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NASA Finds 5 New Planets With Kepler Space Telescope

A Kepler space telescope that has been orbited space has found five new planets. NASA launched the telescope this past March. According to InformationWeek, William Borucki, the mission’s principal science investigator, stated, “These observations contribute to our understand of how planetary systems form and evolve from the gas and dust …

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GSA Modifies Federal Privately Owned Vehicle Reimbursement Rates

The General Services Administration recently announced that it updated the federal privately owned vehicle reimbursement rates. These new rates went into effect on January 1st, 2010. The new rates are as follows: Airplane – $1.29 per mile Automobile if no government owned available – $0.50 per mile Automobile if government …

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VA Security Scholarship Program Delayed

The Veterans Affairs Department has delayed the security scholarship program until 2011. The program will reimburse many employees for the doctoral studies costs. It was first enacted in 2006, and is now a year away from completion. According to Federal Computer Week, it was first put into place because there …

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Lawmakers Get Lessons on Social Networking

Adam Conner (pictured here), who is Facebook’s first D.C. staffer, hopes to demystify the social networking site for politicians on the Hill. He hopes to teach them how to use the site more effectively. According to a Washington Post article, Republican Peter Roskam asked Conner, the Facebook lobbyist, “If we’re …

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Admiral Mullen Points Out Bowl Games Deeper Meaning

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke about the importance of the academy experience at a football bowl game in Fort Worth, Texas. He pointed out that attending these universities are launching potentials for service as a military officers. He also mentioned how these …

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NASA Chooses Three Finalist For Next Space Mission

The NASA selected three proposals for the next space venture to another body in our solar system. The missions would may provide a better understanding of the origin of life on our planet. NASA will select one of the three missions mid-2011. “These are projects that inspire and excite young …

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Attempted Christmas Attack Fuels TSA Evaluations

On a Christmas Day flight  from Amsterdam, a 23 year old student from Nigeria attempted to detonate an explosive on a flight to Detroit. This event is serving as more of a wake up call to politicians and national administrators than a panic stirring terrorist attack. One thing resulting from …

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VADM James Winnefeld Nominated to Head NORTHCOM

Navy Vice Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld has been nominated by President Obama to become the next head of NORTHCOM and NORAD. His nomination must be approved by the Senate and, if confirmed, will result in a promotion to full admiral. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is a joint …

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Advice from Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO

Some may be familiar with Aneesh Chopra for his role as the first ever Federal Technology Officer. Some may know him from his role at the state level, as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology. Others may recognize him for the recent launch of the Open Government Directive to make government more …

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