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    LAWSUIT ACCUSING TRUMP OF VIOLATING CONSTITUTION GETS HOSTILE RECEPTION

    Mar 19, 2019

    A federal appeals court panel was indisputably hostile Tuesday to a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by profiting from his business dealings with foreign countries seeking to curry favor with his administration. The uphill battle the suit faces was evident before...


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    UK GOVERNMENT SPENDING £1BN ON CLOUD TRANSITION

    Mar 19, 2019

    Migrating to the cloud can be a costly process and new figures have revealed that the UK government is spending more than £1bn each year as it undergoes its own cloud transition. According to industry experts, public sector bodies are set to spend as much as £1.3bn on cloud services befo...


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    PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUES PROCLAMATION ON GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Mar 19, 2019

    United States President Donald Trump signed the Proclamation for Greek Independence Day, at a White House ceremony on Monday, March 18. Here is the full text: On the 198th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, we celebrate the rich history and enduring bond between the United States and Greece. Our...


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    FLESHED-OUT TRUMP BUDGET WOULD CUT $48.8 BILLION IN PROGRAM SPENDING

    Mar 18, 2019

    In part two of its unusual bifurcated budget release, the Trump administration on Monday put more flesh on the bones of last week’s $4.7 trillion fiscal 2020 budget, promising discretionary spending cuts of $48.8 billion through an “aggressive set of actions to redefine the proper role o...


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    UK GOVERNMENT WARNED PARLIAMENT CANNOT VOTE A THIRD TIME ON SAME BREXIT DEAL

    Mar 18, 2019

    British Prime Minister Theresa May could face an uphill battle to take her Brexit deal back to the House of Commons after Speaker John Bercow signalled he would block a third vote. Mr Bercow, the arbiter of parliamentary rules, said on Monday that the motion could not be voted on a third time unless...


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    WARREN EMBRACES UNDERDOG ROLE AS SHE FACES 2020 CHALLENGES

    Mar 18, 2019

    Elizabeth Warren has spent much of the last decade as a leader of the Democratic Party's liberal wing. But three and a half months into her presidential campaign, the Massachusetts senator is facing tough questions about fundraising and electability, along with lingering skepticism about her pas...


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    WHY AN UNBUILT MOSCOW TRUMP TOWER CAUGHT MUELLER'S ATTENTION

    Mar 18, 2019

    An intriguing area of focus in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Kremlin’s role in the 2016 U.S. election is a proposed Moscow real estate deal that Donald Trump pursued while running for president despite denying at the time any links to Russia. The special counsel...


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    RUSSIAN AND U.S. DIPLOMATS TO HOLD VENEZUELA TALKS IN ITALY THIS WEEK

    Mar 18, 2019

    United States Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov are due to meet in Rome this week to discuss the situation in Venezuela, diplomats from the two countries said. Venezuela, a close ally of Moscow, is in political turmoil. The United ...


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    UK PRIME MINISTER IN LAST-MINUTE PUSH TO WIN BREXIT SUPPORT

    Mar 18, 2019

    British Prime Minister Theresa May was making a last-minute push Monday to win support for her European Union divorce deal, warning opponents that failure to approve it would mean a long - and possibly indefinite - delay to Brexit. Parliament has rejected the agreement twice, but May aims to try a t...


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    CHINA PLACES ECONOMIC PRESSURE ON CANADA

    Mar 18, 2019

    The additional time needed by the court to settle the situation of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. CFO Meng Wanzhou, it’s most likely that China is going to enforce additional economic pressure on Canada. All of the indicators coming from the exec’s initial extradition trial, recently demon...


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    US, CHINA TRADE WAR MAY BE LOSING STEAM, BUT FOR HUAWEI IT HAS JUST BEGUN

    Mar 15, 2019

    Trade tensions between United States and China may be easing but the government of USA is not likely to ease pressure on Huawei one of China’s prominent telecom firms. With extradition process of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou moving forward in Canada at the behest of USA despite strong prote...


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    U.S. SEES TURKEY'S RUSSIAN MISSILE DEAL AS NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM FOR NATO

    Mar 15, 2019

    Turkey’s pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system presents a national security problem for NATO, which would not be able to deploy F-35 aircraft alongside the Russian systems, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on conditi...


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    CUBA SAYS USA, NOT CANADA, MANIPULATING DIPLOMAT HEALTH INCIDENTS

    Mar 14, 2019

    Cuba denounced the Trump administration on Thursday for continuing to refer to health incidents among their diplomats in Havana as "attacks" without presenting any evidence, saying it was part of a broader campaign to damage bilateral relations. Both Canada and the United States have cut b...


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    DEMOCRATS LOOK TO BLOCK TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FROM CLOSING OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP SERVICES OFFICES

    Mar 14, 2019

    A group of House Democrats is moving swiftly in an attempt to block the Trump administration from proceeding with its plans to close citizenship services offices located overseas. Reps. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., and Chuy Garcia, D-Ill., are circulating a letter to their colleagues in hopes of legis...

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    REPUBLICAN LEADER CLAIMS BLOCKCHAIN CAN MAKE US GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT

    Mar 14, 2019

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the current Republican Minority Leader in the United States House of Representatives, said on Tuesday, March 12, that blockchain can make the U.S. Congress a more efficient and transparent place. Speaking to the Select Committee for Modernization of Congress, McCarthy said that ...


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    BILL WOULD BAN FEDERAL CONTRACTORS FROM ASKING ABOUT CRIMINAL HISTORY EARLY IN JOB APPLICATION PROCESS

    Mar 14, 2019

    A House committee appears poised to advance legislation that would enshrine in law a policy banning federal agencies from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer has been made, and expand that prohibition to federal contractors. The Fair Chance Act (H.R....


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    UK GOVERNMENT PLANS AUDIT COMMITTEES TO TACKLE LATE PAYMENTS

    Mar 14, 2019

    In the Spring Statement before UK parliament, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced “definitive action to tackle the scourge of late payments for our small businesses.” This includes the requirement of company audit committees to review payment practices, to be reported on in the annual ac...


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    TRAVEL INDUSTRY EXPERT ACCUSES UK GOVERNMENT AND TOURIST TAX OF DAMAGING SCOTTISH TOURISM

    Mar 14, 2019

    Westminster is “committing criminal damage against Scottish tourism”, according to a UK authority on travel. Broadcaster and author Simon Calder said: “The travel industry is in complete disarray - flights from Edinburgh to Germany for £13 on 1 April, or a week’s packag...


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    GOVERNMENT PLEDGES TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF UK NATIONALS IN CYPRUS

    Mar 14, 2019

    The government will put forward a legislative proposal to protect, even in a case of a ‘no deal’ scenario, the residence rights of UK nationals who live in Cyprus and their family members, the Civil registry and Migration Department announced on Thursday. “The Government of the Rep...


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    U.S. EXPANDS RETURN OF ASYLUM SEEKERS TO MEXICO TO NEW PORTS OF ENTRY

    Mar 13, 2019

    The United States is expanding its program to send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait out their U.S. court proceedings and so far has returned 240 people since starting the program in January, U.S. officials told reporters on Tuesday. The officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) s...


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    CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR TO PUT MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY - SOURCE

    Mar 13, 2019

    California Governor Gavin Newsom will impose a moratorium on the state’s death penalty on Wednesday, granting reprieves to all 737 inmates on death row and closing the state’s execution chamber, an administration source said. Newsom, who on Tuesday night hinted at a “major policy a...


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    TRUMP'S POSTAL REFORM PROPOSALS MET WITH CRITICISM FROM LAWMAKERS, USPS MANAGEMENT

    Mar 12, 2019

    President Trump’s mandated report on overhauling the U.S. Postal Service drew a tepid response from lawmakers on Tuesday, as the agency’s own leadership rejected many of the key proposals. One key area of disagreement between the administration’s recommendations and lawmakers&rsquo...

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    BIDEN TELLS PUBLIC SERVANTS THEY ARE THE 'LIFEBLOOD OF DEMOCRACY’

    Mar 12, 2019

    Amid reports he is gearing up to run for president, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech on Tuesday to sing the praises of those who enter public service. Biden acknowledged that Americans hold public servants in low esteem due to ongoing attacks on the country’s institutions, bu...

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    U.S. IMMIGRATION AGENCY TO CLOSE ITS OVERSEAS OFFICES

    Mar 12, 2019

    President Donald Trump’s administration is planning to close the U.S. immigration agency’s overseas locations, according to current and former officials and an internal memo, in a move affecting offices that currently handle family visa requests, international adoptions and other tasks. ...


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    U.S., TALIBAN TALKS END FOR NOW WITH NO AFGHAN PEACE DEAL

    Mar 12, 2019

    U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops might withdraw, officials from both sides said. The 16 days of talks, in which the United States also sought assurances that the Taliban would not allow mi...


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    USA TRADE DEFICIT SURGES TO 10-YEAR HIGH IN 2018

    Mar 08, 2019

    The U.S. trade deficit past year has surged to the highest level since 2008, according to a report by U.S. Commerce Department Wednesday. Despite President Donald Trump's repeated promise to shrink trade deficits, it leaped by 12.2% to $621 billion in 2018, after hitting a record high during his...


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    TRUMP'S TOP COMMUNICATIONS AIDE SHINE RESIGNS, MOVES TO RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

    Mar 08, 2019

    White House Communications Director Bill Shine has resigned as Donald Trump’s top White House communications aide and will move to work on the U.S. president’s 2020 re-election campaign, the White House said on Friday. Shine, a former Fox News executive, resigned on Thursday and will ser...


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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS NO CHINA TRAVEL PLANS FOR TRADE TALKS: OFFICIAL

    Mar 08, 2019

    Trump administration officials have not made any new plans to send a team to China for face-to-face trade talks, but negotiators have made progress, White House trade adviser Clete Willems said at an event on Friday. “We’re talking to them (Chinese officials) every day, but no one’...


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    HOUSE PASSES DEMOCRATS' CAMPAIGN FINANCE, ETHICS BILL

    Mar 08, 2019

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that Democrats say will lessen the influence of big-money interests in federal elections, make voting easier and tackle “gerrymandering” that skews the makeup of congressional districts to favor particular political parties. ...


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    COLUMN: MUCH WORK AHEAD IF U.S. GRAIN EXPORTERS HOPE TO MEET GOV'T TARGET

    Mar 07, 2019

    As they continue to navigate the ongoing trade war with key partner China, U.S. grain shippers will need to post big numbers in the months ahead to meet government export forecasts for the current marketing year. In the second half of the 2018-19 marketing year that ends on Aug. 31, corn shipments n...


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    U.S. WEEKLY JOBLESS CLAIMS FALL; PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVES

    Mar 07, 2019

    The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to strong labor market conditions despite signs that job growth was slowing. While other data on Thursday showed an improvement in worker productivity in the fourth quarter, the trend remained...


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    JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TAPS MUELLER PROSECUTOR TO ENFORCE FOREIGN LOBBYING DISCLOSURE

    Mar 07, 2019

    A former prosecutor for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has been tapped to step up the U.S. government’s enforcement of a rarely prosecuted law on foreign lobbying, a senior Justice Department official said on Wednesday. Brandon Van Grack, a prosecutor in the Justic...


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    U.S. PRODUCTIVITY RISES MORE THAN EXPECTED IN FOURTH QUARTER

    Mar 07, 2019

    U.S. worker productivity rose more than expected in the fourth quarter, leading to the biggest annual increase in eight years. The Labor Department said on Thursday non farm productivity, which measures hourly output per worker, increased at a 1.9 percent annualized rate in the last quarter. Data fo...


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    TAXPAYER ADVOCATE: IRS WILL NEED 12-18 MONTHS TO RECOVER FROM SHUTDOWN

    Mar 07, 2019

    The Internal Revenue Service is “at a point where it is stretched too thin, and things could go badly wrong or taxpayers will give up trying to reach the IRS and not receive the help they need.” So said National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson at a House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommitte...

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    HUAWEI SUES US GOVERNMENT OVER PRODUCT BAN

    Mar 07, 2019

    Chinese telecommunications and smartphone tech giant Huawei is suing the US government over a ban on their technology that the company alleges singled them out for punishment without a trial. While most U.S. consumers are barely aware of Huawei, the company is actually the second-largest smartphone ...


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    SENATE TO VOTE ON GREEN NEW DEAL: REPUBLICAN LEADER

    Mar 06, 2019

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the U.S. Senate would vote in coming weeks on the “Green New Deal,” an ambitious Democratic environmental proposal that has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism. “The Green New Deal continues to be an interesting d...


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    RPT-MEXICAN FARMERS URGE 'MIRROR' TARIFFS ON TRUMP'S RURAL BASE

    Mar 06, 2019

    Leaders of Mexico’s agricultural sector are urging “mirror measures” on U.S. farm imports in politically sensitive products such as yellow corn and poultry, in an effort they argue would counter decades of subsidized imports from the United States. The three-month-old government of...


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    HOUSE DEMOCRATS RAMP UP PRESSURE ON WHITE HOUSE SECURITY CLEARANCES

    Mar 05, 2019

    Newly empowered congressional Democrats are focusing their oversight powers on the Trump White House’s handling of the security clearance process, seeking to bring in the Justice Department to consider possible criminal violations. Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Don Beyer, D-Va., on Tuesday wro...

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    IN OKLAHOMA, PHILANTHROPIC FUNDING HELPS TO PROVIDE BASIC SERVICES

    Mar 05, 2019

    In Oklahoma, oil dominates the state's politics. It's the source of great fortune and great division, with vast wealth concentrated in the hands of foundations in the state's largest cities, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Tulsa billionaires include George Kaiser, whose wealth derives from ...

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    US AND CHINA NEAR DEAL, BUT IT MAY NOT SOLVE GLOBAL TRADE PROBLEMS

    Mar 05, 2019

    Talks between the U.S. and China have made significant progress over the last several weeks, and the two sides appear to be closer to a deal than at any time over the past several months. However, while the restoration of positive trade relations will help the trade outlook, other factors are likely...


