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Merit Systems Protection Board Seeks Increase From President’s Budget Request

The Merit Systems Protection Board filed a bypass request with Congress seeking $46.8M in funds for 2020, reflecting a $4.6M increase from the president’s proposed budget. MSPB said in its congressional budget justification the president’s budget request of $42.3M represents a 10 percent cut to the board’s current funding level and would result in a workforce reduction if enacted.

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Gene Dodaro: GAO Considers Cybersecurity a Top Priority for FY 2020

Gene Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office, said during a Senate subcommittee hearing that one of GAO’s priorities in fiscal year 2020 is cybersecurity, Federal News Network reported Friday. He said GAO expanded its cyber workforce from 140 to 175 employees this year and needs more resources to meet lawmaker requests around cybersecurity.

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Congress Confirms David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary

David Bernhardt, acting secretary of the Department of the Interior, has been confirmed by Congress to serve in the role on a permanent basis, The Hill reported Thursday. Congress voted 56-41 confirming Berhardt, who will manage energy production efforts offshore and in publicly owned U.S. land that spans around 500 million acres. 

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Congress to Reject White House Budget Proposal for Coast Guard

Lawmakers said the White House’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal for the Coast Guard is "dead on arrival" in Congress because of a lack of funding for critical missions, Military.com reported Tuesday. Officials made the remarks during a House meeting with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz. 

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Heather Wilson on Air Force’s Efforts to Maintain US Dominance in Space

Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson said the service adopts a comprehensive approach based on “a clear-eyed assessment of the world as it is” to maintain the country’s superiority in space, the Air Force reported Tuesday. Wilson the assessment extends to discussions over the establishment of space force as the sixth military branch during the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo on Tuesday. 

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James Murray Appointed Secret Service Director

James Murray, assistant director of the office of protective operations at the U.S. Secret Service, was named director of the federal law enforcement agency. The move will take effect in May. He will succeed Randolph “Tex” Alles, a retired Marine Corps major general who took the helm of the agency in April 2017, the Secret Service said in a statement released Monday.

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Air Force Recommends Faster Acquisition Process in Fiscal 2018 Report

The U.S. Air Force found that the branch needs to accelerate its procurement process through its fiscal year 2018 annual acquisition report. Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said in statement published Tuesday that the military service needs to remain competitive and avoid the usage of procurement processes from the Cold War era.

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OMB to Withhold Some Federal IT Spending Data on Public Site

The Office of Management and Budget will not publish select data on the federal government’s information technology spending for 2020 on the IT Dashboard web site, Bloomberg Government reported Tuesday. Officials will withhold information related to federal infrastructure, management and security investments as part of its “data masking decision,” according to the General Services Administration.

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