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Obama's budget proposal: 1.6% pay raise for feds, 6 weeks paid parental leave

The fiscal 2017 budget request that President Obama will deliver to Congress next week will include an average 1.6 percent pay raise for federal employees. An employee's actual raise will depend on military or civilian status as well as locality.

Spotlight: White House launches 'computer science for all' initiative

Over the weekend President Obama unveiled a new initiative aimed at empowering American students to learn computer science.

Report: Cyber response executive order in the works

President Obama will issue an executive order or presidential directive within several months that provides federal agencies guidance on the appropriate response to a catastrophic cyber attack, according to  Politico.

Final rule: US can now apply economic sanctions in response to cyber aggression

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control now has the necessary authorities to apply economic sanctions against governments and individuals that deviate from the norms of accepted behavior in cyberspace.

Spotlight: Healthcare.gov enrollment hits 6M

Six million Americans have signed up on HealthCare.gov for coverage that starts Jan. 1, according to a Dec. 18 announcement from President Barack Obama.

Executive Order targets SES hiring, rotations, performance awards

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Dec. 15 that aims to reform the Senior Executive Service by streamlining hiring and onboarding, increasing rotations and raising the spending cap on performance awards to government executives.

White House calls for feedback on encryption debate

In response to a petition that garnered more than 100,000 signatures and urges the president to support strong encryption technologies, the White House called for public comments on the subject Dec. 8.

McCain lambastes Obama cyber strategy, urges sanctions in letters to senior officials

In letters to senior members of the Obama administration, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted the president's cybersecurity strategy and argued for the use of sanctions against the Chinese government.

Obama vetoes Defense authorization bill

President Obama wielded veto power Oct. 22 — refusing to sign a $612 billion appropriation bill to fund the Defense Department. It marks the fifth time the president has vetoed legislation in his two terms.

High-performance computing, precision medicine top priorities in White House strategy

President Obama on Oct. 21 rolled out an updated "Strategy for American Innovation" — replacing the strategy last revised in 2011 with one that further leverages information technology to advance the nation.