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    UK GOVERNMENT SELECTS FINTECH COMPANIES FOR TRADE MISSION TO NEW YORK CITY

    Mar 05, 2019

    The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) has selected a handful of Fintechs to join together as part of a trade mission for Empire Fintech Week in New York City this April. The mission is for the participating firms to showcase their platforms and expertise to potential partners and investors...


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    SENATOR TAKES ON BUDGET, PAY AND HIRING REFORMS IN LATEST VERSION OF ANNUAL WASTE REPORT

    Mar 05, 2019

    Frivolous-sounding grants from the national endowments once again jump out from a senator’s annual catalog of what he sees as government waste. But the 2019 edition of Sen. James Lankford’s “Federal Fumbles” fakes right and goes deep, to continue the football analogy, offerin...

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    WHAT WILL COME AFTER A U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN?

    Mar 05, 2019

    The United States and the Taliban may be nearing an agreement to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan after more than 17 years of conflict. In return, the Taliban would commit to refusing access to anti-American organizations such as al-Qaida on its territory. The current conflict began when the Bu...


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    TRUMP AIDES KEEP WRITING MEMOS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES

    Mar 04, 2019

    The New York Times delivered a big story saying that President Donald Trump overruled concerns from intelligence officials and ordered that his senior adviser Jared Kushner, who also happens to be his son-in-law, be granted security clearance. In some ways, the takeaway from the story is the least s...

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    LAWMAKERS LOOK TO CRACK DOWN ON FEDERAL EMPLOYEE TRAVEL

    Mar 04, 2019

    Lawmakers in both parties have put forward legislation to place new restrictions on the travel of federal employees, seeking more oversight and ethical spending of taxpayer dollars. The 2019 Taxpayers Don’t Incur Meaningless Expenses (Taxpayers DIME) Act (H.R. 1463) would require federal agenc...

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    BANGLADESH SEEKS TARIFF BENEFITS FOR INCREASED COTTON IMPORTS FROM US

    Mar 04, 2019

    BGMEA informed the ambassador that Bangladeshi spinners are keen to set up spinning mills  in the USA Bangladesh will import more cotton from the United States if the American government offers duty benefits for apparel items manufactured of American cotton. BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman m...

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    HUAWEI SAID TO BE PREPARING TO SUE U.S. GOVERNMENT: SOURCE

    Mar 04, 2019

    Chinese telecoms equipment company Huawei plans to announce a lawsuit against the United States government on Thursday on grounds related to a defense bill, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Huawei is preparing to announce that it is suing the U.S. government in a court in Texas by...

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    NEW WSJ POLL SUGGESTS TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON SOCIALISM COULD GAIN TRACTION AHEAD OF 2020

    Mar 03, 2019

    Only a scant few Americans view socialism in a favorable light, according to a Wall Street Journal poll published Sunday. The poll numbers come as President Donald Trump and the Republican Party continue painting Democrats as socialists ahead of the 2020 election. Only 18 percent of all Americans sa...


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    TRUMP TO SIGN EXECUTIVE ORDER PROTECTING FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUSES

    Mar 03, 2019

    President Donald Trump said on March 2 he would soon sign an executive order requiring universities and colleges to protect free speech on campuses or risk losing federal research funds. Trump made the announcement at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after bringing to the s...


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    UC BERKELEY SAYS IT IS NOT BIASED AGAINST CONSERVATIVE STUDENTS AND THE RIGHT IS DISTORTING ITS ACTIONS

    Mar 03, 2019

    UC Berkeley went on the offensive Sunday to dispel the notion that it did not act promptly or in an unbiased way in investigating a campus assault that has been so politicized that President Donald Trump mentioned it in a Saturday speech. Trump and his allies on the right have been characterizing a ...


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    CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE SENDS CHARTER SCHOOLS TRANSPARENCY BILL TO GOV. NEWSOM

    Mar 03, 2019

    The California Legislature passed a bill that requires charter schools to comply with the state’s accountability and transparency laws. The bill is now headed to Governor Gavin Newsom for final approval. On Thursday, SB 126, the Charter School Accountability and Transparency Bill obtained an o...


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    DESPITE TRUMP'S 'WALL' FIXATION, LATINO IMMIGRATION TO US HAS PLUMMETED

    Mar 03, 2019

    Despite US President Donald Trump’s lurid rhetoric on a "crisis" at the Mexican border, census data reveals the number of new arrivals from Latin America has fallen considerably since 2010, as the rate of immigration from Asia has taken off. Trump’s hang-up over Latin American ...


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    FEDERAL WORKERS PRESS FOR AGREEMENT OVER PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM

    Mar 01, 2019

    After three years of frustrating pay disputes resulting from the Phoenix Pay system, P.E.I. civil service workers say they are embroiled in a bitter contract dispute with the federal government. Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) gathered at the corner of Allen Street and Univer...


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    JOANNA CHERRY LAMBASTS UK GOVERNMENT FOR EUROTUNNEL SHAMBLES

    Mar 01, 2019

    JOANNA Cherry has condemned the UK Government for “dishonest incompetence” after it agreed to pay Eurotunnel £33 million to settle a lawsuit over additional ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Eurotunnel was challenging the Department for Transport (DfT) decision to aw...


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    GOVERNMENT PAYS £33MLN TO SETTLE LAWSUIT WITH EUROTUNNEL OVER NO-DEAL BREXIT FERRY CONTRACTS

    Mar 01, 2019

    The agreement between the government and Eurotunnel will ensure the Channel Tunnel will continue to keep passengers and freight moving after Brexit. Eurotunnel has been awarded £33mln in settlement with the UK government after taking legal action over “secretive” contracts for extr...


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    U.S. LAWMAKERS PRESS FOR OVERSIGHT OF ANY SAUDI NUCLEAR DEAL

    Mar 01, 2019

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to ensure congressional oversight of any civilian nuclear cooperation agreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Last week Democratic lawmakers alleged in a report that top White House aides ignored warnings they coul...


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    UK UNIVERSITY GROUP WANTS ‘BIZARRE’ THREE-YEAR EU VISA PLAN SCRAPPED

    Feb 28, 2019

    A leading group of universities has called on the Home Secretary to scrap “bizarre” plans for non-extendable three-year visas for EU nationals following a no-deal Brexit, to avoid affecting students. The Russell Group wants Sajid Javid to drop plans for the European Temporary Leave to Re...


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    SANDERS COMPARES TRUMP TO OBAMA IN WALKING AWAY FROM NORTH KOREA DEAL

    Feb 28, 2019

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday defended President Trump pulling out of denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, citing former-President Obama's Iran Deal as a counterexample. "President Obama refused to walk away from a bad deal with Iran,...


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    DOCTORS AND NURSES DEMAND UK GOVERNMENT DROPS PLANS FOR ‘NIGHTMARE’ BREXIT

    Feb 28, 2019

    Health staff in Tayside and Fife have urged the UK Government to drop its “nightmare” Brexit plans, which they say will cost lives. Four practitioners from the area signed a letter warning that leaving the EU under Theresa May’s blueprint, or with no plan at all, will be “ter...


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    CANADIAN GOVERNMENT PLANS TO AWARD MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR GROUP TO CREATE CLIMATE WATCHDOG

    Feb 28, 2019

    McKenna’s office said that such an institute could help fill the void created by the government of former prime minister Stephen Harper when it cancelled funding for the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, or NRTEE, forcing the independent organization to close its doors i...


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    DUTCH STATE'S AIR FRANCE-KLM RAID SHOWS INTERVENTIONIST MOOD

    Feb 28, 2019

    When Air France’s new Canadian chief executive met Dutch politicians in The Hague on Feb. 15, he unknowingly set in motion a new chapter in European aviation nationalism. Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra had summoned Ben Smith to secure assurances that Air France would keep key routes ope...


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    U.S. CYBER COMMAND OPERATION DISRUPTED INTERNET ACCESS OF RUSSIAN TROLL FACTORY ON DAY OF 2018 MIDTERMS

    Feb 27, 2019

    The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the Kremlin’s operations against the United States are not cost-free. The strike on the Internet Research Agency ...


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    U.S. GOODS TRADE DEFICIT WIDENS SHARPLY IN DECEMBER

    Feb 27, 2019

    The U.S. goods trade deficit widened sharply in December as slowing global demand and a strong dollar weighed on exports, another sign that economic growth slowed in the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the goods trade gap jumped 12.8 percent to $79.5 billion in December, al...

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    FACTBOX: U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO PUBLISH FOURTH-QUARTER GDP REPORT THURSDAY

    Feb 27, 2019

    The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will publish the fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) report on Thursday at 08:30 a.m (1330 GMT) after it was delayed by a 35-day partial shutdown of the government that ended on Jan. 25. The Commerce Department was among ...


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    USA LACKS MORAL TO QUESTION REFERENDUM IN CUBA, DIAZ-CANEL SAYS

    Feb 27, 2019

    Havana, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Wednesday warned that the United States government lacks moral and prestige to question the constitutional referendum held on Sunday in Cuba, in which almost eight million people participated. 'Pompeo and the U.S. government do not en...


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    AVERAGE TAX REFUNDS PLUNGE 17%, BUT TRUMP ISN'T TO BLAME

    Feb 27, 2019

    Tax time: It's perhaps the perfect definition of a love-hate relationship. For most Americans, preparing your taxes is a chore. Working your way back through 12 months of finances, deductions, credits, and income can be laborious, even with do-it-yourself software or a tax professional by your s...


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    LOCAL COMMUNITIES SHOULD TAKE BACK CONTROL OVER POST-BREXIT FUNDING, SAYS NEW REPORT

    Feb 27, 2019

    Local areas should be able to decide how to spend the replacement to EU funding after Brexit, according to a new report from leading think tank IPPR. European structural funding, currently worth around £1.2 billion a year to the UK, is due to be replaced by a ‘Shared Prosperity Fund&rsqu...

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    U.S. SUPPORTS FRANCE'S G7 PUSH FOR MINIMUM TAXATION: MNUCHIN

    Feb 27, 2019

    The United States supports France’s call within the Group of Seven economic powers for a minimum level of taxation, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday after meeting with France’s finance minister in Paris. France has said it will use its G7 presidency this year to push f...


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    U.S. FACTORY ORDERS RISE LESS THAN EXPECTED IN DECEMBER

    Feb 27, 2019

    New orders for U.S.-made goods barely rose in December and business spending on equipment was much weaker than previously thought, pointing to a softening in manufacturing activity. Factory goods orders edged up 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday, amid declining demand for machin...


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    EU NEEDS FINANCIAL POLICE, MONEY-LAUNDERING WATCHDOG: LAWMAKERS

    Feb 27, 2019

    The European Union should set up a police force to investigate tax evasion and financial crime and create a watchdog to counter money-laundering, EU lawmakers said in a report on Wednesday, which accuses seven member states of acting as tax havens. The report is the result of a year’s work by ...


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    U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS ISSUES WITH CHINA ARE 'TOO SERIOUS' TO BE RESOLVED WITH PURCHASES

    Feb 27, 2019

    U.S. issues with China are “too serious” to be resolved with promises from Beijing to purchase more U.S. goods and any deal between the two countries must be include a way to ensure commitments are met, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in testimony at a Congressional hear...

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    STERLING BUILDS ON GAINS AS FEARS OF NO-DEAL BREXIT FADE

    Feb 27, 2019

    Sterling extended this week’s gains on Wednesday as investors bet that a no-deal Brexit was less likely and that Britain’s departure from the European Union would be delayed. With the risk of no deal apparently dwindling, sterling has reached its highest against the dollar since Septembe...


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    OMB REMINDS AGENCIES THAT IT VETS DOCUMENTS BEFORE ROLL-OUTS

    Feb 27, 2019

    Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget director currently acting as his chief of staff, on Wednesday tightened enforcement of the Office of Management and Budget’s central role in vetting agency release of budget and policy documents. In a Feb. 26 memo to agency heads, acting Budget Dir...

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    US ISLANDS ASK FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR HELP IN WAKE OF DISASTERS

    Feb 26, 2019

    Leaders of U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands asked the federal government on Tuesday for more help in their efforts to recover from a deadly 2017 hurricane season, saying federal funds have been denied or released too slowly to help rebuild schools, roads and hospita...


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    U.S., TALIBAN TALK TROOP WITHDRAWAL, COUNTER-TERRORISM AT PEACE TALKS

    Feb 26, 2019

    American and Taliban officials looking to end a 17-year war in Afghanistan began their most detailed and high-level discussions yet on foreign troop withdrawals and counter-terrorism on Tuesday, officials close to the peace negotiations said. The talks, which kicked off in Doha on Monday with a meet...

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    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RIGGING THE GAME AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES

    Feb 26, 2019

    A few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission gave Staples the green light to buy one of the two wholesalers that sell to independent office supply dealers. The decision, passed by a party-line 3-2 vote, hardly made a blip in the news cycle. But it sheds enormous insight into the origins of the big-...


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    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELEASES PLAN TO SUPPORT LGBTIQ SENIORS IN AGED CARE

    Feb 26, 2019

    The federal government has released its Aged Care Diversity Action Plan for senior LGBTIQ Australians, to help address specific challenges they face when accessing aged care services. The plan, announced by Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt on Monday, is intended to help LGBTIQ people express their needs...


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    UK TO STAND FOR RE-ELECTION TO HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

    Feb 26, 2019

    The UK government asserts that the Human Rights Council is the best tool the international community has to promote human rights in an imperfect world, and the UK will stand for a second term. The Human Rights Council (HRC) is made of 47 UN Member States, elected by the majority via the General Asse...


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    CRYPTO INDUSTRY TO REQUEST GOVERNMENT FOR RELAXATION IN NORMS

    Feb 25, 2019

    The cryptocurrency industry is now uniting against the government's order to ban the virtual currency in the country. The ecosystem will be coming on a single platform to deliberate on the possibilities of its future in India. It is to be noted that last year, India virtually banned cryptocurren...


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    TRUMP ORGANIZATION DONATES $191,538 TO U.S. TO OFFSET INCOME EARNED

    Feb 25, 2019

    The Trump Organization’s profit from foreign governments rose 26 percent last year, the company said Monday. Spending by foreign dignitaries, embassies and other government representatives produced $191,538 in net income for President Donald Trump’s family business, according to Eric Tru...


