVIOR

    Oct 11, 2017

    Federal agency heads have received a stern warning from the government’s chief ethics watchdog, advising them to go beyond what is merely legal to set an example for their employees. David Apol, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, sent a letter to agency leaders Oct. 5 followin...

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    BREAKING THE STRANGLEHOLD OF CALCIFIED FEDERAL ACQUISITION POLICIES

    Oct 10, 2017

    Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, thinks government ought to be able to take advantage of the robust world of online marketplaces (think Amazon or EBay). Thus, he has included in the House version of the 2018 defense authorization bill a provision authorizing just that....

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    A MONTH AFTER HURRICANE IRMA, FLORIDA CITIES ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO CLEAN UP

    Oct 10, 2017

    It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Irma battered Florida, but localities there are still struggling with one of the most basic tasks of recovery: the clean-up. Companies that cities contracted with before hurricane season have struggled to meet the huge demand in Florida, where two-third...

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    ICE WARNS OF 'AT-LARGE ARRESTS' AFTER CALIFORNIA BECOMES A 'SANCTUARY STATE'

    Oct 09, 2017

    President Trump's immigration chief ripped into Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday for signing legislation that creates a statewide sanctuary policy, saying the federal government will be forced to "conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites" of undocumented immigrants.

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    BILL TARGETING SECURITY CLEARANCE BACKLOG ADVANCES IN SENATE

    Oct 06, 2017

    Lawmakers want to make the security clearance process more transparent and streamlined in an effort to shrink a backlog of more than 700,000 federal employees, applicants and contractors awaiting background checks for government jobs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee a...

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    HOUSE PROPOSAL FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH PROGRAM COULD DECIMATE WORKERS’ BENEFITS

    Oct 06, 2017

    A proposal to change how the government calculates its contributions to premiums in the federal government’s insurance program could make health care all but unaffordable for workers and retirees, employee groups said.

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    HOUSE APPROVES BUDGET PLAN THAT WOULD CUT FEDERAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

    Oct 05, 2017

    House lawmakers voted 219-206 Thursday to approve a resolution outlining the body’s fiscal 2018 budget priorities, which include a number of controversial cuts to federal employees’ retirement and benefits programs. The House’s budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) asks 11 committees...

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    SURVEY: FEDERAL SENIOR EXECS LACK SUFFICIENT AUTHORITY TO DRIVE CHANGE

    Oct 04, 2017

    Career leaders filling the government’s 9,100 senior executive positions harbor strong hopes for agency reform, but express worry about an ineffective recruitment pipeline and insufficient authority to drive positive change, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

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    AS PUERTO RICANS FLOCK TO U.S. MAINLAND, FLORIDA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

    Oct 04, 2017

    Pledging that Florida will do "everything we can to help Puerto Rico," Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency that he said will make it easier to accommodate an expected wave of people fleeing the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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    FEDS WILL PAY 6.1 PERCENT MORE TOWARD HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS IN 2018

    Oct 04, 2017

    Federal employees and retirees can expect to contribute an average of 6.1 percent more toward their health care premiums next year, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday. Enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program with coverage only for themselves will on average pay...

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    COURT EXTENDS LENIENT BAIL RULES FOR IMMIGRANTS TO 8 WESTERN STATES

    Oct 03, 2017

    Immigrants who are being held while seeking the right to remain in the United States, and who would pose no threat if released, are entitled to have bail set in an amount that considers how much they can afford to pay and whether they can be safely monitored without bail, a federal appeals court rul...

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    U.S. SUPREME COURT AGREES TO TAKE CASE ON UNION FEES, AGAIN

    Sep 29, 2017

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case originally brought by Gov. Bruce Rauner that challenges whether government employee unions should be able to collect fees from nonmembers, a critical question for organized labor nationwide that the court deadlocked over last year.

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    IG: IMMIGRATION AND BORDER AGENCY EXECS USED SECURITY DETAILS WITHOUT LEGAL AUTHORITY

    Sep 22, 2017

    A Homeland Security Department watchdog says that immigration and border enforcement agencies have been running protection details for executives without the legal authority to do so. The DHS Office of the Inspector General issued a report Sept. 14, which was redacted and made public this week, maki...

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    UNDER OBAMACARE REPEAL BILL, STATES WOULD LOSE BILLIONS AND MILLIONS WOULD LOSE INSURANCE

    Sep 21, 2017

    The latest Republican bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act would likely leave millions of currently insured Americans without health coverage in the coming decades, and strip benefits and protections from millions more, a growing number of independent studies suggest.

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    AGENCIES BEGIN WHITE HOUSE-MANDATED TRAINING FOR EVERY FED ON CONSEQUENCES OF LEAKS

    Sep 21, 2017

    Federal employees all across government are learning a lesson this week in the form of new training: do not leak. The governmentwide campaign against “the unauthorized disclosure of unauthorized information,” as well as “controlled unclassified information,” or CUI, came at t...

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    CONGRESS WANTS TO BOOST AGENCY USE OF EVIDENCE IN PROGRAM EVALUATION

    Sep 21, 2017

    Congress is readying legislation to implement some recent recommendations made by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in an effort to improve data quality, not to simply target programs for elimination, officials said on Thursday. The bipartisan movement to sharpen and better circulate dat...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RED TAPE TANGLES UP VISAS FOR SKILLED FOREIGNERS, DATA SHOWS

    Sep 20, 2017

    The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters. The more intense scrutiny of the applications for H-1B visas comes afte...

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    TRUMP'S VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION MAY BE ILLEGALLY USING PRIVATE EMAIL

    Sep 19, 2017

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's use of private email for a presidential commission could bring him into conflict with a 1-year-old state law meant to increase government transparency.

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    STATE DEPT. REBUFFS DIPLOMATS’ PLEA FOR RELEASE OF REORG PLAN

    Sep 19, 2017

    The State Department remains unmoved by a request this week from an association of retired diplomats that it rethink its current position and publicly release its still-evolving reorganization plan.

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    JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP'S FUNDING RULES FOR 'SANCTUARY CITIES'

    Sep 18, 2017

    In a ruling with national significance, a federal judge in Chicago on Friday blocked the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get a public safety grant. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber held that Chicago has shown...

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    PENNSYLVANIA DEFAULTS ON $1 BILLION WORTH OF DEBT

    Sep 18, 2017

    Most Pennsylvanians avoided the big budget hurt when the state ran out of money Friday to cover $2.5 billion in bills amid a months-long budget stalemate in the state Capitol. With the Legislature unable to pass tax and revenue bills to pay for the state budget since July, Gov. Tom Wolf announced th...

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    FEDERAL EMPLOYEES USED GOVERNMENT CHARGE CARDS TO EXPENSE ROOMS AT TRUMP HOTELS

    Sep 18, 2017

    A handful of federal employees used their government charge cards to book rooms at several different hotels operated by the Trump Organization, according to documents obtained by a government watchdog group.

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    DIPLOMATS CHEER STATE DEPT. SPENDING BILL THAT REJECTS TRUMP CUTS

    Sep 15, 2017

    Retired and current diplomats are heartened that a fiscal 2018 spending bill that cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee last week would not subject the State Department to the steep budget cuts President Trump is seeking. The $51.3 billion spending bill is $10 billion higher than Trump’s...

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    U.S. PUSH FOR SELF-DRIVING LAW EXPOSES REGULATORY DIVIDE

    Sep 15, 2017

    As the U.S. Congress moves quickly to pass the first federal law governing self-driving cars, some state and city officials are pushing back over fears that the measure will limit their ability to regulate vehicle safety at the local level.

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    HOW A CHAIR BROUGHT DOWN MINNESOTA'S LAW AGAINST DISTURBING GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

    Sep 14, 2017

    It's no longer illegal in Minnesota to disturb a public meeting, the state Supreme Court has ruled, reversing the conviction of a Little Falls woman who was charged with disorderly conduct for protesting before the City Council. The 54-year-old law was deemed overly broad and potentially crimina...

