Ron Wyden

The bud of a cannabis plant stands tall at a farm in Chonburi province, eastern Thailand on June 5, 2022. Marijuana cultivation and possession in Thailand was decriminalized as of Thursday, June 9, 2022, like a dream come true for an aging generation of pot smokers who recall the kick the legendary Thai Stick variety delivered. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Senator wants former and possibly current marijuana use to not count against clearance-seekers

In today’s Federal Newscast, new legislation would make it easier for security clearance applicants to overcome a history of using marijuana.

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IRS plans pivot to, lets users create online accounts without facial recognition

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(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)1040 and instructions

IRS creates ‘surge team’ to address backlog, scraps plan to close tax processing center

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IRS walks away from facial recognition to access online tools after backlash

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(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Chris Magnus to be the next U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

Senator wants to know what agencies are doing to protect employee cell phones

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CISA: No organization in the public or private sector could’ve prevented SolarWinds breach

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Medicare’s financial problems have gotten worse, and Social Security’s can’t be ignored forever. The government’s annual assessment is a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class. The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026, three years earlier than previously forecast. The report says Social Security will become insolvent in 2034, no change from the projection last year.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senators growing frustrated with SSA’s closed offices, pandemic workarounds

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(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington. The Department of Homeland Security and FBI warned states earlier this year that Russia could look to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections by covertly advising political candidates and campaigns. That's according to a law enforcement memo obtained by The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

CISA’s Ware resigns; is Director Krebs next out the door?

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New SSA telework policies prompt criticism from employees, lawmakers

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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover headquarter building in Washington. An FBI terrorism investigation that concluded last week with a 20-year prison sentence is atypical since it involves a defendant in the United States receiving funds from abroad to commit an attack locally.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

GAO says GSA is underreporting how much it spent on federal real estate

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Office found the agencies excluded more than $271 million in building costs per year, between…

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Bobby Jucker

OPM is eliminating dozens of occupational series deemed unnecessary

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management wants to get rid of nearly 50 occupational series it says are not needed due to the evolution…

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In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr pours bottled water into her 16-month-old daughter Caroline's cup at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylvania, and at other sites around the United States, the foams once used routinely in firefighting training at military bases contained per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. EPA testing between 2013 and 2015 found significant amounts of PFAS in public water supplies in 33 U.S. states. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Defense OIG to investigate Pentagon’s use of PFAS chemicals

In today’s Federal Newscast, at the request of two members of Congress, the Defense Department’s inspector general has agreed to review the department’s use of PFAS chemicals at military sites.

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