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Federal News Network: Do feds have an incentive to help their agencies uncover waste and find cost savings?

WASHINGTON– “Seven agencies have at least 25 open actions from GAO. The Defense Department has the most of any other agency, with 74 unaddressed or partially unaddressed recommendations. GAO flagged several new defense programs this year but focused its attention on two in particular. By closing some its defense distribution centers, which store and process clothing…

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Government Executive: Congress Sends Trump Bill to Widen Whistleblower Access to Courts

WASHINGTON– “[…] On Monday, President Trump signed a related bipartisan bill into law, the Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act. Championed by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, it permanently reauthorizes a “Whistleblower Protection Coordinator” at each agency’s Office of Inspector General. Such positions had existed since 2012 but were subject to reauthorization. The ombudsmen educate employees, contractors and grantees…

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The Hill: The significance of the Supreme Court case on extreme partisan gerrymandering

WASHINGTON– “It is a privilege to live in a country where someone like myself, raised by parents with 10th grade educations, can live the American dream. I am a small businessman, a coach, a father, a husband — not a career politician. I ran for office because I believe in the American dream — the…

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The Daily Caller: Omnibus was bad process leading to really bad policy

WASHINGTON– “As a fiscal watchdog elected to Congress on the promise to rein in Washington’s out of control spending habits, this omnibus bill represents politics as usual in Washington. The text was not released until the night before the vote, effectively giving Members of Congress seven waking hours to read the 2,232 page bill —…

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The Gazette: Cedar Rapids flood wall at top of Blum’s to-do list

CEDAR RAPIDS– Like President-elect Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Rod Blum has building a wall at the top of his to-do list. ‘Only it’s not the wall with Mexico. It’s the Cedar Rapids flood wall,’ the Dubuque Republican said earlier this week. It’s his priority to see that the flood wall — and federal funding —…

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