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    AFTER STRIKING SHORT-TERM DEAL, HOUSE APPROVES FUNDING FOR REST OF FISCAL 2018

    Sep 14, 2017

    The House on Thursday approved a bill to set fiscal 2018 spending levels at agencies across federal government, rounding out its appropriations work for the coming year. The measure, approved with almost exclusively Republican support, comes just days after President Trump struck a deal with congres...

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    THERE’S OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIA HACKED DEMOCRATS BUT THE GOVERNMENT HASN’T SHARED IT

    Sep 13, 2017

    Ever since last June, the American political scene has been rocked with numerous reports in established media outlets about alleged computer hacking during last year’s presidential campaign, apparently conducted by cyber-criminals allied with the Russian government. The many stories have come ...

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    WISCONSIN GOV. SCOTT WALKER GETS A 4TH DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER

    Sep 13, 2017

    Government reform advocate Mike McCabe on Tuesday joined an increasingly crowded Democratic field to challenge GOP Gov. Scott Walker next year. Already in the race: state schools superintendent Tony Evers, businessman Andy Gronik and state Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire. The August 2018 primary will ...

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    CHICAGO ARGUES ITS CASE AGAINST TRUMP'S 'SANCTUARY CITIES' POLICY IN COURT

    Sep 12, 2017

    The Donald Trump administration's rules requiring cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get a public safety grant could lead to other strings on federal money tied to administration priorities, a city attorney argued Monday in the court fight between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S....

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    TRUMP OPEN TO DREAMERS RELIEF LEGISLATION WITHOUT WALL FUNDING: AIDE

    Sep 12, 2017

    U.S. President Donald Trump will not necessarily insist on including funding for a border wall with Mexico in legislation to address protections for children brought to the United States illegally, a senior aide said on Tuesday.

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    FEDERAL UNION EXPANDS ON PREVIOUS PR EFFORTS WITH ‘THEY WORK FOR U.S.’ AD CAMPAIGN

    Sep 11, 2017

    One of the largest federal employee unions is launching a television ad campaign to highlight members’ work in an attempt to combat what it considers misconceptions about public servants. The National Treasury Employees Union will run a series of 15- and 30-second television ads highlighting t...

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    THERE’S A CRISIS OF MEANING IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE

    Sep 11, 2017

    So many people feel disconnected from their workplace today. Something is missing, they are stressed, unsure of how they fit into the organization’s purpose, irritated by their coworkers’ lack of empathy and trust. They feel they have little control over their work, and are especially fr...

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    IN OBAMACARE HEARING, GOVERNORS PRESS CONGRESS FOR SOMETHING THEY MAY NOT DELIVER

    Sep 08, 2017

    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has a problem and not much time to solve it. The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee wants to turn the page on the divisive health debate of this summer. He’s been working with the panel’s top Democrat, Patty Murray...

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    WILDFIRES BURN THROUGH MONTANA'S BUDGET TO BATTLE THEM

    Sep 08, 2017

    While Houston and part of Texas is overflowing with water and flooding, hundreds of thousands of acres in western Montana are engulfed by wildfires. More than 30 large wildfires were burning in the state as of Thursday afternoon, causing "major concern," said Angela Wells, fire information...

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    15-STATE LAWSUIT OVER DACA AIMS TO USE TRUMP'S WORDS AGAINST HIM

    Sep 07, 2017

    A group of Democratic-led states is leading a legal challenge to President Trump's planned repeal of a program allowing nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and just as in the court fight over the president's proposed travel ban, the challengers want to...

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    OBAMACARE HEARING HIGHLIGHTS DIFFERENT PRIORITIES OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS AND CONGRESS

    Sep 07, 2017

    A key Senate committee Wednesday launched a set of hearings intended to lead to a short-term, bipartisan bill to shore up the troubled individual health insurance market, but a diverse group of state insurance commissioners united around some solutions that were not necessarily on the table. Sen. La...

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    SOME STATES EXTEND OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT BEYOND TRUMP'S NEW DEADLINE

    Sep 06, 2017

    California and several other states will exempt themselves this year from a new Trump administration rule that cuts in half the amount of time consumers have to buy individual health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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    THERE’S REASON FOR OPTIMISM IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

    Sep 06, 2017

    The nomination of Jeff Tien Han Pon to head the Office of Personnel Management is a welcome development. I have not met Pon, but his credentials are exemplary. Previous OPM directors no doubt have been solid citizens who knew government, but aside from Beth Colbert, I do not recall any who had exten...

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    NEW YORK VOWS TO SUE TRUMP OVER IMMIGRANT CHILDREN PROTECTIONS

    Sep 04, 2017

    New York and Washington state on Monday vowed to sue President Donald Trump if he scraps a program shielding from deportation immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children. Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will end the so-called Dreamers program but give the U.S. Con...

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    CONTROVERSIAL TRUMP-SUPPORTING SHERIFF, DAVID CLARKE, RESIGNS SUDDENLY

    Sep 01, 2017

    Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. the controversial, Stetson-wearing official who rose to national prominence with his no-holds-barred conservative rhetoric resigned his office Thursday. Clarke, who is in his fourth term, submitted a resignation letter to Milwaukee County Clerk George Chr...

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    ABORTION LAW TEMPORARILY BLOCKED FROM TAKING EFFECT IN TEXAS

    Sep 01, 2017

    A federal judge temporarily on Thursday blocked a Texas law that would limit second-trimester abortions in a ruling that came one day before the regulation was to take effect. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin concluded that abortion providers established that, without a 14-day temporary rest...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S TRANSPARENCY QUESTIONED AS IT AWARDS FIRST BORDER WALL CONTRACTS

    Sep 01, 2017

    The Trump administration has taken another step forward in building a wall between the United States and Mexico. Despite not yet receiving authorization for the president’s signature campaign promise, the Homeland Security Department has selected four companies to build prototypes.

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    ARE TEN COMMANDMENTS MONUMENTS LEGAL? PRESSURE MOUNTS FOR SUPREME COURT TO RULE

    Aug 31, 2017

    Georgia has joined a 23-state coalition in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a New Mexico community's decision to allow a Ten Commandments monument on its city hall lawn.

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    WHY KEEP STATE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL ENVOYS?

    Aug 30, 2017

    When news reports surfaced this week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson intended to eliminate nine special envoys including one devoted to climate change the outcry in some circles was swift On the heels of reports of high-profile exits from Tillerson’s department,  low morale among ca...

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    U.S. SUPREME COURT TEMPORARILY BLOCKS RULING AGAINST TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL MAP

    Aug 30, 2017

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put on hold a lower court ruling that invalidated two of Texas' 36 congressional districts. In an order signed by Justice Samuel Alito, the high court indicated it wanted to hear from the minority groups suing the state before the state's appeal of that rulin...

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    WYOMING GOVERNOR REGRETS NOT EXPANDING MEDICAID AND FEARS THE CONSEQUENCES

    Aug 30, 2017

    Gov. Matt Mead lamented the $100 million that Wyoming left on the table by choosing not to expand Medicaid, and he expressed concern for the state’s hospitals while discussing health care with the Star-Tribune recently. Mead echoed some of the fears that many Wyoming hospital officials have ex...

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    ILLINOIS GOVERNOR SIGNS IMMIGRATION, AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION BILLS

    Aug 29, 2017

    Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday signed into law one bill that would protect immigrants who are in the country illegally from being detained solely because of their immigration status and another that would automatically register many Illinoisans to vote. The Republican governor's approval of the contro...

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    THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S EVOLVING RHETORIC ON NORTH KOREA

    Aug 29, 2017

    The White House’s response Tuesday to North Korea’s latest missile test was, in a way, measured. “The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimu...

