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Lawmakers Demand OPM Drop “Draconian Cuts” to Fed Benefits

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) should set aside its plans for “draconian cuts” of $143 billion from federal employee retirement programs over 10 years in favor of comprehensive compensation reform, according to a letter from 26 Senate Democrats to OPM Director Jeff Pon. The senators criticized OPM’s legislative …… » Read more

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Senate Draws Battle Line Against Trump on ZTE

The Senate does not intend to let ZTE off easy, as an amendment to its proposed defense authorization bill would reinstate penalties that President Donald Trump asked to have lifted from the Chinese telecom giant.  The proposed bipartisan measure would block the Department of Commerce’s deal easing restrictions on the …… » Read more

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Senate Appropriators Finish 7 Agency Funding Bills

Senate appropriators are on track to complete work on all 12 of their fiscal year 2019 agency funding bills by the end of June, having cleared seven measures for floor consideration so far. Meanwhile, House appropriators have finished nine of their bills and the full House has passed three of them. Get a comparison of the proposed topline …… » Read more

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DoD Halts Drone Buying and Flying

The Department of Defense (DoD) has suspended the purchase and use of commercial drones due to cybersecurity concerns, C4ISRNET reports.  While unmanned aerial systems provide versatility at low costs, they also present cybersecurity risks, mainly because most of them are made in China. According to Lieutenant Colonel Mike …… » Read more

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