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President Trump on Dec. 31 signed into law H.R. 5509, the “Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act,” that would direct the National Science Foundation to provide grants for research  about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education approaches and STEM-related workforce issues.






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A partial government shutdown was still in effect as of Monday, December 24, 2018, after Congress and the Trump administration could not come to an agreement on a government funding bill over the weekend.






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After approval of some new amendments to exempt financial data and smaller agencies, H.R. 4174–the OPEN Government Data Act–passed both the House and the Senate on Friday and headed to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.






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President Trump on Friday signed into law H.R. 6227, the “National Quantum Initiative Act,” which establishes a National Quantum Initiative Program to accelerate Federal government efforts to develop quantum information science and technology applications.






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The White House announced on Dec. 21 that President Trump signed into law H.R. 7327, which aims to reduce Federal government supply chain threats, and also would establish a bug bounty program and vulnerability disclosure policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).






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The Trump administration’s latest update of its recent activities to fulfill its CAP (cross-agency priority) goal action plan for shifting agencies’ attention to higher-value work shows that agencies working on the plan–including officials from the Office of Management Budget and the Department of Housing and Urban Development–have a busy 2019 schedule to advance the effort.






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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced a short-term spending bill on Wednesday, that would fund the government through February 8, 2019, and avoid a government shutdown later this week. The bill must be approved by both chambers of Congress before reaching President Trump’s desk for his signature. “The measure will provide the resources necessary […] […]

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In the President’s Management Agenda, issued in March, President Trump called on the Federal government to modernize the Federal workforce. In the months that followed, the Federal government has made significant progress on the cross-agency priority (CAP) of workforce improvement, but still has a ways to go, according to an update released yesterday on Performance.gov.






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During a press briefing today, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration is considering other options to fund construction of a border wall along the U.S. southern border, other than through the President’s standing demand for $5 billion in funding from Congress for that purpose. 






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In a memo to agency heads, the Office of Management and Budget expanded its High Value Asset (HVA) program to all Federal agencies and expanded the definition of the term, which is aimed at encouraging agencies to establish multiple categories of HVAs.






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Today’s meeting between top executives of several U.S tech giants and senior members of the Trump administration was a “great listening session” for the administration, said Michael Kratsios, deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, during an event today organized by the Business Roundtable.






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