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Two Key Presidential Appointments Move Closer To Senate Approval

Today, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on two key Trump appointees. Trump nominated Russ Vought as the Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget. Vought’s primary duty will be to assist Mick Mulvaney with the budget. Vought will also oversee eight offices inside OMB. These eight offices are General Counsel, Legislative Affairs, Strategic Planning and Communications, Economic Policy, Legislative Reference, Budget Review, and Performance and Personnel Management. Keep Reading

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U.S. Nuclear Force To Phase Out Floppy Disks By 2017 Despite $80 Billion On Federal Upgrades

If you asked most children what a floppy disk is, they wouldn’t have the slightest clue. While most computers today do not even use one – a sign of progress – a recent report states that the U.S. Pentagon is still using 8-inch floppy disks from the 1970s to operate its nuclear weapons. This should be a disturbing revelation on many counts. Seemingly undeterred by the lucrative spending allocated towards the military budget, (about $598.5 billion just in 2015) the Office of Management and Budget noted $80 billion of it was to be allocated towards maintaining aging computer systems. Yet, the Government of Accountability Office showed that the Pentagon was one of many departments where “legacy systems” urgently needed to be replaced. It is worth mentioning that the Government of Accountability Office also noted that more than 75 percent of $80 billion budgeted was for federal IT efforts across all agencies for the 2015 fiscal year. Much was spent on operations, maintenance investment, and they claim that this spending has increased in the past seven years. Never mind that the Department of… Keep Reading

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