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Senate Banking Committee OKs Adam Szubin’s Treasury Nomination

The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday voted 14-8 to approve the nomination of Adam Szubin as undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department, Bloomberg reported Friday. Elizabeth Dexheimer writes Szubin was nominated by President Barack Obama in April last year to lead the department’s efforts to stop financing for …

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Senate OKs Fast-Track Trade Authority Bill

The Senate has advanced a bill that would grant President Barack Obama and future U.S. presidents the authority to fast-track passage of trade deals, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. Alexander Bolton writes the trade bill was approved by senators in a 62-37 vote Friday and is expected to stir debate …

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Industry Looks Into Procurement Reform Talk

Some industry watchers have weighed in on the future of federal information technology procurement and factors that could lead to comprehensive reform on the government’s IT acquisition practices, FCW reported Wednesday. Mark Rockwell cited experts as saying the call for change could have been catalyzed by the issues encountered with …

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President Obama Nominates John Roth as DHS Inspector General

President Barack Obama has nominated John Roth as the next inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, a post that has been vacant since 2011, Federal Times reported Monday. Sean Reilly writes that Roth is slated to succeed interim inspector general Charles Edwards. Richard Skinner retired in early 2011 …

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Susan Rice: White House Remains Committed to Asia Policy Pivot

The Obama administration has reiterated its intention to re-balance its foreign policy focus toward the Asia-Pacific, Reuters reported Wednesday. Steve Holland writes Susan Rice, national security adviser to President Obama, spoke about the administration’s effort to strengthen ties with allies in Asia during a recent speech at Georgetown University in …

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White House-Congress Budget Standoff Continues; John Boehner Comments

President Barack Obama and key lawmakers did not reach a compromise to end the federal government shutdown during a White House summit held Wednesday, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Congressional leaders held to their positions on the budget and healthcare law during the hour-long talks, according to the report by Richard Rubin, …

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Report: 800K Civilian Workers Could be Furloughed if Gov’t Shuts Down

Data analysis indicates an estimated 800,000 federal civilian workers will experience furloughs if a government shutdown occurs, GovExec reported Tuesday. Kellie Lunney writes USA Today analyzed previous shutdown contingency plans and found that large agencies exempted a sizeable number of employees performing “essential” duties from the unpaid leave. Social Security benefits, …

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