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More Than 300K Furloughed Civilian Defense Workers Return to Work

The Defense Department has restored more than 300,000 furloughed civilian employees following the passage of a military pay bill, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Jeremy Herb and Erik Wasson write only a few of the nearly 750,000 civilian defense workers will stay on furlough and the military’s service members will continue …

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Army to Continue Network Modernization Program

The Defense Department has given the U.S. Army approval to continue a communication modernization program despite the government shutdown and budget cuts, FedScoop reported Monday. Dan Verton writes the Pentagon awarded a a $111 million contract to General Dynamics C4 Systems for the Army’s $6 billion Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program. This follow-on order to General …

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Report: Federal Budget Cuts Jeopardize U.S. Medical Research

Doctors have raised concerns that medical research efforts may slow because of a budget crisis facing the federal government, Nextgov reported Friday. Emma Green writes sequestration has slashed close to $1.55 billion from the National Institutes of Health‘s budget. Siddhartha Mukherjee, who authored “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography …

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Bennie Thompson: Congress Should Restart Chemical Plant Security Program

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) has called on lawmakers to approve funding for the Department of Homeland Security‘s program that oversees security at chemical plants across the country, Global Security Newswire reported Friday. Douglas Guarino writes DHS halted work under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards initiative due to the government shutdown. Thompson …

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House Unanimously Approves Furlough Back Pay Legislation

The House approved a bill 470-0 to mandate retroactive pay for the nearly 800,000 federal employees on furlough because of the government shutdown, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jack Moore writes the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was put forward by Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on …

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Robert Hale: Pentagon Could Recall 90% of Furloughed Civilians

The Defense Department intends to call back to work nearly 90 percent of the 350,000 civilian employees that were furloughed last week amid the shutdown, Bloomberg reported Sunday. According to the report by William Selway and Gopal Ratnam, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told journalists during a conference call the furloughs affected nearly half of the Pentagon’s …

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AIA: Gov’t Shutdown Delays Aircraft Certifications, Space Programs

The Aerospace Industries Association has said the federal shutdown interferes with aircraft inspection, manufacturing and certification processes, the Washington Business Journal reported Friday. Jill Aitoro writes the AIA, a trade group representing aerospace and defense contractors, urged the White House and Congress to work together to reopen the government. The organization …

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OMB Chief Sylvia Burwell to Review Cyber Guidance

The federal government’s new cybersecurity guidance in the hands of Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Burwell for a final review, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes that the new cybersecurity guidance will direct agencies on how to implement continuous monitoring for federal information systems. Miller reports the guide …

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House Approves VA Spending Measure; John Boehner Comments

The House voted 259-157 Thursday to approve a measure that would provide funding for disability claims and GI Bill benefits programs run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Times reported Thursday. Rick Maze writes the passage comes after the VA warned that it might not be able to pay …

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