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Relief Fund Created for Furloughed FAA Workers

Federal Aviation Administration workers furloughed as a result of a partial agency shutdown now have a relief fund to draw from while off the job, the FAA Managers Association announced Wednesday. The Hill reports the 4,000 workers have been off the job for nearly two weeks since Congress failed to …

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Former Microsoft Exec Set to be Federal CIO

Former Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel is the next federal chief information officer, the New York Times reports. VanRoekel left Microsoft in 2009 to become managing director at the Federal Communications Commission and is currently on detail as an executive director at the Agency for International Development. VanRoekel worked at Microsoft …

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Senate Confirms Dempsey for Joint Chiefs Post

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey, currently the Army’s chief of staff, will succeed current chairman Adm. Mike Mullen. Mullen is retiring when his term ends Sept. 30. Army Times reports the Senate also confirmed Navy …

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Debt Deal Done, What Now for Fed Workers?

After much debate, legislation to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending passed through Congress Tuesday and was signed by President Barack Obama right away. The legislation contains no measures targeting federal employees. However, Government Executive reports groups representing federal employees know pay and benefits will be targeted soon. The …

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FAA Shutdown to Go Into September

The House of Representatives has gone into its August recess, which means a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration will stay in effect into early September. Federal Times reports the House was scheduled to stay in session through Thursday. However, a spokesperson for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) …

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Mullen: U.S. Troops in Iraq Need Immunity to Stay

American troops deployed in Iraq must have immunity from prosecution if they are to stay there beyond the end of the year, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday. The AP reports Adm. Mike Mullen and other U.S. officials have been pushing the Iraqi government to decide …

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Treasury: It’s Business as Usual

Assuming Congress passes the debt ceiling increase Tuesday, the Treasury announced Monday it plans to borrow $331 billion in the current quarter. Reuters reports the Treasury is proceeding as if the debt ceiling increase will be passed and signed by President Barack Obama. The Treasury has said it would not …

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White House Launches Govt. Waste-Cutting Panel

The Obama Adminstration launched its promised panel of mostly experienced inspectors general Thursday as part of its Campaign to Cut Waste. The Government Accountability and Transparency Board was established June 13 in an executive order. The board held its first meeting Thursday morning, a little over a month since Obama …

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President, Congressional Leaders Reach Debt Limit Deal

President Obama and Congressional leaders agreed Sunday night to raise the federal debt limit, with one day left before the Treasury said it would start being unable to meet government obligations. Obama announced the deal Sunday night in a televised statement from the White House briefing room. The deal raises …

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VA Quizzed over Vet-Owned Small Business Contract Fraud

The Department of Veterans Affairs faced tough questions Thursday from a House subcommittee after an internal audit found nearly 1,400 contracts intended for veteran-owned businesses were awarded to ineligible companies. Federal Times reports the contracts are supposed to be set aside for veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. …

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