GEOINT Speakers Announced and Other ExecutiveGov Need-to-Read Stories

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ExecutiveGov’s round-up of news you need to read to stay up to speed on federal policy impacting the government-contracting community.


GEOINT Speakers Announced

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation recently announced the first keynote speakers for its eighth annual GEOINT Symposium to be held in October in San Antonio.

The intelligence luminaries include National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who also heads up U.S. Cyber Command; Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; National Reconnaissance Office Director Bruce Carlson; and Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Letitia A. Long.

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DoD’s New In-sourcing Guidelines

The Defense Department is offering new in-sourcing guidance to its acquisition workforce with a focus on the most effective way of bringing jobs in-house in the economically strained environment of continuing resolutions, Federal Computer Week reports.

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Continuing Resolution ‘Chaos’

Meanwhile, a Greenwire report in The New York Times finds a state of “chaos” in federal agencies as Congress has failed to pass an official spending bill beyond the series of five stopgap band-aid measures it’s approved since the fiscal year began Oct. 1.

“CRs can affect contracts and hiring significantly,” the Greenwire report explains. “Short-term federal budgets can mean short-term agency planning with officials eventually compelled to quickly obligate any remaining funds at the end of a fiscal year.”

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Chopra to Talk Clean Energy at Stanford

White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra will head west for a clean-energy roundtable event at Stanford University.

The public discussion, titled Clean Energy: DC 2 VC, will bring together government officials and clean-energy industry leaders.

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Federal Reorg Cost-benefit Analysis

Speaking at a forum on government performance at the Brookings Institution, federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients, who is leading the administration’s federal reorganization efforts, said the benefits of consolidating agencies and programs will have to outweigh the costs.

“We have no illusions about how difficult this will be,” he said, according to a Government Executive report. But, “The answer isn’t simply moving boxes for the sake of moving boxes.”

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DHS Launches New Employment Check Tool

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week the launch of E-Verify Self Check, an online tool that allows job seekers to check their own employment eligibility status before formally seeking employment.

The tool is a joint project of DHS and the Social Security Administration and is currently available in Washington, D.C., Virginia and four other states. DHS said the self check will be rolled out to other states in the coming months.

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