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Obama to expand safeguards for transgender workers

The White House is preparing an executive order offering transgender federal workers formal protection from discrimination at work, President Barack Obama announced Monday.

Tags: White House , workforce , LGBT

Monday - 06/30/2014, 11:52pm EDT

Overseas funding request submitted

The White House has submitted an updated Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) request to Congress. DoD OCO funding allotted is $58.6 billion and it includes $1.4 billion for State Department programming. President Barack Obama says the request is consistent with the plan he laid out at West Point. The plan called for bringing the U.S. war in Afghanistan to a responsible end, while ensuring our Armed Forces have the flexibility and resources required to respond to emerging needs as terrorist threats around the world continue to evolve.

Tags: White House , OCO , DoD , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 06/27/2014, 08:45am EDT

Obama gives feds right to request more flexible work options

Federal employees now have the right to request a more flexible work schedule and managers must "carefully" consider those requests, President Barack Obama told agency heads in a June 23 memo on expanding workplace flexibility in the federal government. The memo, which coincided with a White House conference on working families, also encourages agency heads to expand flexible workplace policies, such as telework, alternative work schedules and temporary part-time duty "to the maximum extent practicable."

Tags: workforce , management , workplace flexibility , telework , Mike Aitken , SHRM , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 01:37pm EDT

NIH shares 3D printing data in effort to enhance medicine

As President Barack Obama proclaims a National Day of Making, the National Institute of Health made 3-D files publicly available online.

Tags: NIH , technology , 3-D printing , Anthony Fauci , Stephanie Wasko , NIAID

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Military planners prepare Iraq options

The Pentagon is preparing a range of options for President Obama, which include air strikes. They are designed to help Iraq deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. ISIL, which is outnumbered 100-1 by Iraqi forces, have marched unimpeded to Baghdad's doorstep. Obama described them as "vicious" and a "terrorist organization" that could eventually pose a threat to Americans.

Tags: Iraq , ISIL , DoD ,

Friday - 06/13/2014, 05:05pm EDT

Obama unveils new counter-terrorism effort

Counter-terrorism is a key tenet of President Barack Obama's foreign policy plan going forward. He said in a speech at West Point on Wednesday, "the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism. But a strategy that involves invading every country that harbors terrorist networks is na´ve and unsustainable." His plan is to advise and assist countries facing significant terrorism threats and help build the capacity to deal with threats on their own.

Tags: counterterrorism , West Point

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 08:51am EDT

Afghanistan drawdown announced

President Barack Obama has announced that 9800 troops will be left behind next year when all combat troops pull out of Afghanistan. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement, "I strongly support the president's decision to maintain a limited U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after our combat mission ends there later this year." Hagel said the move will do two things: "it will help ensure that al-Qaida cannot reconstitute itself in Afghanistan, and it will help us sustain the significant progress we have made in training and equipping the Afghan national security forces."

Tags: Afghanistan , Chuck Hagel , troops , withdrawal , al-Qaida , Afghan national security forces

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 10:20am EDT
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