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An early look at Mattis’ cost-cutting strategy

Two memos signed this month by Defense Secretary James Mattis offer a glimpse into how he plans to steer the Pentagon toward his intended goal of fiscal responsibility.

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6 steps to increase the effectiveness of your lobby day efforts

Each year, legislators at the federal and state level meet with their constituents during so-called annual “lobby day” events.

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Trump’s infrastructure tax credits—Lasting legacy or private sector giveaway?

Whether the Trump tax credits will leave a legacy of economically important projects or simply subsidize private investments with little public benefit at taxpayer expense will depend on the answers to some critical questions.

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Special Operations Iron Man suit on track for 2018 debut

Special Operations Command’s much talked about tactical assault light operator suit is on track to make its debut in 2018.

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What the change in administration means for your career

Having worked through every presidential transition since 1992, Nels Olson has a keen sense of how Washington changes every four (or eight) years. We spoke with Nels to pick his brain on career transition tips and what to expect as the Trump administration moves into Washington.

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Clues emerge on defense budget endgame

Defense pundits and industry watchers were surprised when the Pentagon released extensive new “budget guidance” from Secretary James Mattis that spells out the process for how the Pentagon will justify its upcoming funding request to Congress.

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The first 100 days: Steps to effectively run the federal government

The first 100 days will help set the stage for the Trump presidency. If the president is able to get his leadership team in place and effectively manage the federal government, he stands a far greater chance of implementing his policy agenda and providing effective services to the American people.

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Positioning yourself during the transition: Advice from a top headhunter

As Former Director of Presidential Personnel, Liza Wright was responsible for filling top jobs within the White House. She shares her tips for positioning yourself during this time of transition.

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Three things to consider before advocating to repeal a rule under the CRA

If you are interested in having Congress repeal a rule under the CRA, here are three considerations to inform your decision.

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Will Congress pass an infrastructure rebuilding program…or punt the problem?

There’s lots of talk about an infrastructure plan to repair and upgrade roads, bridges, power, airports, ports, broadband networks and more. However, political observers are now predicting that Congress may drag this out and not do anything substantive.