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(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2020, file photo a U.S. Department of Homeland Security plaque is displayed a podium as international passengers arrive at Miami international Airport where they are screened by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Miami. The damned-if-you-pay-damned-if-you-don’t dilemma on ransomware payments has left U.S. officials fumbling about how to respond. While the Biden administration “strongly discourages” paying, it recognizes that failing to pay would be suicidal for some victims. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Two decades later, the Department of Homeland Security continues to evolve

It’s been 20 years since its creation and there are some aspects of the Department of Homeland Security that are still taking shape. In the latest change…

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Students work on laptops as Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits an election transparency hackathon event at the Kinshasa Digital Academy in Kinshasa, Congo, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. Blinken is on a ten day trip to Cambodia, Philippines, South Africa, Congo, and Rwanda. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

How to get smart college students to help your agency solve big challenges

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Employee Assistance programs, EAP

One prime contractor is growing its own startups with promising technology

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A Transportation Security Administration officer checks travelers as they make their way through security at Love Field in Dallas, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The major airlines and many of the busiest airports dropped their requirements after a Florida judge struck down the CDC mandate and the TSA announced it wouldn't enforce its 2021 security directive. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Customs and Border Protection feels the return to international travel

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Joshua Roberts

This FDA lawyer was instrumental in limits on cigarette marketing

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(DoD photo)firefighter, PFAS

Defense Department sites are rife with poisons in nearby groundwater

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Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

The US might be out of Afghanistan, but an Army contract dispute rolls on and on

For the U.S. Army and one of its software contractors, the conflict in Afghanistan is still going on. An unresolved dispute over licensing of language…

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Lisa Meincke of Arlington Heights prepares herself to receive her first COVID-19 vaccination administered by National Guard personal Erika O'Meara of Scott Air Force base at Triton College, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in River Grove, Ill. This was opening day for the mass vaccinations sponsored by the Cook County Department of Public Health. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)

Pentagon loosens some of its COVID-19 restrictions

Also in today’s Federal Newscast, the Postal Service expects to raise mail prices in January 2023.

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Capitol Hill is anything but slow this summer season

It’s that time of year when activity on Capitol Hill usually falls into a lull. But this year’s the rare occurrence when big legislative activity is happening in August. The Senate passed a huge reconciliation bill over the weekend; the House is expected to do the same later this week. Meanwhile both houses have a lot of work waiting for them to reconcile their versions of the annual appropriations and authorization bills.

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