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    PENTAGON ENDS HUNT FOR MONEY FROM CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS

    Aug 28, 2017

    The Defense Department will let California National Guard members keep more than $190 million in disputed enlistment bonuses and other payments far more than previously acknowledged after the military spent six years trying to recover the money from veterans who had served at the height of the Iraq ...

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    IN COLORADO, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TEST THEIR OIL DRILLING-REGULATING LIMITS

    Aug 25, 2017

    City leaders on Tuesday approved a set of oil and gas regulations that exceed what the state requires of energy-extraction firms, setting the stage for potential legal challenges as tensions between Front Range communities and drilling companies mount.

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    ON THE TEXAS BORDER, BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE IS HARD. CRITICS SAY IT'S ABOUT TO GET HARDER.

    Aug 24, 2017

    For half a million people in the border regions of Texas, getting basic infrastructure -- the kind that most Americans take for granted has taken decades. These residents have to cope with problems like streets overflowing with sewage from sand-filled septic tanks, high levels of toxic arsenic in th...

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    JUDGE TO TEXAS: VOTER ID LAW 2.0 STILL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST MINORITIES

    Aug 24, 2017

    A federal judge Wednesday tossed out the Texas voter ID law, saying changes recently adopted by the Legislature fell short of fixing a law that was drafted to intentionally discriminate against minority voters. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi issued an injunction permanent...

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    A FIRST IN NEARLY A DECADE, OHIO LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES ITS GOVERNOR

    Aug 23, 2017

    The Republican-controlled Senate completed the override of six of Gov. John Kasich's budget vetoes on Tuesday, the first successful overrides of an Ohio governor's veto in nine years. Chief among them were provisions designed to clip the governor's power to use the quasi-legislative Ohio...

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    ‘BELIEVE ME:’ TRUMP PROMISES SHUTDOWN IF CONGRESS DOESN’T FUND THE BORDER WALL

    Aug 23, 2017

    President Trump vowed to build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, even if it means first shutting down the government. Trump made his pledge at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Ariz., on Tuesday. It was the president’s clearest statement to date he would not sign any spending bi...

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    CONGRESS LOOKS TO CRACK DOWN ON FEDS TAKING TIME OFF TO CAMPAIGN

    Aug 22, 2017

    Congressional oversight leaders want to rein in federal agencies allowing employees to take unpaid leave in order to campaign with their unions, sending requests for detailed information to agencies across government. The data will “ensure federal agencies are granting leave without pay in a p...

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    IN DISSENT FROM OTHER RULINGS, U.S. COURT ALLOWS ARKANSAS TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

    Aug 21, 2017

    A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, two years after the state ended its contract with the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. In a 2-1 ruling, an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel vacated preli...

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    U.S. WORKERS HAVE LOW HOPES FOR HIGHER PAY: FED SURVEY

    Aug 21, 2017

    U.S. workers see little hope for higher paychecks, and while they are increasingly searching for new jobs, they expect fewer offers to fall into their laps, according to a Federal Reserve survey published on Monday. The first-of-its-kind New York Fed study, to be published three times per year, pain...

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    HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HOPES TO CIRCUMVENT COURTS ON IMMIGRATION

    Aug 21, 2017

    The Trump administration is working with like-minded sheriffs from around the country on a plan to channel illegal immigrants from local jails into federal detention, according to several sheriffs involved in the discussions. If it succeeds, it could vastly expand the dragnet that has already begun ...

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    VOTING INTERPRETER CASE A WIN FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS AND A LOSS FOR TEXAS

    Aug 18, 2017

    Texas ran afoul of the Voting Rights Act by restricting the interpretation assistance English-limited voters may receive at the ballot box, a federal appeals court found. In an opinion issued Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an obscure provision of t...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PAYS OBAMACARE INSURERS, FOR NOW

    Aug 17, 2017

    Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday weighed in on the renewed debate over Confederate monuments in Texas, saying that removing them "won't erase our nation's past, and it doesn't advance our nation's future." Abbott's statement follows deadly violence that broke out Saturday ...

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    MIAMI-DADE MAYOR CRITICIZES TRUMP'S CHARLOTTESVILLE REMARKS AS TRUMP'S AG PRAISES THE MAYOR

    Aug 17, 2017

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions commended Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for shedding his jurisdiction's "sanctuary city" status on a day when Gimenez ripped President Donald Trump for his "ambiguity" about blame for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlot...

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    POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT A MAJOR FACTOR IN MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF SENIOR EXEC DEPARTURES

    Aug 17, 2017

    More than 40 percent of Senior Executive Service members who left their posts last year cited the political environment as one of the major reasons for their departure, according to a new report. For the last three years, the Office of Personnel Management has surveyed government employees leaving t...

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    WHY GOVERNMENTAL TRANSPARENCY WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT STRONG LEADERSHIP

    Aug 15, 2017

    Walter Shaub, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has warned that President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest could put America at the risk of becoming a “kleptocracy”: that is, a country led by corrupt leaders. Shaub resigned recently, six months before...

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    OPM ANNOUNCES DELAY, CHANGES TO COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN

    Aug 15, 2017

    The Office of Personnel Management announced it is delaying the start of the federal government’s annual charity fundraising drive until Oct. 2, along with a number of other changes. In past years, the Combined Federal Campaign has opened at the beginning of September. The guidance, released t...

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    CHICAGO SCHOOLS BUDGET COUNTS ON UNCERTAIN FUNDING

    Aug 12, 2017

    A fiscal 2018 budget unveiled on Friday by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) depends on nearly $570 million in new money from the state and city that may not materialize or has not been identified. The $5.7 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1 includes $300 million the state of...

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    JUDGE STRIKES LOUISIANA LAW REQUIRING BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR MARRIAGE

    Aug 11, 2017

    A federal judge has permanently blocked a Louisiana law that prevented foreign-born U.S. citizens from getting married if they couldn’t produce a birth certificate.U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle’s ruling resolves a lawsuit Lafayette resident Viet Anh Vo filed last year after he and his...

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    MICHELLE OBAMA'S FORMER AIDE ANNOUNCES RUN TO BE MARYLAND'S FIRST FEMALE GOVERNOR

    Aug 10, 2017

    Krish Vignarajah, a former policy director for First Lady Michelle Obama, is the latest Democrat to join Maryland's gubernatorial race. Vignarajah said Wednesday she'll kick off her campaign in September. She is the first woman to announce a run for governor. The Montgomery County resident s...

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    JUDGE DISMISSES TEXAS' 'SANCTUARY CITIES' CLAIM, BUT LEGAL BATTLE ISN'T OVER

    Aug 10, 2017

    U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Wednesday dismissed the state of Texas’ lawsuit against Travis County and other defendants over the state's new immigration enforcement law. Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a pre-emptive lawsuit shortly after the bill was signed in May seeking a ruling t...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REVERSES DOJ'S STANCE ON OHIO'S VOTER PURGE

    Aug 09, 2017

    The U.S. Justice Department which last year backed civil rights groups in a court case over Ohio's decision to remove thousands of inactive voters from Ohio voter rolls is now taking a different tack under the administration of President Donald Trump. The department filed a 61 page brief Monday ...

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    CALIFORNIA GIVES LOCAL OFFICIALS POWER TO QUICKLY SHUT DOWN POLLUTERS

    Aug 08, 2017

    Local air quality officials are gaining new powers to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people's health under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, follows years of frustration in communities such as Paramount, Boyle Heights and Maywood...

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    COURT OVERTURNS FEDS' DECISION ON CALIFORNIA'S MEDICAID RATES

    Aug 08, 2017

    Federal health officials wrongly approved a 10 percent reduction in California's already-low Medi-Cal rates for hospital outpatient services without considering the impact on access to care for more than 13 million low-income residents, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The court case concer...

