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White House Reduces FY 2013 Deficit Estimate by $214B

The White House’s mid-year report projects that the U.S. budget deficit for fiscal 2013 will drop to $759 billion, Fedscoop reported Monday. Cory Bennett writes the deficit was estimated at $973 billion when the Obama administration released its 2014 budget plan in April. If either estimate is correct, it will …

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Report: Obama Eyes Full Military Pullout in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama is looking at a total pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan following last month’s failed talks to iron out policy differences with his Afghan counterpart, Reuters reported Tuesday. The report quoted U.S. officials as saying the administration had been willing to leave a few thousand troops in …

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President Obama Introduces Upcoming Agenda for Gov’t Innovation

President Barack Obama unveiled his second-term management agenda Monday, including efforts to utilize technology that works to improve government efficiency, Nextgov reports. Charles Clark writes Obama announced during a televised speech that Sylvia Mathews Burwell, White House budget chief, will lead the administration’s smarter government initiative. The President also introduced …

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Martin Dempsey Speaks on U.S.-Egypt Defense Ties

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has spoken about bolstering defense ties between the U.S. and Egypt in a July 3 interview with CNN reporter Candy Crowley, the American Forces Press Service reported Friday. Jim Garamone writes Demsey disclosed that the U.S. Army intends …

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White House Seeks Feedback on 2nd Open Government Action Plan

The White House wants public input on its proposal to create a second action plan that will work to further encourage openness and civic participation in government activities, according to a Wednesday blog post. Lisa Ellman and Hollie Russon Gilman write the Obama administration has fulfilled 24 out of its …

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DoD Aims to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

The U.S. Defense Department plans to increase the budget for cybersecurity infrastructures in 2014 as part of efforts to address the growing cyber threat landscape, the American Forces Press Service reported June 20. Karen Parrish writes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has identified several challenges to defense such as invisible attacks, …

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