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From left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.,Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-O.R., announce a draft bill that would decriminalize marijuana on a federal level, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

COVID safety protocols, infrastructure and insurrection on Congress’ agenda this week

A Senate measure would bolster safety for when feds returned to the office. This and more updates from WTOP Capitol Hill correspondent Mitchell Miller.

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Contracting community asks Congress for more tech funding — again

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(Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig testifies before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing in Washington. At a Senate hearing Rettig said Tuesday, April 13, 2021, that he expects to meet the July 1 deadline in the new pandemic rescue law for starting a groundbreaking tax program aimed at reducing child poverty. That means new advance monthly payments of as much as $300 per child could begin flowing to lower-income families this summer. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP, File)

IRS plans ‘significant hiring’ to stay ahead of 52K employees expected to leave in coming years

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)The Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, is seen in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2009. (AP Photo/J.  Scott Applewhite)

State Dept adds 1,200 to Foreign Service ranks under Democrats’ $12B budget plan

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The Senate has never truly supported IT modernization and here’s what has to change

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(Getty Images/iStockphoto/fotostok_pdv)Close up of female hands counting US dollar banknotes at the table in front a laptop computer. Woman accountant with money and notebook.

Omnibus endorses 1% federal pay raise, gives feds more time to repay deferred payroll taxes

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Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via APSenator Gary Peters, D-Mich., questions Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to examine Department of Homeland Security personnel deployments to recent protests on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Washington. (Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Lawmakers ask for GAO’s help to identify ‘burrowing’ over last 4 years

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Senate appropriators propose federal pay freeze for civilian employees in 2021

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Industry pushes back against WH order on diversity and inclusion training

In today’s Federal Newscast, 11 industry associations are calling on the Trump administration to rescind the executive order on diversity and training.

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A bill to make the payroll tax deferral optional, and others worth watching

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Lawmakers again want a payroll tax deferral opt-out for feds after ‘chaotic’ rollout

A group of 43 House members, including four Republicans, are again calling on the Trump administration to give federal employees and military members the choice to opt-out of the president’s payroll tax deferral.

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