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    DEMOCRATS WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH AGENCIES ARE SPENDING AT TRUMP PROPERTIES

    Aug 08, 2017

    In perhaps their broadest document request yet, Democratic members on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel on Tuesday wrote to all major agencies seeking details on how they might be “spending federal taxpayer funds on products or services provided by businesses owned by or affiliat...

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    NEW YORK AREA TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES ANNOUNCE LEADERSHIP CHANGES

    Aug 04, 2017

    Officials at New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced leadership appointments on Thursday as the agency embarks on an emergency plan to fix New York City's subway system, the country's largest. MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, who took the helm in June, said Patrick Foye woul...

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    WITH TRUMP BY HIS SIDE, WEST VIRGINIA GOVERNOR VOWS SWITCH TO GOP

    Aug 04, 2017

    President Donald J. Trump said he's thrilled "Big Jim" is flipping to the Republican Party. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced his intent to shed his Democrat label, sending an already raucous crowd of Trump supporters into a frenzy Thursday in Huntington's Big Sandy Supersto...

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    THE SENATE FINALLY GIVES TRUMP HIS ADMINISTRATION

    Aug 04, 2017

    And just like that, Donald Trump finally has the semblance of a presidential administration. In the span of a few minutes on Thursday afternoon, the Senate confirmed dozens of the president’s stalled nominees to key posts in several departments. The departments of Justice, Homeland Security, V...

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    CORRUPTION CASE PAUSED AS EX-NEW YORK SPEAKER APPEALS TO SUPREME COURT

    Aug 03, 2017

    A federal appeals court in Manhattan has agreed to stay any retrial of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges until the Supreme Court acts on a planned petition to further review the case. The postponement, which had been opposed by the government as a delay tactic, likely will...

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    WHY TRUMP DOESN'T NEED CONGRESS TO CUT MEDICAID

    Aug 02, 2017

    After the Senate fell short in its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid. President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-feder...

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    ELECTIONS EXPERIMENT FAILS TO KEEP BIG MONEY OUT OF SEATTLE POLITICS

    Aug 01, 2017

    After Seattle voters approved first-in-the-nation taxpayer-funded "democracy vouchers" for city candidates, Honest Elections Seattle declared that the program launched this year would "get big money out of politics." No question, Initiative 122 did create a pool of vouchers for c...

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    TRUMP'S OPIOID COMMISSION CALLS FOR A STATE OF EMERGENCY

    Aug 01, 2017

    A government opioid commission chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called for President Trump to declare a state of emergency in dealing with the opioid epidemic, which now kills more than 100 Americans daily. Such a declaration, which several states have already made, “would emp...

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    TRUMP’S NOMINEE TO LEAD FEDERAL PERSONNEL OFFICE WITHDRAWS FROM CONSIDERATION

    Aug 01, 2017

    President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday withdrew his name from consideration for the post, a source confirmed. In a letter to Trump obtained by Government Executive, OPM Director nominee George Nesterczuk thanked the president for his consideration, but ...

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    ISIS CLAIMS ATTACK ON U.S.-BACKED TROOPS IN SYRIA

    Jul 31, 2017

    ISIS claimed responsibility on Friday for an attack on U.S.-backed forces near Raqqa, the militant group’s de-facto capital in Syria. The attack took place on Thursday as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters advanced into an ISIS stronghold in the Homs pr...

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    LATEST TALLY ON AGENCY VACANCIES NOT FLATTERING TO TRUMP WHITE HOUSE

    Jul 31, 2017

    The Trump administration has shown progress in accelerating the pace of nominations for key agency vacancies but still lags far behind the pace of recent presidential administrations, according to two nonprofits tracking Trump appointments. As President Trump approaches his 200th day in office (Aug....

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THREATENS ALASKA AFTER SEN. MURKOWSKI VOTES DOWN 'SKINNY REPEAL' OF OBAMACARE

    Jul 28, 2017

    President Donald Trump isn't going to just let go of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's no vote Tuesday against debating Obamacare repeal. Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski's vote. By that afternoon, each of Alaska's two Republican senators had received ...

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    WHY RUSSIA ORDERED THE U.S. TO REDUCE ITS DIPLOMATIC STAFF

    Jul 28, 2017

    Russia ordered the U.S. Friday to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country to 455 and seized two American diplomatic properties, in retaliation for similar steps ordered by the Obama administration last December and a sweeping sanctions bill approved this week by the U.S. Congress.“The Russi...

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    MICHIGAN GOVERNOR UPSETS BOTH PARTIES WITH TAX-CUT VETO

    Jul 27, 2017

    Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed on Tuesday a tax cut recently approved by the Michigan Legislature, saying the measure would put too much strain on the state's budget. Snyder vetoed legislation that would have accelerated a tax cut approved in 2013 for those trading in a vehicle when purchasing a new or...

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    AS TRUMP PLEDGES TO TRIPLE PRIVATE CARE FOR VETS, CONGRESS STRUGGLES TO SAVE VA PROGRAM

    Jul 26, 2017

    House Democrats blocked a measure to provide the Veterans Affairs Department with a funding surge for its troubled program to provide more patients with private care, just weeks before it is set to run out of funding.Republicans pushed the measure after VA Secretary David Shulkin alerted lawmakers i...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TOUGHENS SANCTUARY CITIES POLICY, BUT ITS FUNDING IMPACT IS LIMITED

    Jul 26, 2017

    The Trump administration strengthened its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities Tuesday, announcing a new policy that says local governments will lose some federal grants if they do not give advance notice when illegal immigrants are about to be released from custody and give immigration agents ac...

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    CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS CAP AND TRADE BILL WHILE SCHWARZENEGGER BLASTS TRUMP

    Jul 26, 2017

    Two California governors  one a Republican, the other a Democrat  joined together Tuesday to celebrate the extension of one of the state's key global warming programs and slam the federal government for abandoning the climate fight. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law an extension of the ...

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    WITH SCHOOL FUNDING UP IN THE AIR, ILLINOIS GOVERNOR CALLS LAWMAKERS BACK INTO SESSION

    Jul 25, 2017

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session Wednesday after Democrats who control the General Assembly did not meet his noon Monday deadline to send him an education funding formula bill crucial to getting state money distributed for the upcoming sch...

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    ANNUAL DEFENSE BILL AIMS TO REIN IN PENTAGON OUTSOURCING

    Jul 25, 2017

    Lawmakers are looking to reinstate a cap on the Defense Department’s service contract spending next year, amid concerns the Pentagon has unduly outsourced federal work. The measure was attached to the annual defense authorization bill approved by the House Armed Services Committee, and would p...

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    AS TRUMP WAGES WAR ON MARIJUANA, VETERANS SIDE WITH POT

    Jul 24, 2017

    The Trump administration's attack on legal marijuana, already stymied by large states determined not to roll back the clock, is increasingly confronting an even more politically potent adversary: military veterans. Frustrated by federal laws restricting their access to a drug many already rely o...

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    U.S. ARMY SERGEANT INDICTED IN HAWAII ON CHARGES OF TRYING TO HELP ISLAMIC STATE

    Jul 22, 2017

    A U.S. Army sergeant stationed in Hawaii has been indicted on charges of trying to provide material support to Islamic State, allowing the case to move to a federal trial without a preliminary hearing, officials said on Saturday. Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, is being held in jail and is scheduled to appear...

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    ELON MUSK CLAIMS 'VERBAL GOVERNMENT APPROVAL' FOR HYPERLOOP THAT GETS FROM D.C. TO N.Y.C. IN JUST 29 MINUTES

    Jul 21, 2017

    Elon Musk said Thursday that he has received "verbal government approval"  but not a formal go-ahead  for his newest, tunnel-digging venture to build an underground, high-speed transportation system connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Less than two h...

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    'NOT OFF OUR COAST': NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR TO RESIST TRUMP ON OFFSHORE DRILLING

    Jul 21, 2017

    North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that his administration will oppose the Trump administration's efforts to open Atlantic Ocean waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. Cooper's decision reverses the state's policy under former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who...

