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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)Nineteen C-130J aircraft take part in an elephant walk before takeoff during an exercise Mar. 15, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Numerous C-130J units from around the Air Force participated in a training event to enhance operational effectiveness and joint interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Air Force faces first test from Congress in divesting from legacy systems

The Air Force wants to save $1.4 billion by getting rid of obsolete weapons.

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(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)FILE - This June 21, 2013, file photo, shows the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington.  In a federal lawsuit filed this week, U.S. Navy veteran from South Carolina says he ended up with “full-blown AIDS,” because government health care workers never informed him of his positive test result in 1995. He says the test was done as part of standard lab tests at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. A V.A. spokeswoman says the agency typically does not comment on pending litigation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

VA accountability office says it’s improved, but whistleblowers aren’t so sure

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Bipartisan group of senators ask VA to rank and prioritize unfunded IT projects

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(Sophia Germer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Alford Washington, Sr., receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Alanna Williams at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System's gymnasium in New Orleans, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Washington was part of the Pathfinder Unit in Vietnam where he survived a plane crash that killed 7 people in Oct. 28, 1967. He said he had no concerns receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. (Sophia Germer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Senators seek bigger role, more doses for VA in vaccine distribution efforts

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(Bill Clark/Pool via AP)Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

Biden’s DHS pick vows to make employee morale his ‘highest priority’

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IT modernization

Senators worried new VA accountability office appointment poses conflict of interest

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VA data breach also hit 17,000 community care providers, senators say

Democrats on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee say roughly 17,000 community care providers were also potential victims of the VA data breach, which…

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Rep. Hoyer offers novel approach to fund IT modernization efforts

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) suggested giving the IRS $2 billion under the Technology Modernization Fund and then letting agencies use the…

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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo a citizen candidate holds an American flag and the words to The Star-Spangled Banner before the start of a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Miami field office in Miami. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to monitor information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards and citizenship.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

With improved financial outlook, USCIS buys more time to avoid employee furloughs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told employees it would delay the possibility of furloughs until the end of August. Employees will receive another furlough notice in the coming days reflecting the new potential date, the agency said.

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