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White House releases plan to improve use of and access to data from Earth-observation systems

The White House has released a new plan to better coordinate how the government conducts, manages and maintains its Earth-observing scientific systems.

GOP congressman seeks more transparency about migrant children's whereabouts in US

A Republican congressman said he intends to introduce legislation directing federal officials to account for the whereabouts of unaccompanied migrant children that are flooding the Southwest border.

Report: Crime, violence, poverty, family may be contributing to influx of migrant childen

Crime, poverty, educational and economic opportunities, and family reunification may be several reasons behind the recent surge of unaccompanied, mostly Central American children into the Southwest border of the United States, a recent report says. But the precise combination of these "push" and "pull" motives is still unclear, the Congressional Research Service authors wrote.

Obama asks Congress for $3.7B to deal with thousands of child migrants in southwest border

President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations from Congress to help deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border.

Johnson: DHS taking action to stem children border crossings, humanitarian crisis

In an effort to stem the tide of thousands of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border, federal officials are working with their Mexican and Central American counterparts, beefing up U.S. law enforcement to disrupt smuggling operations and launching a public affairs campaign, said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

GAO: DoD's $1B cost savings estimate from 2013 civilian furloughs not that accurate

Although the Department of Defense said it saved about $1 billion from furloughing civilian workers to meet sequestration last year, congressional investigators said the estimate was not as accurate as it could have been.

FCC chairman pitches new industry-driven regulatory model to enhance cybersecurity

The FCC chairman said he wants to work with the private sector to build a new, business-driven model to improve cybersecurity of the nation's information networks.

Obama annouces steps to revamp federal management

The White House is revamping agency management priorities to better focus on delivery of government services, cutting duplicative programs and expanding online government datasets, President Obama said in a July 8  speech. For delivering government services, Obama said he would institutionalize processes similar to how the Federal Emergency Management Agency mobilizes after a disaster.

OMB plans for sequestration as Congress talks debt ceiling

The Office of Management and Budget has asked federal agencies for additional information to finalize contingency plans if sequestration goes into effect should the Obama administration and Congress fail to reach a budget agreement, says White House spokesman Jay Carney. OMB is taking precautions "to ensure that the administration is ready to issue such an order should Congress fail to act."

Backgrounder: The Filibuster

The Senate has no specific rules for filibustering and filibusters exist because Senate rules purposefully lack provisions that would place limits on a Senator's rights to control the floor during the legislative process. Current rules establish no generally accepted limits on the length of debate and also provide no way for the majority to vote to bring a current debate to an end.