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    DONALD TRUMP TAPS LOBBYIST AND VP OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR RAYTHEON AS ARMY SECRETARY NOMINEE

    Jul 20, 2017

    On Wednesday night the White House announced that President Donald Trump has chosen Raytheon lobbyist Mark Esper as the next Secretary of the Army, pending a Senate confirmation, according to Politico. The decision raises serious concerns over conflicts of interest as Trump may still own stock in th...

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    TRUMP MAY BE CONSIDERING FIRING THE HEAD OF THE RUSSIA PROBE. CAN HE DO THAT?

    Jul 20, 2017

    A longtime confidante of Donald Trump said in a television interview Wednesday night that the US president was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the FBI’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Med...

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    NEW SESSIONS ORDER LETS POLICE CIRCUMVENT STATE LAWS ON CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE

    Jul 19, 2017

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions signed an order on Wednesday reversing the Obama administration's limits on civil asset forfeiture, a widely criticized practice in which law enforcement officers seize cash and property from citizens who have not been charged with crimes. The policy change comes a...

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    THE HOMELAND SECURITY HIRING SURGE TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS AREN'T SUPPORTING

    Jul 18, 2017

    The Trump administration has prioritized hiring at the Homeland Security Department, but at one DHS component administration officials and Republican lawmakers are looking to roll back the ambitious goals previously laid out by President Obama. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday was expec...

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    EX-DIPLOMATS PROTEST TRUMP PLAN TO MOVE KEY BUREAUS OUT OF STATE DEPARTMENT

    Jul 18, 2017

    Amid objections from retired diplomats and some lawmakers, the State Department is seeking to allay concerns over a report that the Trump administration reorganization plans would move visa approval to the Homeland Security Department. As first reported last month by CNN, the White House Domestic Po...

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    NINE MAJOR AGENCY REFORM PROPOSALS IN THE HOUSE GOP BUDGET

    Jul 18, 2017

    House Republicans on Tuesday issued their budget blueprint for fiscal 2018, proposing a $5 billion cut next year at non-defense agencies and a total of $1.3 trillion in reductions in domestic spending over the next 10 years. Lawmakers pitched a slew of governmentwide and individual agency reforms, i...

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    EFFECTIVE CAPTURE STRATEGIES FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENTS

    Jul 17, 2017

    Effective capture management and planning can help position companies to win a federal contracts. Researching and influencing the opportunity, making effective bid decisions, conducting a competitive analysis, developing a sound win strategy, and creating a winning team are all important parts of ca...

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    WITH NO OPPOSITION IN SIGHT, TEXAS GOVERNOR LAUNCHES RE-ELECTION BID

    Jul 17, 2017

    Warning that “liberals are trying to mess with Texas,” a confident Gov. Greg Abbott promised Friday he’ll fight to keep Texas in conservative hands if voters give him another four years in office.“Every far-left liberal from George Soros to Nancy Pelosi are trying to undo the...

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    LOBBYISTS' DAYS OF RUNNING GOVERNMENT ARE NUMBERED IN ALABAMA

    Jul 17, 2017

    Gov. Kay Ivey today banned officials in the executive branch from appointing registered lobbyists to serve on state boards and commissions. In an executive order, Ivey said more than 100 registered lobbyists now serve on boards or commissions. The order says that lobbyists represent the interests of...

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    SENATE UNVEILS NEW HEALTH BILL BUT PROSPECTS REMAIN UNCERTAIN

    Jul 14, 2017

    Hoping to secure the 50 votes needed for passage, Senate Republicans unveiled their revised draft health care legislation on Thursday that includes some meaningful changes but retains many of the same elements that kept the original version from winning the support of GOP moderates. With two Republi...

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    LAWMAKERS TASK TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITH OVERHAULING FEDERAL HIRING

    Jul 14, 2017

    Lawmakers want to hear the Trump administration’s ideas for overhauling the federal hiring process, and are allowing just more than a year to come up with a plan. House appropriators in their report on the fiscal 2018 financial services and general government spending bill tasked the Office of...

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    THE US MUST RETHINK HOW IT USES SPECIAL OPERATORS, SAYS INCOMING SOLIC SECRETARY

    Jul 13, 2017

    Special operations forces, stretched thin by 15 years of war and a perception that they’re the silver bullet for any security problem, can’t go on this way  even if it means re-evaluating how they fit into the U.S.’s various missions around the globe, the nominee for assistant...

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    MORE THAN 400 CHARGED IN LARGEST EVER FEDERAL HEALTH CARE FRAUD BUST

    Jul 13, 2017

    The Justice Department has charged hundreds with health care fraud after a nationwide investigation revealed $1.3 billion in illegitimate insurance claims. In what the department billed as the largest health care fraud takedown ever, officials indicted 412 individuals, including 115 doctors, nurses ...

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    STAFF CUTS AND BUDGET INCREASES ARE BOTH ON TAP FOR 2019

    Jul 12, 2017

    The Trump administration has provided federal agencies with the latitude to request up to a 5 percent funding boost in fiscal 2019, saying the White House may accommodate a “limited number” of programmatic increases in its final blueprint. Generally, Office of Management and Budget Direc...

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    SENATE HEALTH BILL FORCES STATES TO PAY MORE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN OR CUT THEIR COVERAGE

    Jul 11, 2017

    Aidan Long is a 13-year-old from Montana who has suffered multiple daily seizures since he was 4. The seizures defy medical cure, and some of them continue for weeks, requiring Aidan to be airlifted to children’s hospitals in Denver or Seattle, said his father, Ben Long. The medical bills to M...

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    WHY PENNSYLVANIA'S GOVERNOR HASN'T SIGNED A BUDGET IN 3 YEARS

    Jul 11, 2017

    For the second year in a row, Gov. Tom Wolf will allow the state's budget to become law -- with no way to pay for it yet. Late Monday afternoon, Wolf said he would allow the $32 billion budget to lapse into law without his signature, having waited for the Legislature to send him the necessary bi...

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    IT’S EASY TO RAIL AGAINST BIG GOVERNMENT—UNTIL THERE’S A BIG CRISIS

    Jul 11, 2017

    Amid all the uncertainties in President Trump’s tumultuous presidency, there is one subtle certainty. At some point maybe next year, next month, next week, or in the next hour—the country will face a major crisis. It might be a hurricane, an earthquake, a devastating cyber attack, or a t...

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    DEVOS SURPRISES STATES WITH HARD LINE ON NEW EDUCATION LAW

    Jul 10, 2017

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who made a career of promoting local control of education, has signaled a surprisingly hard-line approach to carrying out an expansive new federal education law, issuing critical feedback that has rattled state school chiefs and conservative education experts alike. ...

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    THE RIGHT THING IS ALSO THE HARD THING IN FEDERAL CONTRACTING

    Jul 10, 2017

    For technology services company CEOs like me, that’s a no-brainer. Results are the lifeblood of industry, and leaders are held to account if they fail to deliver them. My counterparts in the public sector would surely agree, especially those in the federal acquisition business, who work tirele...

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    BUDGET AND LEADERSHIP PROBLEMS PLAGUE 2020 CENSUS, RAISING CONCERN ON CAPITOL HILL

    Jul 07, 2017

    It is getting into crunch time for the Census Bureau as it prepares for the 2020 decennial headcount, and members of Congress and outside groups alike are expressing deep concern about the agency’s preparation. Key oversight lawmakers in both the House and Senate have sent letters in recent da...

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    U.S. STATE PROSECUTORS JOIN PUSH TO BAN PESTICIDE CHLORPYRIFOS

    Jul 06, 2017

    Six state prosecutors are seeking to join a lawsuit to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos from use on U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables, according to court papers filed on Thursday. Democratic attorneys general for New York, Maryland, Vermont, Washington,...