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    GOV. PRITZKER TAPPED TO SERVE ON PANEL THAT ADVISES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Feb 25, 2019

    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker now serves on a 10-member bipartisan panel to help guide federal government on issues ranging from homeland security to disaster response and the National Guard. The Council of Governors launched in 2008 to oversee benefits and compensation for National Guard members and ...


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    STOCK FUTURES RISE AS TRUMP DELAYS TARIFF HIKE ON CHINESE GOODS

    Feb 25, 2019

    U.S. stock index futures climbed on Monday, fueled by hopes of a resolution to a trade war between the United States and China after President Donald Trump said he would delay an increase in tariffs on Chinese goods. Trump said the trade talks were “productive” and that he and Chinese Pr...

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    AHEAD OF NORTH KOREA SUMMIT, CONCERN ABOUT TRUMP'S GAMBLE

    Feb 25, 2019

    In the eight months since President Trump declared North Korea "no longer a nuclear threat," the reclusive state has advanced both its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and failed to provide an accounting of its deadly arsenal, according to multiple U.S. intelligence assessmen...

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    LEADING US UNIVERSITY TECH TRANSFER OFFICE HEADS MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND TOP UK UNIVERSITIES

    Feb 25, 2019

    Two of the most innovative US universities, along with their UK counterparts, will meet with the minister and innovation and industrial strategy leaders from UK government today Lesley Millar-Nicholson, Director of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office, and Karin Immergluck, Executive Director of ...

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    BREXIT: IRELAND FOCUSED ON ‘REASSURING’ UK TO PASS DEAL – COVENEY

    Feb 25, 2019

    Tanaiste Simon Coveney has said the efforts of the Irish Government were now largely focused on providing reassurance and clarification to the British government to help get the Brexit deal over the line by the end of March. As the British government announced on Sunday that it would delay the meani...

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    SCOTLAND'S FARMERS 'SCUNNERED' BY POST-BREXIT LEGISLATION IMPASSE

    Feb 25, 2019

    The UK government published its Agriculture Bill last year, outlining a framework for farm support payments to replace the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. Although the administrations of Wales and Northern Ireland have asked the government to legislate on their behalf in some areas, the Scottis...

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    TRUMP TO SET UP SCIENCE PANEL TO COUNTER HIS OWN GOVERNMENT'S CLIMATE CHANGE CONSENSUS, OFFICIALS SAY

    Feb 24, 2019

    The White House plans to create an ad hoc group of select federal scientists to reassess the government's analysis of climate science and counter its conclusions that the continued burning of fossil fuels is harming the planet, according to three administration officials. The National Security C...

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    TRUMP THREATENS A SECOND EMBARGO OF CUBA

    Feb 24, 2019

    The Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National Lawyers Guild, “a second embargo” of Cuba “one that would ...

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    BREXIT BRIEF: U.K. GOVERNMENT WARNED OF FRESH REBELLION IN FACE OF NO-DEAL

    Feb 22, 2019

    The U.K. government has been warned that dozens of its members could quit in an effort to prevent the country leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. With less than 40 days to go until the country leaves the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May is scrambling to save the divisive Brexi...

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    FARM REAL ESTATE PRICES HOLDING UP, BUT USDA WORRIED ABOUT A FALL

    Feb 22, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is concerned about a potential decline in farmland real estate prices, but has seen no sign of that happening so far, USDA chief economist Robert Johansson said on Thursday. Farmland prices are a key pillar of equity for the U.S. agricultural heartland, which has b...

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    SIMON COVENEY LAUNCHES EMERGENCY MEASURES TO PROTECT IRELAND IN EVENT OF NO-DEAL BREXIT

    Feb 22, 2019

    Tanaiste Simon Coveney has launched emergency measures to protect Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit, while warning that the Irish backstop will “not be jettisoned” by the EU at the last minute. Mr Coveney said his only desire was to see the emergency laws "sit on a shelf"...

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    COULD IT SKILLS SHORTAGE SCUPPER UK AMBITIONS FOR DIGITAL PUBLIC SERVICES?

    Feb 22, 2019

    It has been almost a decade since the government pulled the plug on what would have been the world’s largest civilian computer system. The NHS IT system was meant to create electronic patient records for use across the health service in England, but ended up becoming known as the biggest IT fa...

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    UPDATE 3-ELEVEN VENEZUELA DIPLOMATS IN U.S. DEFECT SINCE LAST MONTH -OPPOSITION

    Feb 22, 2019

    Eleven Venezuelan diplomats in the United States have defected from President Nicolas Maduro’s government since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president last month, a representative of the opposition said on Thursday. Gustavo Marcano, senior aide to the Venezuelan oppos...

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    U.S. SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN BACKS REPARATIONS FOR BLACK AMERICANS

    Feb 22, 2019

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, supports the federal government issuing reparations to black Americans who were economically affected by slavery, she said on Thursday. “We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctio...

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    BLOCKCHAIN MIGHT BE THE ANSWER TO BREXIT'S CUSTOMS PREDICAMENT

    Feb 21, 2019

    As the speculations surrounding Brexit take center stage in the parliamentary affairs of the United Kingdom, the logistical nightmares that a “no-deal Brexit” would bring forth have to be taken into account. The U.K. ports are arguably at the epicenter of trouble, as customs officials wo...

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    RECORD UK GOVERNMENT BORROWING SURPLUS IN JANUARY

    Feb 21, 2019

    The chancellor's next Spring Statement has been given a lift after the government recorded its largest January borrowing surplus last month. Government finances were in surplus by £14.9bn last month, the largest January surplus since records began in 1993, official figures showed. The figu...

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    ASIAN STOCKS HIGHER AHEAD OF US-CHINA TARIFF WAR TALKS

    Feb 21, 2019

    Asian stock markets rose Thursday following a listless day on Wall Street ahead of U.S.-Chinese negotiations aimed at ending a tariffs battle. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.4 percent to 21,528.25 after a gauge of manufacturing activity fell to a three-year low, suggesting Japanese economic g...

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    CLIMATE THREAT DOUBTER IS LEADING EFFORT TO ADVISE TRUMP

    Feb 20, 2019

    The Trump administration is exploring the idea of forming a special committee to look at climate change and security risks, with the effort being coordinated by a 79-year-old physicist who rejects mainstream climate science. A "discussion paper" obtained by The Associated Press asks federa...

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    DEMOCRATS’ RESOLUTION AGAINST TRUMP EMERGENCY COMING FRIDAY

    Feb 20, 2019

    House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution’s separation of pow...

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    GOVERNMENT HEADED FOR CLOSE TO HALF OF NATION'S HEALTH TAB

    Feb 20, 2019

    Even without a history-making health care remake to deliver "Medicare-for-all," government at all levels will be paying nearly half the nation's health care tab in less than 10 years, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The government growth is driven by traditional Medic...

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    DEMOCRATS WARN TRUMP MAY RUSH NUCLEAR TRANSFER TO SAUDIS

    Feb 20, 2019

    US lawmakers said Tuesday they were probing whether President Donald Trump is rushing to sell sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia to please corporate supporters who stand to profit handsomely. The House of Representatives committee in charge of investigations, led by the rival Democratic Pa...

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    BIFA CALLS FOR RESPONSE TO UK GOVERNMENT’S BREXIT CONSULTATION

    Feb 20, 2019

    The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association for UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, has urged its members to respond to the UK Government’s aviation policy consultation process. As the UK prepares its long-term aviation policy running through 2050, th...

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    US ADVOCACY GROUP CALLS FOR NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON BLOCKCHAIN

    Feb 20, 2019

    The Chamber of Digital Commerce, a blockchain advocacy group, has called for the U.S. government to implement a national strategy for blockchain technology. The organization released its recommendations for the plan on Wednesday, urging the government to promote and support the blockchain industry t...

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    TRUMP SIGNS DIRECTIVE IN MOVE TO CREATE A U.S. SPACE FORCE

    Feb 20, 2019

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday (February 19) took a step towards creating a U.S. Space Force, a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space. Trump signed Space Policy Directive 4, which puts in place the foundation for a legislative initiative that could establish a Spa...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO END FUEL ECONOMY TALKS WITH CALIFORNIA: OFFICIAL

    Feb 20, 2019

    The Trump administration has decided to end negotiations with California over plans to roll back fuel economy rules, a government official confirmed on Wednesday. The California Air Resources Board has been meeting with officials from the White House, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and federal...

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    ANDREW MCCABE COULDN’T BELIEVE THE THINGS TRUMP SAID ABOUT PUTIN

    Feb 19, 2019

    In the months before President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, FBI counterintelligence agents investigating Russian election interference were also collecting evidence suggesting that Trump could be compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy di...

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    UK GOVERNMENT WILL USE TARIFFS AND QUOTAS TO PROTECT UK FARMERS AFTER BREXIT, MINISTER WARNS

    Feb 19, 2019

    The British government will use tools including tariffs and quotas to make sure its farmers are not left at a competitive disadvantage by Brexit, environment minister Michael Gove will say today. As part of Ireland's Brexit planning, the Department of Agriculture has carried out a detailed analy...

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    UK IS COMMITTED TO STRENGTHENING UK-INDIA DEFENCE TIES

    Feb 19, 2019

    The UK will attend Aero India in force again this year, reflecting the importance of the UK-India defence relationship. Industry and government representatives will be present to promote some of the world’s most innovative defence and aviation technologies and strengthen relationships with Ind...

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    THE SPROUT: FEDS BRACED FOR FAILURE OF NATFA PRE-TRUMP

    Feb 19, 2019

    Good afternoon and welcome to the Sprout. It’s National Chocolate Mint Day! Undoubted chocolate-mint leader Girl Scouts recently deployed a questionable marketing campaign with the use of a shirtless Jason Momoa. That’s from USA Today. Canada was bracing for the North American Free Trade...

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    RETAILERS RESIST UK PLANS FOR PLASTIC BOTTLE DEPOSITS

    Feb 18, 2019

    Retailers are pushing back against UK government plans for a deposit return program designed to encourage recycling of plastic bottles and aluminum cans. The government is considering whether deposits on bottles should apply to all drink containers, or be limited to containers that are 750 millilite...

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    GERMAN AUTOMAKERS AT MOST RISK FROM TRUMP TARIFFS

    Feb 18, 2019

    The U.S. Commerce Department sent a report on Sunday to President Donald Trump that could unleash steep tariffs on imported cars and auto parts. Profits at German automakers are seen most at risk from tariffs on cars they export to the U.S. from Europe. U.S. government officials have not given any i...

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    AA AND IPA TEAM UP WITH UK GOVERNMENT TO LAUNCH 'EXPORT MONTH' AS BREXIT DRAWS CLOSER

    Feb 18, 2019

    The UK advertising industry is pulling together ahead of Brexit with a coordinated trade push designed to champion the UK ad industry's exports throughout March. To mark 'Export Month', the Advertising Association (AA) together with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and...

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    SINGAPORE FUND AND BRITISH DEVELOPER EYE STAKE IN UK GOVERNMENT’S SOUTH ASIAN RENEWABLES COMPANY

    Feb 18, 2019

    U.K. developer Lightsource BP – in which oil and gas giant BP has a significant minority stake and its Singapore fund partner EverSource Capital are reportedly ready to take up all the $100 million slice of Ayana Renewable Power which is being put up for sale. Mumbai-based investment fund Ever...

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    UK GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES EU FUNDING PROGRAMS IN GIBRALTAR

    Feb 18, 2019

    In November, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the terms of an agreement for the orderly departure of the UK from the European Union. Gibraltar was part of that agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transitional phase until the end of 2020, which also covers Gibraltar. Thi...

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    US SENATE APPROVES WILLIAM BARR AS ATTORNEY GENERAL

    Feb 15, 2019

    The US Senate on Thursday (local time) voted to confirm William Barr as the nation's next attorney general, putting him in charge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential elections. The Senate voted 54-45 for Barr's nomination...

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    TRUMP’S EMERGENCY DECLARATION IS A TEST FOR SENATE REPUBLICANS

    Feb 15, 2019

    There was a climactic moment Thursday afternoon as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor that President Donald Trump would sign a compromise deal on border-security funding, but would also declare a national emergency to try to build his wall. What happens next will be a test...

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    PENCE PRAISES POLAND'S ACTIONS ON HUAWEI AS U.S. PRESSURE MOUNTS

    Feb 14, 2019

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence praised Poland on Wednesday for its commitment to “protecting the telecoms sector from China”, as part of a concerted push by the United States to convince its allies to exclude tech giant Huawei from telecoms projects. Fueled by concerns that Huawei produc...

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    U.S. GROUP SAYS TRUMP TRADE TARIFFS COST BUSINESSES $2.7 BILLION IN NOVEMBER

    Feb 14, 2019

    U.S. businesses paid an additional $2.7 billion in tariffs in November 2018, according to data from a coalition of U.S. business groups fighting President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs.  The group, which brands itself “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland” and includes the Americans for ...

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    SENATOR GRAHAM SAYS TRUMP IS INCLINED TO SIGN FUNDING DEAL

    Feb 14, 2019

    U.S. President Donald Trump is inclined to sign bipartisan legislation to fund the government as long as its provisions on a border wall and bed spaces for illegal immigrants are as he expects, a Republican senator close to the White House said on Wednesday. “If you can use the money the way h...

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    SHUTDOWN-AVOIDING SPENDING PACKAGE INCLUDES 1.9 PERCENT PAY RAISE FOR 2019

    Feb 13, 2019

    Congress is poised to override President Trump’s decision last year to freeze federal civilian pay in 2019, according to House leaders. A spending deal between House and Senate appropriators released late Wednesday provided a 1.9 percent across-the-board raise to federal workers this year, the...

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    UK TRANSPORT SECRETARY CONTINUES TO FUND DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN CITY OF DERRY AIRPORT AND LONDON

    Feb 13, 2019

    People in Derry-Londonderry and its surrounding areas will continue to benefit from direct flights to London, the Transport Secretary announced today. Speaking in the House of Commons earlier, Chris Grayling confirmed that the UK government, in partnership with the Department for the Economy in Nort...

