John Glenn’s passing on Thursday means that the first seven American astronauts chosen to lead the fledging US space program in 1959 are now dead, ending a groundbreaking chapter in American history. http://phys.org/news/2016-12-american-astronauts-dead.html#jCp

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Despite having campaigned aggressively for Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, AFGE’s president said the union has been able to find some common ground with president-elect Donald Trump. http://www.federaltimes.com/articles/unions-hopes-fears-for-incoming-trump-administration

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The Obama administration has strengthened the rules on executive branch officials accepting outside gifts, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) announced on Wednesday. https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/306829-ethics-watchdog-updates-gift-rules-for-federal

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Acting OPM director Beth Cobert has a month-and-a-half left in her year-and-a-half long tenure, and she recently spoke at the PSC Vision Conference to tout her achievements and ongoing initiatives at her agency. http://www.federaltimes.com/articles/cobert-talks-transition-workforce-in-final-turn-of-opm-tenure

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The appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General is expected to bring sweeping change to the Justice Department. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/jeff-sessions-is-expected-to-bring-sweeping-changes-to-the-justice-department/2016/11/18/f480019c-ad93-11e6-8b45-f8e493f06fcd_story.html?wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

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There will be a modest lame duck session of Congress with the announcement that lawmakers would approve another short-term extension of  spending authority through late March.  A temporary spending bill through March 31 will keep government spending at last year’s levels. http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/11/18/Congress-Gives-Trump-Chance-Recast-Federal-Budget

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