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DHS waives 30 regulations to speed border wall…

“The Trump administration is waiving more than 30 environmental rules to accelerate the construction of President Trump’s proposed border wall in New Mexico, forcing environmental groups to consider another round of lawsuits” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. A hearing on the case in the federal district court of San Diego occurs next month on Feb. 9. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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DHS waives more than 30 environmental laws to speed Trump’s border wall

“The Trump administration is waiving more than 30 environmental rules to accelerate the construction of President Trump’s proposed border wall in New Mexico, forcing environmental groups to consider another round of lawsuits” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. A hearing on the case in the federal district court of San Diego occurs next month on Feb. 9. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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How Federal Workers Spent Their Unexpected Day Off

“It was almost 60 degrees in Washington on Monday, without a hint of snow in the forecast, but some federal workers got the day off, anyway” writes Elaine Godfrey for theatlantic.com. Many federal workers were upset by this turn of events, unable to continue experiments, work on critical projects, or otherwise serve the public.But some federal employees I spoke with found the unexpected day off rather liberating.He also split a slice of pizza with his daughter. “All in all, not a bad deal in exchange for congressional inaction,” he told…

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‘A huge pain’: Government shutdown briefly idles federal workers before reprieve

“Hundreds of thousands of federal employees in the Washington region began their workweek on a gray-sky Monday facing a brief, unnerving government shutdown that left many of them fearing what lies ahead” reports washingtonpost.com. And many passport offices were still processing passport applications, unless they were located in federal buildings that were closed because of the shutdown.The exact number of employees furloughed was not immediately known, although the number was expected to far exceed those affected by the 2013 shutdown when the State Department lost 4,000 hours of work. Source: washingtonpost.com…

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During government shutdowns, beware the Washington whiners

“First off, in the D.C. area at least, federal employees tend to take home very good paychecks” writes Tom Rogan for washingtonexaminer.com. It’s incredibly tedious but inevitable: whenever the government shuts down, federal employees whine about their pay being delayed for a week or so.So yes, government shutdowns might not be the preference of government employees, but neither are they Armageddon.Yet though it may be politically incorrect to say so, many federal employees retain a better equivalent salary+pension+benefits package than they would from a similar private sector position. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share…

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WHAT’S OPEN?: Here’s how the shutdown is affecting key parts of the federal government

“And now that the shutdown has extended into the work week, federal employees entered Monday unsure of when their next paycheck would come” writes Rebecca Harrington for businessinsider.com. How key parts of the federal government would be affected by a shutdown:. But almost half the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Trump’s silver lining to the government shutdown

“However, there is a way for the Trump administration to spin this shutdown” writes Siraj Hashmi for washingtonexaminer.com. His son, Eric Trump, said that the shutdown is good for the administration politically, meanwhile, Trump’s OMB Director Mick Mulvaney rebuffed that notion.And there’s a debate on how this shutdown reflects on Trump and his administration, given what he’s said in the past about the 2013 government shutdown.If the government has to rely on essential employees to make it function, why would they continue to fund departments and staff that are deemed…

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Thousands of federal workers stay home on first work day of the shutdown

“Tens of thousands of federal employees sat home on Monday, the third day of the partial government shutdown, but the first work day of the event” writes Pete Kasperowicz for washingtonexaminer.com. “Most employees who perform functions paid by appropriated funds are being furloughed,” Treasury said in its shutdown plan.”Civilian employees paid from lapsed appropriations and who are not necessary to carry out or support excepted activities will be furloughed,” it said. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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