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House OKs $81.6B FY 2017 Package for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Support

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The House has voted 295-129 to approve an appropriations bill that would provide $81.6 billion in fiscal year 2017 funds to house, train, and equip military personnel. A post on the House Appropriations website said Thursday the spending package includes a $63.3 billion advance from the fiscal 2016 appropriation bill that covers housing and services to …

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House OKs $622M Package for Zika Response Effort

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House lawmakers have cleared a $622.1 million funding package for response efforts that aim to help mitigate the threat from the Zika virus and prevent its spread. The Zika Response Appropriations Act received a vote of 241-184 to approve fiscal year 2016 funds for agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, …

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FCC Seeks Chief Data Officer for Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis Office

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The Federal Communications Commission is looking for a chief data officer for its office of strategic planning and policy analysis. FCC said in a USAJobs announcement posted Wednesday that the incumbent will require a Top Secret security clearance and work to develop policies on the commission’s national data assets. The role entails support for strategic policy areas such cross-commission efforts on data management, …

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White House to Ask FAA to Oversee Asteroid Mining, Lunar Surface Missions; George Nield Comments

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The White House has proposed a “mission authorization” framework that would allow the Federal Aviation Administration to oversee asteroid mining, transportation of payloads to the lunar surface and other emerging commercial space missions, Space News reported Monday. Jeff Foust writes the White House’s office of science and technology policy included …

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Senate Bill Seeks to Remove 223 Duplicative, Obsolete Agency Reports

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Sens. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) have introduced a bill that would eliminate or merge approximately 223 outdated or redundant reports that federal agencies produce for Congress. The bill aims to build on Warner’s Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 that implemented efforts to dispose 53 reports deemed obsolete or duplicative …

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