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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.

Is the military on the hook for paying for the border wall?

President Trump has had private discussions with the Speaker of the House about his promised Southern U.S. border wall being funding with the U.S. military budget.

Union: Funding boost for EEOC greatly needed due to #MeToo movement

The #MeToo movement has put an increase in the workloads at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and additional funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget will help the agency deal with the growing number of workplace sexual harassment cases.

Lawmaker wants agency reorg plans from OMB

The Office of Management and Budget requested all agencies to submit reorganization and downsizing plans last September, but it has kept those submissions private, and a ranking lawmaker is asking — for a second time — that they be released.

Lawmakers press president for SSA nominee

The Social Security Administration has been led by acting commissioners for more than five years, and lawmakers are now urging President Trump to appoint permanent leadership at the agency.

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