SEC chairman: ‘We want and need’ IT modernization fund Trump admin wants to eliminate 
Sept. 26, 2017 – Federal News Radio
The Securities and Exchange Commission chairman told senators the agency needs to keep its long-term IT modernization fund in order to defend against future cyber breaches.

Lawmakers ‘baffled’ by state of DHS’ human resources IT
Aug. 25, 2017 – Federal News Radio
Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and J. Luis Correa (D-Calif.) expressed their “continued frustration” with the Homeland Security Department’s rollout of a unified system to track employees’ training and performance.

IG: DHS rollout of human resources IT system ‘textbook definition of waste’
Aug. 18, 2017 – Federal News Radio
DHS’ migration to a unified workforce training and performance management system doesn’t meet the agency’s operational standards.

Postal regulatory agency to conclude postage review this fall
May 18, 2017 – Federal News Radio
The U.S. Postal Service’s independent regulatory body may raise the price of a postage stamp after it finishes reviewing the current rate-setting system later this fall.

Postal Service seeks ‘firmer financial footing’ from Congress, new appointments from Trump
May 10, 2017 – Federal News Radio
Among the hundreds of political executives that the Trump administration must nominate to fill out the ranks of federal agencies, the U.S. Postal Service is calling upon the White House to submit names for its management board.

Pay and management issues may weigh on Trump’s Border Patrol, ICE hiring surge
March 22, 2017 – Federal News Radio 

President Donald Trump wants to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. However, federal law enforcement representatives told lawmakers their organizations have too many managers and not enough staff-level employees.

GSA official: Trump must give up stake in DC hotel before inauguration
Dec. 14, 2016 – Federal News Radio

President-elect Donald Trump will violate the terms of a contract with the federal government on Inauguration Day if he doesn’t give up his ownership stake of the Washington, D.C. luxury hotel that bears his name, a General Services Administration official has determined.

Hackers not yet pulling out big guns for data breaches, NSA official warns
Oct. 18, 2016 – Federal News Radio
A leading National Security Agency official said Tuesday that none of the high-profile cybersecurity breaches in government over the past two years required hackers employ the strongest tools at their disposal.

What a presidential transition looks like from inside an agency
Sept. 7, 2016 – Federal News Radio
Special Report: Part 2
As the second-in-command at the Labor Department, Deputy Secretary Chris Lu serves on the team that will brief the next administration’s agency leadership. Lu gave Federal News Radio an inside look at that process.

How career feds can set the stage for next administration
Sept. 6, 2016 – Federal News Radio
Special Report: Part 1
Former government officials and veterans of the presidential transition process told Federal News Radio there’s been a drive within the transition teams to build on the achievements of the previous effort between the George W. Bush and Obama administrations in 2008-09.

Obama statue stolen from woman’s porch
Aug. 20, 2014 – Citizens’ Voice
Tiffany Bruce can’t understand why anyone would steal her statue of the president. “What are they going to do, pawn it? I’m the only one here with that. People are crazy,” she said in her home Tuesday. Since July 2013, the residents of Rita Street have seen Bruce decorate her life-size statue of President Barack Obama for holidays.

‘Apparently’ this kid is a viral sensation
Aug. 6, 2014 – Citizens’ Voice
Apparently, it’s been a big day for Noah Ritter.
On Friday, Noah was interviewed at the Wayne County Fair by ABC affiliate WNEP. During the interview, 5-year-old Noah told reporter Sofia Ojeda that “Apparently, I’ve never been on live television before.” It certainly won’t be his last time.
“Yeah, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ called. ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’” Noah said on Tuesday, practicing the phrase several times before getting it right. “God, this is never going to end. I’m going to be interviewed all night!”

Ebola outbreak in West Africa disrupts mission for Shavertown-based group
Aug. 5, 2014 – Citizens’ Voice
As the Ebola death toll climbs in Liberia, a Shavertown nonprofit organization has been working with some of the most vulnerable Liberians.

Disabled veterans cycle on 400 mile journey to D.C.
June 28, 2014 – Citizens’ Voice
American and Canadian participants in the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge started the journey in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, last Friday. Once they reach Washington, they will have traveled 766 miles.

A mother’s resilience
May 11, 2014 – Citizens’ Voice
This Mother’s Day, a Wilkes-Barre woman will enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. She’s just happy to be alive to see it.

Local elected officials rally around Wolf
May 11, 2014 – Citizens’ Voice
In the week before the Democratic primary, former revenue secretary Tom Wolf and his supporters have doubled down on his business experience and scolded his opponents for running negative campaign ads against him.

New Wash. House member ready to work despite small Hill office
Nov. 30, 2012 – Kitsap Sun
At the U.S. House office lottery Friday, when new representatives kissed, moonwalked and cartwheeled, Rep.-elect Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, walked up to draw his number without putting on a show. After drawing No. 65 out of 70, he’s glad he didn’t make a big public display.

Obama stands behind Rice, Benghazi investigation and fiscal-cliff talks
Nov. 14, 2012 – Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
In his first news conference in eight months, Obama offered bipartisan cooperation on issues including passing a new budget to avoid sequestration cuts, appointing a new secretary of state and investigating the attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

Freshman senators seek alliances with congressional leadership
Nov. 13, 2012 – Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
The 113th Congress won’t meet until 2013, but the 12 new senators are already jockeying for alliances at the Capitol.


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