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Obama renews initiative ordering agencies to more quickly pay small business contractors

QuickPay requires agencies to pay small businesses with federal government contracts within 15 days of receiving an invoice, rather than the normal 30-day period, the statement says.

Obama: 'Constructive conversation' with Texas' Perry about immigration crisis at border

Visiting Texas for the first time since the immigration crisis at the Southwest border, President Obama said July 9 that he had a "constructive conversation" with Gov. Rick Perry about the surge of unaccompanied child migrants and what can be done to stem the tide.

Obama opposes House appropriations bill that would gut clean water protections

President Obama came out strongly against the House's fiscal 2015 Energy Department and Army Corps of Engineers appropriations bill, saying some amendments boost the coal industry while others gut clean water protections.

VA complete outreach to veterans waiting for care, Gibson says

Over the last month, the Veterans Affairs Department completed outreach to 135,000 veterans across the country and scheduled approximately 182,000 additional appointments in the wake of the recent scheduling controversy, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson told President Obama in a June 27 meeting. In addition to outreach and scheduling, the VA trained about 10,000 of its schedulers and allocated nearly $400 million to accelerate care for veterans, a readout of the meeting says.

Spotlight: Obama to nominate former Procter & Gamble exec to head VA

President Obama is expected to nominated Bob McDonald, a West Point graduate and former head of Procter & Gamble, as secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department,  The Washington Post   reports.

Obama top tweep in new "Twiplomacy" study, but the Pope may be more influential

While President Obama might be struggling with his popularity in the United States, he's number one on Twitter. As of June 25, Obama (@BarackObama) tops a world-leader list with 43.7 million followers. Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is a distant second with 14 million followers on nine different language accounts, according to a 2014 global study by the global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marsteller.

US government needs to conduct comprehensive strategic review of lethal drones, new report says

The Obama administration needs to conduct a "rigorous strategic review" and cost-benefit analysis of the use of drones in counterterrorism efforts, said a new report on lethal drones released by a nonpartisan task force co-chaired by a former U.S. Central Command commander.

OSC report highlights 'culture of non-responsiveness' at VA

In a report to President Obama, the Office of Special Counsel described a "troubling pattern" of Veterans Affairs Department officials ignoring veterans' concerns about the quality of care at veterans' health facilities nationwide. The report cited whistleblowers' "struggle to overcome a culture of non-responsiveness."

Obama calls on Congress for $5B in counterterrorism funding

"I am calling on Congress to support a new Counter-Terrorism Partnerships Fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow us to train, build capacity and facilitate partner countries on the front lines,"  said  Obama May 28 while delivering the commencement address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Shinseki resigns as head of VA

Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in the wake of findings that veterans' hospitals across the country doctored appointment wait lists. Shinseki couldn't help VA take the next step in reforming its practices without being a distraction, President Obama said at a May 30 press conference.