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    U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN CAUSED 'REAL HARM' TO TAXPAYERS: IRS WATCHDOG

    Feb 13, 2019

    The partial U.S. government shutdown in December and January caused “real harm” to taxpayers, with many unable to get help from officials to understand their tax obligations, a government watchdog said. In a report released on Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service watchdog said the 35-da...

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    GOVERNMENT FORESHADOWS BORDER PROTECTION ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE WAKE OF HISTORIC LOSS IN PARLIAMENT

    Feb 13, 2019

    The Federal Government is gearing up for an election fight on border protection after its historic defeat on the floor of Parliament over medical care for asylum seekers. The Coalition is preparing to beef up border protection measures in response, foreshadowing announcements to be made in coming da...

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    HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO INVESTIGATE BACK PAY ISSUES AFTER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

    Feb 13, 2019

    A small group of House Democrats are investigating why there have been so many challenges in issuing back pay to the 800,000 federal employees who missed two paychecks during the 35-day government shutdown. Federal employees over the past weeks have described a variety of mistakes with their back pa...

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    UK NET MIGRATION COULD INCREASE BY 100,000 UNDER GOVERNMENT'S POST-BREXIT PLANS

    Feb 13, 2019

    Net migration to the UK could INCREASE after Brexit under current plans, a new report has claimed. The measure - the difference between the numbers arriving and departing- could reach 380,000 a year if the proposed new system is introduced; according to campaign group Migration Watch UK. This would ...

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    TRUMP SAYS HE’S ‘EXTREMELY UNHAPPY’ WITH SPENDING AGREEMENT, STILL PREDICTS NO SHUTDOWN

    Feb 12, 2019

    President Trump on Tuesday voiced his discontent with a bipartisan agreement struck by congressional negotiators to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, but still expressed optimism that agencies would not be forced to once again close their doors. Leaders from both parties in the ap...

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    UK COULD LOSE ALMOST 50% OF EUROPEAN FUNDING IN A ‘NO-DEAL’ BREXIT, WARNS REPORT

    Feb 12, 2019

    The UK could lose almost half of its European funding under a “no-deal Brexit”, according to a report released today by the House of Lords’ subcommittee on EU home affairs. the report urges the government to explain how it would replace the loss of European funding adding that doin...

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    DEFYING VOTERS, UTAH GOVERNOR SIGNS LIMITED MEDICAID EXPANSION

    Feb 12, 2019

    Utah’s governor on Monday signed legislation into law a limited Medicaid expansion plan, defying voters who approved a full expansion in November. The bill signed by Gov. Gary Herbert (R) would cover far fewer people, and cost taxpayers more money, than the plan voters approved in November. Th...

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    TRUMP ORDERS GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITIZE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

    Feb 12, 2019

    President Donald Trump on Monday, February 11, ordered the US administration to give greater priority to artificial intelligence, a move seen as firing up a battle for leadership with China. The American AI Initiative executive order calls for the administration to "devote the full resources of...

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    CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR TO DRAW DOWN GUARD TROOPS AT BORDER

    Feb 11, 2019

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state's southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration's request for support from border states. About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California's a...

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    DONALD TRUMP'S SNUBS OF IRAQI OFFICIALS RISK US INFLUENCE IN BAGHDAD

    Feb 11, 2019

    US President Donald Trump’s mistreatment of Iraq has put at risk Washington's influence in Baghdad and given rise to the possibility of American troops being removed from the country, experts say. Relations between the two states have grown tense after Mr Trump's unannounced visit to A...

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    CANADA, U.S. PRIMED FOR CUBA DISPUTE

    Feb 11, 2019

    I hate to say it, but Canada and the United States are headed for a major bilateral dust-up in 45 days. And with U.S. President Donald Trump wandering around the White House, it is not the type of Canada-U.S. dispute that lends itself to easy resolution. It revolves around the sticky issue of Title ...

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    FIRST U.S. TAX FILINGS UNDER TRUMP’S OVERHAUL OFF TO SLOW START

    Feb 11, 2019

    The first U.S. tax filing season under the overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law at the end of 2017 got off to a slow start in the first week, with data released on Friday showing a significant drop in returns and refunds. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the total number of...

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    UK GOVERNMENT TO INTERVENE OVER NORTHERN IRELAND RECLASSIFICATION ISSUE

    Feb 11, 2019

    The UK government will intervene to prevent the debts of Northern Ireland’s housing associations being shifted onto the public balance sheet, Inside Housing can reveal. In a highly unusual move by the UK government, Westminster’s Northern Ireland office has told Inside Housing that it in...

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    LAWMAKERS SAY THEY HAVE AN AGREEMENT TO AVOID ANOTHER SHUTDOWN

    Feb 11, 2019

    Congressional negotiators announced Monday evening they had agreed to the broad outlines of a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown later this week, saying they hoped to draft the measure and move it through both chambers quickly. The breakthrough came as the top appropriators in the House and...

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    EPA PRESS OFFICE UNDER FIRE FOR RELEASING POLITICALLY CHARGED RESIGNATION LETTER

    Feb 11, 2019

    A politically appointed adviser to the Environmental Protection Agency submitted a vocal resignation letter last week praising President Trump and denouncing the political “left.” That put the agency’s press office in an awkward position. Mandy Gunasekara, who since November 2017 h...

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    STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES FOX NEWS AND NAVY VETERAN TO COUNTER PROPAGANDA

    Feb 08, 2019

    Top State Department officials on Thursday announced the long-rumored appointment of Navy veteran and former Fox News correspondent Lea Gabrielle as a special envoy in charge of the department’s controversial three-year-old Global Engagement Center. “The fight against propaganda and disi...

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    HHS REMOVED WEBPAGES ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE UNDER OBAMACARE

    Feb 07, 2019

    Educational and enrollment materials relating to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act were removed from the Health and Human Services Department’s website early in the Trump administration, a new study found. The latest in the ongoing agency website monitoring by the Sunlight F...

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    TOP GENERAL IN MIDDLE EAST SAYS HE WASN’T CONSULTED ON SYRIA WITHDRAWAL

    Feb 06, 2019

    The top U.S. commander in the Middle East on Tuesday told lawmakers that he was not consulted before President Trump abruptly announced the U.S. withdrawal from Syria. It has been widely reported that the Pentagon was surprised by the move delivered via a tweet in December but U.S. Central Command c...

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    TRUMP ANNOUNCES SECOND NORTH KOREA SUMMIT IN STATE OF THE UNION

    Feb 06, 2019

    President Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a second time: a two-day summit in Vietnam at month’s end. The announcement was perhaps the most significant national-security development in his 82-minute State of the Union speech. Trump touted his relationship with Kim. “If...

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    REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS CHALLENGE GSA WATCHDOG'S TRUMP HOTEL PROBE

    Feb 05, 2019

    A group of four Republican lawmakers on Monday criticized an inspector general for a report issued last month concluding that the General Services Administration had neglected to consider all relevant legal issues when it approved President Trump’s special arrangement retaining his company&rsq...

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    U.S. JOB GROWTH LIKELY SLOWED; MINIMAL HIT SEEN FROM GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

    Feb 01, 2019

    U.S. job growth likely slowed in January after December’s weather-related outsized surge, but the pace of hiring probably remains fast enough to support the economy amid a darkening outlook resulting from government policy and cooling global economies. The Labor Department will publish its clo...

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    USA OFFERS TO SELL MILITARY HARDWARE

    Feb 01, 2019

    Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said yesterday that the United States (US) government has proposed to the Bangladesh government purchase of military hardware from them. “The US ambassador to Bangladesh raised the issue of purchase of military hardware from them. He said, if we wanted to buy an...

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    UK SIGNS EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA TRADE CONTINUITY AGREEMENT

    Jan 31, 2019

    A continuity agreement will see British businesses and consumers benefitting from continued trade with Eastern and Southern Africa after we leave the European Union. Trade Minister George Hollingbery signed the UK-Eastern and Southern Africa agreement in London today (Thursday 31 January) with a num...

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    UK TO FUND FIVE LOW CARBON RAIL PROJECTS

    Jan 31, 2019

    The UK Government has selected five projects for development funding under its initiative to support new schemes that can help to reduce the railway’s carbon footprint. A total of £1.75m was awarded to the decarbonisation projects, chosen in the second round of the Department for Transpo...

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    FBI AGENT PLEADS GUILTY TO COLLECTING $25,000 IN PAY FOR HOURS HE DIDN'T WORK

    Jan 31, 2019

    A Little Rock, Ark.-based FBI special agent resigned from the government on Jan. 28 and pleaded guilty to embezzlement of government property by filing false certifications of his work hours. Nizam Hasheem, a 10-year veteran, had been assigned temporarily to headquarters and the Washington field off...

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    THE VARIOUS PLANS TO AVERT FUTURE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS

    Jan 31, 2019

    In recent weeks, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been brainstorming ways to end the practice of shutting down federal agencies if Congress cannot reach an agreement on how to fund them before a spending deadline hits. Following the end of the 35-day partial government shutdown, which the C...

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    PELOSI VOWS NO WALL FUNDS, TRUMP SAYS HE WON'T WAIT FOR TALKS

    Jan 31, 2019

    In her first press conference since a record-long partial government shutdown ended, top Democrat Nancy Pelosi renewed her party's vow that Democrats will not allocate funding to build a wallon the US-Mexico border. House Speaker Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, "There's not going to ...

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    MANY FAMILIES MAY NEED MONTHS TO RECOVER FROM THE SHUTDOWN

    Jan 30, 2019

    Ever since the government shutdown ended last Friday, Yvette Hicks said her cable company, her electric company, the bank that processes her auto-loan payments, and her life-insurance company have been calling her “back to back to back.” They want to know when they’ll be paid. Hick...

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    2.6 PERCENT PAY RAISE BILL PASSES HOUSE, SHUTDOWN-RELATED TSP WITHDRAWALS EXCEED $140M, AND MORE

    Jan 30, 2019

    The House voted 259-161 Wednesday to approve a bill that would provide pay parity between the federal civilian and military workforces by authorizing a 2.6 percent pay raise for 2019, retroactive to Jan. 1. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. Federal employee groups quickly app...

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    INTELLIGENCE CHIEFS DIVERGE FROM TRUMP ON MAIN THREATS TO U.S.

    Jan 30, 2019

    U.S. intelligence heads went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday and described the threats facing America in terms quite different from those offered by the White House. North Korea is still committed to developing nuclear missiles. ISIS, though weakened, still commands thousands of fighters. China’s r...

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    NASA EMPLOYEES RETURN TO FLOODED SPACE CENTER POST-SHUTDOWN

    Jan 30, 2019

    The partial government shutdown claimed millions of victims, from the federal workers who missed paychecks to the citizens who faced delays in critical services. In at least one case, federal office space itself suffered significantly. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center employees returned to work this...

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    TRUMP EYES LIMIT TO STATES' POWER TO BLOCK PIPELINES

    Jan 30, 2019

    The Trump administration is considering taking steps to limit the ability of states to block interstate gas pipelines and other energy projects, according to three people familiar with the deliberations. The effort, possibly done through an executive order, is aimed chiefly at states in the Northeas...

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    UK TIER 2 VISA REVIEW FOR TEACHERS PROMISED BY UK GOVERNMENT

    Jan 29, 2019

    Applying under the Tier 2 visa and Tier 2 sponsor licence scheme is expensive, complicated and difficult for both employers and employees. The Home Office guides are so lengthy and difficult to understand that some people must wonder if this has been done intentionally to put off people and so reduc...

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    UNIONS: ANTI-SHUTDOWN LAWSUIT WILL PROCEED, DESPITE GOVERNMENT REOPENING

    Jan 29, 2019

    Two federal employee unions said that they will continue to pursue lawsuits challenging the legality of agencies’ practice of requiring workers to work without pay during government shutdowns, even after the partial shutdown ended Friday. Earlier this month, the National Treasury Employees Uni...

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    WHAT THE SHUTDOWN TAUGHT US ABOUT FEDERAL PAYROLL

    Jan 29, 2019

    If the American people never considered the impact of not paying the government’s millions of employees, they have now. The longest government shutdown in history shined a light on the importance of paying hardworking public servants on time and in the right amount. Without that, many of the s...

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    NEW GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ENCOURAGES PESTICIDES INDUSTRY TO PREPARE FOR EU EXIT

    Jan 29, 2019

    The Government has today (29 January) issued guidance to manufacturers and users of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on what action they need to take now to minimise any disruption once the UK leaves the EU. The high scientific standard to which decisions on the use of pesticides are made will not c...

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    WILL THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DRIVE FEDERAL WORKERS TO VOTE AGAINST TRUMP IN 2020?

    Jan 29, 2019

    At a time when hypocrisy and illogical reasoning seem to reign supreme within a government torn in two over what is ultimately a really expensive construction/vanity project, it would seem as though we’ve already maxed out our tolerance for the inane. But the recent government shutdown—w...

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    AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WARN AGAINST ANOTHER SHUTDOWN

    Jan 29, 2019

    The nation’s air traffic control system “is less safe than it was on Dec. 21,” the president of the major air traffic controllers union warned on Tuesday. “The system is on the verge of unraveling, and we sounded the bell,” Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Tr...

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    WHY THE UK GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO MORE TO COMBAT MODERN SLAVERY

    Jan 28, 2019

    More than 35 million people around the world are subject to modern-day slavery, a quarter of them children. Victims include women who are trafficked for prostitution or forced marriage and people coerced into bonded or forced labor.  In recent years, there has been a growing international effor...

