Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing on counternarcotics operations at U.S. Southern Command, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Defense Sec. bans photographs being used when considering promotions

In today’s Federal Newscast, Defense Secretary Mark Esper bans photographs from being used in the process to promote officers and enlisted service members.

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Democratic lawmakers wary of Treasury’s conditions for USPS $10B emergency loan

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OPM’s Rigas to take on second position as OMB acting deputy

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OMB gives agencies more flexibilities when awarding grants for coronavirus research

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OPM-GSA merger may be on hold, but administration wants to spend $70M on it next year

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Office of Personnel ManagementMargaret Weichert, acting director at the Office of Personnel Management and deputy director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget., holds a challenge coin.

OMB’s Weichert leaving for the private sector

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White House dusts off USPS reform plan to save $97B in 11 years

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Trump’s 2021 budget pledges training for 400,000 federal employees

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In break with tradition, Trump announces 1% federal pay raise intentions to Congress months early

President Donald Trump has officially announced his intention to Congress to give civilian employees a 1% federal pay raise in 2021. His submission of…

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FILE - This Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, depicts a part of a U.S. $100 bill. A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans. That’s according to new data from the General Social Survey. The survey finds a desire for more spending on many government functions, including education and assistance to the poor, as President Donald Trump’s latest budget plan proposes to cut programs that are popular with the public.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Trump proposes federal pay raise, familiar retirement cuts in 2021 budget

President Donald Trump’s proposed 1% across-the-board federal pay raise is an attempt to meet Congress “halfway” on the topic, as the administration also…

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Federal Data Strategy to impact all feds, not just ‘data plans for data wonks’

Margaret Weichert, the Office of Management and Budget’s deputy director for management, said the plan carries weight for every federal employee.

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