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House Clears Waiver for James Mattis’ Appointment as Defense Secretary

The House voted 268-151 Friday to pass a congressional waiver that would permit retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department under the Trump administration once he is confirmed, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a press briefing Friday that President Barack …

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Obama Clears $619B Defense Spending Legislation for Fiscal 2017

President Barack Obama has signed the 2017 defense policy bill that authorizes $618.7 billion in funds and includes $67 billion for overseas contingency operations, The Hill reported Friday. Rebecca Kheel writes the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act provides for $3.2 billion more OCO funds than Obama’s request that will cover a 2.1-percent military pay raise and additional …

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Obama Signs Inspector General Empowerment Bill

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that provides inspectors general to access data they need to perform their duties. The Inspectors General Empowerment Act of 2016 will give IGs authority to obtain necessary information without compromising the public’s privacy and civil liberties, the White House said Friday. House and Senate lawmakers unanimously approved the bill Dec. …

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Sen. Tom Carper: HQ Consolidation Could Save DHS $1B

A report from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) estimates that the Department of Homeland Security will save nearly $1.2 billion over 30 years if DHS completes the  consolidation of its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths West campus in Washington, D.C. The report, titled “DHS Headquarters Consolidation at St. Elizabeths: Better Results for Less Money,” recommends the incoming administration …

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Obama Signs Program Management Improvement & Accountability Act

President Barack Obama has signed legislation that seeks to boost accountability and best practices in project and program management functions across the federal government. The Project Management Institute said Friday both chambers of the Congress approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 with bipartisan support. PMIAA will …

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ODNI: Intell Community to Publicly Release Findings of Election-Related Foreign Intrusion Review

The Intelligence Community has begun to review foreign actions to influence U.S. presidential elections from 2008 to 2016 under an order from President Barack Obama. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday the IC will brief Congress upon completion of the study and release the findings to the public. ODNI added senior administration officials …

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