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New SBA Rule Ups Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration proposed a new rule that would expand federal contracting opportunities for the women-owned small businesses. The goal is to provide women-owned small businesses more opportunities to get federal contracts. In the SBA press release announcing the new rule, SBA Administrator Karen Mills said, “Women-owned small …

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OPM’s New Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

The Office of Personnel Management is planning on increasing the number of federal government employees it polls this year. In fact, the agency plans to survey 100,000 more federal government employees than it did in 2008. The survey, which used to be the “Federal Human Capital Survey,” is now called …

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GSA Administrator, Johnson, Talks Priorities

It has been nearly two years since GSA has had an administrator in place. The long awaited confirmation of Martha Johnson as GSA Administrator occurred on February 4th. She was sworn into office last week on February 16th. During her speech Johnson made some vows to the agency. According to …

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Flaws Found in Recovery Act Spending Records

According to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, more than 12% of reports of Recovery Act spending required corrections. The RAT Board also stated that of the 160,000 reports, there were about 19,000 that had mistakes. These errors occur because the reporting process is rather complicated. It involved more than …

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Call for Internationally Minded Federal Executives

There are new demands for internationally oriented executives. A recent GovernmentExecutive report stated, “There is a scarcity of leaders and staff well-versed and experienced in the global environment at many traditionally domestic-oriented agencies.” There is a mind frame that domestic and foreign affairs are separate, when in fact, there is …

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Recovery Act Announcement Calls for Celebration in VA

Today Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO, along with Senator Mark Warner, Senator Jim Webb, and Representative Tom Perriello made a milestone Recovery Act Announcement for Virginia – $21.5 million is being poured into expanding broadband access in Virginia. The goal of this Commerce Department decision is to improve economic development in …

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Robert Braun Named Chief Technologist at NASA

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has appointed Robert D. Braun the agency’s Chief Technologist.  Braun serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. The appointment comes on the heels of NASA’s new initiative “that targets technologies that could be transformational in their ability …

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Bond Relents; Johnson Confirmed as Head of GSA

Following a nine month delay, Martha Johnson has been appointed to the position of head of the GSA. The road from nomination to senate confirmation had been a rocky one for Johnson, who faced a significant challenge from Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo). As reported by Executive Gov’s Ellen Scott: “Bond’s …

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Chopra Launches Texting Program for Expecting Mothers

Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra has unveiled a new initiative: “Text4baby,” a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. According to the program’s site, it is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information …

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Harry Reid Moves GSA Nominee Towards Approval

Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-Nv) has filed cloture on the nomination of Martha Johnson to be the administrator of GSA. It has been nine months since Martha Johnson was first nominated to be the head of GSA back in April 2009. Now her name is finally set to reach …

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