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Report: John Kerry Floated as Possible Defense Secretary Candidate

The names of Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and former defense policy undersecretary Michele Flournoy are frequently floated as possible successors to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, should he choose to step down. According to the Washington Post, the name of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has also come up and President …

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Issa Confident in Moving Through Postal Reform Legislation

Rep. Darrell Issa is remaining confident the lame duck Congress will approve proposed reform legislation of the U.S. Postal Service, a spokesman told GovExec. Some of Issa’s plans for the USPS include closing and consolidation of postal facilities, reduced delivery days, creation of an audit group and selling advertising on …

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CBO Predicts 9.1% Unemployment In Event of Full Fiscal Cliff

The Congressional Budget Office has released its projections of both short-term and long-term effects of the U.S. going off the fiscal cliff in January, Fierce Government reports. Along with Bush-era tax cuts expiring and spending cuts under sequestration, Geoff Whiting writes the fiscal cliff also includes the end of the …

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Profile: NGA CIO Keith Littlefield

Dr. Keith Littlefield serves as chief information officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Springfield, Va.-based mapping agency led by Letitia Long. Before joining NGA, Littlefield served as associate deputy director of national intelligence for acquisition, technology and facilities in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from September …

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Schumer, Graham Developing Immigration Reform Framework

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday he and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Texas) are working on a framework for immigration reform, according to National Journal. Dan Friedman writes Graham and Schumer initially drafted the framework in 2010 but it failed due to issues regarding feasibility of …

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Sen. Corker Confident in Lawmakers Reaching Fiscal Cliff Compromise

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) expressed optimism in an interview with Fox News Sunday that lawmakers can reach a deficit reduction agreement and avoid the fiscal cliff. According to The Hill newspaper’s account of the interview, Corker said such a deal would prevent the higher tax rates and spending cuts under …

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