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  • Federal government cancels costly, decade-long search for a new FBI headquarters
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Jonathan O'Connell The federal government is canceling the search for a new FBI headquarters, according to officials familiar with the decision, putting a more than decade-long effort by the bureau to move out of the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building back at square one. The decision follows years of failed attempts by federal officials to persuade Congress to fully back a plan for a campus in the Washington suburbs paid for by trading away the Hoover Building to a real estate developer and put... Read more

  • Va. Dem calls on Pence to rescind voter data directive
    Posted in News on July 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Olivia Beavers Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) called on Vice President Pence in a letter Tuesday to rescind President Trump's voter data directive that he says “is a thinly veiled effort to carry out voter suppression on a national scale." "I write to urge you, in your capacity as chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, to rescind the Commission’s directive for sensitive voter data," Connolly wrote in the letter to Pence, who serves as chairman. The Virginia lawmaker ar... Read more

  • Hill Democrats Question FCC’s Cybersecurity Protocols
    Posted in News on July 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Edward Graham Congressional Democrats are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to review its cybersecurity protocols following a May cyberattack that knocked the agency’s commenting system offline, and ahead of online activism in support of net neutrality planned for Wednesday. Ranking House Democrats on two committees — Energy and Commerce and Oversight and Government Reform, as well as their relevant subcommittees — first sent a letter to the three FCC commissioners on June 26, exp... Read more

  • A Misguided War On The United Nations
    Posted in News on July 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy, Environment/Energy, Immigration

    Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va) In the wake of World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took noble action to ensure that the unrelenting conflicts that had defined the early 20th century wouldn’t doom future generations. His vision was clear: “to defend life, liberty, independence and religious freedom, and to preserve human rights and justice” in their own lands, the global community would need to come together and create a post-war organization that would protect the sovereignty of all... Read more

  • DATA Act Can Help Increase Trust in Government
    Posted in News on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jessie Bur The transparent reporting of spending data through Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) requirements will go a long way to increasing public trust in the government, according to legislators and agency officials who spoke at the DATA Summit on June 29. “Back when I was growing up, people used to trust the government,” said GSA’s Technology Transformation Service Commissioner Rob Cook, explaining that events like the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal caused a plummet in p... Read more

  • Dem congressman: 'Just plain wrong' for Trump to hold fundraiser at own hotel
    Posted in News on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Jason Squitieri As President Donald Trump holds his first re-election fundraiser Wednesday night at the hotel he owns in Washington, one Democratic congressman is slamming the President over the move, arguing it is "just plain wrong." An invitation to the event, held at the Trump International Hotel, showed that tickets started at $35,000 per person, with a $100,000 price tag to sit on the host committee. Hours after telling reporters they would be allowed to cover the event, the White House cha... Read more

  • How USAID earned an ‘A’ on the FITARA scorecard
    Posted in News on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    Jason Miller In a rocky FITARA sea of red and yellow “Fs” and “Ds,” the U.S. Agency for International Development stood out like a lighthouse. USAID became the first agency earlier this month to receive an “A” on the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While most agencies stagnated, USAID lifted its grades from a “D” to an “A+” over the last six months. The fourth scorecard, released by the committee on June 13, showed ag... Read more

  • Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters
    Posted in News on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    Jim Zarroli In ordinary times, New York-based Vornado Realty Trust would be a natural candidate to take on a major construction project such as the long-awaited rebuilding of FBI headquarters. As with so much about the Trump era, however, the ordinary rules don't apply. A commercial real estate firm, Vornado is widely reported to be a finalist to build a new campus for the FBI somewhere in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. But its financial ties to President Trump are raising concerns about confli... Read more

  • Democrats fear slowdown of Russia sanctions bill in House
    Posted in News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Foreign Policy

    Richard Lardner Legislation that would hit Russia with economic sanctions and limit President Donald Trump's authority to lift the penalties faces an uncertain future in the House despite the bill's heavily bipartisan backing in the Senate. Instead of moving for a quick vote to build on the burst of momentum created in the Senate, where the measure won 98 votes last week, the Republican leadership in the House has sent the sweeping sanctions package to the Foreign Affairs Committee for a review.... Read more

  • Silicon Valley, White House Tackle Troubled Government Tech
    Posted in News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Technology

    John D. McKinnon When Silicon Valley executives arrived at the White House Monday to talk about modernizing federal computer systems, there was plenty of common interest at stake. The administration wants to cut redundancies and modernize the way Americans interact with their government, and tech companies see a $90 billion-a-year business. But those companies also face a common challenge. The government’s sprawling information-technology system is flawed and balky, controlled in agency fiefdoms... Read more

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