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    HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS HANDLING PAY AND BENEFITS FOR SHUTDOWN-IMPACTED FEDS

    Jan 28, 2019

    Most federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown that ended on Friday will receive their back pay by Jan. 31, according to new guidance from the Trump administration. Agencies that are reopening should provide flexibility in asking their workers to come back to the office, with the...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61796179

    AFTER A MESSY ELECTION, STATES PUSH TO MAKE VOTING EASIER

    Jan 28, 2019

    In the nearly three months since elections dogged by accusations of voter suppression, state lawmakers across the country have either filed or pre-filed at least 230 bills that would expand access to the ballot for millions of Americans. Bipartisan efforts aim to bring automatic voter registration, ...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61816181

    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION GRANTS RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION TO MINISTRY IN FOSTER CARE PROGRAM

    Jan 28, 2019

    The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will allow a ministry in South Carolina that only works with heterosexual Christian families to participate in a federally funded foster care program. That means Miracle Hill Ministries can receive federal funding to participate in the program while no...

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    PHILADELPHIANS HAVE MIXED FEELINGS AFTER 35-DAY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENDS

    Jan 27, 2019

    The largest government shutdown in American history ended after 35 days Friday, and Philadelphians have mixed feelings about what that means for their lives and professional endeavors. A bill announced by President Donald Trump will put the government and its agencies back in service for three weeks...

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    SAN JOSE BANS EVICTIONS ON UNPAID FEDERAL WORKERS

    Jan 25, 2019

    Prior to the end of the longest government shutdown in the nation's history, the city of San Jose moved to ban all evictions in the city on unpaid federal workers until one month after the shutdown ends.  All across the housing industry, companies and agencies have taken action to aid feder...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61766176

    TRUMP'S SPACE AMBITIONS ARE TOO BIG FOR ONE PRESIDENT

    Jan 24, 2019

    It is not the job of presidents to know the specifics of space exploration and its mind-bending physics, or to contemplate deeply the timescales and technology required for a high-stakes mission to another planet. But usually they have some sense of what’s remotely possible, and of what they&r...

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    BLANK-CHECK COMPANY IPOS MOVING AHEAD DESPITE U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

    Jan 23, 2019

    A corner of the market for initial public offerings is evading the freeze on stock market flotations inflicted by the U.S. government shutdown, putting the spotlight on listings that usually stay under most investors’ radar. “Blank-check” companies, which launch IPOs to raise money...

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    ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR FURLOUGHED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

    Jan 23, 2019

    The U.S. Federal Government shutdown has caused hardships for federal employees who are furloughed, or still working but without pay. As a result of the shutdown, businesses and cities are looking to help federal employees with their bills. Below is a compiled rundown of banks throughout the United ...

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    REVERSING COURSE, TRUMP ADMIN ALLOWS FEDS WORKING THROUGH SHUTDOWN TO TAKE LEAVE WITHOUT PENALTY

    Jan 23, 2019

    The Trump administration is providing significantly greater flexibility to federal employees working without pay during the shutdown, appearing to walk back guidance it issued last week that sought to crack down on employees calling out of work while they are not receiving paychecks. The new guidanc...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61706170

    SHUTDOWN’S ECONOMIC IMPACT IS A FORCEFUL REMINDER OF WHY GOVERNMENT MATTERS

    Jan 22, 2019

    As the United States endures the longest shutdown in its history, Americans are getting a taste of life without government. The absence of some services are clearly visible, such as a buildup of trash at national parks or longer lines at airport security checkpoints. Others, like those felt primaril...

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    FBI FIELD OFFICES COLLECT FOOD DONATIONS FOR UNPAID EMPLOYEES

    Jan 22, 2019

    Thomas O’Connor, the FBI special agent who is volunteer president of the FBI Agents Association, said on Tuesday that it’s not normal for him to be sitting in front of news cameras. But nor is it “normal” for chunks of the government to be shut down so that the group’s ...

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    USDA CONTINUES CONTROVERSIAL CALL-BACKS OF FURLOUGHED EMPLOYEES

    Jan 22, 2019

    Continuing the Trump administration’s disputed approach of calling back furloughed employees before the partial government shutdown has ended, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday announced he is “reopening” the scattered offices of the Farm Service Agency. Since Jan. 17, ...

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    PLAN TO PAY EXCEPTED FEDS IMMEDIATELY GAINS MOMENTUM

    Jan 22, 2019

    With just days remaining until federal employees at unfunded agencies miss their second straight paycheck, an idea to compensate at least some of them promptly appears to be gaining traction on Capitol Hill. Two weeks ago, Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced the Shutdow...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61636163

    WHITE HOUSE WIDENS ITS CLAMPDOWN ON CONGRESSIONAL TRAVEL

    Jan 18, 2019

    In the latest tit-for-tat between the White House and congressional Democrats on overseas travel, President Trump’s acting budget director on Friday sent an all-agency-head memo requiring them to obtain permission from the White House chief of staff before spending money on support for lawmake...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61576157

    NANCY PELOSI’S POWER MOVE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION

    Jan 17, 2019

    The latest casualty of the partial government shutdown might be President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to the president on Wednesday, suggested that the annual speech before Congress be postponed or scrapped altogether in light of the legis...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61536153

    FEDERAL EMPLOYEES RALLY TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORK THEY’RE NOT DOING DURING THE SHUTDOWN

    Jan 17, 2019

    During the ongoing partial government shutdown, federal employees fall into three buckets: those who are furloughed, those who are working without pay and those whose agencies are funded and are working and receiving their paychecks normally. Workers from all three of those buckets gathered in Washi...

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    SENATE REPUBLICANS, FEELING THE HEAT, PUSH FOR NEGOTIATIONS

    Jan 15, 2019

    Twenty-four days into the longest government shutdown in US history and with the White House and House Democrats no closer to a deal, pressure is ramping up on Senate Republicans to craft an exit plan that will get federal employees back to work and pull their party out of a deepening political quag...

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    SENIOR U.S. DEMOCRAT SEEKS DELAY IN LIFTING SANCTIONS ON RUSSIAN FIRMS

    Jan 15, 2019

    The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he would ask the Treasury Department to delay the lifting of sanctions on two companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to give Congress time to review the decision. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told report...

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    OMB'S SHUTDOWN IMPROVISING DRAWS FIRE FROM BUDGET AND LEGAL EXPERTS

    Jan 15, 2019

    President Trump’s temporary budget director, acting in the unprecedented role of piloting the government during a partial but now record-breaking shutdown, has directed federal agencies to take several actions to ease the pain of closures on citizenry. Russell Vought last week prompted both th...

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    SENATE REPUBLICANS HATCH PLAN TO PREVENT FUTURE SHUTDOWNS

    Jan 14, 2019

    A group of nine Republican senators has an idea to avoid government shutdowns in the future: remove the concept of shutdown from the appropriations process. The End Government Shutdowns Act (S. 104), introduced by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and eight of his Republican colleagues last week, would stip...

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    COMPELLED TO WORK WITHOUT PAY, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES SUE TRUMP, ACCUSING HIM OF VIOLATING 13TH AMENDMENT

    Jan 14, 2019

    A group of federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown are likening the predicament to involuntary servitude in a lawsuit filed last week, accusing President Trump and their bosses of violating the 13th Amendment. The lawsuit is one of several pursued by federal work...

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    NEW AIR POLLUTION PLANS IMPROVE ON EU RULES, GOVERNMENT CLAIMS

    Jan 14, 2019

    The government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to improve air quality nationwide to the standards the World Health Organization (WH0) recommends. Farmers will be subject to such air quality regulations for the first time to cut the...

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    UK GOVERNMENT HAS NO INTENTION TO RELAX FRACKING RULES, LETTER SHOWS

    Jan 14, 2019

    UK government ministers have "no intention of altering" regulations on tremors caused by fracking which have repeatedly halted work in Lancashire, it has emerged. Shale firm Cuadrilla has called for the relaxation of the rules which have forced the company to pause fracking in Lancashire o...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61376137

    UK GOVERNMENT OPENS CONSULTATION ON LARGE SCALE PV-PLUS-STORAGE RULES

    Jan 14, 2019

    In the U.K., systems bigger than 50 MW fall under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime and require special permitting. With the aim of optimizing the market for higher storage penetration, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is holding a consultation unti...

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    https://Government.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61386138

    IN LEBANON, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL CALLS HEZBOLLAH 'UNACCEPTABLE'

    Jan 14, 2019

    The U.S. State Department criticised Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group on Monday for digging tunnels into Israel and stockpiling rockets, as Washington steps up efforts to isolate Tehran. In recent weeks, Israeli forces uncovered tunnels they said were dug by Hezbollah, and Lebanon complai...

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    IN SETBACK IN VENEZUELA, U.S. IS WITHDRAWING DIPLOMATS FROM ITS EMBASSY

    Jan 12, 2019

    The United States is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, because of worsening conditions in the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday. The move is a setback for the Trump administration, which had vowed to keep dip...


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    U.S. MILITARY RETRIEVES POSSIBLE WORLD WAR TWO REMAINS FROM MYANMAR

    Jan 12, 2019

    The United States on Tuesday retrieved the possible remains of service members who went missing in Myanmar during the Second World War, marking the first such mission to Myanmar carried out by U.S. military aircraft, American officials said. After a brief ceremony, the remains were taken from Myanma...


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    CHINA SHOULD RELEASE TAIWAN ACTIVIST, SAYS U.S. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ENVOY

    Jan 12, 2019

    The U.S. ambassador for religious freedom on Tuesday called for the release of a Taiwan activist jailed in China, saying the case was highly concerning to the U.S. government. Sam Brownback said activist Li Ming-che, a community college lecturer and an activist at a human rights non-governmental org...

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    BRAZIL TO SIGN ACCORD WITH U.S. ON SPACE TECHNOLOGY NEXT WEEK

    Jan 12, 2019

    The United States and Brazil have negotiated an accord to safeguard U.S. space technology the South American nation hopes will be used in commercial rockets lifting off from its launch site near the equator, the Brazilian government said on Monday.

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    DOMINIC GRIEVE ACCUSES UK GOVERNMENT OF 'DISRESPECTING' DEVOLUTION

    Jan 12, 2019

    A TORY MP has accused the UK Government of “disrespecting” the identities of the devolved nations. Dominic Grieve was speaking during a debate ahead of a key vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. He started by saying that he found it “painful” to find himself in a position...


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    LAWSUITS: MAKING FEDS WORK DURING SHUTDOWN VIOLATES 13TH AMENDMENT

    Jan 11, 2019

    A trio of lawsuits filed by federal employees this week argue that the law that allows agencies to require them to report to work without pay during a shutdown violates the Constitution’s due process protections and the prohibition against slavery. The National Treasury Employees Union, the Na...

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    SHUTDOWN ROUNDUP: 'REAL DAMAGE' TO AVIATION, EPA SLOWS POLLUTION INSPECTIONS AND FEMA STOPS CONTRACTS

    Jan 11, 2019

    Friday marks the 21st day of the shutdown, tying it with the 1995-1996 government closure for the longest funding gap in modern history. On Thursday, public service union members rallied near the White House for an end to the impasse and the Senate passed a back pay bill. At GovExec, we can't re...

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    AS U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN PERSISTS, LANDLORDS DEFER TENANT RENTS, WAIVE LATE CHARGES

    Jan 11, 2019

    According to the National Rental Home Council, many of the US's largest operators of single-family rental homes are working with their residents affected by the government shutdown to accommodate their needs, including deferring rent payments and waiving late fees. "Going without a paycheck...

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    FEDERAL EMPLOYEES UNION SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER SHUTDOWN

    Jan 10, 2019

    A federal employees union sued the Trump administration over the partial government shutdown, which is now on its 20th day. The partial government shutdown started on December 22 after the Congress failed to pass legislation to fund nine federal departments and dozens of agencies. The shutdown affec...

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    FED READYING NEW RULES FOR INSURERS

    Jan 10, 2019

    The Federal Reserve will soon be rolling out new regulations for insurance companies that have banking subsidiaries. During a recent executive roundtable of the American Council of Life Insurers in Naples, FL, Federal Reserve vice-chairman for supervision Randal Quarles explained that the agency wil...

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    AMID FEDERAL SHUTDOWN, ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS ARE DELAYED IN OKLAHOMA

    Jan 10, 2019

    Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay contracts for new road and bridge work while others are preparing for that possibility. Transportation officials in Oklahoma this week announced plans to delay bids on 45 h...

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    ACCUSED OF MISUSING STATE COMPUTERS, GEORGIA ETHICS CHIEF IS SUSPENDED

    Jan 10, 2019

    The state ethics commission suspended its director with pay Tuesday amid allegations that he misused state computers. Stefan Ritter, who has been the commission's executive director since 2015, called allegations first reported Monday by the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action ...

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    TRUMP VISITS THE BORDER, GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO: 5 THINGS TO KNOW THURSDAY

    Jan 10, 2019

    President Donald Trump will visit Texas Thursdayto promote his plan for a border wall , the sticking point in negotiations with Democrats to reopen the federal government. Trump's trip to McAllen, Texas, takes place a day after the president stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leaders who w...

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    CAN THE U.S. MILITARY BUILD A BORDER WALL EVEN AS IT STRUGGLES TO REBUILD ITSELF?

    Jan 09, 2019

    In late March 2018, President Donald Trump and then-Defense Secretary James Mattis discussed the idea that the U.S. military could help the president achieve one of his cherished aims: The Pentagon would build a wall across the country’s southern border. “Securing Americans and securing ...

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    AS ARCTIC WARMS, U.S. NAVY CONSIDERING SUMMER TRANSIT, BERING SEA PORT

    Jan 09, 2019

    In October 2017, not long after Richard Spencer became U.S. Navy Secretary, he visited Iceland to learn how Russia was asserting dominance in a warming Arctic landscape. “There was Russia, lighting up five Cold War runways with 10,000 Spetsnaz for ‘search and rescue,’” he sai...

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    TO ATTRACT MENTAL HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONALS, INDIANA WILL PAY STUDENT LOANS

    Jan 09, 2019

    The Indiana Department of Health is hoping to entice mental health care professionals to work in rural and opioid-stricken counties in the state by offering to help pay their student loans. "This program will help bring more qualified medical professionals to rural Indiana communities and expan...

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    SECURITY FUNDING FOR RELIGIOUS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS DOUBLED IN NEW JERSEY

    Jan 09, 2019

    New Jersey private schools will get a boost in funding for security measures under a law signed by Gov. Murphy. The legislation, which Murphy signed Tuesday at a yeshiva in Passaic, adds $11.3 million for security at nonpublic schools  2019 doubling their level of state security funding from $7...

