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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.

These walls are talking

I don’t know how things are where you live and work, but here in my almost-home-town, Washington District of Columbia, U.S.A, we have buildings that think, feel, react and talk. Sometimes they shout. And you own a piece of them.

NARFE president condemns postal reform bill

Lawmakers last week introduced a bipartisan postal reform bill that aims to address the U.S. Postal Service's significant net losses and missed payments on its retiree health care prefunding, but the president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association says this legislation is not the right solution.

No more taxpayer-funded official portraits

Taxpayers will no longer be footing the bill for official portraits of former and current federal employees.

Trump announces replacement of VA's Shulkin via Twitter

President Trump on March 28 tweeted that he will be replacing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who hours later published a “farewell” opinion piece in the New York Times.

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