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    TOP GOVERNMENT ETHICS OFFICIAL RESIGNS WITH JAB AT TRUMP

    Jul 06, 2017

    After eight months of wrangling with Donald Trump the businessman, president-elect and now president, Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, on Thursday tendered his resignation. “I have had the honor and privilege of serving the American public at the U.S. Office of Govern...

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    IMMIGRANTS COST TAXPAYERS, THEN PAY MORE THAN MOST

    Jul 06, 2017

    While the national debate rages over immigration, new research shows how much new immigrants cost state and local governments in the short-term  and how much they pay off in the long-term. Two studies, one by the Urban Institute and a larger one by the National Academies of Science (NAS), find ...

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    ELIZABETH WARREN: IT’S TIME FOR DEMOCRATS TO RUN ON SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE

    Jun 27, 2017

    As the GOP attempts to slash Medicaid and repeal Obamacare in Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is barnstorming her state of Massachusetts, advocating for a single payer system that should, in her mind, be wholly adopted by the Democratic Party.“President Obama tried to move us forward with heal...

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    OHIO'S ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES RUN FOR GOVERNOR

    Jun 26, 2017

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he is running for Ohio governor, putting him in contention against two other statewide officials and a U.S. congressman seeking the Republican nomination in 2018."When I am governor our state will be fundamentally different," said ...

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    CITIES REVIVE AN OLD IDEA TO BECOME MORE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY

    Jun 23, 2017

    You're on a busy street corner and you need to get to a destination that's diagonally across the intersection. You know what you need to do: Wait for the signal, cross one street, wait for the signal to change, and then cross the other street.But does that make sense in a place where the num...

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    STATES WHERE EACH GENERATION OF AMERICANS IS GROWING, DECLINING

    Jun 22, 2017

    Millennials have grown to make up the largest generation of Americans. Meanwhile, the number of baby boomers, which once held the title, are starting to shrink.A review of new Census data shows differences in how these population shifts are playing out across states. Estimates published Thursday tal...

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    4 BIGGEST CITIES IN TEXAS UNITE TO FIGHT STATE'S IMMIGRATION LAW

    Jun 22, 2017

    The largest city in Texas will join San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and other local governments in a lawsuit against the state’s new immigration enforcement law.The Houston City Council voted 10-6 Wednesday morning to join the lawsuit, which was filed last month against Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorn...

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    OMB NEEDS BIGGER BUDGET SO IT CAN CUT OTHER AGENCIES, DIRECTOR SAYS

    Jun 21, 2017

    Democratic lawmakers grilled the head of the Office of Management and Budget at a hearing Wednesday for boosting his own agency’s budget while slashing spending levels for most of the rest of government.
    OMB Director Mick Mulvaney defended the proposed 5 percent bump for fiscal 2018, sa...

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    IRS SHUTS DOWN, THEN RESTORES TAX PREPARER I.D. REGISTRATION

    Jun 21, 2017

    The Internal Revenue Service, after losing a court case earlier this month, shut down its registration site for tax professionals to obtain or update their Preparer Tax Identification Number. After 19 days, the site, which contained a note saying “currently unavailable due to system maintenanc...

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    WILL CONGRESS CEDE ITS WAR-MAKING AUTHORITY TO TRUMP?

    Jun 20, 2017

    On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take up a proposed authorization for the use of military force. This initiative not only requires Congress to take on renewed responsibility for America’s 15-year struggle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. It has the great merit of requir...

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    CAN EMPLOYEES EMBRACE GOVERNMENT RESTRUCTURING?

    Jun 19, 2017

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    A comment from a reader of a recent column highlighted for me a reality that could undermine President T...

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    TRUMP SEES BIG BOOST IN INCOME FROM PROPERTIES HE FREQUENTS AS PRESIDENT

    Jun 19, 2017

    President Trump says he’s received tens of millions of dollars in income from the golf courses and resorts whose profile he boosted during frequent visits since taking office, according to filings released Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

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    NSA STILL VULNERABLE TO INSIDER THREATS, WATCHDOG FOUND

    Jun 19, 2017

    Four years after National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked domestic surveillance data and weeks after the 2016 breach of NSA’s own hacking tools were traced to Russian sources, the agency was still behind in its strategy for securing its Internet-based collections systems from ...

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    11 STATES SUE TRUMP FOR FAILURE TO ENACT OBAMA-ERA ENERGY STANDARDS

    Jun 15, 2017

    California, 10 other states and New York City sued the Trump administration in San Francisco on Tuesday for halting action on new federal energy-efficiency standards for portable air conditioners, building heaters and other appliances, saying the delays are illegal and are harming consumers and the ...

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    U.S., MEXICO, SLIM CHARITY TO WORK ON CENTRAL AMERICA CRIME, MIGRATION

    Jun 14, 2017

    The United States, Mexico and three Central American nations will this week unveil plans to work with billionaire Carlos Slim's charity to tackle crime in Central America and find new ways of slowing migration, according to a draft document.Top U.S., Mexican and Central American officials meet i...

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    FEDERAL RECRUITING COULD GET EVEN HARDER WITH LOAN PROGRAM'S DEMISE

    Jun 13, 2017

    The Trump administration wants to axe a program designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in government and the nonprofit sector, but experts said the move would jeopardize efforts to recruit the next generation of federal employees.The plan to eliminate the public service loan forgivenes...

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    OHIO PUBLIC PENSIONS SUFFER CUTS

    Jun 12, 2017

    Public-employee pension funds are big business in Ohio, providing a safety net for 1.75 million people.
    There's a lot riding on them.Collectively, Ohio's five public pension funds have $192 billion in assets and last year paid out more than $15 billion in pension benefits and $1.1 bil...

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    TRUMP ANNOUNCES NEW FEDERAL OFFICE TO CUT GOVERNMENT WASTE

    Jun 09, 2017

    President Trump pledged on Friday to transform the government and hold bureaucrats accountable, announcing a new office with the goal of slashing red tape.The office will be housed in the White House's Council on Environmental Quality to help federal, state and local entities more quickly launch...

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    U.K. SNAP ELECTION COULD BE DISASTER FOR THERESA MAY: EXIT POLLS SUGGEST CONSERVATIVES MAY LOSE MAJORITY IN PARLIAMENT

    Jun 09, 2017

    A snap parliamentary election called by British Prime Minister Theresa May may prove to be a costly blow to the ruling Conservative Party.Nearly one year after voting yes to Brexit in a shock election that swept May into power as a replacement for former Prime Minister David Cameron the Brits may ha...

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    IT TAKES THE GOVERNMENT MORE THAN TWO YEARS TO HIRE AN IMMIGRATION JUDGE

    Jun 08, 2017

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    President Trump’s efforts to quickly deport more immigrants in the country illegally could hit a...

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    FISCAL WATCHDOGS WARN OF A $3 BILLION BUDGET SHORTFALL IN PENNSYLVANIA

    Jun 08, 2017

    Pennsylvania's two chief fiscal watchdogs warned legislators on Wednesday that the state might have to borrow as much as $3 billion to run the government in 2017-18 if structural budget problems are not addressed.

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    CAN A CYBERATTACK CAUSE A CREDIT RATING DOWNGRADE?

    Jun 08, 2017

    The disruption has caused many to consider how vulnerable U.S. government services are to a similar attack. But some are raising the possibility of another vulnerability: That a cyberattack has the potential to lower a government’s credit rating, making borrowing to fix the problem even more e...

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    U.S. SUES LOS ANGELES OVER HOUSING FOR DISABLED

    Jun 07, 2017

    The United States has joined a lawsuit accusing the city of Los Angeles of failing to develop affordable housing for disabled people despite accepting millions of dollars of federal funds for that purpose, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

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    U.S. SPY AGENCIES PROBE ANOTHER FLANK IN RUSSIAN HACKING

    Jun 07, 2017

    Russian hacking of the 2016 U.S. election included sophisticated targeting of state officials responsible for voter rolls and voting procedures, according to a top secret U.S. intelligence document that was leaked and published this week, revealing another potential method of attempted interference ...

