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  • Congress presses agencies on ‘burrowing in,’ as Trump suggests he has solution

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent letters to 23 agencies asking for details about the number of political appointees they’ve converted to career federal employees. Meanwhile, the topic of “burrowing in” is gaining special attention from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

  • New FBI, ATF hires at the center of Obama’s gun violence reform

    The FBI will hire more than 230 National Instant Criminal Background Check System examiners and other specialists, nearly double its existing workforce, to help process mandatory background checks. The agency is also partnering with the U.S. Digital Service to overhaul the NICS.

  • A look at agency-by-agency appropriations for 2016

    With Congress poised to finally pass a funding bill for fiscal 2016, here’s an easy reference guide for some major agency appropriations.

  • Short-term spending bill emerges as lingering shutdown concerns rise

    While a continuing resolution seems likely in the waning days of the short-term spending bill the government is currently operating under, federal employees once again have found themselves looking over their shoulders for any sign of a shutdown.

  • DoD preps contingency plans for government shutdown

    Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work says the Pentagon is making plans in case Congress cannot reach a budget deal or continuing resolution before Sept. 30.

  • Government shutdown avoidable urges GOP freshmen

    A group of freshman Republican members are pushing for a short-term, continuing resolution to keep the government open past Sept. 30.

  • Chorus of lawmakers calling for OPM’s Archuleta to resign grows louder

    While the number of people in Congress calling for the OPM director to resign grows, the White House is voicing support for Katherine Archuleta. NTEU and NARFE have sent letters to OPM asking for more details on the second breach.

  • Union presses OPM on lack of transparency about data breach

    J. David Cox, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said the Office of Personnel Management needs to provide more detailed information about the recent cyber breach.

  • Cyber attack against OPM was 1 of 9 DHS recently discovered targeting ‘bulk PII’

    The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team released in May an analysis report detailing nine incidents between July 2014 and May 2015 where hackers stole what they call ”bulk personally identifiable information (PII)” from public and private sector organizations. Secretary Jeh Johnson issued the first-ever Binding Operational Directive to agencies in May, mandating they fix all ‘critical vulnerabilities’ in 30 days.