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CIA Director-in-Waiting Petraeus No Stranger to Intel

He has a wealth of experience on the battlefield. But for Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, his next act will likely involve the secretive and bureaucratic intrigue of being the nation’s top spy. While the job switch — which will likely occur in early September …

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Administration Offers New Proposal on OCI

A new proposal on thorny conflict-of-interest regulations issued by the Obama administration conflicts with a draft proposal the Defense Department issued last year, according to a report in Federal Computer Week. The administration’s new proposal is actually less stringent than DoD’s version, per the report, giving individual program managers more …

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New Defense Secretary Panetta Expected to Wield Budget Ax

In his new role as head honcho of the Defense Department, observers say Leon Panetta — maybe even more than predecessor Robert Gates — is expected to continue and perhaps even expand departmental budget cuts and cost-savings. His managerial elan, which earned him rave reviews at the CIA where he …

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Sunstein Provides Guidance on Regulatory Review Deadline

Federal agencies have three weeks to complete a preliminary plan for reviewing regulations, according to a new memo from regulatory chief Cass Sunstein, who also provided guidance for the post-May 18 deadline. President Barack Obama kicked off the regulatory reform in a January Executive Order directing agencies to review regulations …

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GSA’s Mary Davie on Social Media, Better Buy & ‘Doing Things Differently’

For the General Services Administration’s Mary Davie, who heads up the agency’s technology-acquisition shop, social media is no laughing matter. “People may laugh at social media and say it’s just playing,” Davie, assistant commissioner of the GSA’s Office of Integrated Technology Services, said at an acquisition conference this week, according …

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Napolitano on Stuxnet: Private Sector Needs Rapid Response

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a group of University of California, Berkeley engineering students the Stuxnet computer worm that targeted Iranian nuclear facilities highlighted the importance of a quick response from the private sector. “The key thing we learned from Stuxnet was the need for rapid response …

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Report: Panetta to Replace Gates at Defense; Petraeus to CIA

A national-security personnel shakeup is coming, according to various media reports, as the Obama administration looks to fill the opening that will be left when Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates departs later this year. According to the AP, which first broke the story, CIA Director Leon Panetta will take the …

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