President Trump on Monday issued an executive order implementing a hiring freeze across the federal government, with exceptions only for military, national security or public safety personnel. Trump had raised the possibility of a hiring freeze during the campaign. At a news conference Monday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the freeze ensures taxpayers get effective
Linda Chavez, President-elect Donald Trump is filling his Cabinet with lions of industry and finance, not surprising for a businessman, and the left has predictably focused on the various conflicts of interest that might arise for his nominees. But the likelihood is that most will make it through confirmation, perhaps with a few bumps —
The former director of the CIA says the debate over who leaked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff is obstructing the real concern: the hacking of U.S. government systems and the information that is being stolen. “I don’t know why we are focusing on what probably is publicly available information that the Russians
Donald Trump’s Cabinet-level choices have the nation’s attention, but the president-elect must fill roughly 1,100 other administration posts that also require Senate confirmation – and none are more important than those involving national security. The high-profile picks offer hints about how Trump might govern, but his transition team’s toughest task could be hastily vetting the
The White House Office of Personnel Management, two years ago the focus of the worst cybersecurity intelligence breach in U.S. history, is actually regressing in its efforts to provide adequate defenses against further cyber-intrusions, according to a new report by the agency’s own Inspector General. The report is depressing news for an agency that has
The U.S. government will open the doors next week to a new agency, with stronger data protections, meant to shorten by many weeks the time it takes to vet government workers seeking “secret” and “top secret” security clearances. The National Background Investigations Bureau will be headed by Charles Phalen, who has worked as a security
Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access to some of
According to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which followed Reconstruction after the Civil War, it is unlawful and prohibited for the President to order or use military forces within the United States. Of course, over the years numerous exceptions and provisions have been carved out, leaving several loopholes open that can now be exploited.