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Security clearance holders have decreased over the last year, says ODNI

The number of people holding security clearances for access to classified information decreased last year by about 12 percent or 635,000 people, says a recently released Office of the Director of National Intelligence report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News blog.

GAO: State Dept. didn't justify reasons for leasing new embassy facilities over adding on to existing buildings

Three State Department embassies didn't provide a good explanation for why they decided to lease off-site facilities rather than adding to the existing buildings, says an April 24 Government Accountability Office report.

GSA suggests ways agencies can reduce water use

The General Services Administration shared three ways that agencies can reduce their water use over the next ten years, in an April 21 GSA blog post.

OPM will soon begin administering 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

Federal employees will soon see the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey dropping in their inboxes. The annual survey is meant to measure the job satisfaction of federal employees.

VA reinstates committee to help fix healthcare issues

The Veterans Affairs Department is reinstating an 11-member Special Medical Advisory Group composed of leading medical experts to assist the VA in figuring out the best way to delivering healthcare to the 9 million veterans enrolled in the VA health system, says an April 24 VA statement.

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Of those 22, 14 programs had schedule slips, and half of those also experienced cost increases and the estimated lifecycle cost of these programs also rose by $9.7 billion, or 18 percent.