Tag Archives: White House

Sally Jewell Overwhelmingly Confirmed Interior Secretary

Sally Jewell, CEO of outdoor equipment retail giant Recreational Equipment Inc., was confirmed by an 87-11 vote in the Senate as the next interior secretary. Jewell has said she plans to resign from the company upon her confirmation by the Senate, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. She will succeed Ken Salazar and …

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Brian Deese Nominated OMB Deputy Director

Brian Deese, deputy director of the National Economic Council, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as deputy director in the Office of Management and Budget, The Hill newspaper reports. Peter Schroeder writes that Deese served as a deputy economic policy director for Obama’s 2008 campaign and then …

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Mike Rogers: Caution Needed For Drone Program Shift

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), House Intelligence Committee chairman, said Sunday the U.S. government should take a cautionary approach to moving responsibility for the U.S. drone program away from the CIA. Rogers told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in an interview the airstrikes have been a “very effective tool in disrupting the …

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Report: White House To Furlough 480 OMB Workers

Nearly all employees at the Office of Management and Budget will be subject to 10 days of unpaid leave for the remainder of the current fiscal year under sequestration budget cuts, Politico reports. Roger Runningen writes 480 OMB employees were notified of the furloughs, which average out to one day …

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Many Agencies Score Low On White House Verification Card Audit

A new White House scorecard is showing many agencies are not making progress in using identity cards to protect their information systems, Federal Times reports. Nicole Blake Johnson writes the audit evaluated agencies’ use of Personal Identity Verification cards, intended to reserve access to information systems for authorized employees. At …

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OMB Sequestration Report Highlights Account Level Cuts

The White House budget office detailed budget reductions at the account level in a report it submitted to Congress Friday on how agencies would implement cuts under sequestration, Federal News Radio reports. Cuts at the program, project and activity levels were not included in the Office of Management and Budget’s …

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Report: White House-Congress Sequestration Summit Set For Friday

President Obama and congressional leaders will meet Friday at the White House to discuss potential avenues for avoiding automatic across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration, ABC News reports. The top four Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate will head to the White House on the same day the …

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White House To Make Federally-Funded Research Results Public

The White House will release the results of federally-funded research to the public within a year for no cost, Reuters reports. An online petition on the White House website calling for the move drew 65,704 signatures, according to the report. Federal agencies with more $100 million in research and development …

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