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    TRUMP’S NEW AMERICAN IDEA HOTEL CHAIN SHOULD “ALARM” EVERY AMERICAN

    Jun 06, 2017

    Eric Trump and his brother Donald Trump Jr. are looking to cash in on their father’s presidency, and they’ll be doing so with their creation of a new three-star hotel chain. Branded “American Idea,” the Trump Organization’s newest venture will consist of patriotic-theme...

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    DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AWARDS MAJOR MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT TO HEXAGON US FEDERAL

    Jun 05, 2017

    On behalf of the Department of Interior (DOI), the U.S. Geological Survey awarded Hexagon US Federal, formerly Intergraph Government Solutions, a five-year blanket purchase agreement to provide access to a full suite of geospatial products and solutions.

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    U.S. EMPLOYMENT GROWTH SLOWS, TRADE DEFICIT RISES TO HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE JANUARY

    Jun 02, 2017

    Economists had expected a gain of about 185,000 new jobs in May, but a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics published on Friday showed that the U.S. economy only added 138,000 jobs. Following sizable revisions downward in the March and April jobs reports, it may be time to suggest that Preside...

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    GOVERNMENT INSPIRED: UNLOCKING THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL OF THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE

    Jun 01, 2017

    “I can make that better.” This is the precise mentality we want for our government— so exactly how innovative is the federal workplace, and to what extent are employees encouraged to improve it? To answer these questions, Government Business Council and Eagle Hill undertook an in-d...

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    FOUR PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO INSIDER TRADING INVOLVING U.S. HEALTH AGENCY

    May 31, 2017

    A Washington, D.C. political consultant and three others pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that they engaged in an insider trading scheme based on leaks from within a federal healthcare agency.

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    OHIO VOTER REGISTRATION CASE TO GO BEFORE U.S. SUPREME COURT

    May 31, 2017

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to hear a case on whether Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted was correct in his decision to cancel the voting registrations of those who had failed to vote during a two-year period.

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    COLUMN: MANY STATES JOINING CLEAN-ENERGY MOVEMENT DESPITE FEDERAL STANCE

    May 31, 2017

    The founding of our republic was accompanied by heated debate over which was better: a strong central government that ruled the roost or a collection of self-governing states that cooperated only on matters they couldn't handle alone.

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    GOVERNMENT SAYS “TRUST US ON SURVEILLANCE,” BUT HERE’S WHY WE CAN’T

    May 31, 2017

    President Ronald Reagan once famously quipped the nine most terrifying words a U.S. citizen can hear are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” One can only imagine what folksy wisdom the Gipper would have for us today, when facing a massive surveillance Panopticon ...

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    NEW EBOOK: GOVERNMENT'S CATCH 22 PERFORMANCE PROBLEM

    May 30, 2017

    President Trump has broad plans to reform the federal bureaucracy. In various forums, the president and his deputies have stressed the need to streamline operations, refocus on key priorities, improve performance and cut costs. But unless the administration replaces the traditional, control-oriented...

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    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD FINANCE COAL-FIRED POWER STATIONS WITH CLEAN ENERGY FUNDING

    May 30, 2017

    New coal-fired power stations using 'clean coal' technology could be funded by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), under plans announced by the Federal Government.

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    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CREATES FAMINE RELIEF FUND TO MATCH CHARITABLE DONATIONS

    May 29, 2017

    The federal government will match donations made by Canadians to registered charities to create a famine relief fund, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Monday.

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    FRANCE ANNOUNCES LAW TO ELIMINATE PRISON TERMS FOR MARIJUANA USAGE

    May 27, 2017

    The government of France, under its newly elected president Emmanuel Macron [official website], announced its intention on Friday to introduce [Inquirer.Net report] a law ending prison terms for marijuana usage by the end of the year, although marijuana consumption will remain a criminal offense.

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    SWEDISH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES JOIN IT SPENDING BENCHMARKING SERVICE

    May 26, 2017

    Eight Swedish government agencies are using a tool that allows them to get more out of their $500m annual IT spend. Through software company Apptio’s tool, the organisations can compare their IT spending against a standard model.

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    TOP COURT TO HEAR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S APPEAL ON RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL RECORDS

    May 25, 2017

    The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hold a hearing today on the federal government's appeal of a decision that allows personal records from survivors of residential schools to be destroyed after 15 years unless individuals decide otherwise. 

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    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND MILLIONS MORE TO FIX TROUBLED PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM

    May 24, 2017

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Steven MacKinnon, announced Wednesday the federal government will funnel another $142 million to help address the mess.The government payroll system, rolled out in February 2016, has been a disaster for public servants. ...

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    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MP ANDREW BROAD WANTS TENFOLD INCREASE IN SPONSORED REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM

    May 22, 2017

    He is one of two Government MPs who have spoken out in support of the Opposition's call for the program to be widened.Australia currently reserves 1,000 places a year for the private and community sponsorship of refugees.

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    DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

    May 19, 2017

    Ms. Cole most recently served as the State’s Manager of Financial Reporting and Internal Control, overseeing the creation of Delaware’s award-winning Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which ensures the completeness and accuracy of work submitted to the State’s auditors....

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    US SANCTIONS INDIVIDUALS, ENTITIES LINKED TO SYRIAN GOVERNMENT

    May 17, 2017

    The US on Tuesday slapped sanctions on five individuals and five entities linked to the Syrian government for providing support to the government.

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    CRITICS QUESTION COSTS OF OREGON GOV. KATE BROWN'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    May 16, 2017

    Gov. Kate Brown recently signed three executive orders as part of her “Series of Cost Savings Across State Government” initiative — touted as a broad effort to save money to help close the $1.6 billion budget shortfall and improve Oregon’s long-term finances.

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    WILL GOV. BROWN'S PLANS FOR A SALE OF STATE ASSETS REAP BIG DOLLARS FOR OREGON?

    May 15, 2017

    Gov. Kate Brown has an ambitious plan to raise $5 billion by selling off a wide range of public assets, from surplus property to possibly even some state agencies.

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    CRITICS QUESTION COSTS OF BROWN EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    May 15, 2017

    Gov. Kate Brown recently signed three executive orders as part of her "Series of Cost Savings Across State Government" initiative — touted as a broad effort to save money to help close the $1.6 billion budget shortfall and improve Oregon's long-term finances.

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    GOVERNMENT HOUSING RESETTLEMENT PLANS SPARK PROTESTS IN MOSCOW

    May 15, 2017

    Moscow: Thousands of Muscovites joined a protest rally in the centre of the Russian capital on Sunday against government plans to resettle millions of citizens from shoddy Soviet-era apartment blocks.
    The draft law on renovation envisages moving some Muscovites into modern flats but has also ...

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    SCARCE LAND IN SF FORCES CITY TO SEEK CREATIVE HOUSING SOLUTIONS

    May 13, 2017

    An overheated real estate market is forcing city officials and nonprofit housing developers to pursue sites and parcels that have been seen as off-limits because of their current use or an unwilling seller. They include a Muni bus maintenance yard, a Chinatown banquet hall and a parking lot owned by...

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    STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN YMCA'S YOUTH AND GOVERNMENT PROGRAM

    May 11, 2017

    Hundreds of high school students from around the state gathered at the Capitol in Helena this week as part of the YMCA's Youth and Government Program.

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    STUDENT LOANS JUST GOT MORE EXPENSIVE

    May 11, 2017

    The U.S. government is raising prices for new student debt, adding hundreds of dollars to the cost of the typical federal college loan.

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    U.S. APRIL BUDGET SURPLUS RISES TO $182 BILLION

    May 10, 2017

    The federal government ran a budget surplus of $182.4 billion in April, up $76.4 billion from the same month last year, the Treasury Department said Wednesday. This is the largest April surplus since a record set in 2001.

