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Advice from Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO

Some may be familiar with Aneesh Chopra for his role as the first ever Federal Technology Officer. Some may know him from his role at the state level, as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology. Others may recognize him for the recent launch of the Open Government Directive to make government more …

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2010 Defense Budget Signed

President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Defense Budget into law on December 19th. The 2010 defense budget is for $663.8 billion. The break down of the budget is as follows: $533.8 billion in discretionary budget authority (to fund base defense programs) and $130 billion will go towards supporting overseas operations. …

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New Cyber Czar

President Barack Obama has selected Howard A. Schmidt to be the national cyber security coordinator. He will be responsible for organizing and managing the country’s digital networks that have become increasingly vulnerable with a growing number of threats. Schmidt is an experienced computer security executive. He has several ties in …

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First Ever SAVE Award Presented

Yesterday, Monday December 21st, 2009, the first ever SAVE Award was presented to Nancy of Grand Valley, Colorado by President Obama. The SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) Award was apart of a contest of federal employees who were asked to come up with different ideas for the improvement of …

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Greening the Government

This past October 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that requires government agencies to reduce waste by 50% by 2015, improve water efficiency by 26% by 2020, to operate government vehicles with 30% less petroleum by 2020, and to have the buildings be LEED certified. President Obama is being …

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Vivek Kundra Named Chief of the Year

InformationWeek recently named Vivek Kundra, the Federal CIO, the Chief of the Year. Kundra has held this role for 9 months and has been a driving force in the U.S. government’s IT operations. His top priorities have been cybersecurity, cloud computing, engaging the public over the Internet, and IT project …

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