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Trump Commends Acting Cabinet Officials

President Donald Trump has said he is not in a rush to name permanent appointees to key government leadership positions in his administration, CNN reported Sunday. "Well, I'm in no hurry. I have acting (administration officials). And my actings are doing really great," he told reporters Sunday at the White House.
 

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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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Anthony Foxx Confirmed to Lead Transportation Dept

Anthony Foxx has won Senate approval to head the U.S. Department of Transportation, Reuters reported Thursday. Foxx, 42, got the unanimous vote after earning bipartisan support from the Senate Commerce Committee earlier in the week. At DOT, he will oversee approximately 53,000 employees and a $72 billion budget. President Obama’s latest cabinet member …

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Sally Jewell Overwhelmingly Confirmed Interior Secretary

Sally Jewell, CEO of outdoor equipment retail giant Recreational Equipment Inc., was confirmed by an 87-11 vote in the Senate as the next interior secretary. Jewell has said she plans to resign from the company upon her confirmation by the Senate, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. She will succeed Ken Salazar and …

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House Oversight Panel: Many IG Recommendations Not Implemented

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will release a report Tuesday outlining how many agencies are not implementing recommendations from inspectors general on potential savings, the Washington Post reports. Eric Yoder writes the committee’s staff report found 17,000 recommendations that are still pending and estimates they could help save …

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Jack Lew Confirmed As Treasury Secretary

Jack Lew, President Barack Obama’s nominee for treasury secretary, was confirmed in a 71-26 Senate vote on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Lew is expected to lead deficit reduction talks with Congress and figure out how to reduce the country’s $16.6 trillion national debt, according to the report by Anna Yukhananov and …

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu Stepping Down

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Friday he is stepping down from his position and will not stay on for a second term, Politico reports. Darius Dixon writes Chu plans to resign upon Senate confirmation of his successor and at least through the ARPA-E Summit at the end of February. Former North …

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Leaving

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is resigning from his position and will not stay on for a second term in the cabinet, he announced in a blog post Tuesday. LaHood told readers he plans to stay on until the Senate confirms his successor in an attempt “to ensure a smooth transition …

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Leave Cabinet

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his position by the end of March to spend more time with his family in Colorado, the Denver Post reports. Allison Sherry writes President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden wanted Salazar to stay on but his office told the Denver …

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