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Trump Imposing Stricter Work Requirements On Food Stamp Recipients.

 

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USDA’s goal is to move individuals and families from SNAP back to the workforce as the best long-term solution to poverty. Under federal law, able-bodied adults without dependents are restricted to three months of benefits within a 36-month period unless they work at least 80 hours per month or participate in certain educational or job-training activities. States, however, can request federal waivers of this time limit — either across the state or in certain local areas — if jobs are scarce or unemployment is high.

The Trump administration indicated that it wants to make it harder for states to be granted such waivers. Anti-poverty advocates warn that such changes would unfairly punish beneficiaries who are already struggling.

President Trump proposes Major Reform In Civil Service Workforce

President Trump proposed major reforms to the civil service workforce in his fiscal 2019 budget request, focusing on streamlining the hiring and firing process, transitioning current employees to new federal jobs and minimizing the influence of labor groups.

The ” blueprint “. The budget repeatedly noted the president’s priority to trim agency rolls across government, but also suggested agencies find new positions for workers whose jobs have or will become obsolete. The administration will invest in “reskilling the workforce to meet current needs,” the president said in the document.

Current employees can shift from legacy positions into emerging fields such as data analysis, cybersecurity and other IT disciplines.

 

 

Hackers Stole Social Security Numbers From Every Federal Employee

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Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid, said that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by the Chinese. Reid is one of eight lawmakers briefed on the most secret intelligence information. The United States officials have declined to publicly blame China. It is believe that the hackers now have all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees .

The union believes the hackers stole military records and veterans’ status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information; and age, gender and race data.

Authorties believe the hackers stole what is known as Standard Form 86, which require applicants to fill out deeply personal information about themselves. The officials said they believe the hack into the security clearance database was separate from the breach of federal personnel data announced last week — a breach that is itself appearing far worse than first thought. It appears that all of the millions of security clearance holders, including CIA, National Security Agency and military special operations personnel, are potentially exposed in the security clearance breach. American officials have said that the cybertheft originated in China and that they suspect espionage by the Chinese government, which has denied any involvement.

After Edward Snowden, was able to steal tens of thousands of the agency’s most sensitive documents it has  become more difficult for the federal government to hire talented younger people into sensitive jobs, particularly at intelligence agencies.Today, if you get a job with the government, your own personal information may not be secure.

Blackberry Working With Boeing To Develop Self Destructing Phone

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BlackBerry is working with Boeing on development of the Boeing Black phone specifically for  government officials, or those who require the highest-level of security. The phone that’s in development would self-destruct if it were tampered with to any degree. Specifically, if the casing were tampered with the device would wipe all of the data that exists on the various drives. Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform.

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