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    BAE SYSTEMS TO HELP U.S. TREASURY INVESTIGATE, TRACK CASH FLOW OF ORGANIZATIONS TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY

    May 10, 2017

    The U.S. Department of Treasury has selected BAE Systems to support the agency’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) in safeguarding the country’s financial system against threats posed by rogue nations, terrorist facilitators, drug cartels, and other national security t...

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    FOUR U.S. STATES SUE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OVER COAL LEASES ON PUBLIC LANDS

    May 10, 2017

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four U.S. states have sued Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to block new leases of public lands for coal mining, according to papers filed on Tuesday in Montana federal court.

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    BRING THE WHALERS BACK TO HARTFORD, OR COMPETENT CITY GOVERNMENT?

    May 10, 2017

    Connecticut is running a couple billion dollars short of funding state government’s budget. As “fixed costs” devour tax revenue faster than it comes in, the state lacks money to maintain infrastructure like highways and schools -- as well as money for the XL Center, formerly the Ha...

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    ROBIN VOS: WISCONSIN SHOULDN'T PURSUE SELF-INSURANCE GIVEN STATE OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

    May 10, 2017

    The two issues have highlighted fissures within the state government's Republican majority as lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker quibble publicly over how to address them in the 2017-19 budget.

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    BRANSTAD SIGNS FIREWORKS BILL; VENDORS EAGER TO SELL IN IOWA

    May 09, 2017

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad legalized the sale of bottle rockets, roman candles and most other consumer fireworks Tuesday, signing a bill that has sparked enthusiasm from vendors eager to expand into the state.

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    COUNTY BACKS CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT CHARTER COMMISSION

    May 09, 2017

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. For a third time in local history, the long-standing consolidated government question has legs.

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    DART HOPES TO SUBMIT SUBWAY PLANS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LATER THIS YEAR

    May 08, 2017

    He said public meetings are planned for next month and they’re hoping to submit a plan for funding to the federal government in September.

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    MEXICO CRITICIZES NEW TEXAS ‘SANCTUARY CITY’ LAW

    May 08, 2017

    The Mexican government is expressing regret over a new Texas ban on so-called sanctuary cities, saying the law could step on the rights of its citizens who choose to live just across the border.

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    DIKGAPE MAKOBE NEW MM FOR POLOKWANE

    May 05, 2017

    POLOKWANE – Polokwane Mayor, Thembi Nkadimeng, welcomed the newly-appointed Municipal Manager (MM), Dikgape Makobe, on Tuesday when he assumed office.

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    NEW YORK CITY, SEATTLE ENLIST IN FIGHT TO PRESERVE INTERNET PRIVACY FOR RESIDENTS

    May 04, 2017

    In late March, congressional representatives voted along party lines to abolish privacy protections for Web users. The regulation, passed during the Obama administration, forbade Internet service providers (ISPs) from collecting, selling or redistributing browsing habits, app usage history and locat...

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    HEMET DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN RECEIVES FINAL COUNCIL APPROVAL

    May 04, 2017

    Hemet City Council approved four items related to the Downtown Specific Plan Tuesday, April 11, that completed two years of intensive study and planning opening the door to implementing the plans for the long-sought revitalization of the Hemet downtown area.

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    STOPGAP U.S. BUDGET CONTAINS RAYS OF HOPE FOR LOCAL TRANSIT PROJECTS

    May 03, 2017

    Amid news of likely booby traps planted in the path of rail transit projects nationwide by President Donald Trump’s infrastructure spending plan, there’s some funding in the stopgap spending bill Congress cobbled together Friday to avoid a federal government shutdown that’s likely ...

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    VOTE 'YES' FOR PORTLAND AUDITOR INDEPENDENCE, LODGING TAX AMENDMENT: EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENT

    May 03, 2017

    The measure, spearheaded by City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero and forwarded to the ballot unanimously by the Portland City Council earlier this year, would amend the city charter to give the auditor greater control over internal functions and the budgeting process to help protect its role as an indep...

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    THE VALUE OF MINNESOTA GOVERNMENT: COST IS ONE ISSUE; QUALITY, QUITE ANOTHER

    May 02, 2017

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    MURRIETA TO CONSIDER CHANGE TO ‘BY-DISTRICT’ ELECTION SYSTEM DURING MAY 8 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

    May 02, 2017

    Failure to have a quorum at the May 2, Murrieta City Council meeting brought city business to a grinding halt, preventing any discussions on agenda items and prompting the city to call a special meeting Monday, May 8, at 4 p.m.

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    THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA JUST GAVE WELLS FARGO ITS WALKING PAPERS

    May 02, 2017

    Efforts by Wells Fargo to move beyond its bogus accounts scandal have been set back by the loss of a big government contract.

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    PUERTO RICO HIT WITH LAWSUITS AFTER LITIGATION FREEZE ENDS

    May 02, 2017

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Bondholders filed to sue Puerto Rico on Tuesday in the first legal challenges to hit the U.S. territory after a freeze on litigation that protected it from lawsuits expired amid a deep economic crisis.

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    LAWMAKERS SEAL DEAL ON $1T PLAN GOVERNMENT-WIDE FUNDING BILL

    May 01, 2017

    FILE - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington. Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct....

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    LAWMAKERS SEAL DEAL ON $1T PLAN GOVERNMENT-WIDE FUNDING BILL

    May 01, 2017

    FILE - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington. Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct....

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    ROCKLAND COUNTY EXEC CONVENES SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVE PANEL

    May 01, 2017

    NEW CITY, NY - Getting started on a project to save money for taxpayers by creating efficiencies in local government, Rockland County Executive Ed Day has invited more than 50 municipalities and agencies to a panel on Tuesday, May 2.

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    MODESTO LAUNCHES SURVEY TO GAUGE CITIZEN PRIORITIES FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION

    May 01, 2017

    As part of its What Works Cities initiative, the city has created a survey to garner input from Modesto residents. The survey seeks to find out what items citizens would like to see as part of the city’s publicly accessible information.

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    HOW THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA IS WORKING WITH RESEARCHERS TO MAKE BETTER POLICIES

    May 01, 2017

    Dan Hopkins, a behavioral science researcher, has found that showing people exactly what they’re missing out on will encourage them to take advantage of new opportunities.

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    TNW’S STARTUPCITY SUMMIT IS BRINGING CITY GOVERNMENTS TOGETHER TO TALK TECH

    Apr 26, 2017

    There’s been a noticeable change in attitude from city officials towards startups in recent years. Mayors and their teams are increasingly understanding that entrepreneurship can stimulate economic growth, job creation and innovation. The issue is understanding how exactly lawmakers can spur t...

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    DEMOCRATIC MAYORS UNLOAD ON JEFF SESSIONS OVER SANCTUARY CITY WARNING

    Apr 25, 2017

    Democratic mayors, frustrated with President Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding to cities and counties that do not enforce immigration policy, urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday to craft a unified federal policy that might eliminate what they see as mixed messages from various a...

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    JFC EXAMINES CARNEY BUDGET PROPOSAL

    Apr 25, 2017

    DOVER — The Joint Finance Committee received a look at Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal Monday, examining education funding, health care costs and the possibility of shifting expenses to local governments.

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    UNITED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE TAKES CENTER STAGE

    Apr 24, 2017

    The future of planning for New Hanover County will be front and center this week. The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a Joint Work Session with the County Planning Board this Thursday, to discuss the Unified Development Ordinance.  There are actually two meetings planned for...

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    EDITORIAL: LEGISLATORS FACE REALITY OF BUDGET

    Apr 24, 2017

    One of the more somber messages in a somber letter the state's top budget writers delivered Friday was this one: If officials don't take serious action now, that $1.6 billion shortfall legislators are grappling with only will get worse.

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