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Jack Lew: US to Reach Debt Limit October 17

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has told congressional leaders in a letter that the U.S. will not be able to pay off the country’s bills as of Oct. 17 unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. The Treasury began using “final extraordinary measures” Monday to extend the U.S.’ borrowing authority, Lew said …

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NASA Seeks Private-Sector R&D Partners for Space Missions

NASA is looking for partners in the commercial sector that can help the space agency research and develop technology to support its long-range missions. Mayur Ahuja, deputy director of engineering at Jacobs Engineering Group, will speak on behalf of NASA at an upcoming two-day forum to discuss the agency’s future …

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Buck McKeon, Mike Turner Want Pentagon Shutdown Furloughs Halted

Reps. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio) have asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to end furloughs on Defense Department civilian employees, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes McKeon, House Armed Services Committee chairman, told Hagel in a letter that he could act to retain civilian workers on their …

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Alan Lynn Succeeds David Simpson as DISA Vice Director

Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn, former commanding general of the Army network enterprise technology command, has succeeded Navy Rear Adm. David Simpson as the Defense Information Systems Agency‘s vice director. Lynn returns to DISA after serving as its chief of staff between July 2007 and October 2008, DISA said Monday. He …

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US, Indian Military Seek to Further Defense Partnership

The Defense Department is looking to collaborate with the Indian military for initiatives aimed at further developing new defense capabilities for both countries, American Forces Press Service reported Monday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Deputy Secretary Ash Carter introduced to Indian military officials a collaborative defense proposal for a program to jointly …

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Defense Contracts Freeze Amid Government Shutdown

The ongoing U.S. government shutdown has suspended the Defense Department’s contracting activities and nearly all government functions, DoD Buzz reported Monday. Kris Osborn quoted Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban as saying the shutdown puts the awarding of fresh contracts at a halt except for safety, property protection, emergency and medical …

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Federal Courts to Hear Cases Despite Shutdown

U.S. federal courthouses will operate despite the government shutdown that went into effect Tuesday but hearings and decisions on non-critical civil matters could be postponed, Reuters reported Monday. Joseph Ax writes the Justice Department has set a furlough schedule but layoffs will kick in only after funds from legal filling …

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Veterans Group: Shutdown to Hurt VA Funding for Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs could soon run out of money to pay beneficiaries due to a temporary lapse in government funding. A shutdown will disrupt claims appeal hearings, job placement, vocational counseling, funeral services and the VA Secretary’s correspondence with veterans groups, the American Legion said Monday. “The fact …

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OMB Directs Agencies to Implement Shutdown Plans

The Office of Management and Budget directed federal agencies late Monday night to carry out their plans for shutting down operations as Congress did not pass a continuing resolution by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. OMB Director Sylvia Burwell also told agencies to monitor developments and urged lawmakers to pass a …

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