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Report: Federal Funding Lapse Impacts Staffing Levels at Some Agencies

A lapse in federal appropriations that started on Saturday due to a partial government shutdown has affected some federal agencies, Federal News Network reported Thursday. About 32K employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been precluded from going to work, including 1.5K personnel at DHS’ management directorate who have been put on emergency furlough.
 

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Interior Department to Implement New ‘Unified Regions’ in Reorganization Effort

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Wednesday his plan to create 12 new unified regions as part of the Interior Department’s efforts to reorganize its structure and simplify operations, Federal News Radio reported. The DOI's current bureaus organize the country into multiple, sometimes overlapping, administrative regions. Under Zinke's reorganization, all bureaus, with the exception of the three involving American Indian affairs, will have the same 12 regional subdivisions.

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Sonny Bhagowalia Named CBP IT Deputy Assistant Commissioner

Sonny Bhagowalia, former chief information officer of the Treasury Department, has joined the Customs and Border Protection as deputy assistant commissioner at the agency’s information technology office, Federal Times reported Saturday. In his new role, Bhagowalia will lead CBP’s cybersecurity efforts and the development of automated interfaces between the agency and other …

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NOAA Moves to Expedite Remote Sensing Tech Review Process

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office has moved to accelerate its licensing process for commercial Earth imaging systems, SpaceNews reported Thursday. The expedited process was partly driven by a 2017 agreement among the departments of Commerce, State, Defense and Interior and the Office of the …

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Mark Bathrick: Drones Aid DOI in Emergency Response Missions

Mark Bathrick, director of the Interior Department‘s aviation services unit, has said that DOI uses unmanned aerial vehicles from the Defense Department to assist in emergency and disaster response efforts, Federal Times reported Thursday. The report said DOI maintains various drones such as the Falcon Hover, Pulse Vapor 55 and 3DR Solo Quadcopter. …

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FAA Issues Drone Flight Restriction on DOE Facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration has moved to restrict operations of unmanned aerial vehicles near Energy Department facilities per request of U.S national security and law enforcement agencies. FAA said Monday it will use the agency’s authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations section to prohibit drone flights within 400 feet of seven DOE …

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Report: White House Report on Industrial Base Review Could Be Ready by April

The Defense Department is halfway through a cross-government review of the national security industrial base and expects working groups to come up with draft recommendations this month, Breaking Defense reported Monday. An administration official said Peter Navarro, a White House adviser, and his staff will analyze, synthesize and assemble those recommendations …

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GAO Adds Federal Indian Programs, Environmental Liabilities, 2020 Census to High-Risk List

The Government Accountability Office has added the 2020 Decennial Census, federal environmental liabilities and management of federal health, education and energy programs for Indian tribes to its high-risk list or areas in government operations that are vulnerable to fraud, waste and mismanagement. GAO said in a report published Wednesday the addition of the …

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