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DOJ’s Information Policy Office, GSA’s 18F Unit Partner on FOIA Portal Development

The Justice Department‘s Office of Information Policy has partnered with the General Services Administration‘s 18F digital services group to build a website for processing of Freedom of Information Act requests. OIP said Wednesday it will gather input from agency personnel and requesters on the creation of a national FOIA portal, as mandated by the FOIA Improvement Act of …

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VA Choice Program Extension Bill Gets Trump’s Signature

President Donald Trump has signed a bill to extend a Department of Veterans Affairs program that allows eligible military veterans to receive medical care from a civilian provider, DoD News reported Thursday. Trump said the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act offers former service members an option to choose their care provider and eliminates the need to travel long …

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VA, VACDC Partner to Build Ambulatory Care Center at Omaha VA Medical Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs has forged an agreement with Omaha, Nebraska-based nonprofit Veterans Ambulatory Center Development Corp. to build an ambulatory care center at Omaha VA Medical Center campus. VA said Wednesday it has chosen to partner with VACDC instead of following through a 2011 plan to construct a $560 million facility. The department will …

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Air Force, NNSA Conduct Qualification Flight Test on B61-12 Gravity Bomb; Michael Lutton Comments

The U.S. Air Force and the National Nuclear Security Administration have evaluated the non-nuclear functions of a gravity bomb during a qualification flight test held at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. NNSA said Thursday the service branch dropped the B61-12 non-nuclear test assembly from an F-16 aircraft as part of the test to assess …

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Matt Goodrich: Agencies to Evaluate Low-Impact Cloud Services Under FedRAMP Tailored Baseline

Matt Goodrich, director of the General Services Administration‘s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, has said agencies will play a role in the assessment of low-impact, software-as-a-service offerings via the program’s “tailored” certification process, GCN reported Wednesday. Sarah Friedman writes GSA introduced the FedRAMP Tailored baseline in an effort to help providers complete the approval process for …

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White House Lifts Federal Hiring Freeze Following Release of OMB Govt Restructuring Guidance

The White House has lifted the federal hiring freeze after the Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance that recommends measures for agencies on how to reduce the federal workforce’s size, restructure missions and evaluate employee performance, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Jason Miller writes OMB Director Mick Mulvaney released …

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