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Small Business Leads Innovation in Regional ‘Clusters’

Head of the Small Business Administration Karen Mills announced support for a pilot program that recognizes 10 regional economies or “clusters” and that will enhance the role SBA plays in these regional areas. The communities and economies chosen reflect collaborations between small businesses, the public sector, economic development and other …

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Service Members Arm Themselves against ID Theft

They’ve dodged bullets and bombs in some of the most dangerous corners of the globe, but now the Defense Department says U.S. service members should be on the lookout for a different type of threat: identity theft. DoD is partnering with the Federal Trade Commission on its “Deter, Detect and …

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Second Chance for SBINet? Mexican Border Heats Up

Will SBINet get a second chance? Some say “yes,” but its brand may change. Last week, Alan Bersin, commissioner of Customs & Border Protection (CBP) at DHS, promoted Mark Borkowski, SBINet’s project manager, to run a new office tasked with managing complex acquisition processes for CBP.  The move is part …

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Dialing Back on Teleworking?

At a monthly meeting of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations earlier this week, co-chair of the council John Berry got the ball rolling on the future of teleworking by asking members to volunteer for a work group. But the ball may not roll very far. Federal Chief Performance …

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Appropriations Bill Down for the Count?

In wake of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” fight yesterday, it appears defense spending will have to limp forward with the aid of a continuing resolution – an omnibus bill that basically sets spending at last year’s levels. Colin Clark of DoD Buzz provides an excellent wrap up of the …

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Contractor’s Crusade to Improve Troops’ Communication

In addition to learning how to shoot and  pilot a helicopter, one military contractor is teaching U.S. troops headed for Afghanistan a skill that might be overlooked in the heat of battle – but is no less important for success: how to have a simple conversation. The Washington Post reported …

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FCC Commissioner Clyburn Names New Chief of Staff

The game of musical chairs at the Federal Communications Commission continued yesterday as FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced Dave Grimaldi would be taking over as her chief of staff and media legal adviser. Before being named to Clyburn’s staff, Grimaldi was chief counsel for her father, House Majority Whip James …

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