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SBA Renews Partnership with MBRT

Yesterday, January 25th, 2010, the Small Business Administration announced that they renewed their partnership with the Minority Business RoundTable (MRBT). MRBT is a national membership organization for minority CEOs. SBA hopes to continue outreach efforts to minority entrepreneurs with this two-year agreement. According the a SBA press release, Karen Mills, …

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James Tabbed to Head NSPSTO

John H. James, Jr., has been appointed to lead the sizeable task of reforming the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) by serving as director of the NSPS Transition Office (NSPSTO). He will be charged with overseeing the shift of 226,000 Department of Defense civilians from NSPS to pre-NSPS personnel systems. …

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Navy Plans Launch of “Pulse”

Just last week we mentioned the launch of “milBook,” the Defense Department’s secure networking tool. Now the Navy is launching “Pulse.” This will be their very own secure blog. Robert Carey, Navy CIO, said that this blog allows anyone in the Navy or Marine Corps to give feedback on IT …

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AF Chief Draws Path to Future Success

Maintaining an agile Air Force that proactively meets the technological and tactical advances of the enemy is of the utmost importance, according to AF Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz. “This demands that the United States Air Force set a clear vision of how it will move to meet …

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UK Braces for American Invasion

Just as John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 60’s, Data.gov is sweeping the globe. At least, so says U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. In a blog post titled “They Gave Us The Beatles, We Gave Them Data.gov,” Kundra praised the UK’s new Data.gov.uk, a spin-off of the …

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GSA Launches New Blog

GSA has launched the “Great Government through Technology Blog,” a blog about the federal technology space. Assistant Commissioner for Integrated Technology Services, Ed O’Hare, launched this new blog. It will be a regularly updated blog with breaking news and posts. The goal of the blog is to create a medium …

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1st Open Government Directive Deadline Due

Today marks the first deadline of the Open Government Directive for agencies. It seems like just yesterday we were discussing the launch of the directive on December 8th, 2009. The deadline due today is that each agency must provide at least three high-value data sets open to the public. A …

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Is a Policy Shift Brewing on Fixed Price Contracts?

At a Navy conference in Arlington last week, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told contracting and government officials:  “(The Navy is) going to demand more accountability from contractors on behalf of the taxpayers.”  He continued, “Unless we control costs, we will not get the Navy that we need, and …

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Cloud Computing Summit Coming to DC in May

On May 3-4, 2010, 1105 Government Information Group will host the Cloud Computing Conference and Exhibition for Government at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC. The program will focus on how government using cloud computing in 2010 and the drivers moving agencies to cloud computing, best practices from government …

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Fort Delivers Run Down on OMB’s MAX program

Emily Fort, project lead for the Office of Management and Budgets MAX federal program, delivered an eSeminar on the Federal Computer Week website, presenting on the growing initiative’s design and increasing scope. Fort described the “Common Solutions” of the “Budget Formulation & Execution Line of Business” that would help streamline …

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