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Report: Deborah Lee James Names Nuclear Arms Mission as Top USAF Priority

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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said that it is necessary to retain airmen working on nuclear arms programs as she and other officials discussed personnel cutbacks elsewhere in the service, National Journal reported Thursday. Rachel Oswald writes that an estimated 4,000 nuclear weapons personnel will not be among the 16,700 active-duty personnel the Air Force plans …

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House Approves CBP Authorization Bill in Unanimous Vote

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House lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill that would formalize the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency’s authority to perform security operations, FCW reported Thursday. Mark Rockwell writes that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act is sponsored by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Sheila Jackson …

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Bipartisan House Bill Seeks to Reform Federal IT Acquisition Practices

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A bipartisan House of Representatives group has introduced a bill to overhaul the process by which federal agencies procure information technology products and services. The Reforming Federal Procurement of Information Technology Act would establish a digital government office to oversee IT investments and policies across the government, Democratic California Rep. …

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NIST Grant Program Aims to Encourage Manufacturing Tech R&D Partnerships

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology will offer grants of up to $5.6 million for industry-led consortia to research and develop manufacturing process technologies. NIST’s AdvancedManufacturing Technology Consortia Program is open to all private companies, academic institutions and government agencies, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Grant awards will range …

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Pentagon Kicks Off New Civilian Employee Appraisal System

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The Defense Department has started to implement a fresh civilian employee appraisal system after a six-month work designing the program, DoD said Wednesday. Jim Garamone writes Pentagon officials submitted a report to Congress on the progress of the new personnel authorities design and the steps to implement. The department’s 748,000 …

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Report: Derek Chollet to Leave Defense Department Int’l Affairs Role

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Derek Chollet is set to depart his role as the Defense Department’s assistant secretary for international security affairs in January, Foreign Policy reported Wednesday. Chollet told his staff Wednesday in an email that he is leaving President Barack Obama’s national security team after nearly six years, Kate Brannen reports. Chollet works …

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