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April 23rd, 2014
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Archive: News / U.S. / Cabinet (13 Stories)

US may split command of spy and cyber agencies

11/07/2013 9:14am
The White House is considering a proposal to split the work of the single military commander who now oversees both the National Security Agency and cybersecurity operations, presenting an opportunity to reshape the spy agency in the wake of harsh criticism of its sweeping surveillance programs.

Military joint chiefs warn about budget cuts

11/07/2013 11:37am
The country's top military officers warned Congress Thursday that continued automatic cuts in the armed services' budgets will force reductions in manpower, training and weapons purchases that reduce the nation's ability to defend itself and could cause higher U.S. casualties.

Pentagon: Reports of sexual assaults up 46 percent

11/07/2013 12:20pm
Reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by an unprecedented 46 percent during the last fiscal year, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Report: IRS refunded $4B to identity thieves

11/07/2013 2:16pm
The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday.

VA lifts overtime requirement for claims workers

11/07/2013 2:58pm
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he is temporarily suspending a program that requires disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month and has helped drive down a massive backlog in requests for compensation.

Gov't oversight of bus, truck industries faulted

11/07/2013 3:35pm
Federal accident investigators called on Thursday for a probe of the government agency charged with ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles, saying their own look into four tour bus and truck crashes that killed 25 people raises "serious questions" about how well the agency is doing its job.

VA lifts overtime requirement for claims workers

11/07/2013 3:44pm
The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily suspend a program that requires more than 10,000 disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying Thursday he had to be careful not to burn out his workforce.

DOE awards $84M for 18 carbon-capture projects

11/07/2013 4:09pm
The Energy Department said Thursday it has awarded $84 million to 18 projects across the country to help limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

OSHA plans to make workplace safety reports public

11/07/2013 4:10pm
Federal safety regulators on Thursday proposed major changes in workplace reporting rules that would require large companies to file injury and illness reports electronically so they can be posted online and made available to the public.

Canceled policies could be a plus for new markets

11/07/2013 4:40pm
Insurance cancellations are fueling a political backlash against President Barack Obama and Democrats supporting his health care overhaul.

Not good enough: Math, reading scores up slightly

11/07/2013 5:01pm
Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.

US may split command of spy and cyber agencies

11/07/2013 5:53pm
The White House is considering a proposal to split the work of the single military commander who now oversees both the National Security Agency and cybersecurity operations, presenting an opportunity to reshape the spy agency in the wake of harsh criticism of its sweeping surveillance programs.
 
   
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