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Trump Eyes 10% Spending Cuts, 20% Slash of Federal Workers

on January 17, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts, and insiders say they could go as high as 20%.

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U.S. to Pay Billions To Marines Affected By Contaminated Drinking Water

on January 14, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion.

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House Oversight Scraps Transportation Subcommittee

on January 11, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
A House panel is scrapping its subcommittee that maintained oversight of transportation agencies like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Amtrak and Washington’s Metrorail.

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Congress Returns to Second Ethics Fracas In 2 Weeks

on January 9, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Republican leaders are moving forward with 10 confirmation picks to head federal agencies despite a federal official's warning that some of Trump's picks for the positions haven't been properly vetted.

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CBO Shows More Effective Means to Reduce the Deficit Than Targeting the Federal Workforce

By on January 8, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
CBO Shows More Effective Means to Reduce the Deficit Than Targeting the Federal Workforce

The Congressional Budget Office has published a list of 115 ways to reduce the federal deficit in the coming years. The author points out that the options which target the federal workforce generally offer smaller deficit reductions than other items on the list.

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Trump Team Seeks Agency Records On Border Barriers, Surveillance

on January 4, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.

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How Inauguration Day Will Impact Washington

on January 3, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Federal employees in the Washington, DC area will soon have a holiday for Inauguration Day, but how will the large anticipated crowds impact those attending the event?

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Customs Computer Outage Causes Major Airport Delays

on January 3, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
A computer outage at US airports Monday evening left thousands of inbound international travelers stuck behind customs screening stations for hours on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

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Federal Agencies Rush To Fill Job Openings Before Trump Takes Office

on January 1, 2017 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Several federal agencies are accelerating hiring in the final days of the Obama administration to ensure that as many new employees as possible are in place before President-elect Donald Trump imposes a promised hiring freeze.

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‘We the People’ Online Petitions Had Limited Legislative Impact

on December 30, 2016 in Current Events with 0 Comments
The White House launched the 'We the People' website five years ago as part of its open government initiative. How much impact did these petitions ultimately have on legislation? This report from the Pew Research Center takes an in depth look.

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