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Study Fears Bioterrorism Threats Increase with Budget Cuts

Looking back at 2011, besides government gridlock, government-wide budget cuts have been a recurring theme. From the Pentagon to NASA, government agencies and entities have felt the constraints and have had to rethink their strategies in order to adapt for the future. A looming question for some is how budget …

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VA May Get Audit After Official Testifies of Understaffing

The Department of Veterans Affairs‘ $5.7 billion-mental healthcare budget may be audited upon a Senate committee request after a recent testimony claiming that the department was not providing adequate care, according to a Washington Post report. Wilmington VA Medical Center‘s director of post-traumatic stress disorder services, Michelle Washington, recently testified on behalf …

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Lawmaker Wants Smoking Sections Gone from Federal Buildings

Federal employees who smoke may have to find someplace else, other than their workplace, to smoke if one lawmaker’s idea gets traction on Capitol Hill. Last week, Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) introduced the Smoke-Free Federal Buildings Act (H.R. 3382), which would ban smoking inside and 25-feet around all federally-owned buildings …

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VA Changes Rules on Patient Info Sharing with Pentagon

The Department of Veterans Affairs is amending a department rule to remove a restriction on sharing of information about treatment for certain types of medical conditions with the Defense Department. The VA says the rule change will make it easier for the VA and Pentagon to exchange information on treatments …

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Job Creation Up in September, Unemployment Stuck at 9.1

More workers were hired in September and job gains from previous months were revised higher, but the Labor Department’s latest jobs report says it did not make a dent in the nation’s unemployment rate. Unemployment remains at 9.1 percent, the same rate as July and August according to the Bureau …

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White House Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Health Reform Law

The Obama administration on Wednesday asked Supreme Court to back the individual mandate in President Obama’s health care reform bill, according to a Reuters report. That same day, some 26 states urged the court to nix the entire law. The 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business suggest …

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U.S. Developing New Chip to Test Toxicity of Drugs

The National Institutes of Health will collaborate with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the  Food and Drug Administration to develop a chip capable of screening new drugs for toxic material before tested on people. The chips will be loaded with specific cell types and would be able to …

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