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Navy Works to Modernize Cruiser Fleet; Kurt Larson Comments

The U.S. Navy is updating a class of guided-missile cruisers which the service uses for surface, anti-submarine and ballistic missile defense missions, DoD Buzz reported Tuesday. Kris Osborn writes the Ticonderoga-class warships are equipped with the Aegis system, which utilizes radar technology designed to guide the Standard Missile-3 interceptor. Lt. …

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GSA Debuts Online Reverse Auction Service; Thomas Sharpe Comments

The General Services Administration has launched an online reverse auction tool for federal agencies to acquire information technology products and services. Officials intend for the new service to increase opportunities for small businesses to bid on government business and improve transparency, GSA said Tuesday. “Reverse auctions can drive down prices …

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Intell Agencies Aim to Standardize IT Procurements

U.S. intelligence agencies are looking to adopt a standardized approach for purchasing similar information technology products and services, Federal Times reported Sunday. Nicole Blake Johnson writes Al Tarasiuk, the IC’s chief information officer, is leading a five-year effort to standardize IT programs across the community. Nuhad Karaki, executive vice president and …

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White House Reduces FY 2013 Deficit Estimate by $214B

The White House’s mid-year report projects that the U.S. budget deficit for fiscal 2013 will drop to $759 billion, Fedscoop reported Monday. Cory Bennett writes the deficit was estimated at $973 billion when the Obama administration released its 2014 budget plan in April. If either estimate is correct, it will …

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President Obama Introduces Upcoming Agenda for Gov’t Innovation

President Barack Obama unveiled his second-term management agenda Monday, including efforts to utilize technology that works to improve government efficiency, Nextgov reports. Charles Clark writes Obama announced during a televised speech that Sylvia Mathews Burwell, White House budget chief, will lead the administration’s smarter government initiative. The President also introduced …

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White House Seeks Feedback on 2nd Open Government Action Plan

The White House wants public input on its proposal to create a second action plan that will work to further encourage openness and civic participation in government activities, according to a Wednesday blog post. Lisa Ellman and Hollie Russon Gilman write the Obama administration has fulfilled 24 out of its …

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