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Second Chance for SBINet? Mexican Border Heats Up

Will SBINet get a second chance? Some say “yes,” but its brand may change. Last week, Alan Bersin, commissioner of Customs & Border Protection (CBP) at DHS, promoted Mark Borkowski, SBINet’s project manager, to run a new office tasked with managing complex acquisition processes for CBP.  The move is part …

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DIA Moves to Block Controversial Afghan War Book

In an unusual move, the Defense Intelligence Agency has entered negotiations with St. Martin’s Press to purchase all 10,000 copies of Operation Dark Heart, the controversial memoirs of former undercover operative Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer. The move is unusual because the book had already been cleared for publication by the …

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Pay with Cash, Reduce Cancer Risk?

Controversial plastic hardener bisphenol-A (BPA), best known for the extensively-reported controversy over its use in plastic baby bottles and sippy cups, has shown up somewhere new: receipts from retail cash registers. A new study, commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), found that 40 percent of receipts printed on heat-activated …

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Ninth Circuit Court: Secret GPS Tracking is Legal

According to the latest ruling out of the Ninth Circuit Court, it’s perfectly legal for federal agents to secretly plant a GPS locator on your car in the middle of the night, even if it’s parked in your driveway, and then use said locator to track your movements as they …

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WikiLeaks Reveals Contractors Caught in Afghan Crossfire

Leaked Defense Department files from the controversial website WikiLeaks.org appear to confirm that Pakistan’s ISI spy agency attempted to poison at least one contractor using alcoholic beverages.  The incident happened in June 2007 but the bizarre story was recently lent credence by a leaked intelligence warning issued in February 2007 …

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Jacob Lew: What’s Next at OMB?

Jacob “Jack” Lew, Obama’s nominee to replace Peter Orszag as Director of OMB, has served at the State Department since the last time he served as Director of OMB for President Clinton.  Regardless of whether Orszag’s departure resulted from policy differences with President Obama, it’s clear that at least some …

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Navy CIO Robert Carey to Move On, GSA Needs New Deputy CIO

As we reported last week, Navy CIO Robert Carey is expected to leave his current position by the end of the summer, departing as the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network kicks into high gear and legacy IT architectures like the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet continue to be phased out. Whoever moves …

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Insourcing’s Latest Dilemma: OCI

In a publication issued June 4th, DoD’s Standards of Conduct Office (SOCO) reminded all DoD employees that its policy guidelines prohibit them from serving on the boards of non-federal entities (NFEs) that they deal with professionally. This announcement comes ahead of a proposed DoD plan to insource 11,000 acquisition personnel, …

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Government Smartphone Policy: What You Need to Know

Last month, we brought you the top iPhone apps for government, but since they’re mostly worthless if you can’t use them on the job, we took a look at federal smartphone policy to determine when and where government workers can use their iPhones or BlackBerrys. In compliance with FISMA, agencies …

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