Yearly Archives: 2010

Small Business Leads Innovation in Regional ‘Clusters’

Head of the Small Business Administration Karen Mills announced support for a pilot program that recognizes 10 regional economies or “clusters” and that will enhance the role SBA plays in these regional areas. The communities and economies chosen reflect collaborations between small businesses, the public sector, economic development and other …

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Service Members Arm Themselves against ID Theft

They’ve dodged bullets and bombs in some of the most dangerous corners of the globe, but now the Defense Department says U.S. service members should be on the lookout for a different type of threat: identity theft. DoD is partnering with the Federal Trade Commission on its “Deter, Detect and …

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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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SBI Executive Director Mark Borkowski

Before taking over as executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Border Initiative, Mark Borkowski had been serving as a program manager for the U.S. Border Patrol. All told he has a combined 25 years of experience in systems acquisitions as well as program management in agencies and …

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Dialing Back on Teleworking?

At a monthly meeting of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations earlier this week, co-chair of the council John Berry got the ball rolling on the future of teleworking by asking members to volunteer for a work group. But the ball may not roll very far. Federal Chief Performance …

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Appropriations Bill Down for the Count?

In wake of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” fight yesterday, it appears defense spending will have to limp forward with the aid of a continuing resolution – an omnibus bill that basically sets spending at last year’s levels. Colin Clark of DoD Buzz provides an excellent wrap up of the …

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Contractor’s Crusade to Improve Troops’ Communication

In addition to learning how to shoot and  pilot a helicopter, one military contractor is teaching U.S. troops headed for Afghanistan a skill that might be overlooked in the heat of battle – but is no less important for success: how to have a simple conversation. The Washington Post reported …

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NASA’s Green Frontier

While NASA has been knocked off its orbit lately, one of its most recent endeavors never left the ground but is still leading the pack in innovation. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced earlier this week that its massive 50,000 square-foot, two-story Sustainability Base in Ames, Calif., was named …

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