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    25K FEDS STILL AWAIT COURT-ORDERED PAYOUT FROM 2013 SHUTDOWN

    Jan 09, 2019

    More than 25,000 individuals have been waiting for more than five years for monetary damages a court said they deserve because the federal government violated the law when it forced them to work without immediate pay during the 2013 shutdown. The government and plaintiffs were finally getting close ...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL PROVIDE FOOD STAMPS IN FEBRUARY DESPITE SHUTDOWN

    Jan 09, 2019

    The Trump administration said on Tuesday it would keep providing food assistance to poor Americans in February despite a partial U.S. government shutdown, but warned it had no solution in place for March if the funding shortfall continues. The announcement provides a reprieve for the roughly 40 mill...

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    GPO REDIRECTS CENSUS PRINTING CONTRACT FOLLOWING LEGAL CHALLENGE

    Jan 09, 2019

    The Government Publishing Office, rebounding from an unsuccessful contracting deal terminated last July, has awarded a $114.5 million Census printing job to Chicago-based R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. The contract to print questionnaires, letters, inserts, postcards, and envelopes that will go out t...

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    FOOD STAMPS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BECOME PAWN IN SHUTDOWN FIGHT

    Jan 08, 2019

    As the partial government shutdown extends into its third week, the Department of Agriculture won't say how long it can keep paying out food stamp benefits for the nearly 39 million people who depend on the program each month. The White House and House Democrats, locked in a bitter political str...

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    KEY DATES AMID U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

    Jan 08, 2019

    A partial shutdown of the federal government entered its 18th day on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make a nationally televised address to promote construction of his long-promised wall along the border with Mexico. Trump, when he ran for president in 2016, said Mexico would pay ...

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    UK GOVERNMENT FLOATS MARKET-DRIVEN REPLACEMENT FOR SOLAR PAYMENTS

    Jan 08, 2019

    The UK's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has unveiled a new ‘Smart Export Guarantee’ to replace the export tariff. The country's feed-in tariff, paid for every kWh generated, and the export tariff that remunerated people for the excess power transferred to...

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    AS JAN. 11 PAY DEADLINE LOOMS, GOP SENATORS EXPRESS INCREASED URGENCY IN ENDING SHUTDOWN

    Jan 08, 2019

    More than 800,000 federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown are facing a key deadline this Friday, and it is one lawmakers are keenly aware of on both sides of the aisle. More than 350,000 federal workers are currently on furlough, a status most of them have held for 18 days. An ...

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    AS SHUTDOWN TALKS STALL, DEMOCRATS TRY A NEW TACTIC TO OPEN SOME AGENCIES

    Jan 07, 2019

    Lawmakers and the White House have shown little progress despite extended weekend negotiations as the partial shutdown dragged into its third week on Monday, and eclipsed the length of the 16-day shutdown in 2013. House Democrats will seek to ramp up pressure on President Trump to reopen federal age...

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    DEMOCRATIC-RUN HOUSE CREATES NEW WHISTLEBLOWER OMBUDSMAN

    Jan 07, 2019

    During their first hours controlling the House in the 116th Congress, Democrats on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 pushed through an array of single-chamber rules changes that included the creation of a long-sought Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman. By a 418-12 vote, the House on Thursday approved Title II of...

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    PENTAGON SEEKS A LIST OF ETHICAL PRINCIPLES FOR USING AI IN WAR

    Jan 07, 2019

    U.S. defense officials have asked the Defense Innovation Board for a set of ethical principles in the use of artificial intelligence in warfare. The principles are intended to guide a military whose interest in AI is accelerating witness the new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and to reassure p...

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    U.S. TOP COURT DECLINES TO TAKE UP TRINITY INDUSTRIES GUARDRAIL CASE

    Jan 07, 2019

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a whistleblower’s bid to revive a $663.4 million judgment against Trinity Industries Inc in a lawsuit accusing the company of failing to tell a federal agency about changes made to a guardrail system that raised safety concerns. The justices left in...

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    SCIENTISTS GROUNDED FOR CONFERENCE FOLLOWING US GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

    Jan 07, 2019

    The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope ...

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    WOULD BRINGING BACK PORK-BARREL SPENDING END GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS?

    Jan 07, 2019

    For eight years, Congress has banned the use of earmarks, otherwise known as “pork-barrel spending.” Earmarks paid for pet projects of legislators back in their districts, as a way of encouraging those officials’ votes for a spending bill. But earmarks were seen by many members of ...

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    SOCIAL SECURITY MAY HAVE OVERPAID DISABILITY CLAIMS BY $657M

    Jan 04, 2019

    The Social Security Administration’s inaccurate verification of eligibility start dates may have resulted in as much as $657 million in overpayments in the disability and supplemental insurance programs, a watchdog found. Based on a sampling of 200 claims in fiscal 2015-2016, SSA employees &ld...

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    TRUMP ASKS CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO RETURN FOR SHUTDOWN TALKS FRIDAY: LAWMAKER

    Jan 03, 2019

    President Donald Trump has asked congressional leaders to return to the White House on Friday for talks aimed at ending a partial government shutdown over a dispute on border security funding, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday. Speaking after a meeting of congressional leaders...

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    FOREIGN SECRETARY HUNT VISITS MALAYSIA AS PART OF FIRST OVERSEAS TRIP IN 2019

    Jan 03, 2019

    As part of a three-day visit to Asia, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will hold bilateral talks with the Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah today (3 January) and reiterate the UK’s support for the new government’s reform agenda. Both ministers are due to discuss closer cooperati...

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    THE EPA HAS BACKED OFF ENFORCEMENT UNDER TRUMP – HERE ARE THE NUMBERS

    Jan 03, 2019

    The Trump administration has sought to weaken the Environmental Protection Agency in a number of ways, from staff and proposed budget cuts to attempts to undermine the use of science in policymaking. Now, our new research finds that one of the EPA’s most important functions enforcement has als...

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    WHAT THE SHUTDOWN MEANS FOR YOUR RETIREMENT

    Jan 03, 2019

    Due to the ongoing partial government shutdown, more than 300,000 federal employees are currently on furlough without a guarantee of back pay. An additional 500,000 are working but facing delayed paychecks. Because the end of the year is a popular time to retire, some employees may have spent their ...

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    TRUMP BRINGS FEDERAL EMPLOYEE UNION TO WHITE HOUSE TO MAKE CASE FOR SHUTDOWN

    Jan 03, 2019

    President Trump on Thursday afternoon called an impromptu press conference to trot out unexpected guests: leaders from a federal employee union. The top officials of the National Border Patrol Council, a division of the American Federation of Government Employees, addressed reporters at the White Ho...

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    FUNDED AGENCIES’ PAYCHECKS TO GO OUT ON TIME, DESPITE SHUTDOWN IMPACTING LARGEST PAYROLL PROCESSOR

    Jan 03, 2019

    Officials with the Agriculture Department confirmed Thursday that although it is subject to the partial government shutdown, the government’s largest payroll processor, which is housed within the department, will get the next round of paychecks out on time for all agencies that have appropriat...

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    VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT CHALLENGED FOR NOT RELEASING DOCUMENTS ON SKY NEWS BAN

    Jan 02, 2019

    The Victorian government falsely claimed it held no internal records on its decision to ban Sky News from train stations to block a journalist’s freedom of information request. The state Labor government found itself under immense scrutiny in August for banning Sky News from train station scre...

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    U.S. TROOP PULLOUT A TOTAL CAPITULATION TO ERDOGAN

    Jan 02, 2019

    U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of northeastern Syria is "a total capitulation to Erdogan," an informed source has told CNN's Jack Tapper, a news anchorman and former White House reporter. Trump, following a phone talk with Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...

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    JUDGE LETS OBAMACARE STAND WHILE COURT CHALLENGE CONTINUES

    Jan 02, 2019

    The federal judge in Texas who ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional said today that the law can stand while his judgment is under appeal. In his order issuing a stay and final partial judgment in the controversial case, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor reiterated that he belie...

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    CUOMO PARDONS 22 IMMIGRANTS, CRITICIZES TRUMP

    Jan 02, 2019

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced pardons on Monday for 22 immigrants who were at risk of deportation because of criminal records, taking a swipe at President Trump in the process. "While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, Ne...

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    TSA WHISTLEBLOWER DISCLOSURES PROMPT TWO AVIATION SECURITY PROBES

    Jan 02, 2019

    The Homeland Security Department late last month was ordered to reexamine precautions against the risk of attacks on airplanes using deadly chemicals and contaminated food, acting at the behest of the agency in charge of protecting whistleblowers governmentwide. The Office of Special Counsel, in a v...

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    FEDERAL WORKFORCE’S LARGEST UNION SUES OVER UNPAID LABOR DURING SHUTDOWN

    Jan 02, 2019

    The nation’s largest federal employee union on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over employees being forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown that began last month. Led by two Bureau of Prisons employees, the American Federation of Government Emp...

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    DEM-CONTROLLED HOUSE READY TO TAKE ON TRUMP BEGINNING THURSDAY

    Jan 01, 2019

    According to several news reports, the House will vote Thursday on a funding bill to re-open the government and end the partial government shutdown. January 3 is when the new Democratic majority in the House will be sworn in. It’s also when President Donald Trump will begin facing what outlets...

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    IMMIGRANT KIDS IN ‘TENDER AGE’ SHELTERS FACE MYRIAD RISKS

    Jan 01, 2019

    Separating immigrant children from their parents will very likely lead to negative effects on emotional and mental health, research shows. Young children placed in “tender age” shelters are the most vulnerable, experts say. “Recent changes in the U.S. immigration system have result...

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    TRUMP: MOST FURLOUGHED EMPLOYEES ARE DEMOCRATS

    Dec 27, 2018

    Attempting to persuade Democratic leaders to back his proposal for billions of dollars in new federal spending for a border wall, President Trump Thursday said most of those affected by the current partial government shutdown are Democrats. The president offered no evidence for his assertion. In a 2...

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    U.S. SPIES WANT TO KNOW HOW TO IDENTIFY COMPROMISED AI

    Dec 27, 2018

    The U.S. government’s research arm for intelligence organizations, IARPA, is looking for ideas on how to detect “Trojan” attacks on artificial intelligence, according to government procurement documents. Here’s the problem the agency wants to solve: At a simple level, modern ...

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    US GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PUSHES CFTC TO SEEK STAY OF ACTIONS AGAINST FRAUDSTERS

    Dec 27, 2018

    The US Government shutdown is affecting the services of regulatory bodies, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which is seeking the stay of actions against binary options and virtual currency fraudsters. The respective motions were filed with federal courts on December 26, 201...

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    US SHUTDOWN LIKELY TO SPILL OVER 2019

    Dec 27, 2018

    An aide to Trump said that the US government could experience a partial shutdown because of issues regarding budget spending which could last till January 3, when the next Congress opens. The shutdown started on Friday at midnight following resistance from opposition Democrats to Trump’s deman...

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    U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT WON'T PUBLISH ECONOMIC DATA DURING SHUTDOWN: WSJ

    Dec 27, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis and Census Bureau will not publish economic data during the ongoing partial government shutdown, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing an agency spokeswoman. The Commerce Department releases key figures on a gross do...

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    THE GOVERNMENT MAY BE SHUT DOWN, BUT TAXPAYERS ARE FOOTING THE BILL FOR MAR-A-LAGO PARTY TENTS

    Dec 26, 2018

    At loggerheads with Congress over funding his signature border wall, president Donald Trump shut down large swaths of the federal government at midnight on Friday. Roughly 800,000 federal employees are affected, many of whom will remain on furlough without pay if the shutdown continues. But even as ...

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    AS FURLOUGH NOTICES HIT INBOXES, TRUMP SAYS FEDS SUPPORT A SHUTDOWN

    Dec 26, 2018

    As hundreds of thousands of federal employees spend their holidays wondering when they will next report to work and if they will miss a paycheck, President Trump has claimed those workers have reached out to him with a special message: we don’t mind. About 350,000 federal employees are current...

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    HOW YOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL PLANS WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE PARTIAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

    Dec 26, 2018

    Holiday travel should not be impacted by the partial federal government shutdown, which entered its fifth day on Wednesday and no end in the near future. Planes and trains are still running, even though a quarter of the federal government remains shuttered after government funding lapsed for nine fe...

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    PARENTS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT SCHOOL CHOICE, DISTRUST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Dec 26, 2018

    American families aren’t accessing the school types they prefer and do not trust the federal government, according to results of an annual report "Schooling America", produced by EdChoice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs. The ma...

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    DEMOCRATS HOLD FIRM ON SHUTDOWN AS TRUMP REFUSES TO TAKE BLAME

    Dec 25, 2018

    "The Democrats offered us $1.6 billion a couple weeks ago, then they offered the president $1.3 billion this week" for border security, said Mulvaney, who is to become Trump's acting chief of staff in January. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump "threw ...

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    CONGRESS APPROVES ACT THAT OPENS US GOVERNMENT DATA TO THE PUBLIC

    Dec 24, 2018

    Congress has passed a bill that could make it easier for you to access public data released by the government. The House approved the OPEN Government Data Act on Saturday, while all eyes were on the shutdown, as part of a larger bill to support evidence-based policymaking. It requires that federal a...

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    US GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND HOW CAN TRUMP END THE CONFLICT?

    Dec 24, 2018

    A partial shutdown of the US government is likely to drag on over the Christmas holiday after the Senate failed to break an impasse over Donald Trump’s demand for more funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico. With no deal in sight, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell sent senato...

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    TRUMP KICKS MATTIS OUT EARLY, NAMES SHANAHAN ACTING DEFENSE SECRETARY

    Dec 24, 2018

    Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1, President Trump tweeted on Sunday, ending Mattis’s tenure two months prior to his planned resignation date.“I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defen...

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    SENATE PASSES BILL TO GUARANTEE FURLOUGHED FEDS BACK PAY

    Dec 21, 2018

    The Senate on Friday passed legislation to ensure federal employees facing furloughs during a potential partial government shutdown are guaranteed back pay once the government reopens. About 345,000 federal workers are set to be furloughed if Congress fails to act by midnight; those employees would ...

