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OPM Survey Says Feds Happy at Work

Times may get tougher for federal workers down the road, but a new study shows spirits are still high in federal offices. On Thursday, the Office of Personnel Management released the results of its 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. OPM said it received a record 266,000 responses. Nearly 85 percent …

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Solyndra Execs Stay Silent in Front of House Panel

Executives from a failed solar power company that received large loans from the federal government remained silent before a House panel investigating the company. Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and chief financial officer Bill Stover appeared before the House Energy Committee Friday, but lawyers advised both men to invoke their Fifth …

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House Passes Funding Bill, Senate Dems Say No Way

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to fund the federal government Friday, but Democrats in the Senate have vowed to block it. Largely along party lines, the House voted 219-203 to keep the government running through Nov. 18. The bill also provides $3.65 billion for disaster relief, a point of …

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GOP Lawmakers Ask WH for LightSquared Contacts

The House Science Committee has asked the White House to turn over all documents related to contact with telecommunications company LightSquared, who is seeking to build a national 4G wireless network. On Tuesday, Chairman Ralph Hall (R-Texas) and six Republican committee members sent a letter to the Office of Budget …

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Agencies to Review Conference Spending After DOJ Muffin Flap

The White House has ordered federal agencies to review their spending on conferences after a well-publicized report was released on the Justice Department’s conference-spending practices. An inspector general report said the DOJ spent $121 million on conferences in 2008 and 2009, exceeding its spending limit. The conferences included high-priced food …

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GOP Lawmaker Says Defense Cuts May Lead to Draft

Further cuts to the defense budget could lead the U.S. to shift from an all-volunteer force and reinstate the draft, a key House lawmaker said Monday. In an interview with Fox News, House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said cuts beyond the the $350 billion already agreed to in …

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ODNI Says 1.4M Contractors, Consultants Hold Clearances in Report

More than 1.4 million contractors and consultants have security clearances, according to a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Intelligence Authorization Act of 2010 requires the ODNI to report to Congress the number of Americans who hold security clearances. As of October 2010, nearly 4.2 …

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Army Surgeon General: Amputations Up During Afghan War

Since the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan, the number of U.S. troops who have had amputations has nearly doubled as a result of mines and roadside-bombs, according to an Army surgeon general report released Tuesday. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker commissioned the 87-page report, examining dismounted complex blast …

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NASA Rules Out N. America As Dead Satellite Drop Zone

A dead NASA satellite falling to Earth will not pass over North America during its re-entry into the atmosphere, the space agency said. The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite is expected to enter the Earth’s atmosphere Friday afternoon, with all but 26 pieces expected to burn up upon re-entry. “The satellite …

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