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Senate Resumes Debates on FY 2019 Minibus Spending Bill for Defense, Other Agencies

Senators on Monday resumed debates on amendments to a fiscal 2019 minibus spending bill that will appropriate funds for multiple federal agencies including the Defense Department. The chamber approved two amendments to the defense bill, one of which allocates funding for the identification of U.S. servicemen among the remains repatriated from North Korea in July, the Washington Examiner reported.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Nominee James Morhard Highlights Priorities Prior to Confirmation Hearing

James Morhard, the White House’s nominee for NASA deputy administrator, says he plans to prioritize acquisition and financial reform, as well as advance the agency’s human spaceflight program, SpaceNews reported Thursday. “If confirmed, we will work to address the national space acquisition process, to radically reduce cost, improve schedules and …

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Jeff Pon, Emily Murphy Discuss Proposed Merger of OPM’s Core Functions Into GSA at Senate Hearing

Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon and Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, testified Thursday before a Senate subcommittee about the White House’s proposed government restructuring plan to move some of OPM’s core functions into GSA, FCW reported Thursday. Murphy told lawmakers that integrating some of OPM’s …

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House OKs $716B ‘Compromise’ Defense Budget for FY 2019

The House on Thursday voted 359-54 to pass the negotiated deal on a defense spending bill that would authorize $639 billion in base budget and $69 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal 2019, Defense News reported Thursday. The compromise fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act would support the addition …

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Congress Eyes DoD-Hosted National Cyber Response Exercise Under Defense Budget Bill

The Senate and the House Armed Services Committee are proposing an annual defense policy bill that would task the Defense Department to host a national cyber defense exercise, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday. The high-level exercise would leverage department-level leadership to support the cyber needs of civil authorities, policy testing, cyber-incident coordination, operational planning …

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Senate Approves Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

Robert Wilkie, former undersecretary for personnel and readiness at the Defense Department, received Senate confirmation Monday to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs via a 86-9 vote, The Hill reported Monday. He succeeds David Shulkin, whom President Trump dismissed as VA secretary in March, and has held that position in …

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