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FBI Announces Plans for New Office in St. Louis

The federal government plans to construct a new FBI field office at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency campus in St. Louis, according to a St. Louis Business Journal report Thursday. The planned 40.4K-square foot facility is intended to accommodate information technology equipment and FBI cyber mission servers and unify all field offices across St. Louis.

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Senate Bill to Grant Air Force $1.1B for Post-Disaster Projects

Up to $1.1B in funding has been allocated to the U.S. Air Force in a new Senate bill intending to help the government in disaster-relief efforts, Air Force Magazine reported Wednesday. The Air Force budget is part of the $13.6B government-wide funding package to address the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires, among other natural disasters.

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Report: Coast Guard May Take 400 Years to Address $2.6B Infrastructure Backlogs

A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that the U.S. Coast Guard’s current $2.6B infrastructure construction and maintenance backlogs pose financial, safety and mission performance risks to the service. GAO issued the report on Thursday showing the service branch has $1.7B worth of delayed construction and improvement projects, which would take 395 years to address. 

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Senators Propose Bill to Boost Infrastructure Funding for US Surface Transportation Projects

Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced a bill to increase statutory cap on Private Activity Bonds to $20.8B to help state and local governments enter new public-private partnerships for surface transportation projects. The lawmakers unveiled the Building United States Infrastructure and Leveraging Development Act on Wednesday intending to boost the original statutory cap from the current $15B budget. 

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Christopher Grady: Navy, Industrial Base Need to Adjust for Maintenance, Modernization Demands

During a Surface Navy Association event, Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said the U.S. Navy and industrial base need better flexibility to accelerate shipbuilding and maintenance operations, USNI News reported Thursday. Grady noted the industrial base’s growth rate is not keeping up with the Navy’s maintenance demands, with the suppliers being “optimized for cost efficiency” as a result.

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Army Corps of Engineers Unveils FY 2019 Work Plan for Civil Works Program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has submitted to Congress its work plan for several projects under its Civil Works program. The service said Wednesday it will get a total of $6.9B in fiscal 2019 funds for the Army Civil Works program through the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

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VA Adds Veteran Health, Benefits Agencies as Exemptions in Federal Hiring Freeze

The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled additional exemptions to the moratorium on federal hiring efforts following a previous move to lift restrictions for some professional fields in January. VA said Wednesday its latest guideline exempts medical and nonmedical positions, the Veterans Health Administration’s medical facilities and the Veterans Benefits Administration’s regional and field offices …

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Reuters: DHS Report Pegs US-Mexico Border Wall Cost at $22B

An internal report from the Department of Homeland Security says President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would cost up to $21.6 billion and take more than three years to complete, Reuters reported Thursday. Julia Edwards Ainsley writes the report presents a higher figure than an initial $12 billion figure …

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