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Trump Signs Bill Aiming to Bolster Accountability of Security Clearance Process

President Donald Trump has signed a bill aiming to streamline and boost accountability of the government’s security clearance process. The Securely Expediting Clearances Through Reporting Transparency, or SECRET, Act requires the Office of Personnel Management‘s National Background Investigations Bureau to report on security clearance investigation backlogs, Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif. said Wednesday. The new …

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Report: 5 Cybersecurity Bills Get Obama’s Signature

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law the Federal Information Security Modernization Act and four other cybersecurity bills, GovInfoSecurity reported Thursday. Eric Chabrow writes FISMA directs agencies to shift from a checklist method to a continuous monitoring process for identifying data security compliance and risk issues. The newly approved …

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President Obama Signs $16B VA Healthcare Bill

A $16.3 billion measure to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs‘s healthcare system has been signed into law by President Barack Obama, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday. Martin Matishak writes the new law allows veterans to seek care at civilian hospitals and authorizes the agency to bolster its healthcare workforce. …

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Ashton Carter Seeks Flexibility, Time to Cope With Defense Cuts

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has stressed that the Pentagon needs “flexibility and time” to manage its financial resources in line with the government’s targets for the next 10 years, Reuters reported Thursday. David Alexander writes the senior DoD official’s comments on Thursday came as he briefed the Armed Services …

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Report: House Proposes $40M E-Gov Fund Merger

A subcommittee of the House of Representatives has endorsed a $40 million budget for a planned merger of the E-Government Fund and the Federal Citizen Services Fund, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Jason Miller writes the bid is meant to revive a 2012 bill that attempted to merge the funds …

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Dr. Harvey Davis, NSA Director for Installations & Logistics, on Leadership, Management and Success

Editor’s Note: ExecutiveGov recently spoke with Dr. Harvey Davis, director for installations and logistics at the National Security Agency. Dr. Davis has held a variety of roles over his 30 years of service to the agency, where his responsibilities have included leading recruitment and overseeing billions of dollars in infrastructure construction. Outside of the office, …

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