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Napolitano Announces Final Standards for PS-Prep Plan

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the final standards of the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program have been adopted after a series of regional public meetings and the incorporation of public comments. PS-Prep is a collaboration of the DHS and private sector and is a …

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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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Interagency Collaboration Critical to National Security

Interagency collaboration between federal agencies is key to dealing with the challenges the U.S. government faces when it comes to national security; however, success will also require leadership commitment, solid plans with clear priorities, and measurable goals, said John H. Pendleton, director of defense capabilities and management at the Government …

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Kerry, Snowe Request FCC Use TV Airwaves for Broadband

Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Olympia Snowe, senior member of the Commerce Committee wrote a letter to the Federal Communication Commission requesting it opens unused TV airwaves as a platform for low-cost broadband for those who remain unable to access …

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Lynn: Cyber Attack Would Affect U.S., Canadian Links

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III met with Canadian National Security Advisor Marie-Lucie Morin to discuss cooperation efforts for a cyber defense strategy between the two nations at a meeting in Ottowa, Canada. As threat levels of cyber attacks continue to climb, Lynn feels that a U.S. cyber defense collaboration …

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CIA Appoints Gerald P. Hamilton to Lead Diversity Programs

CIA Director Leon E. Panetta has appointed Gerald P. Hamilton, a senior officer in the National Clandestine Service, to lead the agency’s diversity programs, including its public outreach efforts. Hamilton will head the new Employee Resource Center, which was created to combine, focus and increase the capabilities of existing offices …

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US Businesses are Key Drivers to Job Creation, Says Obama

President Barack Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders, requesting them to move quickly to build momentum for economic recovery. In his letter, Obama stated that the small-business legislation he called for “includes a new lending initiative to help creditworthy firms access loans through community banks and innovative state partnerships,” …

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Happy 235th Birthday, US Army

Army service members around the country will be celebrating today, as it marks the 235th birthday for the United States Army. On June 14, 1775, the Continental Congress approved the creation of the Continental Army. Twenty two thousand militiamen in Massachusetts and 5,000 in New York comprised that first Army. …

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