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Obama Signs Inspector General Empowerment Bill

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that provides inspectors general to access data they need to perform their duties. The Inspectors General Empowerment Act of 2016 will give IGs authority to obtain necessary information without compromising the public’s privacy and civil liberties, the White House said Friday. House and Senate lawmakers unanimously approved the bill Dec. …

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Obama to Appoint Meghan Flanz as VA Human Resources & Administration Asst Secretary

President Barack Obama intends to appoint Meghan Flanz, former deputy general counsel for legal operations and accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as VA assistant secretary for human resources and administration. The White House named Flanz among other individuals to key administration posts in a release published Friday. Flanz currently serves as …

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Presidential Memo Bolstered Diversity in National Security Workforce

President Barack Obama has called for greater diversity in the national security workforce which includes the departments of State, Defense, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Obama said in a presidential memorandum published Wednesday that the national security workforce is less diverse than the rest of the …

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Obama Urges Congress to Move Forward With Zika Budget Request in Two Weeks

President Barack Obama has said Congress needs to allocate funds for Zika prevention efforts within the next two weeks to support the development of vaccines and mosquito abatement tools and aid state emergency response efforts. Obama said Friday Congress should not adjourn until it moves forward with the $1.9 billion budget request which will fund vaccine …

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US Forces Japan Commander John Dolan Nominated as Joint Staff Operations Director

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Dolan, commander of U.S. Forces Japan and Pacific Air Forces’ Fifth Air Force, as operations director (J-3) for the Joint Staff. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced his nomination in a DoD notice posted Friday. Dolan will support the Joint Staff chairman, provide advice …

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