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How Solar Power Can Protect the U.S. Military From Threats to the Electric Grid

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Military bases usually get their electricity from the civilian grid, which is vulnerable to attack and to disaster. Solar-powered microgrids could protect national security, and would save money.Marines work on solar panels in California in 2012.


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U.S. Was ‘Ill-Prepared’ to Help Train Afghan Security Forces, IG Finds

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:09:38 -0400

“One U.S. officer watched TV shows like Cops and NCIS” for lesson plans, watchdog says.A Marine with Task Force Southwest watches as an Afghan National Army soldier with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center fires an M4 carbine at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan.


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‘Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions’

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:50:49 -0400

When European defense ministers played a tabletop cyber defense exercise, things got hard very quickly.As part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the country hosted the informal meeting of EU defense ministers earlier this month.


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Analysis: Giving the Deep State More Leeway to Kill With Drones

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:43:05 -0400

President Trump is poised to compound the most grave moral failing of his predecessor by making targeted killings less safe, less legal, and less rare.


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Lawmaker Questions Oversight of Agencies’ Buyout, Early Retirement Offers

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:28:13 -0400

OPM has a history of approving faulty requests for separation incentive authority, congressman says.Office of Personnel Management headquarters in Washington.


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Momentum Builds for Probe of HHS Secretary’s Travel Costs

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:40:28 -0400

Agency says using charter planes helps Price move power out of Washington.HHS Secretary Tom Price. An HHS spokesperson said sometimes commercial travel is not feasible for Price.


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IG: Immigration and Border Agency Execs Used Security Details Without Legal Authority

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:28:39 -0400

Homeland Security agrees to review protection programs, but will not suspend them during the review.Acting ICE director Thomas Homan holds a press conference over the summer. The agency's mission is controversial enough that its executives need protection, officials have argued.


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Trump Is Having a Profound Impact on Regulatory Policy

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:41:24 -0400

Despite a lack of legislative success, the new administration is making its mark.


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SAMMIE Awards Honor Team That Cracked Volkswagen Emissions Cheating

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:00:00 -0400

Award winners will be feted at a black-tie event in Washington on Sept. 27.


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Congress Wants to Boost Agency Use of Evidence in Program Evaluation

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:55:57 -0400

Improving data to measure outcomes is not a pretext to cut spending, panelists say.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. (left), have long championed evidence-based policy. In this 2015 photo, Ryan signs legislation changing how schools are evaluated.


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National Weather Service Develops New Career Path for Meteorologists

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:47:27 -0400

Initiative will help aspiring forecasters advance their careers while relieving the burden of administrators in charge of hiring and promoting.Forecasters from the National Weather Service monitor Hurricane Irma from Miami earlier this month.


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Agencies Begin White House-Mandated Training for Every Fed on Consequences of Leaks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:12:01 -0400

Employees across government are receiving training this week on unauthorized disclosures.National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster sent the directive last week.


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How Ready Are You For Retirement? A Quick Quiz

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:35:37 -0400

A simple way to assess where you stand.


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Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:19:14 -0400

It’s hard to persuade arms makers to boost production, even to fight ISIS, without cash on the barrelhead.An airman attaches fins to GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in 2016.


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How Democrats' Debt Ceiling Deal With President Trump May Have Backfired

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:57:50 -0400

The agreement cleared up a busy congressional calendar, allowing Republicans time for another attempt at repealing Obamacare.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speak with DREAMERS on Capitol Hill earlier this month.


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Carson’s Ultimate Goal for HUD: 'Heal the Nation'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:39:21 -0400

Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary Ben Carson gave employees his vision for the agency. He also promised to fix the restrooms at headquarters.Housing a Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks to HUD employees in Washington on March 6.


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VA Re-Fires Scandal-Plagued Employee in Test Case for Trump's New Law

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:18:07 -0400

New law took effect after initial disciplinary act against director of medical center in Washington, D.C.VA Secretary David Shulkin had vowed not to put the medical center director back in his former position.


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Some Agencies Say Reform Plans Won’t Focus on Job Cuts, Layoffs Unlikely

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:10:27 -0400

HR leaders say they will find new jobs for anyone whose function is eliminated.President Trump signs an executive order on reorganizing government.


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Scientists Have Run Out of Adjectives to Describe Maria’s Devastating Power

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:43:02 -0400

Maria is the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years.


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6 Reasons to Be Excited About Changes to the Combined Federal Campaign

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:18:14 -0400

A charity that aims to help federal employees in need believes the changes will result in a more effective and efficient fundraising mechanism.


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Senators Unveil Bill to Ban Agencies from Spending at President’s Properties

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:54:15 -0400

Trump’s hotel profits prompt more legislation as court cases advance.The White House’s National Security Council paid $1,092 in March for a two-night stay at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to the documents obtained through a public records request by Property of the People.


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