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Reports: House, Senate to Begin Work on Fiscal 2017 NDAA Reconciliation

A conference committee of House and Senate members will meet to discuss reconciliation of the chambers’ defense policy bills for the 2017 fiscal year, Defense News reported Wednesday. Joe Gould writes Senate Armed Services Committee Staff Director Chris Brose and his House Armed Services Committee counterpart Bob Simmons said at an American Enterprise Institute-hosted event …

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Report: Virginia, Maryland Leaders Propose Infrastructure Investments for FBI HQ Relocation Project

The governors of Maryland and Virginia have created separate proposals to invest in transportation and road improvement projects as they persuade the General Services Administration to pick their states as the location for the FBI’s future headquarters, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Jonathan O’Connell writes the GSA is considering relocating the FBI …

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FireEye Study Shows Decline in China-Linked Cyber Intrusions Since Mid-2014

A FireEye analysis has found that the volume of cyber attacks by China-based hacking groups on government and commercial networks in the U.S. and 25 other target countries has declined since mid-2014. FireEye said in its “Redline Drawn: China Recalculates Its Use of Cyber Espionage” report the decline coincided with China’s efforts to centralize domestic cyber …

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OPM Issues Hiring Preference Guide for Senior-Level National Security Posts

New guidance from the Office of Personnel Management recommends that federal agencies give “strong” preference to top-level national security job candidates who have performed interagency rotational services. In the guidance published Wednesday, acting OPM Director Beth Cobert instructed leaders of agencies to ensure that individuals who have completed the National Security Professional Development Interagency Personnel Rotations …

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House Approves $576B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2017

House members voted 282-138 Thursday to pass a $575.7 billion military spending bill that would provide the Defense Department with a $517.1 billion base budget and another $58.6 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2017, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday. Rebecca Kheel writes the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act would shift about …

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Joint Committee Starts to Tackle Military Construction, Veterans Programs, Zika Response Funding Bill

A joint committee of House and Senate appropriators met Tuesday to begin discussions on a bill that would fund the Defense Department‘s military infrastructure projects and the Department of Veterans Affairs‘ quality-of-life programs for former service members in fiscal year 2017. The bill would also provide financial aid to domestic and international …

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Jens Stoltenberg: NATO Estimates 1.5% Increase in Defense Spending by Canada, European Allies

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said current estimates show that military spending in Canada and the alliance’s other member states in Europe has increased by 1.5 percent, or more than $3 billion, DoD News reported Tuesday. Jim Garamone writes Stoltenberg highlighted spending trends across the alliance on the eve of the …

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Mary Davie: GSA, NASA, NIH to Conduct IT Hardware Buying Events Through September 2016

The General Services Administration, NASA and the National Institutes of Health will each hold buying events from June to September in an effort to increase participation of federal agencies in the Government-wide Strategic Solution for Desktops and Laptops initiative. Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the integrated technology service office at …

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