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HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to Head Federal Sandy Recovery Programs

President Barack Obama has selected Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to supervise the government’s long-term Hurricane Sandy recovery programs, GovExec reports. Citing a statement from Obama, Kedar Pavgi writesDonovan will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies under the National Disaster Recovery Framework. The programs …

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House Tax Panel Chair Dave Camp: Reform Coming in 2013

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said his panel will pass a new and comprehensive tax reform package in  2013, Reuters reports. Camp promised the panel will move on the tax reform bill no matter what, according to the story from Kevin Drawbaugh and Patrick Temple-West. According to …

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Mitch McConnell Expects to See Cyber Bill Back on Senate Floor

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday he expects to restart discussion of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 after the chamber finalizes the defense and intelligence authorization bills, Federal News Radio reports. The cyber bill was declared dead by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) after a motion to end …

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Army Reserve Chief Jeffrey Talley Not Worried Over Sequestration

Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of the Army Reserve, told the Defense Writer’s Group Wednesday he is not worried that sequestration will occur, American Forces Press Service reports. He said he is not worried because both Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Secretary John McHugh told the departments to …

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Harry Reid: Cyber Bill Dead For Current Congress

The Senate failed again to move the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 forward Wednesday, National Journal reports. Josh Smith writes the vote fell nine votes short of the 60 required to invoke cloture. In an August vote, the Senate voted down the bill 52-46. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) said …

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Carl Levin Hopes to Have Defense Bill Amendments Before Thanksgiving

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made a motion to proceed on the defense authorization bill Wednesday by asking the chamber for consent to bring the bill forward, National Journal reports. Sarah Sorcher writes the bill provides the Pentagon a $614.3 billion budget, with $525.8 billion going to general operations …

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Report: Obama Signs New Cyber Policy Directive

A new directive from President Barack Obama guides the operations of federal agencies against cyber threats and gives the military power to be more aggressive against those threats, the Washington Post reports. Ellen Nakashima writes Presidential Policy Directive 20 was signed in mid-October and aims to help define what constitutes …

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Report: Paul Ryan Staying on as House Budget Chair

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) was given a waiver to continue serving as chairman of the House Budget Committee, National Journal reports. Citing a senior House GOP source, Billy House reports Ryan is part of a fiscal cliff working group that also comprises of Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp …

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