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Corps of Engineers Overseeing Project To Reduce U.S. Military Environmental Footprint in Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 25 January 2016 06:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - More than 850 structures have been removed by the team working to reduce the U.S. military's physical footprint in Afghanistan following years of conflict with the Taliban.

The January issue of "The Corps Environment," published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, reports removal of defensive barriers, demolition and miscellaneous debris, scrap metal and wood, wire and cable, and florescent lights.

The Huntsville, Alabama based Engineering and Support Center is managing the project at more than 60 U.S. military camps and bases in the country.

The full story can be found at http://www.usace.army.mil/Portals/2/docs/Environmental/Corps_Environment/The_Corps_Environment_January_2016.pdf

Office of Personnel Management Issues Work Advisory For Federal Employees PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 22 January 2016 07:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Federal workers in Washington D.C. are getting unexpected time off as the area hunkers down for more than two feet of snow, sleet, and ice.

The Office of Personnel Management posted the following advisory:


Unscheduled Leave/Unscheduled Telework. Non-Emergency Employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework (if telework-ready). Employees performing unscheduled telework or requesting unscheduled leave do not receive excused absence.

Excused Absence. Non-emergency employees, reporting to the worksite, will be dismissed from their office early relative to their normal departure time or at the final departure time and will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours remaining in their workday beyond their early departure time or their final departure time.

Departure Prior to Early Departure Time. Non-emergency employees who depart prior to their staggered early departure time or final departure time may request to use unscheduled leave. Such employees will be charged leave for the remainder of their workday and will not be granted excused absence.

Telework-Ready Employees. Employees performing telework must telework or take unscheduled leave, or a combination of both for the entire workday in accordance with their agency's policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements (as consistent with law).

Pre-approved and Unscheduled leave. Employees on pre-approved or unscheduled leave should be charged leave for the entire day or remainder of the workday, as applicable.

Emergency Employees. Emergency employees are expected to report and remain at their worksite unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 07:33
Department of Justice Seeking Nominations For FOIA Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 January 2016 06:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Professionals whose role is to ensure public access to public documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will be honored by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which is now seeking nominees for the award.

DOJ will honor the winners March 14 as it kicks off Sunshine Week.

Last year, winners were lauded for Excellence in Management and Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee.

"As we prepare for Sunshine Week 2016, and in recognition of the FOIA’s 50th Anniversary, OIP is seeking nominations for two categories of awards for our 2016 Sunshine Week event," according to DOJ's website. They are:

-- Award for Exceptional Service by a FOIA Professional or Team of FOIA Professionals

-- Lifetime Service Award

Details can be found at justice.gov.

Transcript of President Obama's Veto Message Of S.J. Res. 22 To U.S. Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 06:38

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The White House has posted the following transcript of President Obama's Jan. 19 veto message to the U.S. Senate related to S.J. 22.


To the Senate of the United States:

I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 22, a resolution that would nullify a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army to clarify the jurisdictional boundaries of the Clean Water Act.  The rule, which is a product of extensive public involvement and years of work, is critical to our efforts to protect the Nation's waters and keep them clean; is responsive to calls for rulemaking from the Congress, industry, and community stakeholders; and is consistent with decisions of the United States Supreme Court.    

We must protect the waters that are vital for the health of our communities and the success of our businesses, agriculture,and energy development.  As I have noted before, too many of our waters have been left vulnerable.  Pollution from upstream sources ends up in the rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and coastal waters near which most Americans live and on which they depend for their drinking water, recreation, and economic development. Clarifying the scope of the Clean Water Act helps to protect these resources and safeguard public health.  Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny businesses and communities the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects that rely on clean water, I cannot support it.  I am therefore vetoing this resolution.

Barack Obama
The White House
January 19, 2016​


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