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    HARD-NOSED PENTAGON NEGOTIATOR REMOVED FROM JOB; RACKED UP HUGE TRAVEL COSTS

    Dec 21, 2018

    Trump administration officials are removing the Pentagon’s top weapon buying negotiator, who racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs and pushed a controversial plan to slow payments to defense contractors, Defense One has learned. Shay Assad, a senior Defense Department bure...

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    GET READY FOR A SHUTDOWN ‘FOR A VERY LONG TIME’ TRUMP WARNS

    Dec 21, 2018

    What seemed unlikely a week ago appeared far more likely on Friday morning: a partial government shutdown that could last “for a very long time,” President Trump threatened in an early morning tweet. Trump was emboldened by the passage of a continuing resolution in the House Thursday eve...

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    THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S DAVOS 2019 HOTEL BILLS HAVE ALREADY HIT $2.9 MILLION

    Dec 21, 2018

    Donald Trump has trashed relationships with the U.S.’s closest allies the past year, insulted foreign leaders, scorned decades-old alliances in overseas meetings, and undermined global regulatory bodies.  Nonetheless, he plans to travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos again this comi...

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    MICHIGAN GOP LAWMAKERS VOTE TO GIVE THEMSELVES MORE POWER

    Dec 21, 2018

    Michigan Republicans voted Thursday to give themselves a power to intervene in court cases that now is reserved for the state attorney general, the latest measure pushed through a lame-duck session that critics said would weaken the power of Democrats or voters. The bill, approved 26-12 almost entir...

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    IT MAY TAKE A WHILE FOR HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO CATCH UP WITH THE HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY

    Dec 20, 2018

    The new Democratic-led House is planning multiple investigations into the Trump administration, including a laser-like focus on the $50-billion annual budget of the Homeland Security department, which oversees Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy. It may be hard to pin down a date f...

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    TRUMP SAYS HE WON’T SIGN SPENDING BILL, HEIGHTENING SHUTDOWN FEARS

    Dec 20, 2018

    President Trump told House Republican leaders Thursday that he would refuse to sign the two-month continuing resolution passed by the Senate Wednesday night to keep federal agencies open, increasing the likelihood of a partial government shutdown this weekend. Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan,...

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    JUSTICE HITS CHINESE HACKERS FOR ATTACKING U.S. NAVY, AGENCIES, COMPANIES

    Dec 20, 2018

    Two Chinese nationals conducted a massive, multi-year effort to steal information from U.S. companies, government outfits even Navy personnel according to the Department of Justice, working with the United Kingdom. The new indictments, released by DOJ officials Thursday, are the latest sign that Chi...

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    MATTIS RESIGNS OVER DISAGREEMENTS WITH TRUMP

    Dec 20, 2018

    Defense Secretary James Mattis will step down at the end of February, he announced in a two-page resignation letter that cited his differences with President Donald Trump. “My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are...

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    SHUTDOWN-AVERTING BILL COULD DOOM 2019 PAY RAISE FOR FEDS, AT LEAST FOR NOW

    Dec 19, 2018

    Republican appropriators said Wednesday morning that the stopgap measure intended to avert a partial government shutdown would not include language providing a pay raise for federal civilian employees, a move that would all but assure that President Trump’s plan to institute a pay freeze will ...

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    VA LEADERSHIP TURNOVER HINDERED CAMPAIGN TO CURB VETERANS SUICIDES

    Dec 19, 2018

    Frequent changes at the top echelons of the Veterans Affairs Department contributed to a decline in outreach to veterans at risk of suicide, the Government Accountability Office reported. Citing both “leadership turnover and reorganization,” auditors of the crisis hotline for veterans ru...

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    LAWMAKERS SCRAMBLE UNSUCCESSFULLY TO INCLUDE FEDERAL PAY RAISE IN SENATE SPENDING PACKAGE

    Dec 19, 2018

    A handful of senators late Wednesday scrambled to try to ensure that federal workers would receive a pay raise in 2019 if Congress is able to pass a shutdown-averting, stop-gap funding bill acceptable to President Trump. Roughly one-third of federal agencies are scheduled to lose funding after Frida...

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    WHITE HOUSE PUNTS ON SHUTDOWN SPECIFICS, PUTS ONUS ON SENATE

    Dec 18, 2018

    For a while Tuesday morning, it appeared that Congress and the White House could quickly reach an agreement to avert a partial government shutdown ahead of Friday’s funding deadline. But within hours, negotiators appeared back at square one. Lawmakers have until Dec. 21 to come to an agreement...

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    A GOP MELTDOWN IN PENNSYLVANIA THREATENS TRUMP'S REELECTION PROSPECTS

    Dec 17, 2018

    A GOP implosion in Pennsylvania has Republicans alarmed about President Donald Trump's reelection prospects in a state that proved essential to his 2016 victory. The enfeebled state party still reeling after a devastating midterm election where Republicans lost three congressional seats and whif...

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    NOMINATING A CRONY, LOYALIST OR OLD BUDDY FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL IS A U.S. PRESIDENTIAL TRADITION

    Dec 15, 2018

    With President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would nominate former Attorney General William P. Barr to fill the position again, Trump chose a prominent Republican lawyer with extensive government experience to run the Justice Department. Barr has publicly supported some of Trump’s ...

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    THE GOVERNMENT’S BIOTERROR-RESPONSE WEBSITE MAY BE LEAKING SENSITIVE DATA

    Dec 14, 2018

    The U.S. government’s chief tool to coordinate responses to bioterror events has for years suffered from big security problems, according to DHS inspectors and a former employee. For more than 15 years, the United State’s first line of defense against a major biological incident has been...

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    AS SPENDING TALKS BREAK DOWN, A PAY RAISE FOR FEDS HANGS IN THE BALANCE

    Dec 13, 2018

    With eight days remaining until a deadline for lawmakers to avert a partial government shutdown, one issue facing all federal workers remains unsettled: a pay raise. Congress and President Trump have until Dec. 21 to agree to a deal on seven appropriations bills, which include funding for the Transp...

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    HOUSE BUDGET LEADERS HAIL GAO LEGAL OPINION ON WHITE HOUSE RESCISSIONS

    Dec 12, 2018

    At the end of a year in which the White House budget office began proposing cancellations of appropriated spending (rescissions), the Government Accountability Office has weighed in with a first-of-its-kind legal opinion protecting Congress’s powers of the purse when it comes to timing. The le...

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    HOW TO CREATE A CULTURE OF FAIRNESS IN GOVERNMENT

    Dec 11, 2018

    The quality of agency leadership and the role that merit plays in workplace decisions continues to plague the Defense and Homeland Security departments, at least from the employees’ perspective, according to this year’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. For example, at Homeland Security...

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    MORE THAN 6,000 MAIL-IN BALLOTS NOT COUNTED IN FLORIDA ELECTIONS

    Dec 11, 2018

    Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices. Three statewide Florida races, including the contest for governor, went to state-mandated recounts because the margins were so close. The Department of State late last w...

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    VOTING TO END CAUCUSES, NEBRASKA DEMOCRATS WILL RETURN TO PRIMARY SYSTEM

    Dec 11, 2018

    Caucuses are officially no more in Nebraska after the state Democratic Party voted to go back to the primary system. The state’s Democrats had been choosing their presidential nominee by caucus since 2008 in a system similar to Iowa’s. With caucuses, voters gather in a place and discuss ...

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    NURSING HOMES BALK AT CALIFORNIA REQUIRING MORE DIRECT CARE OF PATIENTS

    Dec 11, 2018

    More than half of California’s nursing homes are asking to be exempted from new state regulations that would require them to spend more time directly caring for their patients. The state’s new staffing requirements for nursing homes, quietly passed in last year’s budget bill, seem ...

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    JUDGE SLAMS JUSTICE AND STATE DEPARTMENTS FOR INEPT HANDLING OF FOIA REQUESTS

    Dec 10, 2018

    In another of many stories from the 2016 presidential campaign that will not die, a district judge last week handed a victory to the conservative legal transparency group Judicial Watch by requiring two major federal agencies to perform a do-over on their search for missing Hillary Clinton emails. I...

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    WHY TRUMP CAN’T FIND ANYONE TO BE HIS CHIEF OF STAFF

    Dec 10, 2018

    Donald Trump is, infamously, not the sort of man used to getting no for an answer. And while the frequent demurrals from candidates for administration jobs must have started to accustom the president to rejection, Nick Ayers’s decision not to take the White House chief-of-staff position must s...

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    FEDS THREATEN JAIL FOR OPENING A SUPERVISED INJECTION SITE IN AMERICA

    Dec 10, 2018

    The response from city officials: So what? They are pushing forward to open the controversial facilities that exist in other countries as a way to reduce drug overdoses. With opioids killing more than 115 people a day, cities across the country have been toying with the idea of opening a supervised ...

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    ENDING FIRST CHARTER SCHOOL STRIKE IN U.S., TEACHERS CELEBRATE TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT

    Dec 10, 2018

    Hundreds of elated Acero charter school educators decked out in union red cheered, chanted and danced at a Sunday afternoon rally to celebrate their historic victory: a tentative contract agreement with management that ended the nation's first charter school strike. More than 500 teachers and su...

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    FORMER GOP WISCONSIN GOVERNOR WEIGHS IN ON PARTY'S LAME-DUCK POWER GRAB

    Dec 10, 2018

    Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum (R) is calling for Gov. Scott Walker (R) to reject some of the measures the state legislature passed to limit incoming Democratic officials' authority.“It appears completely political, (like) a power grab,” McCallum told the Milwaukee Journal Sent...

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    DHS SCALES BACK TROUBLED CONTRACT DESIGNED TO BRING ON MORE BORDER AGENTS

    Dec 10, 2018

    The Trump administration is scaling back a $300 million contract it signed a year ago to help fulfill the president’s mandate to hire thousands of Border Patrol agents, customs officers and support staff, saying it now has sufficient resources to make those hires internally. Customs and Border...

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    TRUMP PICKS A WASHINGTON INSIDER AS HIS NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL

    Dec 07, 2018

    In a White House unsettled by the ongoing Russia probe and unprepared for its conclusion, the president on Friday signaled a solution to at least one of the many problems before him: who would permanently replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Heading to Marine One on the South Lawn, Donald Trum...

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    TRUMP PROTESTS INFRINGEMENT ON EXECUTIVE BRANCH IN COAST GUARD ACT

    Dec 07, 2018

    In his 25th signing statement, President Trump this week registered disagreement with what he sees as legislative encroachment on executive branch powers as he signed into law the 2018 Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act. That law (S. 140), named for a retiring New Jersey Republican House m...

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    NEW YORK STATE LAWMAKERS ON TRACK TO BE HIGHEST-PAID IN THE COUNTRY

    Dec 07, 2018

    Even while some suggest its unconstitutional, government reform groups praised a commission's decision to raise state lawmakers salaries for the first time in 20 years while also imposing restrictions on outside income and legislative stipends."The Commission has done an excellent job of ba...

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    NORTH CAROLINA GOP SAYS IT ‘FULLY’ SUPPORTS NEW ELECTION IF INQUIRY SHOWS FRAUD

    Dec 07, 2018

    The executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party said Thursday that the GOP would support a new election in North Carolina's 9th District if alleged fraud in the district was shown to have "changed the race." The allegations have focused on an independent contractor who wo...

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    TRUMP CHOOSES A LOYAL FOOT SOLDIER FOR THE UN

    Dec 07, 2018

    Nikki Haley accepted the job of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations when, as she tells it, Donald Trump assured her that she wouldn’t have to be a “talking head.” Now the president plans to replace her with a woman once described as “the new face of the talking head,”...

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    HHS QUIETLY DELETES GUIDANCE ON RECRUITING LATINOS TO OBAMACARE

    Dec 06, 2018

    Again without public notice, the Health and Human Services Department-based Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services removed from its website materials that critics believe remain current and relevant to the administration of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Last September two months before the new e...

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    THE WHITE HOUSE HAS NO PLAN FOR CONFRONTING THE MUELLER REPORT

    Dec 06, 2018

    Nobody knows how the White House plans to respond to the Mueller report including the people who work at the White House. The special counsel is reportedly nearing the end of his probe. Sentencing memos are dropping. Plea deals are being struck. The president’s legal team expects a response to...

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    2020 SOLAR POWER: CALIFORNIA OFFICIALLY CODIFIES MANDATE FOR HOMES

    Dec 06, 2018

    California officially became the first state in the nation on Wednesday, Dec. 5 to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered. To a smattering of applause, the California Building Standards Commission voted unanimously to add energy standards approved last May by another panel to the sta...

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    BILL TARGETING OFFICIAL TIME WOULD COST MORE THAN IT SAVES

    Dec 05, 2018

    Budget experts have concluded that a bill that would cut the pension benefits of federal employees who are compensated by the government for union representational work would not be successful in saving agencies money. The Congressional Budget Office last week issued its cost estimate for the Offici...

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    MARYLAND AND D.C. SUBPOENA TRUMP BUSINESSES FOR EVIDENCE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

    Dec 05, 2018

    Dozens of subpoenas were issued Tuesday to businesses affiliated with President Donald Trump and others in a lawsuit by Maryland and the District of Columbia that alleges the president violated a constitutional prohibition on profiting from his post by doing business with foreign governments. Among ...

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    OMB REJECTS WATCHDOG CRITICISMS OF ANTI-FRAUD GUIDANCE FOR AGENCIES

    Dec 05, 2018

    The governmentwide effort to minimize program fraud could use sharper guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, a congressional watchdog concluded in a report that did not please the Trump White House. The Government Accountability Office, after interviews and a survey of 72 agencies on com...

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    GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES REDUCTION IN SECURITY DEPOSIT COST IN PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR

    Dec 05, 2018

    The deposit paid by tenants in the private rented sector as a security is to be reduced from six weeks to five weeks for tenancies rented out for under £50,000 a year, it has been announced. Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire, said that the change will save private sector tenant...

