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Telework Now the Norm for GSA With New Policy

Telework will now be seen as normal operating procedure for employees of the General Services Administration. GSA signed off on a new telework policy Monday, with GSA Administrator Martha Johnson saying the agency is “assuming people can telework,” according to a report from Federal News Radio. “We’re assuming mobile work, …

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Obama Chooses Senate Aide, Lawyer for FCC Posts

President Obama on Monday nominated Jessica Rosenworcel, a Senate aide and Democrat, and Republican lawyer Ajit Pai to serve as members of the Federal Communications Commission. Rosenworcel is senior communications counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee and has advised Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) since 2009. She has previous experience at …

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Odierno to Army War College: ‘Help Us Define’ Army of Future

Students from the Army War College will be the ones who will develop solutions to future national security challenges, the Army’s chief of staff said Friday. Gen. Raymond Odierno told the college’s senior class this is their year to begin using their experiences to think about the Army’s future challenges …

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Dell Android Devices OK’d to Acccess Pentagon Networks

A second non-Blackberry mobile operating system has been certified to access Pentagon computer networks, according to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s recently released guidance for securely connecting devices. Devices run on Dell’s Android 2.2 operating for both smartphones and tablets will be able to be used, according to a report from Stars & …

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Sen. John Kerry Calls on OPM to Outsource USAJOBS

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is calling on the Office of Personnel Management to outsource USAJobs.gov. According to FederalTimes.com, Kerry sent a letter to Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel urging him to end OPM’s effort to insource the website. The USAJobs site relaunched in early October and has been a source of …

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DHS Drones to Fly Over US-Canada Border

The Department of Homeland Security plans to fly unmanned aircraft over the vast majority of the border with Canada, DHS officials testified to lawmakers Friday. NextGov reports the House Homeland Security’s subcommittee on emergency preparedness, response, and communications held a field hearing in Detroit. John S. Beutlich, director of the …

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Civilian Intel Funds Up in FY 2011, Military Intel Funds Down

U.S. civilian intelligence agencies received $54.6 billion in funds for fiscal year 2011, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Friday. ODNI’s funding for fiscal 2011 was $1.5 billion, or 2.8 percent, greater than the $53.1 billion appropriated in fiscal 2010, according to a Bloomberg report. In February, …

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DOJ Watchdog: $16 Muffin Report Overcooked

The much-derided $16 muffins reported in a Justice Department inspector general audit may have never existed after all. According to Politico, DOJ’s top watchdog reportedly apologized on Friday and admitted taxpayers did not actually pay $16 per muffin at a recent department conference. In redacting its prior dollar amount claim, …

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