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DHS Has Begun Notifying Employees of Their Furlough Status

Congress is working on a deal to avoid a DHS shutdown, but the department says it must prepare for the worst.

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VA Watchdog Finds Data Manipulation of Disability Claims at Arkansas Facility

Employees -- complying with headquarters guidance -- changed the dates in dozens of cases so that older claims appeared newer.

What 'Cloud' Really Stands For? House Mulls Over Pentagon IT Programs

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Acting Defense Department Terry Halvorsen urged lawmakers to prioritize efforts to update military IT, such the Joint Information Environment, a concept for a militarywide data sharing system.

Read moreFebruary 26, 2015Leave a comment
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Watchdog Dings Coast Guard for Lax Travel Spending Oversight

The agency spent nearly $4.5 million over four years for medical care travel for certain service members – and some of it might have been unnecessary.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson holds a media availability to discuss the importance of keeping DHS open.

8 Ways a Shutdown Would Damage Homeland Security

Most employees would still work, but operations would be disrupted significantly.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald

VA Secretary Says He Never Misrepresented Military Service In Bio

Bob McDonald says misstatement about serving in the Special Forces resulted from trying to connect with homeless vet.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrives at Kandahar on his first visit to Afghanistan since his swearing in.

Watchdog Launches Review on Future Size of Afghan Forces

Move comes on heels of Carter visit and rethinking of U.S. troop strength.

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Megan Smith Wants to ‘Debug’ Tech’s Diversity Problem

The U.S. chief technology officer said she remains hopeful about the prospects for change -- especially in Silicon Valley.

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Multiple Companies Protest $1.6 Billion Pentagon Contract

The bid protestors contend the contract re-up is an improper sole-source request for cloud services that would give VMware an unfair advantage competing for DOD’s growing cloud demand.

Congress Returns With No Plan to Avoid Shutdown

Both chambers likely will spend the week refusing to budge on DHS funding.

President Obama speaks at DHS headquarters on the day he released his fiscal 2016 budget. The president has warned of the damage a partial shutdown would do to security.

The Homeland Security Department Is Starting Shutdown Prep

More than 85 percent of the department’s employees would have to report to work without pay, based on 2013 plans.

Who Would Be Forced to Work During a DHS Shutdown?

A look at which parts of the department would have the most employees still on the job, based on 2013 plans.

Many Service Members' Feb. 27 Paychecks Will Be Smaller

A processing error at the Defense payroll agency affected retirement deductions related to Roth accounts.

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