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    DEVAL PATRICK REPORTEDLY NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

    Dec 05, 2018

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will not run for president in 2020, according to a new report. Patrick called supporters this week informing them of his decision, Politico reports, citing sources close to the former governor. He was encouraged to seek the office by members of former Presiden...

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    SUSPECTED OF HELPING AN IMMIGRANT ESCAPE ICE, MASSACHUSETTS JUDGE UNDER INVESTIGATION

    Dec 04, 2018

    A Massachusetts district court judge who is reportedly under federal investigation should not be handling criminal cases while a review is underway, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. The Boston Globe reports federal prosecutor Andrew Lelling has convened a grand jury to investigate the role District C...

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    FLORIDA ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR RESCINDS RESIGNATION AND VOWS TO FIGHT GOVERNOR'S ALLEGATIONS

    Dec 04, 2018

    A day after Florida's governor suspended Brenda Snipes from her position as Broward County's supervisor of elections, Snipes announced that she would be scrapping any plans to resign in January as she fights back against claims of incompetence and misconduct. "We will be fighting this,&...

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    HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEDNESDAY'S GOVERNMENT CLOSURE

    Dec 03, 2018

    The Office of Personnel Management on Sunday released guidance with more details on the federal government's closure Wednesday honoring President George H.W. Bush.  All federal employees except "those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of nati...

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    PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR COMMITS TO NEW VOTING MACHINES AND ELECTION AUDITS

    Dec 03, 2018

    Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is settling a vote-counting lawsuit stemming from the 2016 presidential election, in part by affirming a commitment it made previously to push Pennsylvania’s counties to buy voting systems that leave a verifiable paper trail by 2020. Paperwork filed Thursda...

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    MATTIS ‘OPTIMISTIC’ PENTAGON WILL GET NEEDED BUDGET FROM WHITE HOUSE, DEMOCRATS

    Dec 03, 2018

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is subtly making a pitch to Congress and President Trump not to cut defense spending. After two years of steep defense spending increases bringing defense spending to $716 billion, Trump has called on all federal agencies to cut spending by 5 percent. For the Defense Dep...

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    FLYING TRUMP TO MIDTERM RALLIES TO STUMP FOR REPUBLICANS COST TAXPAYERS MILLIONS

    Dec 03, 2018

    President Donald Trump flew to more than 40 political rallies in the months leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections, to coax his loyal fans to come out to the polls for Republican candidates. A Quartz analysis of Trump’s travel schedule and the latest Department of Defense operating figures ...

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    FORMER USDA OFFICIALS LOBBY TO BLOCK AGRICULTURE’S PLANS TO RELOCATE RESEARCH OFFICES

    Nov 30, 2018

    The holiday season toward the end of a Congress is a difficult time to exercise one’s constitutional right to petition the government. Ever since the Agriculture Department unveiled its plan last August to move two key research units outside the Washington, D.C., “bubble,” many emp...

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    NEW SECRET SERVICE LAPEL PINS WILL COME WITH A SECRET SECURITY FEATURE

    Nov 30, 2018

    Just about everyone knows Secret Service agents for the pins they wear on their lapels. They are one component of the larger system used to identify team members and are as tied to the agency’s image as dark suits, earpieces, and mirrored sunglasses. Yet, few people know what those very recogn...

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    WHITE HOUSE SEEKS ALTERNATIVES TO INDEPENDENT SPACE FORCE

    Nov 29, 2018

    For months, Pentagon officials have been rushing to prepare plans for an independent Space Force, a sixth branch of the military ordered up by President Trump. But since Oct. 26, they have been marching to new White House orders: go back and look at different ways to reorganize the military’s ...

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    UNDER TRUMP, NUMBER OF UNINSURED KIDS ROSE FOR FIRST TIME THIS DECADE

    Nov 29, 2018

    After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017, according to a Georgetown University report released Thursday. While not a big jump statistically the share of uninsured kids rose to 5 percent in 2017 from 4.7 percent a year earlier it is s...

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    NEWLY ELECTED DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS BRING NEW IDEAS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING

    Nov 29, 2018

    When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ran for president in 2016, the democratic socialist pledged to fight for single-payer health care, campaign finance reform and a $15 minimum wage. These are now signature issues for progressive candidates across the country. But at the state level, several of the man...

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    THIS STATE WANTS OIL COMPANIES TO TREAT AND RECYCLE FRACKING WASTE WATER

    Nov 29, 2018

    Fracking requires a huge amount of water, a major concern in dry Western states that otherwise welcome the practice. But New Mexico thinks it can mitigate that problem by pushing oil companies to treat and recycle fracking wastewater for use in agriculture or even as drinking water. State officials,...

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    JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT OVER ABSENTEE BALLOTS IN PENNSYLVANIA SENATE RACE

    Nov 28, 2018

    A Bucks County judge on Monday dismissed a legal challenge filed in a contested state Senate race that claimed Pennsylvania's deadline for excluding absentee ballots is unconstitutional. State Rep. Tina Davis filed the lawsuit Nov. 19  after losing the race in the state's Sixth District...

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    VOTER-APPROVED CAP ON OUT-OF-STATE CAMPAIGN DONATIONS STRUCK DOWN IN ALASKA

    Nov 28, 2018

    A federal appeals court has ruled against a portion of Alaska’s campaign finance limits, saying a $3,000 cumulative cap on out-of-state contributions to candidates violates the First Amendment. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld other parts of the campaign finance law, including a li...

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    STACEY ABRAMS-BACKED GROUP SUES TO FIX GEORGIA'S 'MISMANAGED' ELECTION SYSTEM

    Nov 28, 2018

    Voting rights activists working with Democrat Stacey Abrams filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Tuesday against Georgia election officials, alleging they "grossly mismanaged" the recent midterm, depriving Georgia citizens especially those of color of their "fundamental right to vote.&quo...

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    14 STATES AND D.C. SUPPORT CHALLENGE TO ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL'S APPOINTMENT

    Nov 27, 2018

    The attorneys general from 14 states and Washington, D.C., are urging a federal district court judge to block Matthew Whitaker from continuing to serve as Acting U.S. attorney general. The state attorneys general filed a friend of the court brief in support of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh&r...

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    '60 MINUTES' SCOOP ON CHILD SEPARATIONS AT BORDER RELIED ON HOMELAND SECURITY WHISTLEBLOWERS

    Nov 27, 2018

    The Sunday night television story was hard-hitting enough to draw a rebuttal from President Trump on Monday. After CBS News' “60 Minutes” broadcast interviews with Homeland Security Department specialists criticizing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” borde...

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    WHAT THE SENATE SHOULD DO ABOUT ACTING APPOINTEES

    Nov 27, 2018

    Matthew G. Whitaker’s appointment as the acting attorney general may yet be successfully challenged as a violation of the Constitution’s appointments clause, but is more adroitly framed as a violation of the Senate’s intent in enacting the 1988 Presidential Transitions Effectivenes...

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    AS TRUMP MULLS FIRING THE HEAD OF DHS, THE AGENCY’S SECOND TOP ROLE IS ALREADY EMPTY

    Nov 26, 2018

    The Homeland Security Department hasn’t had a deputy secretary since April. Now it doesn’t even have an acting deputy secretary. Claire Grady, the career civil servant who had been doing the job on an interim basis after Elaine Duke stepped down, was officially taken off the role last we...

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    PENTAGON'S FIRST DEPARTMENTWIDE AUDIT IS A MAJOR MILESTONE

    Nov 26, 2018

    Break out the champagne: Earlier this month, the Defense Department produced its first departmentwide financial statement audit. Ever. For an entity that traces its roots to 1789 and whose books have long been impenetrable to armies of auditors, even a failing grade is cause for positive recognition...

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    MANY CITIES ARE PUSHING FOR AUTOMATED SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION. BUT WILL IT WORK?

    Nov 26, 2018

    From the Mall to Lincoln, Neb., planners across the United States are pushing slow-rolling robot shuttles as a way to dip their toes into greater automation. The stubby, bread-box-looking vehicles go about 10 mph, and boosters say they’re a relatively easy and potentially transformative tool f...

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    RISING SEA LEVELS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE THREATEN PUERTO RICO'S INFRASTRUCTURE

    Nov 26, 2018

    Thousands of Puerto Rico's coastal structures are vulnerable to future increases in sea levels, according to a new climate report released Friday. Nearly 8,000 structures in the island's low-lying areas, as well as drinking water and sanitation pipelines, are said to be at risk by an increas...

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    FEDERAL IMPASSES PANEL ASSERTS JURISDICTION OVER HHS-NTEU NEGOTIATIONS

    Nov 26, 2018

    A council tasked with weighing in on disputes between federal agencies and employee unions at the end of collective bargaining negotiations voted to assert its jurisdiction over a spat between the Health and Human Services Department and the National Treasury Employees Union, but told the parties to...

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    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION QUIETLY RELEASES INTACT 13-AGENCY CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT

    Nov 26, 2018

    Scientists inside the 13 agencies that prepared the major report on climate change released quietly on Friday are said to be relieved that the Trump administration did not alter their work, but puzzled by the timing of publication. That’s according to soundings taken by colleagues outside gove...

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    TRUMP & CLINTON ON MIGRANTS D&G FACES CHINA BOYCOTT

    Nov 23, 2018

    Donald Trump said the US could close all border crossings with its southern neighbor if the situation becomes “uncontrollable” in Mexico, reported ABC News, the AFP, and CBS News. Several thousand migrants are camped in Tijuana hoping to apply for asylum in the US. Trump also authorized ...

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    WHAT A NEW CROP OF VETERAN-LAWMAKERS MEANS FOR DEMOCRATS

    Nov 23, 2018

    Freshman orientation on Capitol Hill can be a blur: There’s the class photo, the rundown of ethics rules, the caucus meetings, the dinners. But after a grueling election season, there are highlights, too and for Chrissy Houlahan, it was spending time with her “badasses.” That&rsquo...

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    TRUMP HITS BACK AFTER REBUKE FROM US CHIEF JUSTICE

    Nov 22, 2018

    Donald Trump has continued his spat with the chief justice of the United States supreme court after Justice John Roberts rebuked the president for describing a judge who ruled against his latest immigration order as an “Obama judge”. In an unusual criticism of a sitting US president, Jus...

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    NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $2.1M IN AID FOR IMMIGRANTS FACING DEPORTATION

    Nov 21, 2018

    New Jersey allocated more than $2 million to help immigrants facing deportation, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. The first-year Democrat said in a statement that the $2.1 million grant agreement called for in this year’s budget was finalized Monday. “Families who came to New Jersey for a b...

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    OPM COULD DO MORE TO HELP AGENCIES FIGHT PERCEPTION HIGH-PERFORMERS AREN'T REWARDED

    Nov 21, 2018

    A government watchdog agency reported Tuesday that the Office of Personnel Management could be more proactive in its efforts to improve performance management practices at federal agencies. The Government Accountability Office issued a report examining recent governmentwide responses to aspects of t...

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    TRUMP’S YEARNING TO PROSECUTE HIS POLITICAL ENEMIES

    Nov 21, 2018

    The president of the United States reportedly tried to use the full force of the country’s law-enforcement apparatus to prosecute his political enemies and Justice Department veterans are calling it everything from “incredibly” alarming to “flat-out un-American.” The di...

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    ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL’S FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES SPARK NEW FIREWORKS

    Nov 21, 2018

    Within hours of the long-sought release of his financial disclosure forms, acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s past political and business activities prompted transparency groups to pounce with new complaints. Possible violations of the Hatch Act prohibiting partisan political activity in ...

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    DEFENDING HQ2 DEAL, NEW YORK GOVERNOR CLAIMS STATE AND CITY 'GAVE AMAZON NOTHING'

    Nov 21, 2018

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending the state's tax incentives for an Amazon HQ2 site in Queens after much criticism. "The New York Post, which is representative of extreme conservatives, says essentially that New York 'gave Amazon $1 billion,'" Cuomo wrote in an op-ed publ...

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    IVANKA TRUMP USED PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

    Nov 20, 2018

    Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka used a personal email account for government business, a spokesman has confirmed, reportedly sending hundreds of emails from the account. The revelation in the Washington Post on Monday prompted immediate accusations of hypocrisy. Trump-branded his 2016 election ...

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    THE IRS OVERSIGHT BOARD IS WORRIED ABOUT A 'SERIOUS THREAT TO TAXPAYER RIGHTS'

    Nov 20, 2018

    An IRS program using private debt collectors to handle delinquent tax bills is improperly demanding payment from hurricane victims and squeezing some of the poorest Americans all the while turning a profit far below industry standards. Since April 2017, four debt collection companies have been assig...

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    FEDERAL PAY RAISE RESTS IN THE BALANCE AS PARTIES FLOAT RIDERS TO SPENDING PACKAGE

    Nov 20, 2018

    As federal employees wait to see whether they will receive a pay raise next year, Republicans and Democrats both appear to be standing firm on proposals they want to be attached to a spending package needed to avert a partial government shutdown early next month. Since February, the Trump administra...

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    US SOUNDS WORD OF CAUTION ON EXPANSION OF KOREA TIES

    Nov 20, 2018

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday the U.S. has "made clear" to South Korea that progress on disarming North Korea should not lag behind the expansion of relations between the two Koreas. Pompeo said there's "complete agreement" between Washington and Seoul on this, ...

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    PENTAGON LAGS ON POLICING LOWEST PRICE, TECHNICALLY ACCEPTABLE CONTRACTS

    Nov 19, 2018

    Two years after Congress required clearer criteria on when the Defense Department could issue the lowest price, technically-acceptable contracts, Pentagon contracting officers still lack adequate written guidance, the Government Accountability Office concluded in an audit released last week. Under t...

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    DEMOCRAT STACEY ABRAMS ENDS BID FOR GEORGIA GOVERNOR BUT 'WILL NOT CONCEDE'

    Nov 19, 2018

    Stacey Abrams halted her run for Georgia governor Friday, but the Democrat said she would not concede the contest to Republican Brian Kemp and planned to launch a voting rights group to file "major" litigation challenging election policies. As state officials prepare to certify the vote, A...

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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.
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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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