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President to Use Recess Appointment to Install Medicare Leader

President Barack Obama is scheduled today to make Dr. Donald Berwick a recess appointment as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Berwick, whom the president nominated in April, will take control of the agency without going through a confirmation process. According to White House officials, “the agency …

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HHS Awards $96M to Train Healthcare Providers

Human and Health Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week announced the awarding of $96 million in grants to increase diversity in the healthcare field and encourage nurses to become nurse educators. The grants will fund scholarships that schools give to students from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial need. Funds will also …

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Napolitano Announces Enhancement to ‘See Something, Say Something’ Campaign

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced last week the launch of the beginning phase of the nationwide “See Something, Say Something” campaign, an initiative to raise public awareness of suspicious activity signs in public transportation. The newest addition to the campaign is the recently announced national information-sharing partnership …

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NASA at Your Finger Tips

Interested in NASA and have a smartphone? Then you will be able to access all the latest information, images and videos from the space agency. The newly updated app features four different screens: The missions home screen, which displays all current NASA missions in a table view; the images home …

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Gen. Gary Patton Discusses Afghan Army’s Development

The latest status of the Afghan army’s development was explained during a recent address by Army Brig. Gen. Gary Patton during a Department of Defense bloggers conference. According to Patton, the Afghan forces have seen significant growth in the past few months as efforts to increase numbers, develop leaders and …

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First Lady Urges Support for Service Members

As the nation celebrated Independence Day, First Lady Michelle Obama issued a statement urging Americans to support service members and their families. “The freedoms and rights that characterize our nation would not be possible without the brave men and women in uniform and the families that support them,” the first …

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Government Launches New Smartphone Apps

The government continues to strengthen its presence in the technology realm with today’s release of four new smartphone apps. The Obama administration unveiled the new apps as part of the relaunch of the government website, USA.gov. The apps “Product Recalls,” “My TSA,” “UV Index” and “My Food-a-Pedia” put a refreshing …

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