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China’s Efforts in Military Transparency Insufficient, Says Report

Although China has made some progress in military transparency, its effort are inadequate, and the nation’s decision to suspend military-to-military contacts with the United States is acting against the interests of both countries, according to an annual report submitted to Congress. Released yesterday, the “Military and Security Developments Involving the …

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Navy Awarding up to $100K for Cutting-Edge Ideas, Technology

Have an innovative idea or technology for the Office of Naval Research? Then you could win up to $100,000 for further development. This year, ONR will collect and review white papers for the Chief of Naval Research Challenge at the 2010 Naval Science & Technology Partnership Conference funding of up …

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Federal Agencies Awarded for Promoting Open Government

Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Cass R. Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, last week announced the recipients of The Leading Practices Awards, recognizing agencies that achieved above and beyond the requirements of the Open Government Directive in promoting transparency in the best and …

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OMB’s Jeffrey Zients Details ‘Best Practices’ Progress

To reform the nation’s capital, improve performance and cut costs, the White House in January hosted a forum where 50 CEOs across various sectors and different-sized businesses shared their insight on how to take the best practices of the private sector on increasing efficiency and effectiveness and apply them to …

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DARPA Releases New Privacy Principles

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last week announced the federal research agency responsible for maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military has released a set of Privacy Principle to address the issue of balancing access to information with the need to respect personal privacy. Expanding …

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FBI Names Thomas J. Harrington Associate Deputy Director

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III last week announced the appointment of Thomas J. Harrington as the bureau’s associate deputy director. Harrington, who will be replacing Timothy P. Murphy, most recently served as the executive assistant director of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch. He has led the largest …

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GAO Launches Mobile Website

As part of its continuing efforts to make its findings and recommendations available to a wider audience, the Government Accountability Office has launched a mobile version of its website, making it easier for users to access GAO reports on their smartphones and other small-screen mobile devices. “People are increasingly using …

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FCC Moves to Enhance Native Communications Capabilities

The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday it has established an Office of Native Affairs and Policy to advance its mission of bringing a modern communications infrastructure to Native communities across the nation. The new office will carry out government-to-government objectives with tribal governments and increased coordination with native organizations and …

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NASA, Israel Space Agency to Collaborate on Space Activities

During a meeting earlier this week at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Israel Space Agency Director General Zvi Kaplan signed a joint statement of intent to expand the agencies’ cooperation in civil space activities. The signing followed a meeting between Bolden, Kaplan and Daniel Hershkowitz, …

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Federal Partners Need Adequate Funding, Says Gates

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stressed the importance of adequate funding for federal partners that assist military efforts Thursday night at the Marines’ Memorial Association George P. Shultz lecture series in California. Gates explained agencies such as the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are “woefully underfunded” …

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