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A few items that caught our attention Thursday:


• The Office of Personnel Management wants to shake up the charitable giving system for federal employees, but the move could reduce donations, according to Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson.

• Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is testifying before a Senate committee on his nomination to become secretary of state. The Post has published a transcript of his opening remarks.

• President Obama plans to make two cabinet nominations on Thursday, according to a report from the Post’s Zachary Goldfarb. The president has chosen former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White for chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and he plans to renominate Richard Cordray for a full term as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

• In the Loop’s Emily Heil wrote that pink slips may be coming for hundreds of Hill staffers due to a big turnover in committee leadership.

• A report from the group Remapping Debate pointed out that the size of the federal workforce has actually shrunk relative to the size of the population it serves. Looking at raw federal worker numbers outside the context of population is misleading, the group said.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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