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DOD approves new policy for transgender troops

The Department of Defense has approved a new policy that will bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex.

Hearing examines women’s access to VA health services

Funding for Veterans Affairs health care services for women has increased about 16 percent over the last five years, yet it accounts for less than 1 percent of overall veterans’ health pending.

Bill would re-establish federal labor-management council

A new bipartisan bill will reinstate advisory panels that promote dialogue and foster partnerships between labor and federal agency management that were disbanded under the Trump administration.

NTEU urges OPM to quickly implement 2019 pay raise

In a letter to the head of the Office of Personnel Management, National Treasury Employees Union President Anthony Reardon asked that the 2019 federal pay raise be published and implemented as soon as possible.

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EPA: Pruitt out, Wheeler in

Although Scott Pruitt has resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency amid personal scandal, his replacement— a former coal lobbyist—will likely continue his polices.

Lawmakers urge OPM's Pon not move forward with proposed cuts to fed benefits

A group of 26 lawmakers is urging Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon not to make the cuts to federal employee retirement benefits he proposed last month.

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Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie nominated for permanent role

In an “off-the-cuff” remark during a White House event on prison reform, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie as the new permanent leader of the agency.

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Bill aims to protect feds affected by OPM data breach

A new bill aims to protect feds affected by the 2015 Office of Personnel Management data breach, giving them a lifetime of identity theft protection coverage.

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Proposed DOD reform bill would eliminate agencies, cut jobs

The House Armed Services Committee Chairman on Tuesday proposed a bill that would eliminate seven supporting agencies within the Defense Department that are a part of what is known as the “fourth estate."

Border Patrol council applauds plan to deploy National Guard to border

President Trump last week authorized the National Guard to be deployed to the Southern border to help assist border patrol agents with combatting illegal immigration, and the National Border Patrol Council is applauding his efforts.

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